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Tue, Jan 22 | By Matt Van Hoven | 798

KNOXVILE, Tn. - Tennessee's WVLT news reported this weekend about an educational program that gives new life to public perception about pit bulls. Sponsored by the Young-Williams Animal Shelter, the class aims at teaching people how to … more ›

Tn. Shelter Teaches Public about Pit Bulls
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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
4 years ago

Some of our local shelters have similar programs and even require people adopting pit bulls to sign up for the class. I hope it helps.

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Katie M.
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Katie M.
4 years ago

What a great class.

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Crttrs
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Crttrs
5 years ago

Agreed.

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Ethan W.
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Ethan W.
5 years ago

Good to hear someone is trying to help pits reputations

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

The much maligned pit bull needs as much good pr as they can get. Great idea!

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marc h.
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marc h.
5 years ago

This is a great idea! If a breed ever needed some good PR it's the pit bull

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Liane M.
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Liane M.
5 years ago

Good idea! I think that any shelter that adopt out pit bulls should educate potential owners on the care of this breed. There are too many people out there with good intentions but not enough basic knowledge on dogs, pit bulls in particular.

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DEREKDEMANE
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DEREKDEMANE
5 years ago

Great idea! Education for people is the key. Education with children about animals in general is a must in order to make a significant difference in animal welfare for future

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Anthony G.
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Anthony G.
5 years ago

This is a great idea. Education is what it is all about. The problem Pits face is based on ignorance that ironically is perpetuated by the media.

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

We need a lot more programs like this!

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Ralph M.
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Ralph M.
5 years ago

I'm glad our shelter works with young people so much to educate them the right way to raise our companions.

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debby r.
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debby r.
5 years ago

That is great to educate the public. Pit Bulls get a bad rap. If raised right they are very loving dogs like all other breeds.

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BuilderBob
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BuilderBob
5 years ago

Education is always a good idea.

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Melanie T.
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Melanie T.
5 years ago

I'm so glad to hear that there are classes like this out there. Pit bulls have such a terrible reputation and it's so unwarranted. As long as thier reputation remains so bad, people will still train them to be attack dogs and fighting dogs and the news stories of these "vicious dogs" will continue. I just wish there were more stories like this in the news.

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

We had a great Pit that lived down the block--he was the best P.R. for the breed imaginable--this class is a nice idea.

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
5 years ago

great idea.

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
5 years ago

Good idea but who is going to the class? Probably not the people who need to go. Maybe judges can sentence people guilty of abusing animals or fighting dogs to take this class on top of some other community service and jail time.

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Meg S.
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Meg S.
5 years ago

I love the concept of a class teaching responsible dog ownership. I , however, disagree strongly with what they are stating that pits only bite becuase they are afraid. I really do not know how they can claim that. It would depend on the dog and there are dogs, especially if they are from fighting stock, that would bite because they are aggressive and "angry."
Again, I applaud the class but think they need to check their information.

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Anthony G.
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Anthony G.
5 years ago

Great idea. More inner city shelters with large Pit Bull populations need to have these types of programs to re-educate the public and to correct the myths and incorrect information that has been perpetuated by the media.

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Rick
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Rick
5 years ago

Yeah, another positive storie about pits. Now, if we can get the main stream media to follow.

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Lara W.
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Lara W.
5 years ago

Amazing story about these awesome dogs!

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Allison M.
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Allison M.
5 years ago

It's great to see programs like this starting across the country

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John H.
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John H.
5 years ago

We need classes like this across the country

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Deana W.
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Deana W.
5 years ago

Education is the KEY! So many people are scared of this breed because of the media ONLY reporting the bad. If a golden retriever bit someone, it wouldn't be on the news, but if a pit bull does, it's posted all over the media. Educating the public about spay/neuter is the key to fewer deaths in shelters due to overcrowding! Pit Bulls are amazing, just like any other dog, it's all how the dog is raised. PEOPLE are the ones who make any dog bad!

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Penguin
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Penguin
6 years ago

I've heard a lot of bad things about pit bulls and they scare me. Some people say they are all bad while some say they are sweet, loving dogs. I think it might be all in how they are raised. An educational class just might help.

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Crys I.
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Crys I.
6 years ago

Education is great! I hope that the entire scope of pit bulls/dogs/pets is addressed. It kinda of sounds like a little lopsided article or class, but then the article isn't very long - so it is hard to tell.

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Michelle H.
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Michelle H.
6 years ago

We need more programs like this. There are so many pit bulls in our community, but they are hard to find homes for. Either someone wants them for the wrong reasons (like fighting) or they are afraid of them and think they are bad dogs. I have know many wonderful, sweet pit bulls.

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Tammy K.
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Tammy K.
6 years ago

You hear it all the time. I don't think it is the poor animal's fault, it is the poor animal's uneducated owner. People make the problem worse.

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

Good information --

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Cwasson
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Cwasson
6 years ago

Great idea - the more information owners have, possibly the better care and handling of dogs would occur.

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

Great idea!!! PIts get a bad rap!!

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mARY ANN M.
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mARY ANN M.
6 years ago

I think it would be an even greater idea to see if they can get trainers to volunteer some time to provide free or cut rate training classes specifically for pit bull owners. Along with educating owners this might increase the nmber of owners that actually get the proper training for their dogs.

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Jholt
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Jholt
6 years ago

This is excellent! They have an undeserved bad reputation. We call them Hug-a-Bulls - they are so loving and loyal!

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Louise P.
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Louise P.
6 years ago

This is great to educate about pit bulls. Pit bulls are not naturally mean...its the owners who train them to be mean.

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TimDemp30
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TimDemp30
6 years ago

Good for them. Not all pit bulls are dangerous or mean. They deserve a chance to find the right home with responsible owners.

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Jim  S.
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Jim S.
6 years ago

This is cool. I thought htat the Pit Bulls were bad all the time. My wife educated me as well about this This is a great program for the dogs.

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Hymcheng
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Hymcheng
6 years ago

I think it's great that they are trying to educate the public about pit bulls. Hopefully, the stigma of this breed being dangerous will lessen with education.

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

finally someone standing up a little for this breed. they are like every other breed- look at the owner for their behavior

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Amanda R.
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Amanda R.
6 years ago

I think this is great, they need to do this in every community. Pitbulls are such amazing animals.

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Tanya F.
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Tanya F.
6 years ago

I know they didn't mean to focus just on pitbulls but it seems now that they are an important part of the program. I always said I would never get a pitbull, not because of their reputation but I like really big dogs like shepards, rotts, or Danes. Well, I have a full blooded pit now because he was abandoned at 7 weeks and he is the best dog ever. he loves everyone and wants to play with any dog and acts like a pup all the time. He is an eye opener to everyone we know and has changed alot of opinions around because no one likes or trust pit bulls around here. Somoe people even ask if he is really a pitbull. He was so socialized as a puppy that I think he is the best dog we own. So alot of what is said about raising them is true, although not 100% but enough to have a really good dog.

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Sandra P.
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Sandra P.
6 years ago

We have a pit mix that didn't look as much like one when we first brought her home. She is the sweetest dog, but we may have missed the chance to have her in our lives if she had looked more like one as a young puppy, since my husband was wary of pit bulls. Now he realizes what wonderful dogs they are, all because of her!!

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SandyReedy
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SandyReedy
6 years ago

I have always felt that the behavior of a domesticated animal is directly related to how they are reared and trained. This breed specific ban is a classis example of blaming the victim, because that is what these animals are--victims of their owners neglect and refusal to train them properly--so you have multiple victims: The animal, who many times is euthanized, and the person who is harmed.

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

Great idea......educate the public.

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linda s.
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linda s.
6 years ago

education is key

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Hymcheng
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Hymcheng
6 years ago

Great idea.

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

What a poractive approach to a real problem. I hope it works.

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Sarah M.
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Sarah M.
6 years ago

It is nice to see someone sticking up for the dog and allowing their true nature to be shown.

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

Great program. Educating the public is a wonderful thing to do.

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Seana B.
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Seana B.
6 years ago

Wow, what a great program! I am all about education and working to prevent the problems that people have experienced in the past. I would be in full favor of other shelters and organizations also giving these kinds of classes. The one downside is that the people who could likely most benefit would not attend willingly.

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Teresa K.
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Teresa K.
6 years ago

This is great.Anything to help curb the bad rap Pitbulls have gotten.

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