Amazing pitbull athlete at Indiana Shelter

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Amazing pitbull athlete at Indiana Shelter

Postby Batmanmom » Wed Nov 25, 2009 2:09 pm

Hello
I work part time as a behaviorist at an animal shelter in Indiana. For the past 2 months I've been working with a wonderful pitbull. Unfortunately, he is not the kind of dog your average pet owner will be able to handle. This guy is a working dog in every sense of the word. He WANTS a job. And if he doesn't have a job, then he is going to create one, which usually involves something like tugging his leash.

I would like to find this guy a working home. He would be excellent for agility, schutzhund, rally, competitive obedience, etc. I've even thrown a frisbee for him and he was intrigued. Prince Charming is 2 years old and he was just neutered last month. So, his growth plates should have been closed, which is important for people who do a lot of sports with their dogs. He has tremendous toy drive. This guy will play tug until your arm falls off. (we are working on "out"). He also is treat motivated, so you can work him for either a treat or toy reward, which is a bonus. He is a FAST learner. And he actively wants to learn. If given a chance to wander around a room or come over to me, he chooses to come over and see what I might be doing and how that might score him a treat. He is super confident. I had him going over a teeter totter and through a closed tunnel in less than 10 minutes and he had never seen agility equipment in his life. I also had a member of our Schutzhund club work Prince and he said the dog has real potential.

Prince was picked up as a stray about 2 months ago and was at the city shelter. He was actually on a euthanasia list and in the "waiting" area for euthanasia when a pitbull advocate saw him and thought he seemed like a good candidate to save. So the dog was brought to the shelter I work for. Prince passed his temperament test, but when we placed him on the adoption floor we found out his tugging and his play style tended to scare the average person. While I have been working on him to not play tug with his leash, Prince can sense if the person handling him isn't in control and he isn't above testing, and he scares people when he tugs as he play growls and swings back and forth and then he rebites to get a better grip. Prince did well on his dog/dog intro. However, he is a very rough play style and would have to live with a dog that also had similar play techniques or a home that crates and rotates.

Prince is at a central Indiana animal shelter. He is only available for adoption through me. We are not putting him out for adoption to the general public unless that turns out to be our only recourse. I am pasting video below of Prince on agility equipment and doing bite work with a Schutzhund helper. PLEASE pass this information along to any pitbull enthusiasts who want a true working dog. I can be reached at batmanmom@gmail.com.

thank you
Connie and Prince Charming

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4Go57bcz44

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nm8eelSuivM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYazfvbNRGE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cxsn5I5Z0mM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKhFEkUlZg8
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Re: Amazing pitbull athlete at Indiana Shelter

Postby Ilovethepits » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:53 pm

What a beautiful dog!
Reminds me of http://www.wallacethepitbull.com story. I hope Prince Charming gets as good an ending to his.
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Re: Amazing pitbull athlete at Indiana Shelter

Postby BullyBud » Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:34 pm

How is he with other dogs?
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Re: Amazing pitbull athlete at Indiana Shelter

Postby FransterDoo » Wed Nov 25, 2009 5:24 pm

Hi Connie!

A friend forwarded me your email about Price Chaming and I forwarded it to one of the flyball lists. You may want to try contacting local teams.

EDIT: Turns out there are no registered flyball clubs in Indiana.

There are plenty in Illinois and Ohio.

http://www.flyball.org/getstarted/illinois.html
http://www.flyball.org/getstarted/ohio.html

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Re: Amazing pitbull athlete at Indiana Shelter

Postby Batmanmom » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:28 pm

BullyBud wrote:How is he with other dogs?


He did well on his dog/dog intro that is part of our temperament test. He wasn't aggressive, but his play style is rough. He wants to rear up on his hind legs and grapple with the other dog. So, he would need to be paired with a dog that could tolerate such a play style. He is extremely interested in meeting other dogs and tends to try and drag me toward any dogs he sees, but his body language is soft.
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Re: Amazing pitbull athlete at Indiana Shelter

Postby Batmanmom » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:29 pm

Thanks. I think there are people who do fly ball at one of the local agility places. I'll see if I can get in touch with the Illinois and Ohio clubs. I am willing to drive Prince up to a day or two away if I could find the perfect home for him.
Connie

FransterDoo wrote:Hi Connie!

A friend forwarded me your email about Price Chaming and I forwarded it to one of the flyball lists. You may want to try contacting local teams.

EDIT: Turns out there are no registered flyball clubs in Indiana.

There are plenty in Illinois and Ohio.

http://www.flyball.org/getstarted/illinois.html
http://www.flyball.org/getstarted/ohio.html

I can give a thumbs-up to TNT and River City Flyers
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Re: Amazing pitbull athlete at Indiana Shelter

Postby FransterDoo » Wed Nov 25, 2009 7:51 pm

Please do! His posting show me 3 things that flyball folks typically like:

1) Tug drive
2) people connection
3) Confidence

I'd also suggest contacting Connie and Annette with Rude Dogs and RPM DogSports up in Michigan. They are both HUGE pit bull fans.
http://www.u-fli.com/clubsearch.php
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Re: Amazing pitbull athlete at Indiana Shelter

Postby ilikelily » Wed Nov 25, 2009 8:28 pm

He sounds wonderful! I passed this along to the head of the working dog club here in Chicago, in case they know of anyone looking.
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Re: Amazing pitbull athlete at Indiana Shelter

Postby Batmanmom » Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:14 am

ilikelily wrote:He sounds wonderful! I passed this along to the head of the working dog club here in Chicago, in case they know of anyone looking.


Thanks! I just feel certain that somewhere, someone is looking for a pitbull who is a great athlete. I just have to find them!
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Re: Amazing pitbull athlete at Indiana Shelter

Postby Batmanmom » Thu Nov 26, 2009 8:43 am

FransterDoo wrote:Please do! His posting show me 3 things that flyball folks typically like:

1) Tug drive
2) people connection
3) Confidence

I'd also suggest contacting Connie and Annette with Rude Dogs and RPM DogSports up in Michigan. They are both HUGE pit bull fans.
http://www.u-fli.com/clubsearch.php

OK, I think I have now emailed every flyball place with a email contact in a 3 state area! :) Thanks again for the tip.
connie
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Re: Amazing pitbull athlete at Indiana Shelter

Postby Ilovethepits » Sun Nov 29, 2009 2:41 pm

Here is the website for the Indiana Dog and Disc Club http://www.d-dog.com/

Good Luck Prince Charming!! I hope to see you as a Champion soon. :)
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Re: Amazing pitbull athlete at Indiana Shelter

Postby Nickdawg » Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:38 am

have you had any luck finding him the right home?
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Re: Amazing pitbull athlete at Indiana Shelter

Postby Batmanmom » Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:01 am

Nickdawg wrote:have you had any luck finding him the right home?


He has someone looking at him. I'm waiting to find out for sure that the landlord will let them adopt a pitbull.
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Re: Amazing pitbull athlete at Indiana Shelter

Postby Ilovethepits » Tue Dec 08, 2009 11:13 am

Batmanmom wrote:
Nickdawg wrote:have you had any luck finding him the right home?


He has someone looking at him. I'm waiting to find out for sure that the landlord will let them adopt a pitbull.
Connie


Fingers and paws crossed.
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Re: Amazing pitbull athlete at Indiana Shelter

Postby Nickdawg » Thu Dec 10, 2009 4:56 am

hope it works out!
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