Dog trainers focus on ‘bully breeds’

Dog trainers focus on ‘bully breeds’

Dog breeds branded for their aggressive personalities, like pit bulls, Rottweilers and Dobermans, are often scrutinized by the public – especially following incidents like last week’s, when a 7-year-old boy in Dodge County was killed by his family Rottweiler.

Local dog trainers are trying to prevent those situations and build a better reputation for those “bully breeds.” Giene Keyes, owner of Dogface, recently launched a class called “Bully Breeds 101” in an effort to provide support and training for dog owners.

“Our bully breeds are under the microscope, so when we’re out in public, our dogs just have to be perfect,” Keyes says.

Among the lessons she shares, Keyes says supervision may be most important for families.

“Dogs are dogs, and even the best dog in the whole wide world is going to be unpredictable,” she says. “When you have dogs and kids in the mix together, it’s imperative that you constantly supervise.”

Along with constant supervision, Giene also teaches the importance of keeping your dog’s attention, and having a better understanding of what your dog likes and doesn’t like – that includes how to first introduce other people to your pet.

Keyes also says when it comes to bully breeds, training both dogs and the people who interact with them is key.

“If we can help educate our community on understanding our dogs, how to better train and live with their dogs, then we’re going to create better relationships between them,” Keyes says.