Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Dog Fighting Paraphernalia

Dog fighting paraphernalia is a list of items that are said to be that if you own it, you're a dog fighter. In this post, we'll be talking about what is thought to be dog fighting paraphernalia and what the items are used for and why the "paraphernalia" used does not make you or anyone else a dog fighter.

Spring pole/flirt pole
Slat mill/carpet mill/treadmill
Cat mill (jenny)
Medical supplies
Drag sleds
Weight pulling harnesses
Break stick
Large amounts of money
Barrel dog housing
Conditioned dog
Books/magazines/journals/DVDs on the breed
Weighted collars
Human drugs (such as marijuana and cocaine)
Prong collars
Heavy duty dog collars
Above the ground kennels

Spring pole/flirt pole: The spring pole and flirt pole is a great exercise tool that is commonly used by American Pit Bull Terrier owners as well as owners of other bully breeds. Both tools are perfectly safe and effective. The spring pole and the flirt pole are both great ways to exercise and "work" your dog. American Pit Bull Terriers are a breed of dog that loves the spring and flirt pole. Hide attached to the pole is a very common thing used a "tug" for the dog. Dogs love the hide - they go crazy for hide. You cannot force a dog to use the spring pole or flirt pole, it's absolutely impossible to force a dog to do so.

Here are some examples of dog's working the spring pole and flirt pole:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOJLqAV672w - no one is touching the dog, dog is working the spring pole himself, no one's forcing the dog to do what he is doing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChjHQQluE78 - once again, no one is touch the dog, the dog is working the hide himself, no one's forcing the dog to work the hide

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np-BagvEEYE - same as what is said above, dog isn't being forced to work the hide

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5FKcp3fIOw - same as what is said above, dog isn't being forced to work the spring pole

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2PruB3RigA - dog working the flirt pole, I don't see the dog being forced to do anything here, he's loving it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4xC_AdB4Fnw - dog working the flirt pole, no harm is seen or done here

Show me one, all I ask for is ONE video of where a dog is being forced to work both a spring pole and a flirt pole. You'll never find one, so quit bitching and whining about it.

Slat mill/carpet mill/e-mill: All are great tools. I've written a blog post on all three which you can find in previous posts on this blog. All four are all great exercise tools. The slat-mill and carpet-mill are powered by the DOG. If the dog walks/runs, it moves with the dog. If the dog stops, it stops. The dog has control over the slat-mill and the carpet-mill. The dog can choose how fast he wants to run, whether he wants to stop, etc. The treadmill (or e-mill) is a bit different. I don't necessarily like the treadmill because a treadmill isn't powered by the dog. You also can't go up in speed with a treadmill, it can be dangerous to the dog. The treadmill also does not have benefits like the slat-mill and carpet-mill does.

Here are some great videos on dog's working the mill by themselves:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWVyIt1cqfA - dog is not being forced to run on the carpet mill or even walk on it, he can slow down or stop at anytime as seen in the video - no forcing is shown here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13VHEcPfu-E - this dog is clearly enjoying himself greatly on the slat mill. Like said above, he can start, slow down and stop himself at anytime he wants - no forcing is shown here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dvTqNDCPu8 - another example of a dog on the slat mill greatly enjoying himself and he seems very excited and happy like the dogs shown above do as well. This dog can start, slow down and stop himself at anything that he wants - no forcing is shown here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGXvUSS-t2M - dog is not being forced to walk on this treadmill. If he wanted to stop, he would stop and slide right off the treadmill, but he's walking on the treadmill himself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au8Tn4LzB9A - once again, the dog is not being forced to walk on the treadmill.

Turntable: You don't see many using the turntable anymore. The turntable is a great tool, however. Those who use it love it. The turntable is a great and proper exercising tool that a dog can walk/run on.

Cat mill (jenny): The cat mill (also known as a jenny) is a great tool to use in exercising your dog. The cat mill takes up a lot of space which is why a lot of owners of the breed don't have a cat mill. The cat mill can have a cage attached to it which will allow you to place an animal such as a cat (hence the name cat mill since cats were one of the most common animals placed in the cage of a cat mill), raccoon, possum, badger, squirrel, etc. The cat-mill is powered by the DOG.

Here are some examples of dogs being exercised using the cat mill/jenny:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXvM_oOPz5M - this dog started himself and can slow down and stop at anytime. There is no harm or forcing being done in this video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4wo1LQPEp0 - dog starts, slows down and stops himself throughout the video, no forcing or abuse done here!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOdWlgniY90 - no forcing or abuse in this video either, just a guy that built his dog a proper exercise tool and is properly exercising his dog

Antibiotics/medicine/supplements: I look at you as a responsible American Pit Bull Terrier owner if you have any of these on your yard. You are NOT considered a dog fighter to me or to the majority of others. The people who are going to look at you as a dog fighter are what they call "advocates" and "activists" as well as animal rights organizations, rescues and shelters.
Antibiotics/medicine/supplements makes you a responsible owner, not a dog fighter.

Medical supplies: Every responsible American Pit Bull Terrier owner/breeder (or dog owner in general)should always have medical supplies stocked up at all times just like they should always have antibiotics/medicine/supplements at all times as well. Medical supplies are not only needed, but can save your dog's life in an emergency. Check out Ready Dog, if you'd like to purchase a first-aid kit: http://www.readydogproducts.com/

Drag sleds: Drag sleds are used as weight pulling sleds. Safe and effective. I've never in my life seen a dog hurt him or herself from weight pulling and/or pulling a drag sled. The drag sled is also powered by the DOG.

Here are some videos on dogs using the drag sled:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7sZ0ykXQR4 - dog starts himself and can slow down and stop himself at anytime, dog is enjoying himself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euvpjX--s-g - once again, dog starts himself and can slow down and stop himself at anytime. Dog is once again, enjoying himself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0i5WrSfj9vE - this dog is just awesome, he's actually a bully that can work! He's clearly enjoying himself

Weight pulling harnesses: Weight pulling is a great activity to get your dog involved in, and is not cruel in anyway, shape or form. There's so many breeds that are involved in weight pulling, weight pulling is an all breed sport. Weight pulling harnesses are used strictly for weight pulling. Weight pulling has nothing whatsoever to do with dog fighting. There are multiple breeds of dogs that are involved in weight pulling, it's not just the American Pit Bull Terrier. I have seen it all, Toy Poodles to Chihuahuas to Huskies to Rottweilers to Schnauzers to American Bullies to Newfoundlands to Saint Bernards weight pulling, just look up videos on the internet and you will see for yourself. As you can see, weight pulling is not just for pit bulls, it's for any and every breed of dog.

Chains: Chains can be used by anyone who owns a dog, not just American Pit Bull Terrier owners. I've seen all different types of breeds on proper chain setups. Do not think for a second that just because a dog is on a chain means that it never gets off. Most people don't have their dogs on a proper chain setup or won't take the time out of their day to educate themselves on building a proper chain setup. My personal opinion is that if you can't take the time to build a proper chain setup or afford to do so, you shouldn't have a dog if that's the way you're going to keep your dog. There's a few different ways to build a proper chain setup, I'm going to share one set up out of a few other's that you can follow by:

Starting from the ground up: Axle - axle ring - 2 lap links/quick links - 2 lap links/quick links - chain - 2 lap links - swivel - 2 lap links - 2 o rings (slip through collar) - collar

I've seen the worst of the worst chain setups and every time I see a bad chain setup, the dogs are usually (not all of the time, but most) kept in poor condition (don't have proper shelter or any shelter at all, no food or water or the food/water is moldy and is growing algae, the collars are extremely tight and are too small, etc). Dogs that are living in poor condition are the ones that are not being cared for properly. The majority of people who have their dogs on a proper chain setup are usually going to have their dogs in good condition. It really all comes down to caring for your dog properly. If you can't care for your dog, don't own a dog.

Chaining a dog is NOT cruel. If you think that chaining is cruel, educate yourself on the topic and you, yourself will see that chaining is not a cruel thing as most people portray it to be. Chaining your dog is the safest way to contain your dog. Safely containing your dog is a must and a proper chain setup will contain your dog safely. I do recommend that if you are building a proper chain setup or already have one that you check your dog's chain spot and setup everyday to ensure that nothing is broken, loose or looks like it's fixing to break.

Keep your dog's chain spot completely clean and free of feces, limbs, lots of leaves, rocks, tall grass, etc., and clean your dog's chain spot often. Provide your dog with a proper source of shelter and good bedding and be sure to replace bedding often. Provide your dog with fresh food and water and replace food and water each and every day, and be sure to scrub and clean those bowls good every day! Do not leave your dog on his or her chain 24/7, that's just carelessness, irresponsibility and pure laziness. Provide your dog with lots of good exercise each and every day.

Just an example, here's Eric Emminger the founder of Pit Bull Happenings Rescue showing you how he properly chains his dog, Freeway: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT4n3I3vpMw 

Here's a great article on chaining vs penning: http://www.ncraoa.com/PDF/Tethering/TetheringPenning.pdf

Break Sticks: If you own a break stick, you're being a responsible dog owner. I believe that every dog owner should own a break stick, especially every bully breed owner. A break stick can potentially save both dog's lives if your dog has gotten into a fight. If your dog does get into a fight, a break stick can easily be used to break your dog's grip that he/she has onto the other dog. Many say that break sticks are cruel (keep in mind that these people are ones who are so called activist, advocates, rescues, shelters and animal rights organizations) and should never be used, when in fact they can save your dog's life!

The difference between them not using a break stick and you (the responsible one) using the break stick is that you're breaking up a fight responsibly and quickly while the other's don't know what the hell they're doing and don't know how to properly break up a dog fight (they're usually the ones that kick the dog's, hit the dogs, scream at the dog's, do nothing, try and open the dog's mouth with their hands, etc). If you want to properly break up a dog fight, the break stick is the way to go. You should also be experienced and know what to do when a dog gets into a fight (the steps to take and the steps not to take and the do's and the don'ts). You should also be patient, calm yet quick and firm when breaking up a fight.

Break-sticks are also commonly used during hunting. Plenty of hog-hunters use them as well.

Pedigrees: It seems that pedigrees containing CH and GR CH automatically makes you a dog fighter since many believe that since the pedigree contain either/or or both then you're breeding fighting dogs. A lot of pedigrees do contain both CH and GR CH, but that doesn't mean that you're a dog fighter. Pedigrees are what make up your dog's lineage and heritage. Pedigrees are fascinating in my opinion, I love studying pedigrees, which many people do. In today's day and age, CH and GR CH doesn't always mean fighting dogs, it can also mean the dog is a CH or GR CH in another activity (such as conformation).

Large amounts of money: It seems as though every time there's a raid, the authorities start searching for money which they believe is used to place bets on the dog's and used in gambling. A large amount of money has nothing to do with dog fighting or gambling, and has nothing to do with dog fighting. There's more gamblers in the world that there are people fighting dogs. While I do not recommend keeping large amounts of money around your house, it doesn't link to dog fighting. The best thing to do with all that money is put it in the bank, where it belongs.

Barrel Dog Housing: Barrel dog housing has a "bad rap" by many. The majority of people think that barrel dog housing is a poor way to shelter your dog, and that barrel housing doesn't protect your dog against weather, etc. The fact of the matter is that barrel dog housing is one of the best types of housing that you can provide shelter to for your dog, depending on the climate that you live in, of course.

If barrel dog housing automatically means that you're a dog fighter, then what's with all of these hound, pointer, husky owners who use them? I guess that means they're fighting their hounds, pointers, and huskies, right? Barrel dog housing is used for many different breeds of dogs. Good housing for your dog is very important.

Here's a few links on how to build different dog houses:


To the people who use metal barrels as a dog house for their dogs, you either do not need dogs or you need to get a job to afford and learn how to provide proper housing for your dog, because metal barrels are not acceptable. Metal barrels get extremely cold in the winter, and extremely hot in the summer. They're also just a poor choice of "shelter" for a dog.

You can either buy a barrel dog house or make your own. Making your own is going to be so much cheaper, but if you'd be interested in buying a barrel dog house, go to http://www.k-9kondo.com/ The barrel dog house that K-9 Kondo has for sale is a barrel called "K-9 Kondo". You'll see the barrel housing, if you visit the website.

In order to make your own barrel housing, you will need to read below.

Some of the supplies you'll need:

  • 55 gallon drum barrel (color doesn't matter, but blue is commonly used)
  • Wheat straw AND cedar shavings
  • Skid and siding (to hold the barrel in place)
  • Bottom of dog house should not be sitting on ground, but be above the ground - see below for picture
  • Wooden piece in front of dog house (as seen in picture below)
Here is what the front of the barrel should look like:

See siding and bottom in this picture, the round "roof" is also really good to have:

Scars/wounds: Scars/wounds can mean so many different things. Dogs can cut themselves on their dog houses, get the scars during hunting, and yard accidents happen too sometimes. Just because an American Pit Bull Terrier has scars doesn't mean he's used as a fighting dog.

Conditioned Dog: To clear things up, conditioned dogs are not skinny, but very well conditioned, also known as healthy - think of an athlete and how they're built.

Examples of well conditioned American Pit Bull Terriers:

As you can see, the above dogs are very well conditioned. The above dogs are NOT skinny. These are all perfect examples of how an American Pit Bull Terrier should look. The last dog is also a conformation dog, keep that in mind. This is needed an appreciated in conformation showing.

Here are examples of emaciated dogs (skinny dogs):

There's a huge difference between conditioned and skinny. What's the difference? Both are nothing alike. Conditioned dogs are healthy, while emaciated (skinny) dogs are un-healthy. Conditioned dogs are well built, muscular and lean - good combination right here. Emaciated dogs (skinny) are very un-healthy and need to go through treatment to get well, they also need to gain weight.

Books/Magazines/Journals/DVDs: I don't understand why this would be considered dog fighting paraphernalia. I love reading about the American Pit Bull Terrier and have books on the American Pit Bull Terrier. There's nothing wrong with educating yourself and reading about the breed of your choice. The good American Pit Bull Terrier books are written by good dog-men., which usually always mentions dog fighting in the books (nothing wrong with this at all - it's part of the dog's history). This would be exactly the same as saying that anyone who owns books written on the Greyhound must race their hounds or anyone who owns books on hunting dogs must hunt with their dogs or anyone who owns books on dog breeding must breed their dogs.

Weighted Collars: Weighted collars are used to build muscle and upper body strength in a dog. The weighted collar is used for many different breeds of dogs. Take a look at Leerburg's website, they even sell them: http://leerburg.com/798.htm

Drugs (marijuana, cocaine, etc): It is thought that anyone who owns a pit bull, and has marijuana or cocaine or any other drug on their property must be a dog fighter. If you listen closely to "dog fighting busts" on television, it will clearly state every time that "Police are currently looking for drugs (marijuana, cocaine, etc) leading to dog fighting in this arrest". What does marijuana and cocaine have anything to do with dog fighting? There's more people in the world that are using marijuana and cocaine than there is people fighting dogs. Human drugs have nothing to do with dog fighting whatsoever. And, drugs are never encouraged in the "dog fighting" world.

Prong Collars: A prong collar is a great training tool, if used correctly. Prong collars are in no way, shape or form cruel or inhumane. There's plenty of S&R, and police dogs who wear prongs. If you would like to know more about the use of a prong collar and how to use a prong collar, go to http://leerburg.com/fit-prong.htm

Heavy duty dog collars: Heavy duty dog collars meaning 2" 4 ply collars or thicker/wider collars than this. American Pit Bull Terriers are often chained with a "wide and thick" collar on. Heavy duty dog collars are a must for the American Pit Bull Terrier breed, whether they're chained or not. Too thin and small of a collar will cause damage to the neck of any dog chained, this is why you should always use a thick and wide collar to protect your dog and to keep your dog safe. American Pit Bull Terriers are strong breeds of dogs and can easily break a 1/2" - 1" collar. Puppies can wear 1/2" to 1" collars, but I never recommend them for young dogs or adult dogs.

Above the ground kennels: Above the ground kennels are very useful. There's multiple hunting dog owners who use above the ground kennels to house their hunting dogs, and many American Pit Bull Terrier owners also use these kennels to house their dogs. The kennels are used mainly to house puppies and/or their mother, but are used to house dogs of all ages as well. The dogs should not kept in the kennel all day, every day and should be exercised and worked on a daily basis, as all dogs should be. Above the ground kennels come in many different sizes, depending on how you build them.

Here are some examples of what an above the ground kennel is:

Above the ground kennels can also look like this kennel:

Any kennel that is above the ground is known as an above the ground kennel. The good thing about the first three above the ground kennels listed is that many use them because they don't take up much room and are easy to maintain.

I hope that you enjoyed this particular post. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!

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  1. The Barrel house is mine. We use culvert pipe to make the "roof." Works like a windy/rain guard. :)

  2. --You guys take action against, or turn in, many dogfighters?