Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin is the founder, president, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Drexel University, where she specialized in breed-specific legislation.
How can I be a responsible dog owner?
You want to make sure as a dog owner that you are paying attention to the laws in your community.
You want to make sure that you have good relationships with your city Counsel board if you have a city Counsel. You want to make sure that you are a person in the community that people can count on when dogs are in need.
You want to make sure that people understand that all dogs are individuals regardless of what kind of dog it is. What you put into a dog is what you going to get out of a dog.
We can make sure that our dogs are safe and content and trust worthy by making sure that they know that we are trust worthy in the way we maintain them. What that means is making sure that we keep our dogs on a leash when we walking our dogs. Not setting up our dogs to fail, not putting them in situations that they are uncomfortable with.
You also want to make sure that you were keeping your dog safe by using non-aversive techniques when you train your dog. That means focusing on positive reinforcement, focusing on things that encourage your dog to be safe and happy and content, as supposed to be in a fearful state.
PFPB is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate people about the history, temperament, and plight of the pit bull-type dog; raising awareness to rally against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and Breed Discriminatory Laws (BDL). PFPB’s goal is to restore the image of the pit bull-type dog to its former reputation of America’s companion animal, war hero, and family member.