Monday, September 30, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Pitbull loyalty

By: Jenny R
"Pits are the most loyal dog you can have"

Loyalty* is an abstract, human construct, perverted by the nutters' pathological need to anthropomorphize their animals in dangerous and irrational ways.  (Except from when they're using the "animals will be animals"/following instinct argument.)  Pitbulls attack their families as much as they attack acquaintances and strangers combined.  Almost all of which were well cared for, presenting with no past or present signs of abuse or neglect to animal control.  Only a handful of these owner attacks were committed by "rescues" with potentially shady backgrounds.  Most were raised from puppies with the family, and the length of bonding time had no impact on the severity, duration, or frequency of attacks... Regardless of having months or many years together prior to the attack.
*loyalty is defined here as a state of mind; a conscious fealty to a loved one, borne from a genuine concern for anotheroutside of self...  not the ability to operate with pack cohesion

Breeders and breed advocates are ripped apart by the animal they cherish.  No one solicits loyalty from pitbulls, not even the people that champion them:

·        Rescue Angel Rebecca Carey, 23 dead
·        Rescue Angel Mary Jo Hunt, 53 dead
  • BADRAP supporter Darla Napora & her unborn, 6months-along baby dead and dead
  • Feb 2013, Toledo, OH; Pregnant Pit Bull owner hospitalized after her dog attempts a Darla Napora DBRF re-enactment on her. In surgery for wounds to thumb, breast area, thigh and forearm 
·        Breeder Johnny Wilson, 57 dead
  • Breeder Gerald Adelmund, 60 dead
  • Breeder Raymond Tomco dead
  • Pitbull fanatic/advocate Matt Lebold
"June 2005; Pit Bull owner sets the record straight with his comment number 9016on this Anti-BSL Petition: Matt Lebold said 06/08/05, 9:19 pm (verified) Be responsible. Tell the truth about the breed. Stop using sensationalism and scare tactics to sell your stories
"UPDATE: May 2011; Matt is found dead in his apartment .... His Pit Bull had eaten parts of his face, neck and chest. "
·        Breeder Dorothy Carter dead
·        Rescue Angel Shelly Loudermilk
·        Rescue Volunteer Patricia Agnello
·        Pit Protecters/Obfuscators Nicole Farrell and Steve Thompson
·        Rescue/Foster "Daddy" Eric Gray
·        Rescue Angel Michelle Gonzales
·        Celebrity pit advocate Rachel Ray
·        Pitbull Advocate Reporter Robert Weller (who instructs/boasts about how to get around BSL)
·        Pit fanatic Garry Clark, 43
·        Breeder Doug Bowling & 14mo. grand-daughter
·        Lifelong pitbull fanatic Bill Lesinski (still persists is disseminating deadly myths evenafter having his nose torn off his face)
  • Dog Whisperer fan/philosopher Amanda McCommons
  • Breeder, Unnamed senior-citizen, Bronx, NY 2012 dead
·                     Breeder Linda Henry (now rendered a double-amputee by "the most loyal dog on the planet"... Nutter logic would dictate that--like a separate case in which a pitbull ate his diabetic owner's toes--she must've had an infection (unconfirmed, speculation only) and they were "trying to save her life" by removing the infected limbs.
I mean, a dog's mouth is such a great bastion of sanitation and sterility, right??  Doc McRuff will be noble and altruistic enough to treat your child's ear infection or stomach "bug"...  disembowelment is a natural and reasonable solution for appendicitis, screw those pesky and "greedy" medical professionals and go with the pitbull's "care-giving instinct". Another point for the "nanny dog" column!)

The aforementioned are just the breeders and advocates--a sampling of a much largerpool of owners and families attacked, frequently fatally, by their pitbulls.  These "loyal" animals remove limbs, testicles, faces (and don't even have the decency to leave the shredded parts in the open, forcing animal control to have the victim's face/body parts surgically removed from the animal's stomach for potential reattachment viability), sever major arteries and veins, decapitate, crush bones, the list goes on... Even in cases in which a limb is not amputated, the pitbull's unique and powerful physiology and attack style excels at stripping flesh down to the bone.  Entire sections of muscles/tendons are irreparably lost.  The face is the most popular attack target. Eyes, ears, noses, teeth, lips, and even entire mandibles get ripped off.  Even more suffer some degree of scalping or degloving.
What exactly, I wonder, is the nutter definition of "loyalty"? Whatever it is, reasonable people should give their claims no more credence than you would give to the resident looney proselytizing incoherently on the street corner.  It does not sync with reality.
Other expressions of pitbull-to-owner fealty

What sets off a pitbull? They MUST have been provoked, so sayeth the pit fans

By: Jenny R
"They provoked it"

Quick note: "nutter[s]" is not a blanket term for all pitbull owners.  It is to indicate a type of pit owner that is fanatical, close-minded, and cruel about about their "advocacy".  It is the people that refuse to read/hear anything that doesn't reinforce their views, or those who receive that information but choose to ignore it anyway, and continue ad hominem attacks on victims and safety advocates, refuse to respect the boundaries or grief of others and consciously continue to perpetuate danger myths, all the while doing their best to tear down the information groups that do not cater to them.  It is abhorrent and dysfunctional behaviors toward others that defines a "nutter".

Nutters pathologically rally around to fabricate excuses for a pitbull attack, insisting the dogs were somehow provoked.  They get so ridiculous about it, that an assembly of them responded to the article about the diabetic man who had his toes chewed off while he was sleeping.  The asserted with the utmost certainty that he must’ve had an infection in the toes and the dog was actually helping him, saving his life, and is a hero.  Because… you know… a dog’s mouth is the epitome of cleanliness.  There was no evidence of infection whatsoever, but the nutters kept repeating it as fact.  It is true that some dogs can sense infections and even cancer within the body, but it is untrue that the dog’s course of action to alert the owner or to manage it would be mauling the body.  Many dogs—not pitbulls—detect cancer cells, and do not attack the patient over it.  I wonder if they would like a pitbull to treat their next yeast infection? tummy-bug? or their child's ear infection? Of course not, yes?
 The toe-thing is just as absurd, but exemplifies the distorted thinking of rabid pitbull advocates.  Common sense issues that, if diabetic infection sparks pitbull aggression, there would be a strong and evident correlation between attacks and owner illness.  The human body regularly goes through a smorgasbord of infection, yet, people are not explicitly onlymauled when suffering any of the thousands of acquired health afflictions.  The only thing that would make the infection=assault theory even somewhat feasible is if it is a predator instinct (apex predators going after sick or wounded prey)... which flies in the face of every claim that a pitbull's behavior and aggression has no genetic/inborn component.  That aggressive pitbulls are human-made only.

May 2011, Rochester Hills, NY; Family Pit Bull attacks it's owner while she wassitting at computer...Probably typing "Don't Blame The Breed"

Oct 2009, Woodbury, MN; Man mauled by his gripper as he watched TV

Pitbull aggression is idiopathic, meaning their aggression is random, sudden, dangerous,  and unprovoked.  This makes it unpredictable and absent in temperament testing.  Passing a temperament test is not a true indicator of future aggression.  It isirrelevant to danger potential.

Demonizing Media?

By: Jenny R
Media "Conspiracy"/"Hysteria"

Q: Why do I always read about pit bulls in the news? 

When a pit bull attacks, the injury inflicted may be catastrophic. First responders, such as police officers and firefighters, understand this as do members of the media, who are quick to report these attacks. Ongoing social tension also keeps pit bulls in the news. The pit bull problem is nearly 30-years old.8 In this time, most lawmakers have been "too afraid" to take breed-specific action to correct the problem. Due to this failure, horrific maulings continue to make headlines.
About half of all media reports regarding pit bulls involve police officers shooting dangerous pit bulls in the line of duty.9 Since the late 1970's pit bulls have been used extensively in criminal operations for drug dealers, gang members and other violent offenders. The pit bull terrier is the breed of choice for criminals. This choice is directly linked to the pit bull's selectively bred traits of robust jaw strength, a deadly bite style, tenacity (gameness) and a high tolerance to pain. 

Why the media reports pitbull attacks more than other kind of breed is threefold:
I.)                     Superficial nips from other breeds is hardly newsworthy. Nutter assertions that little nips like the following are relevant to the conversation because "thousands of [these nips from other breeds] go unreported".  The same logic would make regular news bulletins of every mosquito bite and ant sting.

Deep lacerations, degloving, throats torn out, crushed ribs, skulls, and other bones, scalping, muscles ripped off of bone, loss of eyes, ears, even noses, dismemberment, decapitation, and gory, drawn out deaths do solicit cause for notice.  On the rare occasions in which another breed commits physical devastation, the issue receives just as much attention as any pitbull attack.  Sometimes more, because such attacks are so rare and unusual.  With pitbulls, on the other hand, brutal attacks are business as usual. (note: in the photo with the scratched legs, what you don't see is the fact that BOTH of this woman's ankles are broken--the force of a charging pitbull is a considerable one)

scalpings are extremely common in head-attacks
What IS newsworthy is an animal in a community committing catastrophic damage on persons whether they are in the street, at the park, in their own yard, in their own home, minding their own business, etc..  No one would claim that the news reporting on severe weather or terrorist attacks is "nothing more than fear-mongering".  There is a legitimate threat.  A real attack.  Safety is compromised.  Danger is imminent, and it is not make-believe.  Why should people not be alerted to what is happening in their communities?  Especially when these 'happenings' are thus:
A 12 year old boy's pitbull mix turned on him and made hamburger of his arm
This 12 year old boy was attacked by his own pet
24 year old woman attacked by female pitbull
both legs of this 27 year old woman were badly injured
she wound up losing a pound and a half of muscle from her leg, and reports that her post-attack wound is deeply scalloped and disfiguring
This young man was bitten by his own dog, in the back of the leg.
this woman's bull terrier broke bones in one hand and severed the middle fingertip on her other one.
This fifty year old man did not survive his encounter with a pitbull. The face is one of the most common targets for pitbull bites.
This woman was walking her son to the bus stop when she encountered the same pitbull for the SECOND time. It had attacked her son previously. She put herself between her child and the animal, and it ripped out her elbow.
This woman is fortunate to have not lost her arm--a fate many fellow attack victims have suffered--or worse.

This is reporting of fact, plain and simple.

2.)        Additionally, pitbull attacks are actually being minimized, not exaggerated.  If anything, the media is benefiting the nutters*, not the other way around. Many articles/reports are little more than a paragraph with minimal description of the damage done, and frequently include quotes and excuses from the pitbull owner, as if to justify the attack.  More disturbingly, pitbull attacks are being covered up entirely.  An article titled“Dog-bite girl leaves hospital” does not report the breed at all.  The five-year-old child’scatastrophic injuries were abbreviated to nothing more than a mere “dog-bite” in the article title.  So much for the alleged “sensationalism” and “hysteria” pit-nutters scream about.
*Note: "nutters" is not intended to be a blanket term for all pitbull owners, but exemplifies the sort of person who is well aware of the dangers and science refuting their chosen myths, and still continues to proliferate those dangerous falsehoods as fact.  They rely on personal anecdote alone, or even outright lie about their credentials and experiences (see: Michelle Serwocki's campaign to construct an abuse dynamic that did not exist in Susan Iwiki's home, and assertion that she was a professional consulted on the case.  She never was.)  Nutters means the people who seek out pit-bull-related tragedies to attack the victims and their families.
“…surgeon Hiroshi Nishikawa said: "Leah's injuries were life and limb-threatening but a team here at the children's hospital, including surgeons, anesthetists, nurses and physiotherapists, have successfully treated her…”
“…is now making good progress walking.”
"Due to the severity and extent of Leah's injuries, she will be permanently scarred and…” …”require reconstructive plastic surgery on her legs in the future."
A little girl nearly lost her legs, was in critical condition, had to re-learn walking with mutilated legs, and still has much more pain, surgery, and impediment ahead of her.  And yet… the title of the article uses a two-word phrase that solicits little more than images of a little nip on the finger; “dog-bite”.  Even bites from other large dog breeds (non-vicious, excluding Rottweilers and Dobermans), such as Labrador and Golden Retrievers, St.Bernards, Greyhounds, Poodles, Schnauzers… rarely solicit more attention than cleaning superficial abrasions. 
“Mrs Reynolds said she and her family were looking forward to getting back into a routine and life returning to normal.”
Destruction of routine and sense of security are common among mauling events, not with mere “dog-bite[s]”.  The breed of canine assailant is protected; not even a vaguedescription is offered.
…and the pitbull lobby insist the media is in the back pocket of “the haters”.

The voice of pitbull advocates is louder than all else.  Shows like Pitbulls and Parolees, Pit Boss, and Dog Whisperer disseminate throughout the country, with no program giving voice to the victims of pitbull attacks.  Not only that, the advocates are aggressively seeking to silence what few forums the victims do have... to the extent of even petitioning to have websites--like and social networking groups for pit-truthers--torn down. In the attacks from dogs with previously documented aggression, the majority of previous aggression incidents went unreported, and only came to light after a brutal mauling occurred. 
It's not uncommon for nutters to pressure their victims into silence about an incident, as well.  Thomas O'Halloran (owner of the dog that nearly killed Dominic Solesky) threatened the life of little Dominic's friend in an effort to keep him from telling.  Nutters flood websites reporting an attack, immediately after it happens, and spams it with entreaties/threats to reword and erase the pitbull aspect of the event. Relabeling the animal as another or mixed breed is a common tactic of both pit defenders and animal shelters desperate to unload the surplus of the breed overwhelming their facility.
In reality; pitbull attacks are under-reported.
3.)        Media coverage of pitbull attacks is a numbers game.  Pitbulls kill and grievouslymaul people and other animals more than any other dog breed.  The incessant demands for a fluff piece* touting the nutter myths bombard their source, generating yet more pitbull attention.  This cycle of constant pitbull attack-constant pro-pit furor is what keeps pitbulls in the media to such a large degree.  Nutter perpetuation of life-shattering myths and obstruction of life-saving BSL send the numbers snowballing.

Additionally, news pieces are heavily influenced and funded by the massive pitbull lobby, which aggressively pursues media proselytizing.  It is in the syndication's best financial interests to publish pro-pit, (rather than unbiased journalism with integrity), and so pass off one-sided articles as news reporting.  Things contrary (safety advocacy, which exposes unsavory pitbull myths) to those monetary interests can even be cut entirely from publications. Polls are narrow and skewed; conducted in such a way to maximize favorable pitbull results, and exclude a massive contingent of the populace.

The only exaggeration of pitbulls by media is that which the nutters contribute; and they are too persecution complex blinded to grasp the realities of pitbull media--even when it serves their own interests.

Best Friends Caught In More Nutter Lies

Saturday, September 28, 2013

About the nanny dog and aggression is learned argument

By: Jenny R

Nanny Dog

Aggression is "learned"

Deceived advocates and outright nutters continue to assert that pitbulls are just like any other dog, and that they are not born inherently dangerous.  In reality, genetics are a powerful influence on temperament and behavior, especially when a breed is purposely manipulated and bred for it.  But personality characteristics are undeniably inherited in even humans.  There are strong correlations between specific mental illnesses and cognitive predispositions, presented within scientific study and medical treatment. Temperament has some genetic component, as evidenced by the scores of adopted/separated/estranged family members raised and living in different environs but presenting with the same behavioral characteristics. Hard science rebuffs the nutter myths at every turn.  DNA cannot be conditioned out of an animal, and environment may somewhat mitigate these issues, the proven impact is minimal at best, as evidenced by scores of unprovoked attacks initiated by family pets.
Compelling snippets from credentialed, published dog-behavior-scientist Alexandra Semyonova:

Only when behavioral inheritance is understood,  beginning with basic biological concepts,  can we have a clear and honest discussion about aggression in domestic dogs.  First we must understand the relationship between “physical conformation” and “behavioral conformation,”  ....     “Physical conformation” describes how a dog has been bred to become physically shaped specifically for the task we want him to perform.  The purpose-bred dog’s body––brain,  skeleton,  muscles,  and metabolism––will be different from those of other dogs. The dog will feel physically comfortable doing the job,  whatever it is.      The border collie is physically designed for the stalking stance and for switching easily and often from standing to lying down to standing again.  A greyhound enjoys sprinting,   with a deep chest that easily provides enough oxygen to the dog’s muscles to fuel a burst of high speed.  The same deep chest means the greyhound cannot run marathons because the deep chest prevents a greyhound from losing heat efficiently...
 More vibrant illustrations of canine conformation (I strongly recommend reading the entire journal, but experience shows that many people are disinclined to read for substantial periods of time, especially when facing cognitive dissonance with personal views, so hence, the "cliffs notes" here)

Dog breeders have for centuries selected for particular traits by simply watching how a dog performs.  They have bred dogs for specific tasks by removing the dogs who perform less well from their breeding stock.  Sometimes they will cross in a dog breed they think will add traits to perform the task better.  Breeders select for performance without always knowing exactly which traits they are breeding for.  For example,  until recently no one realized the husky was being bred for a particular heat economy;  they just chose the dogs who kept running the longest. Eventually, successful breeders produce dogs who are physically shaped to do the dog’s task better than any other dog,  no matter how well the other dog is trained.     “Physical conformation” leads to “behavioral conformation.”  First of all, each dog’s brain is genetically predisposed to grow to efficiently direct the body it is born in.  Then the dog’s brain adapts itself further to the body it is in as it grows in the developing puppy.  There is no gene for running or stalking,  but there are genes that give a dog four legs and make those legs longer,  shorter,  more or less flexible, and so forth.  It is because of the action of the genes that confer differently shaped bodies and brains that the pointer enjoys pointing,  the border collie stalks and stares,  the Newfoundland floats in cold water,  and so on.
     Just as we cannot make a dog into something the dog has no genetic capacity to be,  we cannot prevent a dog from being what the dog is genetically predisposed to be.  Because inherited postures and behaviors are suitable for the body and brain the dog was born with,  they are internally motivated and internally rewarded:  they feel good. This means that inherited behavioral traits are practically impossible to extinguish by manipulating external environmental stimuli.    There is such a thing as normal aggression in dogs,  as in all animals. Maternal defensiveness,  territorial defense,  and predatory behavior and depend on different neuronal and hormonal mechanisms,  and are all normal coping responses. These dog behaviors have been accepted by humans in the process of domestication,  as long as the behaviors can be foreseen.     But abnormal dis -inhibited behavior is not functional,  and it is unpredictable.  Although high arousal and sudden attack can be functional in certain environments,  this behavior is pathological in a safer environment,  where a high level of arousal and aggressivity are not necessary and only lead to unnecessary attacks and injuries.   Research implicates the frontal cortex,  subcortical structures,  and lowered activity of the serotonergic system inimpulsive aggression in both dogs and humans. Impulsive aggressive behavior in dogs seems to have a different biological basis than appropriate aggressive behavior.Kathelijne Peremans,  DVM discovered this by studying two different populations of impulsively aggressive dogs.  Each dog had executed one or more attacks without the classical preceding warnings,  and the severity of the attacks was out of all proportion to environmental stimuli.  Peremans found a significant difference in the frontal and temporal cortices of these dogs... [and] significant dysfunctions of the serotonergic systems among these dogs. Serotonergic dysfunction... connected toabnormal, impulsive aggression.     Peremans studied dogs of various breeds,  selectedpurely on the basis of their behavior.  Peremans was not interested in implicating any particular breed, but rather in finding the mechanism behind the behavior in anydog it occurred in.   She found that all of the dogs with a history of abnormal impulsive aggression shared the same physical abnormalities in the brain.  The gender of the dogmade no difference.  Neither did whether the dog was castrated or spayed.     Peremans left open the possibility that we will later find other physical factors that contribute to abnormal impulsive aggression.  For example,  the adrenergic system may also play an important role.

Like any other dog, as it pertains to containment

By: Jenny R
I've been cobbling together a document on the pitbull issue for quite some time now.  I've poured hours of reading and research into it, and it is FAR from being done.  Initially I wasn't going to share it until it was done and polished.  Given the events of this morning, I see just how critical it is to get the information out there ASAP.
I can go back with edits and more material in the future.  So I've decided to post it by topic. The first of which is an analysis of pitbull containment as it pertains to the "just like any other dog" myth.

The pitbull lobby is rife with hypocrisy and double standards. A popular motto is “they’re just like other dogs”, but they contradict themselves about that constantly.  If all dogs are the same, then it stands to reason that all dogs can be handled the same in every aspect of domestic pet ownership.  Containing your animal, for example…
Excerpts from a containment manual written for pitbulls, BY pitbull advocates.  There are a lot of telling contradictions to the constant waste falling out of nutter mouths.  The original formatting is tweaked a little (for emphasis; size, bold, etc.), and extraneous material is clipped (you can see the entirety of the piece via the link below), but is otherwise intact according to the original source document.
Personal notes and comments on the original material (which is indented) follow underneath the relevant section.

How to contain your dog when you can’t supervise
Unsatisfactory Methods of Containment
Chaining or tethering
Cable run
Electronic, underground, or “Invisible” fence
Regular fence
Satisfactory Methods of Containment
Kennel run*
Crate and Crate Training

*though Susan Iwiki's dogs launched against their run's metal gate with such force they ripped it right off the hinges.  Without a solid, thick concrete foundation, the dogs will easily tunnel underneath it though.  Pit owners can't be bothered to responsibly handle costs for victims of their dogs, acquire liability insurance, or even invest in a mere muzzle, so the odds that they would fork over the hundreds of dollars necessary to construct a proper kennel run is infinitesimal.

It is important to keep your dog in a safe, secure environment where it can notinteract with other people or animals without your knowledge. While this is true for all breeds of dogs, it is especially true for pit bulls*.
*i.e. pitbulls are NOT "just like other dogs", right from the nutter source!

Many if not most of the negative pit bull stories you read about in the news occur because a dog has not been properly contained. In order to stop aggravating the pit bull’s current bad situation, it is essential for all pit bull owners to keep their dogs under control at all times.
If, by "not properly contained" you mean the hundreds of attacks in which a pitbull attacked a family member or owner in their own home, in the presence of other people.  Pit ownersfrequently encounter attacks in which everything from beating, stabbing, eye gouging,macing, tasering, hosing, strangling, and even multiple gunshots fail to end the assault.  Fact is, no one can keep a pitbull "under control"--only have the illusion of doing so--nonetheless keeping a pit under control at all times.

Never, ever leave a dog alone with a young child. If adults are not present, securely contain the dog where children cannot gain access to it.
Yeah, because being in the same area with the dog and child will prevent the pitbull from attacking, ripping children from laps, cribs, bassinets, bicycles, strollers, toy wagons, the arms of their babysitter, or even the lap of their caretaker.  Oh... wait... :(

Further, there is really only one acceptable method for keeping a dog outside – a secure kennel as described below. If you cannot manage it, do not keep your dog outside.
Your local containment laws are in place to make sure a dog physically survives and to ensure public safety.
That goes against all the "ineffective", "racist", "unfair", "genocide" arguments spewed by every BSL opponent.  In this one sentence, the author is a near extinct exception, leagues away from "the rule" that is pit lobby mentality today.

Chained dogs are responsible for about 1/4 of all fatal dog attacks. Dog bite researcher Karen Delise states that chaining a dog is the most dangerous way to keep a dog.
Source material for this faux researcher pit lobbyist is non-existent.  This estimate is nothing more than pure fabrication.  Karen Delise is among the team spear-heading to have pitbull-truth and public-awareness/safety sites like torn down. Censorship, anyone?  Every report on the site can be backed by third party research, studies, statistics, images, and experiences.  The same cannot be said of the common pro-pit go-to claims and the sites championing them.

Whether made of chain link or wood planks, a fence is often not as secure as many owners believe. Many of the loose dogs collected by animal control are dogs that have somehow escaped from a backyard while the owner was away. It is not safe to leave your dog alone loose in your backyard, even with a physical fence.
Yet, the majority of pitbulls reside in domiciles in which a fence is the ONLY method of containment, despite the inherent pitbull tenacity presenting in videos, pics, and memes everywhere with the "tree dog".  Wooden fences are easier to break than a crate (from which many pitbulls also tear through, even unto great self-injury), chain link fences just offer plenty of "footholds" for the climbing pitbull, and both can be tunneled under with frightening speed.  Other dog breeds are, for the most part, just fine with only a fence. The exception is incredibly rare.  But with pitbulls, fences are jumped/shattered to facilitate a grievous attack with disturbing frequency.  Almost business-as-usual.  Pitbulls "are just like other dogs"?  Then why does it take such drastically different measures to handle them, then? What's even more frightening is the author's leap of logic conclusion on fences, which other nutters share in spades;

A fenced yard is acceptable as long as the owner is outside with the dog.
A lot of deceased, mutilated, and horribly disfigured men, women, children, pets, and even livestock would beg to differ.

The outdoor kennel should not depend on the backyard fence for walls. Chain link walls are recommended (rather than wood). For diggers, you should extend the kennel walls into the ground several feet down, or use railroad ties or a concrete footer to discourage digging out. Pit bulls are athletic and many can jump or climb out, so you should put a chain link lid on the kennel.
See? Pitbulls are “just like other dogs”. Containment measures need be no different because they’re just like other dogs. Oh, wait….

“Inside the kennel, you will need… …an indestructible toy like a Kong toy.”
Because toys for the average dog should be adequate for a dog that is definitively just likeother dogs. Oh, wait…

Outdoor kennels should be locked and lidded.
…because the high walls and latch-gates adequate for other dogs doesn’t quite cut it for this “just like other dogs” dog.

Loose Indoors Unsupervised
If they bark, the neighbors don’t that don’t share walls might not care. …strangersthe dog would have to actually break into out of the house to interact with the dogattack people, things, and animals. 
Oh yeah!  On that note, you need to chain up and “lid” your balcony, too, so your dog doesn’t join its comrades in launching aerial assaults. In June 2012 a Milwaukee man walking his dog was assaulted by a pitbull leaping off a second story balcony; bystander rescue attempts and even hitting the animal with a car wouldn’t end the attack. So, if you’re a total socio-path and don’t give a shit about anything but your own self and your pibbles, at the very least think about these possibilities in terms of liability costs.
13 months after that attack (July 2013, Mississippi), John Truitt’s own pibbles—following the pit tradition of “never showing aggression before” and therefore baffling nutters and those in the dark about pitbull nature—leapt off a second story balcony to assault him—for 20 minutes until the animal was put down--into serious condition, requiring hospitalization and surgery.
NEVER let your wigglebutt be exposed to open air, keep it lidded at ALL times.
That’s not too much to ask, right? Since bullies are “just like other dogs”? Surely you have a smorgasbord of every-dog balcony containment options, because they’re so… “normal”.  If a pitbull is just like other dogs, it stands to reason that other dogs are just like pitbulls.  Dogs proliferate our society so pervasively they’ve even developed their own doggie “classes”.  You know, the white-trash dogs, the ghetto dogs, the middle class dogs, the hippy dogs, and those snotty rich pooches with diamond studded bowls and filet mignon every night…  So you should have no problem finding balcony containment solutions since every dog needs them… or at least, so pit-nutter logic dictates.

There are some disadvantages to leaving a dog loose indoors when you are not home.
  • The dog can act destructively, chewing on inappropriate items, getting in the trash, and so on. This can also cause injury to the dog.
  • The dog may interact with other household pets, potentially harming them.
Seems pretty normal, right?  Except for the dog injuring itself during destructive acts.  The pitbull is unique in that, when destroying furniture, objects, fences, crates, cages, and so forth… it will rip out its own teeth and nails, suffer deep lacerations, and even strangle themselves to death before they cease their destructive attack.  The only other instances in which non-pitbull and non-pitbull-type dogs come close to doing the same is either when they are infected with rabies, or desperately trying to escape fire/drowning.  Consistent and idiopathic self-mutilation is a pitbull-specific neuroses.
Most dog owners don’t have to concern themselves too much with caged pets or pets with an ‘escape’ (such as a high area or “pet tower” for cats, in which a dog cannot reach) while absent.  But pit owners, by admission, do. More discordance with the “just like other dogs” party line.

In a multi-pet household, dogs should not be allowed to run loose indoors unsupervised. Allowing pets to mingle can result in injury or death. It is not acceptable to allow pit bulls to run loose indoors unsupervised with other dogs due to the risk of dog-aggression.
Other breeds thrive in a “pack environment”.  A dog “just like any other dog” should be fine in a multi-dog household.

“This is true even if your dog seems perfectly fine with the other pets. Dogs are natural predators…”
…predominantly of mice, rabbits, and other small game, and supplement their diets with plant-food as they are omnivores—they do not hunt and consume other dogs or animals large enough and equipped enough (domestic-sized cats) to cause grievous damage. Most domestic dog breeds follow that template.  There’s really no biological compulsion to do otherwise.  It is within fighting breeds that these “natural predator” traits are exaggerated enough to defy sense and sensibility.
Additionally, all this natural, inborn-predatory-nature stuff flies in the face of nutter proclamations that only specifically trained, abused, or neglected pitbulls attack, and that pitbulls are not born with any inherent aggression!
Which is it? “Animals will be animals” or “the animal is a noble and innocent creature until perverted by human hostilities”??  That depends on the situation, to a nutter.  Double-standards heavily at play; if a person is horrifically mauled, the blame is placed upon people—often the victim him/herself, even when facts prove they were not at fault.
 If an animal is horrifically mauled, nutters try to blow it off as “animals will be animals” and “it’s no big deal”, because the life and death of animal matters only when it comes to considering euthanizing a “misunderstood” dangerous/killer pitbull.  THEN it’s something to get upset about and fight against.  Useful, valuable livestock and cherished, “part-of-the-family” pets never matter if a pitbull is in the equation.
Pit nutters play judge-jury-executioner in the realm of which lives should be spared and which should be preserved.  If it’s the animal they champion, fuck all else, includinginnocent and helpless infants, toddlers, children, and senior citizens just sleeping, walking within the vicinity, checking the mail, taking a walk on the sidewalk or other public area,outside the pitbull’s yard/territory/fence, walking home from school, playing in their own front yard, riding their bicycle, riding in a wagon or stroller, hugging their caregiver’s hip, sitting on grandma’s lap, or otherwise existing.  They deserved their death sentence and the pit should live again to maul another day. These animals matter more than any other, including people. So sayeth them (nutters) all.

“…and when you are away from the house, the household dynamics change.”
Unless, you know, they decide to change things right in front of your face.  Or TO your face

The dog will make its own rules.
Translated through human teen-speak: “f*** YOU! I do what I WANT!”
But following YOUR rules is necessary to make possible the great and noble “loyalty” pit nutters brag about.  Spur of the moment idiopathic defiance and intense loyalty do not good bedfellows make.  They are mutually exclusive.  A truly loyal animal would give at least some credence to your “pack law”, not completely ignore/destroy it the moment you step out to take a dump.*
*I mean, according to pit-nutters, any child mauled by a pitbull with a parent outside a four foot radius of presence was horribly neglected and the parent was just asking to have their child destroyed—it’s their fault!! So of course, even though being in the same home, even just a room away, is legitimate cause for explosive canine misbehavior.  Ergo, it’s no stretch—according to nutter logic—that animal misdeeds start (and have started) the moment you step into the john.
 Hell, the nutters blamed the mother of a three-week-old girl partially decapitated by a pitbull.  The mother was IN THE SAME ROOM, but her back was turned. (Disgustingly—but typically enough—the original article penned to skirt knee-jerk nutter rage, misreported that the dog was in the home; it was not, but broke in to get the baby and that the mother had stepped out of the room.)  In a flash, the dog was through the screen door and had the infant’s face shorn into his jaws.*
The mother’s only “crime” was merely not looking squarely at the child when the assault initially started. But, according to nutters, that is enough to excuse a full-fledged violent revolt against “family rule”.  (and that, ladies and gentlemen, is why they are coined “nutters”)
As an aside, I strongly encourage you read the included excerpts from Alexandra Semyonova’s scientific journal on canine behavior and breed traits.  This is a credentialed scientist with no affiliation to nor other pit-awareness sites, but her compelling and objective work is often quoted and shared among them.  Subsequently, she has been open to answering specific questions from these venues, in a journalistic capacity.  Her work precedes, and is neither funded nor directed by either side of the pitbull debate.
This inability to so much as step outside the cloud of re-breathing canine exhalations without inviting catastrophic assault is why the claims of loyalty are beyond ridiculous—they’re beyond feasibility!

It does not take much for a dog to injure or kill another animal. Do you really want to take the risk of coming home to a tragedy?* Remember—an ounce of prevention will save you from a ton of anguish and heartache.
*Apparently this tragedy applies only to animals, because pit lobbyists fiercely oppose that same exact amalgamation of words when it is used in the context of humans and BSL.
That “another animal” should include members of homo-sapiens.  Ounce of prevention… then why such abject hatred and defiance for BSL? …which is all aboutpreventing tragedy!  Or do humans not fall under the umbrella of those that should be protected from vicious attack?  Isn’t that…. SPECIEIST!? (Fraternal twin to “breedism”, the most abhorrent form of “bigotry” to pit-nutters.)

Doors and Baby Gates
Although some dogs do well with these methods of containment, they are usually only effective for puppies, small dogs, calm dogs, and elderly dogs.
i.e. any dog but the pitbull
There are some disadvantages to closed doors and baby gates.
  • The dog can destroy objects in the room.
  • Dogs have been known to claw at closed doors and the floor under the door… It can cause significant damage to doors and floors.
  • Baby gates are easy to jump over or knock down.
i.e. effective for the majority of dogs but not pitbulls, who “are just like any other dog”

Crates should probably be plastic, or in the case of a determined escapee or highly anxious energy dog, metal wire.
Pitbull experts rally around the irrefutable high-energy trait of the breed.  Unless diseased, heavily drugged, or deceased, all pitbulls are high energy dogs.

“…if you’re concerned about cost, its best not to experiment with the mesh. I lost a $150 mesh crate to Dozer after he chewed through the door on the third day…”
Chewing through wire-mesh can be devastating to lips, teeth, and gums.  Most animals willdesist, or decrease the frequency of the orally destructive activity… not continue it with such furor that they eat through wire-mesh in merely three days!  This is a pitbull specificneuroses.  Pain—even unto self-destruction—is never an effective deterrent.

“I believe that daycare is NOT an appropriate option for most pit bulls. This is due to the breed-type’s risk of dog-aggression and the potentially devastating consequences of such behavior…”
A final contradiction to “just like other dogs”, straight from a pitter’s mouth!! [er… pen… er… keyboard… or smartphone… or Dragon software… you know what I mean! right? god I hope so… nutter reading comprehension—lack thereof--has decimated my faith in the literacy of the modern populace]

examples of how pitbulls handle containment methods effective for all those other dogs they're just like:

As a final aside, pitbull attack history revisionism aside, portions of that article make a lot of sense--because it addresses pitbulls for the unique breed it is.  It confirms the canine status quo is not enough, and that pitbull traits require going above and beyond when it comes to containment.  Why is that necessary? Because of those traits.  Those traits are universal among pitbulls.  Ergo, they are an inborn characteristic, just like the animal's defining physique. There is no mention of training a pitbull into accepting lesser containment methods.  There is no specific aim that these containment methods are for problem dogs only.  They are universal, because, as indicated in the article again and again and again... these are just natural factors that must be considered.  Ergo, a powerful counterpoint to the "it's all in how you train them" delusion.