PitBullary - Pit Bull Related Info
Welcome to PitBullary a new blog with subjects for those with Pit Bull Dogs!
We have started a new blog and our first topic will be what our website is primarily about. Break Sticks or "Parting Sticks" we started making them as a safe and trusted alternative for purchasing. I hope people will never need them, but I will always recommend a break stick to bully breed owners, this tool can absolutely be a life saving instrument. There are many people, including those involved directly with the dogs through rescue or shelters who play ignorant or who forget that these dogs have been bred to be other dog aggressive. Although there are MANY that do not show dog aggression, or have a better tolerance levels for other dogs, there are those who do not. Today we are gonna talk about what they are, what they are used for and how to use them.
have I ever had a fight?
I have. I had a dog fight years ago amongst my personal dogs, unexpected, unprovoked and found out the hard way why having a breaking stick handy would have been helpful. It was a terrifying experience, I could not get them to stop, I could not pull them apart, one dog had the other dog's ear, if I pulled he would have lost an ear. I literally had to drag both dogs to a sliding glass door, it was the only thing I could think of at the time and closed the door between them and that made the gripper break the bite. Luckily with little damage to either dog. Other than that terrifying moment, I have had a few skirmishes here and there, but nothing that was as scary as that day. I credit that to knowledge, observance and management.
what exactly is a breaking stick / parting stick?
A break stick or "parting stick" is a wedged device, that is inserted behind a dogs molars and twisted gently like a motorcycle handle, it opens the dogs jaw enough that the dog will adjust his bite, at that moment you can "break" the dog away from whatever they may be gripping on to.
where do they orginate from?
The nasty world of dog fighters, that's where. It's the tool they use to separate dogs in a fighting pit. Although there are many other things that are not necessary for your average Pit Bull owner, this particular tool is a must have for any responsible bully breed owner to keep on hand.
are they illegal?
A single break stick or two in a home with a Pit Bull or two, owned by a responsible person would not pose a threat of being "illegal". However, coupled with sketchy, suspicious, illegal behaviour, or other items that attest to dog fighting, they would be used as evidence in a court of law.
Break sticks are not illegal in and of themselves, but they are considered "dog fighting paraphernalia" in certain states and/or with certain law enforcement agents.
why would you ever need one?
Hopefully you will never need one. BUT, if you are a bully breed owner, rescuer, trainer, or have the potential to encounter strange or loose dogs, it's a piece of equipment that may come in handy in an emergency situation. A Pit Bulls unique heritage and instinct is to bite and hold, and not let go, which by the way, is a typical trait of the terrier breeds. Whether that be a toy, a tug, a spring pole or another dog, if they want to hold on to it, they will do their best to do so.
Most dog breeds bite erratically and blindly - snapping, biting and releasing. If a dog is biting and releasing a break-stick will not be of any use, but if a dog has a hold "grip" on another dog and won’t let go a break-stick can facilitate a break quickly and with the least amount of damage to either dog. A break-stick helps give you the leverage to open a determined dogs jaw. Typical ways of breaking a dog fight don't typically work with Pit Bulls, and pulling dogs apart that have a "grip" can do a lot of damage to the dog that is being gripped.(For this reason and for your own safety you should not use a break stick on any other breed of dog).
how do you use a breaking stick?
With Pit Bull breeds, the break stick is one of the quickest and safest ways to break up a fight. Keep calm, straddle your dog, grab the collar with one hand, and insert the break stick in the opening behind the molars and twist gently like a motorcycle throttle. The leverage will cause them to adjust their bite onto the stick allowing you to pull them away so that you can regain control. This is of course much easier with two people, but one person can accomplish this by tying one of the dogs to a stable object if need be. For more on this please visit Break a Fight
Prevention is always best. With Pit Bull type dogs there is always a chance of an unexpected fight. Be prepared, remain calm, use the break stick. And break the stereotype about owning a break stick, they don't make you a bad owner, in my opinion they make you a responsible owner.