What we're about

Los Angeles Responsible Pit Bull Owners (LARPBO) launched in February 2011 to bring together "Responsible Pit Bull Owners" in the greater Los Angeles area. Our mission is to join together in group activities, events, pit bull advocacy, education/training classes, and community outreach in order to promote a positive image of all “bully breeds.”

We are committed to educating the public about responsible pit bull and dog ownership, banishing the myths that the media feeds the public. We actively work together to share the truth about bully breeds: they are very loyal, loving, intelligent dogs who are amazing and wonderful family pets. Just like any dog, given proper obedience training, socialization with humans, and appropriate interaction with other dogs, this breed defies media misconceptions. By promoting attention and communication between dogs and owners we can show the general public what we already know: these are amazing creatures deserving of full and happy lives.

LARPBO promotes the importance of spaying and neutering all bully breeds, as well as rescuing and re-homing. The overpopulation of these dogs currently creates the assumption that these dogs don’t deserve a chance.

With so much controversy surrounding the bully breeds today, our focus is not only to increase awareness of the issues that affect pit bulls and their ownership, but to work together to be a part of the solution. Our goal with Los Angeles Responsible Pit Bull Owners is to gather pit bull loving friends and owners as a community – a community dedicated to making a stand for our best friends and strive to do so with the same fun-loving outlook that our dogs have in life.

Upcoming events (4+)

Sherman Oaks: INTERMEDIATE Group Training Class

Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys Park

$20.00

**PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE ATTENDED THREE INTRO LARPBO CLASSES OR PRIOR PRE-COVID LARPBO CLASSES.**

This is a group-oriented class that focuses on the skills needed for the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification, which we offer throughout the year. We work on beginner to intermediate skills, including how to manage aggressive and selective behaviors.

SPECIAL COVID-19 PROTOCOL:

1) Class is limited to 30 handler/dog teams. Absolutely NO walk-ins allowed. RSVP and PRE-PAYMENT is required to hold a spot.

***No refunds (or re-scheduling) will be made for missed classes or cancellation; register only if you will attend.***

Friends or family members accompanying the participant must keep a minimum 20-foot distance from the class area.

2) If you feel even slightly ill (including a headache, sniffles, or even a slight fever), do not attend this event. Stay home for your health and the safety of others.

3) Maintain a 6 foot distance from other participants not in your household.

4) Face mask/shield is optional. Please maintain a 6-foot distance from anyone choosing to wear a mask.

REQUIREMENTS:
➊ For your first class, please complete and submit our New Member Form and Participant Release of Liability (http://www.larpbo.org/new-member-form/).
➋ While we do not require you bring these documents to class, please make sure your dog is current on the following:
- Bordetella vaccinations/titer and rabies vaccination for dogs 4 months and older OR Bordatella vaccination for 4 months and younger; and
- Local animal care and control agency licensing requirements.
Also note that by signing our Release of Liability (http://www.larpbo.org/new-member-form/), you are confirming that you are up-to-date on these requirements.

RULES:
#1 One dog per handler. No exceptions.

#2 All dogs must be on a secure collar and leash. Dogs using e-collars must also be on a leash. Prong collars should be backed up with a carabiner. Short leashes are recommended (less than 6 feet). Retractable leashes are not allowed as they provide little control.

#3 PLEASE NO NOSE TO NOSE CONTACT (dog to dog that is). Always maintain a six-foot distance.

WHAT TO BRING:
➡ Water for you and your dog.
➡ High value treats for your dog (e.g., small pieces of hot dog, boiled chicken breast). Consider not giving your pup breakfast since your dog will be rewarded with treats during this 1-hour class.
➡ Doggie poo bags. Always clean up after your pet.

We look forward to seeing you and your dog! Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns:

➡ call[masked] press 1 for general information

➡ email [masked]

Sherman Oaks: AKC Titles - TEST DAY

Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys Park

$25.00

Reserve a spot only if you are planning to take one of the Canine Good Citizen tests (e.g., Puppy STAR, CGC or CGCA). These tests must be done in person.

Tricks testing can be done over video conference (we use Zoom). A video conference test means a more flexible test schedule and your pup can perform the tricks from home. Please email [masked] to coordinate a day/time that works for you.
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Cost is $25 per dog per test. There will be a maximum of 5 tests per day. If you plan to take more than one test on this day, please change the guest count (you + guest number = number of tests). Each test will be take approximately 15 minutes and will be done in the order of registration. ***No refunds (or re-scheduling) will be made for missed test day or cancellation; register only if you will attend.***

All dogs must pass test items. For specific test checklists, visit http://www.larpbo.org/akc-titles/.

* Puppy STAR (dogs up to 1 year old)
* Canine Good Citizen (CGC) (all ages)
* Community Canine (Advanced CGC) (dog required to have CGC)
* Trick Dog Notice (TKN) (all ages)
* Trick Dog Intermediate (TKI) (dog required to have Novice Trick title)
* Trick Dog Advanced (TKA) (dog required to have Intermediate Trick title)

Griffith Park: Pack Walk

Ranger Station & Griffith Park Visitor Center Auditorium

- PLEASE NOTE THE EXTRA EARLY START TIME, 7:30AM -

Lots of extra rules due to COVID-19, please take the time to read them all.

***First rule of our pack walks is to BE SAFE so that everyone has fun!***

All participants must comply to ALL guidelines below or will be asked to leave the event.

SPECIAL COVID-19 PROTOCOL:

1) Participants limited to 15 people. **RSVP is required to hold a spot.** As soon as you know you cannot attend, cancel your reservation. We understand last-minute changes take place; however, if you don't show up more than two times you will be placed on the wait list for future events.

2) If you feel even slightly ill (including a headache, sniffles, minor fever or even an allergy), do not attend this event. Stay home for your health and safety of others. Remember to cancel your reservation.

3) Maintain a 6 foot distance from other participants not in your household.

4) Face mask/shield is optional. Please maintain a 6' distance from anyone choosing to wear a mask.

REQUIREMENTS: Every year, all participants must submit a member form and participant release of liability at http://www.larpbo.org/new-member-form. If you don't recall completing one this year, complete one now.

MEETING LOCATION: Meet at the park sign in front of the Ranger Station, right on Crystal Springs Drive. The park sign is pictured in Photos and in the banner photo. Please arrive a few minutes early so we can step off right at 8.
Here is the exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/Ax8GaNXsm65qtgpA8

PARKING: Free parking around the Ranger station and fields.

WATER AND TREATS: Bring water for you and your dog. We may do some mental exercises, so bring treats for your pup, too!

PACK WALK DISTANCE: About 2.5 miles round trip. We will do a counter-clockwise loop around a portion of the golf course starting/ending at the Ranger Station. We will stop at the Autry Museum for water. The route is included in Photos.

TRAIL: Packed dirt

DIFFICULTY: Easy

DISTRACTION LEVEL: Medium (walkers, runners, golfers, other dogs, sometimes horses)

LARPBO PACK WALK GUIDELINES:

#1 All dogs must be on a secure collar and leash. Dogs using e-collars must also be on a leash. Prong collars should be backed up with a carabiner. Short leashes are recommended (less than 6 feet). Retractable leashes are not allowed as it provides little control.

#2 PLEASE NO NOSE TO NOSE CONTACT (dog to dog that is). Always maintain a six-foot distance between dogs. There should be no dog-on-dog interaction.

#3 Please bring doggie poo bags.

#4 Make sure you bring water for you and your dog.

#5 One dog per handler. No exceptions!

#6 Share the road. Move to the right to let others pass.

* All breeds welcome.

* There will be foot traffic and other dogs. If your dog tends to be reactive to any of these distractions, please be EXTRA mindful and prepared.

* If you have additional questions, please read the full basic LARPBO rules of conduct (https://www.meetup.com/LARPBOCOMMUNITY/messages/boards/thread/10461764/0/#[masked]) in the discussion forum.*

Van Nuys / Lake Balboa Pack Walk

Woodley Lakes Golf Course

******************Please Note 900AM Start Time********************

Casual walk around Lake Balboa. Dogs get to be with their humans and see other dogs with their humans. Reinforce those engagement skills in an area with lots of distractions.

Weather on Sunday morning 01/30/2022 is forecasted to be Sunny and 63 deg @ 900AM. Good idea to wear a couple layers as it tends to warm up by the time we finish. Please be early so we can step off right at 900AM.

Lots of extra rules due to COVID-19, please take the time to read them all.

***First rule of our pack walks is to BE SAFE so that everyone has fun***

All participants must comply to ALL guidelines below or will be asked to leave the event.

SPECIAL COVID-19 PROTOCOL:

1) Participants limited to 20 people. **RSVP is required to hold a spot.** As soon as you know you cannot attend, cancel your reservation. We understand last-minute changes take place; however, if you don't show up more than two times you will be placed on the wait list for future events.

2) If you feel even slightly ill (including a headache, sniffles, minor fever or even an allergy), do not attend this event. Stay home for your health and safety of others. Remember to cancel your reservation.

3) Face mask/shield is optional. Please maintain a 6 foot distance from anyone choosing to wear a mask.

REQUIREMENTS: All participants must submit a new member form and participant release of liability at http://www.larpbo.org/new-member-form. If you don't recall completing one, complete one now.

MEETING LOCATION:
Let's meet at the Parking Lot of Woodley Lake Golf Course In the last 2 or 3 rows. It's a big parking lot, plenty of room. Enter Off Woodley Ave.
PARKING: Free parking at the park during the week.

WATER AND TREATS: Bring lots of water for you and your dog. We may do some mental exercises, so bring treats for your pup, too!

PACK WALK DISTANCE: About 1.5 miles round trip. We will start at the golf course parking lot and head over and around the lake and back to the parking lot.

TRAIL: Mostly paved some packed dirt trails

DIFFICULTY: Easy

DISTRACTION LEVEL: Medium (other park visitors, other dogs, ducks)

LARPBO PACK WALK GUIDELINES:

# 1 All dogs must be on a secure collar and leash. Dogs using e-collars must also be on a leash. Prong collars should be backed up with a carabiner. Short leashes are recommended (less than 6 feet). Retractable leashes are not allowed as it provides little control.

#2 PLEASE NO NOSE TO NOSE CONTACT (dog to dog that is). We recommend maintaining a six-foot distance.

#3 Please bring doggie poop bags.

#4 Make sure you bring water for you and your dog.

#5 One dog per handler.

#6 Share the road. Move to the right to let others pass.

* All breeds welcome.

* There will be foot traffic, bikes, and several others dogs. If your dog tends to be reactive to any of these distractions, please be EXTRA mindful and prepared.

* If you have additional questions, please read the full basic LARPBO rules of conduct (https://www.meetup.com/LARPBOCOMMUNITY/messages/boards/thread/10461764/0/#[masked]) in the discussion forum.**

Past events (2,259)

Long Beach: INTERMEDIATE Group Training Class (combined w/ Intro)

Heartwell Park - near Ruth Bach Neighborhood Library

$20.00

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