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 (5+)

Sherman Oaks: Basic/Intermediate Group Training Class

Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys Park

This is a group-oriented class that focuses on the skills needed for the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification (we offer CGC evaluations throughout the year). During class, we work on beginner to intermediate skills, including aggressive and selective behaviors. Members can pop in for a class at their leisure for $15 per class. If you want to make this your regular training session, we offer one-year training membership for $400, which entitle you to unlimited training classes through LARPBO. Bring water for you and your dog, as well as treats or a toy that motivates your dog. For your first class, please complete and submit our New Member Form and Participant Release of Liability (http://www.larpbo.org/new-member-form/). While we do not require you bring these documents to class, please make sure your dog is current on the following: - Bordetella vaccination/titer and rabies vaccination for dogs 4 months and older OR Bordetella 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. ***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). Harnesses and retractable leashes are not allowed since they provide little control. Contact us at [masked] if you have any questions or concerns*** We look forward to seeing you and your dog! Please call[masked] if you have any questions.

Sherman Oaks: ADV Dog Sports Training Class (Lead: Kelly)

Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys Park

LARPBO Dog Sports Training Class is a fun-oriented, group class that uses exercises developed for dog sports to improve your handling skills, increase your bond with your dog, and assist you in better understanding your dog’s subtle mannerisms. We primarily focus on exercises developed for Nosework, Agility and Rally-O. However, Disc Dogs, Canine Freestyle, Tricks and Parade Performance training will occasionally be discussed. For those who are a bit more competitive, this class will also provide you with the tools and information necessary to enter the world of competitive dog sports. Athleticism is NOT a requirement for this class. Some dog sports were actually organized to ensure that all dogs, including those with mobility and other issues, could participate equally. When we do decide to practice a more physically challenging exercise, the instructor will provide a fun, lower impact activity for those requiring an alternative. Required equipment includes: Leash, Crate, High Value Reward (food, toy or preferably both), and Plenty of Water for you and your dog. We also recommend that the humans bring a chair. Cost is $15 per class or free for those with a LARPBO Training Membership. Many of the exercises in this class require that your dog already has a solid foundation in basic obedience. As an organization focused on Responsible Ownership, we also require that all health and licensing laws be followed. Therefore, this class has the following Pre-Requisites: 1. Dog must have a CGC title. 2. The human/dog team must have participated in at least one CGCA obedience class led by LARPBO head trainer, Troy Smith. 3. The human/dog team must receive permission to participate in LARPBO Dog Sports from LARPBO head trainer, Troy Smith. The evaluation will be done as part of class participation described in prerequisite #2. 4. The dog must be current on Rabies vaccinations and Bordetella vaccinations/titer. 5. The dog must meet the licensing requirements of your local animal control agency. 6. New members must complete and submit the New Member form and participant release of liability (http://www.larpbo.org/new-member-form/).

Long Beach: Basic/Intermediate Group Training Class

Stearns Champions Park

This is a group-oriented class that focuses on the skills needed for the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certification (we offer CGC evaluations throughout the year). **One dog per handler.** During class, we work on beginner to intermediate skills, including aggressive and selective behaviors. Members can pop in for a class at their leisure for $15 per class. If you want to make this your regular training session, we offer one-year training membership for $400, which entitle you to unlimited training classes through LARPBO. Bring water for you and your dog, as well as treats or a toy that motivates your dog. For your first class, please complete and submit our New Member Form and Participant Release of Liability (http://www.larpbo.org/new-member-form/). 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. ***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). Harnesses and retractable leashes are not allowed since they provide little control. Contact us at [masked] if you have any questions or concerns.*** We look forward to seeing you and your dog! Please call us if you have any questions: • Felix Aguilera [masked]) • Rita Vasquez [masked]

Long Beach: Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test

Stearns Champions Park

This is the test for your dog to receive their Canine Good Citizen (CGC), S.T.A.R. Puppy (up to 1 year old), or Community Canine (Advanced) title. Cost is $20 per dog - pay at the booth when you sign-in. Please RSVP as it is important for us to know the number of dogs that will be tested on this date. All dogs must pass test items: • Click here for the CGC list and rules. (http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/training_testing.cfm) • Click here for S.T.A.R. Puppy list and rules. (http://images.akc.org/pdf/starpuppy/brochure.pdf) • Click here for Community Canine/Advanced CGC ("CGCA") list and rules.(http://www.akc.org/dogowner/training/akc_community_canine/test_items.cfm) **NOTE: Community Canine/Advanced CGC testing is done by Troy Smith only. If you plan to get your dog CGCA tested, please email [masked] to determine if Troy will be available. We look forward to seeing you and your dog. Please call 855-LARPBO1 [masked]) if you have any questions.

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Long Beach: Basic/Intermediate Group Training Class

Stearns Champions Park

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