Active Mind, Healthy Dog
Like all dogs, pit bull-type dogs need to be stimulated, exercised physically and mentally, and socialized. Isolated, many dogs can develop behavior problems such as chewing, spinning, and incessant barking and are missing exposure to the world outside the shelter.
Volunteers can provide exercise and socialization that overwhelmed shelter staff may not have time for. Well-designed and supervised play groups allow multiple dogs to wear themselves out and receive valuable social learning. (In the beginning, it is important to have a trainer/behaviorist involved in designing the play groups).
Mental stimulation is equally important. There are many free or low-cost items that can be used to keep a dog’s mind active.