WoofsnWagsDogTraining.com provides information about Pit Bull training as well as information on how to contact me here in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area to train your Pit Bull or other dog.  I am a Certified Animal Behaviorist and graduate of the Animal Behavior College in California, USA.

I’ve loved and raised dogs all of my life and have never found any other being who is so loyal, trustworthy and anxious to please.  It is such a joy as well as the fulfillment of my life long dream to be able to help other dog owners learn how to successfully communicate their wishes to their beloved furry best friend and to watch their dog respond to their wishes.

My training methods are based on positive reinforcement methods.  The Animal Behavior College has trained more successful animal behaviorists here in the United States than any other dog training school.  I am so proud to be able to say that I am a graduate of such an esteemed college!

Come visit my website at: https://www.woofsnwagsdogtraining.com today!

ANNOUNCEMENT! We have some extremely exciting news: Our Woofs N Wags Dog Training website has been invited to be featured on the world-wide website, “Dog Trophy” (https://www.dogtrophy.com) where veterinarians and other amazing professionals share valuable information with dog owners around the world! (I have been invited to be featured as their Pit Bull Expert as well!) We are extremely excited about this opportunity to not only share, worldwide, but to also validate the truth about the amazing, wonderful Pit Bull dog breed! This is a dream-come-true!

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ChloeI feel so blest to be able to announce the new addition to our family, a precious little girl, Chloe.  (Her original name was “Elsa”)  The first time I saw that precious little face I fell head-over-heels in love with her!  I purchased her from Ruff Start Dog Rescue here in Minnesota (they have a Facebook page.)  Ruff Start works together with Pit Bulls and Parolees (the television show) and transported our Chloe’s mama here to Minnesota from Louisiana during a blizzard!   During their journey with Sparkle, (Chloe’s mother) she went into labor and during that terrible winter storm they delivered nine puppies!  We are just one of several lucky recipients of that litter.  (Chloe having been “illegitimate” we don’t know who her daddy was, but we strongly suspect that he was a Pittie, especially since Chloe looks far more “Pit Bull like” than her mama, Sparkle!)Chloe with her mother and siblings

(She is the one in the middle of the puppies who are nursing.)  Chloe is extremely affectionate and very comical!  Whenever I sit down on the sofa in our family room, I can see reflections in the television screen of our backyard through the patio doors.  All of a sudden there will be a little white being racing one way across the backyard, then back again, the other way!  My husband and I have concluded that Chloe has an imaginary friend who she plays with out there!  She is very good at entertaining herself.

The photo at the bottom is one of her looking over the top of the sofa at me – whenever I sit at my computer, my back faces the back of the sofa.  One day when I thought she was still napping on the sofa I heard this one, big “Woof!”  I turned around to see her little face staring at me, and laughed and laughed – it was as if she was saying, “Okay, you’ve been doing that long enough!  It’s time for you to come play with me!”  She is such a little clown and has me laughing a good deal of the time!

She and our elderly Pittie love each other very much.  They cover each other’s faces with kisses and play “chase” together in the backyard everyday,  DSC_0459.JPGWe sometimes worry about “Dazie” our elderly Pittie though since Chloe has very sharp little puppy teeth and likes to nip at Dazie’s chin.  I purchased a muzzle made of nylon today for Chloe (so she couldn’t hurt Dazie) and she had it off within minutes.  She absolutely hated it!  (H-m-m . . . I wonder what on earth I expected!  Silly me.)  The most that Dazie will do to correct Chloe is to take her front paw and knock Chloe over!

Both Pitties sleep with my husband and I every night in our king size bed and it works out very well.  I’ve managed to teach Chloe that the bed is for sleeping, not for play  (I put a few coins in a tin can and shook it when Chloe jumped on Dazie in bed and she never tried it again – much to my amazement!)

Both my hubby and I are incredibly “taken with” the wonderful, amazing Pit Bull and have wanted to be sure we still have one when Dazie eventually passes-on (she’s twelve years old now.)  We know that we couldn’t have done better than our sweet little Chloe and I thank God everyday for our new little angel.


Copyright 2017 by Jeanie Cooke-Fredlund

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Dazie Being Ferocious

This is Dazie Being Ferocious – Okay, so we’re at this campground in Maine, right? Dazie is sound asleep – until this guy next door begins shouting at his wife. Dazie does NOT like aggressive people – especially aggressive men! She immediately begins barking, snarling (the way only Pit Bulls can) and this is how she looked. I burst into hysterical laughter! (Sorry the picture is blurry. I was laughing too hard to hold still.) But I’ve got to tell you that the guy next door instantly closed his abusive yap!  YAY Dazie!!

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School District Brought to heel
Over Student’s Pit Bull Service Dog

by Miami Herald (FL) February 24, 2015 12:22 pm


Stevie is a good dog. He doesn’t eat from the table or have accidents in the house. And he never pulls on his leash.

The white-and-tan Staffordshire terrier also has a special talent: He alerts caregivers when his little boy, Anthony Merchante, is going to have a seizure or has trouble breathing.

Anthony’s mother, Monica Alboniga, tried for two years to convince the Broward County School Board to permit Stevie, a trained service animal, to accompany the 7-year-old on campus. But school administrators repeatedly said Stevie didn’t belong at school. And they hoped that a Fort Lauderdale federal judge would agree with them.

Instead they got a scolding. Last week, U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom ruled that Stevie should be allowed to join his human friend at Nob Hill Elementary — and without a series of requirements the school district had tacked on.

Stevie, Alboniga said, “has saved Anthony’s life. I feel completely safe every time he is with the dog, because I know the dog will look for help.”

As the lawsuit progressed in federal court, the school board allowed Stevie to go to school every day, but administrators continued to fight the case.

“The district has always permitted the service dog at the school,” said the district’s spokeswoman, Tracy Clark. Alboniga “pursued the lawsuit as the parties [the district and the plaintiff] differ somewhat in the interpretation of the federal regulations governing service animals. The district’s legal department is reviewing and analyzing the order.”

Had the district won, Alboniga’s lawyer said, 4-year-old Stevie almost certainly would have been expelled.

Anthony suffers from a host of serious disabilities: He has cerebral palsy, spastic paralysis, a seizure disorder, and he cannot speak. To get around, he depends on a wheelchair, to which Stevie is tethered most of the time.

Alboniga, 37, who is raising her son alone, paid to obtain and train a dog up to the specifications of Assistance Dog International Standards, records say. Stevie can aid caregivers in a variety of ways: He can step onto Anthony’s wheelchair and lay across the boy’s lap; once there, the dog is trained to help stabilize Anthony’s head so his airway isn’t impeded.

“Stevie, the Pit Bull was also trained to ‘tell’ or ‘alert’ human responders in the event that [Anthony] was experiencing a medical crisis,” Bloom wrote. The dog can jump on a sensor mat that activates an alarm, or bark to get the attention of caregivers. He also wears a red service dog vest that holds medical supplies, as well as detailed instructions on how to respond to medical emergencies.

“Stevie lets me know when he has seizures or problems breathing. He pushes me toward Anthony. He barks,” Alboniga said. “When Anthony is having convulsions, he starts barking and goes looking for us. Then he goes back to Anthony and stays with him”

At home in Sunrise, Stevie is also a house pet, although he isn’t all that interested in Anthony’s baby sister, Mariangel, a 5-month-old, because he seems to intuitively understand that Anthony is his full-time job. “He loves Anthony,” Alboniga said. “And Anthony loves Stevie, too.” “He is a very good dog,” Alboniga said. “He is very sweet, and very obedient. He is the best there is.”

All 50 pounds of Stevie rest next to Anthony in bed each night, and the boy and dog are virtually inseparable That’s partly by design. It’s best if service animals spend almost all of their time with their “targets,” trainers say, and long separations diminish the animal’s “responsiveness and effectiveness,” Bloom wrote.

Alboniga first approached the school board in May of 2013, and submitted a formal request for the dog two months later. In its reply in August 2013, the school board said Stevie must obtain a host of vaccinations that rarely are applied to dogs, required Alboniga to obtain costly liability insurance, and mandated that she provide, at her own expense, a “handler” for Stevie.

The requirements, said Alboniga’s lawyer, Matthew Dietz, amounted to “an impossible barrier,” and violated federal civil rights laws that give preference to the choices of disabled people. “The fact that the judge said the school board’s rules made no sense vindicates this woman’s belief that what she was doing for her son was the right thing,” Dietz said.

For the first four months that Anthony attended Nob Hill Elementary School as a kindergartener, beginning in August 2013, Alboniga worked, at the district’s requirement, as Stevie’s handler herself. Later, the school board appointed a custodian to work as Stevie’s handler. His responsibilities were “to walk Stevie alongside [Anthony] with a leash, instead of allowing Stevie to be attached” to the boy’s wheelchair, and to take the dog outside to urinate. The custodian also ensured other children did not try to play with the dog.

“While at school,” the judge wrote, “Stevie does not eat or drink. Nor does Stevie defecate or make stains, or require cleaning or exercise.” Alboniga, the judge said, “attends to Stevie’s daily feeding, cleaning and care needs.”

But administrators continued to assert in the lawsuit that it was not the district’s responsibility to help the boy keep Stevie at school. Anthony’s “individual educational plan” — a detailed accounting of the school’s accommodations to the child — does not mention Anthony’s use of a service dog, Bloom wrote.

Anthony found a friend in the U.S. Justice Department. The department’s civil rights division enforces the Americans with Disabilities Act, landmark legislation passed by Congress in 1990. Last month, the DOJ weighed in on the lawsuit, arguing the school board “fundamentally misunderstands” ADA regulations, which require that “public entities generally must permit individuals with disabilities to be accompanied by their service animals.”

“Congress specifically intended that individuals with disabilities not be separated from their service animals, even in schools,” the DOJ wrote.

The school board contended that it wasn’t necessary for Stevie to accompany Anthony to school since the elementary’s staff already was trained to perform the same tasks as Stevie. The district also argued that, even if Stevie was permitted on Nob Hill’s campus under the ADA, it was not reasonable for the district to bear the costs of the dog’s handler.

The judge wrote that the dispute pivoted on whether it was reasonable to expect the district to allow Stevie on campus under the federal civil rights law. The judge ruled that it was indeed reasonable, “in the same way a school would assist a non-disabled child to use the restroom, or assist a diabetic child with her insulin pump, or assist a physically disabled child employ her motorized wheelchair.”
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Pitty City PressHi!
Dazie and I have just completed our first monthly Pitty City Press Newsletter!

To receive your free newsletter every month, just print your e-mail address in my comments section on any page here at the Pitty City Dog Blog.

(NOTE! Your e-mail address will NOT be published nor given out to any person, organization or group of any kind. It will be kept in strict confidence and will be used ONLY to mail your free “Pitty” City Press Newsletter every month!)

OR e-mail your e-mail address to me at: http://www.badrap4bulls@gmail.com!

Sincerely yours,

~JC and Dazie, the Pit Bull (“”) (“”)

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Just incase this video doesn’t post correctly, just go to http://www.Facebook.com/NinaWahl. There is more than one “Nina Wahl” on Facebook, so you may need to type her name into your Facebook Search Bar and go from there. It is worth it! This is a must see!
A Four Year Old In Charge of Eight Pit Bulls

Video by Nina Wahl (published on Facebook)

(I’ve been having trouble posting this video)

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(The terrible man in the photo was NOT from Argentina, but a Chilean police officer!) I’VE JUST LEARNED THAT THERE WAS A PETITION STARTED THAT MORE THAN 45,000 PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED AT CHANGE.ORG! IT READ (and has since been closed):

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This petition will be delivered to:

Criminal prosecuters in Santiago de Chile

Give Patricio Millar the maximum punishment for his abuse of dogs

michelle brew

Mississauga, ON

Patricio Millar is a soldier of the embassy in Santaigo. As such he should be held to the highest morals and should exhibit exemplary behavior. Instead, Mr Millar chose to cruelly abuse his own dogs, photograph the horrors and post the pictures on social media for the world to see. He punched and throttled one, buried it in sand up to its neck and docked its tail without anesthesia. There is photographic proof of these acts. We are sure he has committed more heinous acts of abuse toward these poor trapped dogs.What is especially frightening is that he has no remorse. In fact he is proud of it..posting pictures on Facebook like there is nothing wrong with it. As is well known, animal abusers of this type very often graduate to hurting and sometimes killing human beings.This man is that type as his nonchalance about exhibiting pictures of himself committing such cruel deeds ( not to mention criminal offenses) shows.
We call upon you to make sure this man is sentenced to the maximum under the Chilean laws .
Thank you, (and thank you, Rachel for this information!)

Change.orgis the world’s largest petition platform, using technology to empower more than 75 million users to…
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I received this on my Facebook site, http://www.Facebook.com/PitBullsForever/PitBullJoy today and couldn’t let it slip by without sharing it with everyone who reads my blog.  It’s just too good to miss out on!  ~JC and Dazie, The Pit Bull

WPLR 99.1 New Haven‘s photo.

16 minutes ago

LOVE this one!!
Are you ready for some football? A friend who is an Eagles fan sent me this (tom)

Michael Vicks breath

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April 13, 2018 by JC “Jeanie” Cooke-Fredlund

It was nine years ago; I was adamantly opposed to the Pit Bull dog breed.  In fact, I was an advocate of the total extinction of the breed!  Today, I am deeply ashamed of how easily I permitted myself to be brainwashed by the media with all of their negative propaganda against the terrible, dangerous Pit Bull.

Then I met my [now] husband and his son’s dog.  (Ralph’s son wasn’t able to keep Dazie where he resided.)  You’ll never guess what the breed of his dog was . . . it was a Pit Bull and I was about to be shown just how dead wrong I can be!

I had asked Ralph to make absolutely sure that he’d keep Dazie restrained at all times the first time I visited his home.  He agreed.  With a terror filled heart, I rang his doorbell.  Inside the house I could hear a vicious-sounding barking and growling.  I literally “shivered in my boots.”  Ralph came to the door, opened it, and I saw this muscular, fierce-sounding animal; one end of a horse rope attached to her collar and the other end inside Ralph’s tightly closed fist.  (After all, he had promised to keep me safe from this dreaded Pit Bull.)

From the moment I entered his house, this dog kept trying to get to me!  Growling? . . . no!  (I’ve always had “a way” with dogs of all breeds.)  I was not about to trust this breed!  

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We spent that day and night with Dazie stretching her neck on that horse rope trying to  physically get to me.  Finally, I noticed that her eyes were beginning to bulge from pulling so hard on that rope.  Feeling more than a little apprehensive, I finally told Ralph that he could release her from the rope.

Of all things, that fierce, dreaded animal came rushing over to me and licked my hand (as she did this, feeling totally amazed, I asked myself, “Wait a minute, she just did what?”)  From that moment forward, Dazie sat at my side nearly all of the time, occasionally leaning over to lick my hand.  My head still filled with all of the negative hype about the Pit Bull, you can only imagine my utter shock and disbelief.  Although I felt tempted, I still didn’t allow myself to trust her.

A couple of weeks later, Ralph and his son had to travel out-of-state for a car model show.  They had no one to watch and care for Dazie in their absence.  (I silently asked myself  the question, “Are you crazy, Jeanie?” as I heard myself offer to stay with her.  I can’t even begin to describe the feelings of apprehension I experienced as I entered Ralph’s home the day he and his son were about to leave on their trip.

Suddenly, as they closed the door behind them, I realized, that I was alone with a dangerous Pit Bull!  Shock, fear, apprehension, and sheer gut-level terror set in!

Oddly enough, as the day wore on, Dazie just slept on the sofa.  When it was her dinner time she refused to eat.  (I was to discover later how, out of sadness, she never ate the first few meals after Ralph left on a trip.)

Before long bedtime rolled around.  Ralph had told me that Dazie always slept in bed with him.  Ever so reluctantly, I started up the stairs to the master bedroom, Dazie following slowly behind me.  I remember gulping loudly as I wondered what on earth I was going to do with her once we reached the bedroom at the end of the long, upstairs hallway.  As I opened the bedroom door, I gulped again, and thought to myself, “Okay Jeanie, this is going to be your moment of truth!”

I was preparing for bed when I noticed that Dazie appeared to be peacefully sleeping on the floor beside the bed.  Once I was prepared to climb into bed, I thought to myself, “There is no way that I’m going to invite a fierce-appearing Pit Bull into the bed beside me!”  With fear-stricken heart, I turned the light out.  Just as I snuggled down underneath the warm blankets, I heard a whimpering sound.  It was coming from the floor where Dazie had lain down.  Then . . .  more whimpers.  Soon, she was crying!

I turned on the light and peered over the edge of the bed.  (Now bear in mind that this dog had the most expressive eyes I think I’ve ever seen.)  There she was, whimpering and looking up sadly at me!  My heart melted.  (Ralph had always lifted her up onto the bed since she was getting older and a bit over-weight.)  I climbed out of bed and attempted to assist her in getting onto the bed.  Although I tried several times, my efforts just didn’t work.  Dazie was too heavy for me to lift up onto the bed.

Finally, out of desperation to get some much needed sleep, I decided to put my fears aside, and pulled the mattress off of the bed onto the floor.  As I struggled with the mattress, I looked down at her and said, “Well Dazie, if you can’t come to the bed, the bed will come to you!”

I finally got the mattress situated on the floor and somewhat reluctantly laid down on it. I invited her to join me.  She did.  Falling asleep I said to myself, “Well, if I’m going to be killed by a Pit Bull, so be it.”  Exhausted, I fell into a deep sleep.  To my pleasant surprise, I awakened the following morning . . . alive!

From that point forward, Dazie and I became the very best of friends.  Before long, we became inseparable.  As time passed, I’m honestly not certain which one (Ralph or Dazie) became the love of my life first!

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Tragically, we lost Dazie two months ago to liver cancer.  Our love for her continues to burn brightly inside our hearts.  In an attempt to soothe the pain of loss, we purchased another dog a year before our sweet Dazie left us to journey to dog heaven.  Chloe is a total love and a true blessing in our lives, too.  I thank God that we have her.

As time went on, I found that I wasn’t able to shake a gnawing sense of guilt.  Why?  Because I felt that I had done Dazie (and all Pit Bulls) a horrible injustice by judging them so unfairly.  With Dazie as my inspiration, I decided that I would author a book about her and about all Pit Bulls.  I felt driven to right my wrong.

Thus was born my book, “BAD RAP, The Truth About the Tragically Misunderstood Pit Bull.”  (It can be purchased at Amazon.)  I was determined to help every Pit Bull out there from all of the negative, misleading, negative media hype that I possibly could.  I also created this website.

Just the other day, something amazing happened!  I was contacted by a world wide dog website that hosts veterinarians and other wonderful dog professionals. Dog Trophy asked if I would accept their invitation to be their published Pit Bull Expert!  Needless to say, I was elated!  Ever since meeting Dazie, it has been my mission in life to spread the truth about the amazing, wonderful, Pit Bull.  (God, please bless all the Pit Bulls.)

Finally . . . . . my dream is coming true.

(Copyright 2018 by Jeanie Cooke-Fredlund, ABC-DT)

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