If You Own A Treadmill-You Are A Dog Fighter

Posted on 02/19/2009

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Dog Fighting: Glossary

Washtub: Dogs are washed down in tubs immediately prior to fighting, to ensure they have not been coated with a noxious substance that may be harmful to the opposing dog.

Barrels: Metal barrels are often used as shelter for fighting dogs. Placed horizontally, an entrance hole is cut out from one side, for the dog to enter and exit its shelter. Sometimes plastic barrels, attached to poles, are also used for this purpose.

Chains: Chains of varying length and weight serve a dual purpose; to confine a dog, as well as to strengthen their neck muscles.

Weights: Weights are used for strength training as well, and can be attached directly to the dog’s collar. They can also be attached as long cylinders to chains, increasing the weight that the dog has to drag when it moves.

“Jenny” or “cat mill”: This resembles a miniature horse walker, in which the dog is harnessed to a projecting spoke. A small bait animal is attached to the leading spoke to entice the dog. A variation is a single projecting pole, to which the dog is harnessed.

Treadmill or “Slatmill”: These are used for endurance, strength and speed training. There is a different kind of treadmill used for each of these purposes. A slatmill is a treadmill whose running surface is composed of wooden slats.

“Rape stand” or “breeding stand”: This is a stand used to strap and immobilize female dogs for breeding purposes.

“Bite stick” (also known as “breaking” or “prying” stick): These come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but are usually short wooden sticks with tapered ends. A bite stick is inserted into the side of a dog’s mouth, and then manipulated to make the dog release its hold on its opponent.

Spring pole: This is used to reinforce the strength of the dog’s bite. A spring pole usually consists of a rope, hide, inner tubing or tyre, which is suspended from a large spring attached to a tree limb, rafter or pole. The dog is made to jump up and grab at it, and then hang suspended in mid-air for extended periods of time.

  Posted by:
Ami Moore
National Institute of Canine Experts