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Regarding breed-specific legislation

The National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, Inc. (NADOI) strongly opposes breed specific legislation which targets or discriminates against certain dogs based only on their breed or appearance.  Such laws are unfair because they assume that a dog may be dangerous simply because of breed.  In fact, it is almost always the behavior of the owners of these dogs which makes them a danger to others.  

Since 1965, NADOI has worked to help people train their dogs to be well behaved. Also, NADOI educates dog owners about their responsibility not only to their dogs but to their communities. Ordinances against dangerous dogs, unattended and loose dogs, nuisance barking, and other objectionable dog behaviors should be enacted and aggressively enforced. These laws, unlike breed specific laws, force all dog owners to be responsible for the behavior of their dogs.

Approved by the Board of Directors, June 2004.

For additional information, please visit the sites below:

International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP)

Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)

National Animal Interest Alliance (NAIA)

American Dog Owners Association (ADOA)

AKC  - does not have a position statement but does have a legislative department

National Canine Research Council


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