What is a pit bull?

The term “pit bull,” is not a breed, but a category of types of dogs that fall under the pit bull classification. The common misclassification of the breed is dangerous in that it generalizes certain traits or features of a dog and labels them as pit bull even though they may not be pit bulls at all. So what is a pit bull?

Thoughts on AB 1199 - Perspective of a Retired Law Enforcement Officer now a Dog Rescue Worker

When I was approached to write my opinion on the proposed Police-Canine Encounters Protection Act (AB 1199), I was a bit apprehensive. My immediate thought was that I would anger my fellow animal lovers and dog rescuers out there with my opinions, which are heavily rooted in my many years spent being a police officer in the state of California. It is very difficult to try to explain to people what it is like to be a cop, and to deal with the things we deal with on a daily basis.

To Crate or Not to Crate?

Here at NLOL, we often hear from dog owners that they are wary of using a crate for their dog because they feel that is cruel. And sometimes, we hear that some owners use crates as a form of punishing their dog. To help clarify the proper usage and purpose of crates, we provided some information that we hope will serve to educate those who may be uncertain whether a crate is right for their dog.

Purebred or mixed breed?

Current U.S. presidential debates have temporarily set our country ablaze and left citizens two very opposite and unique candidates to choose from this November election. Meanwhile, in the doggy world, another debate continues amongst dog lovers: purebred or mutt?

You may have heard people casually comment that “purebreds have more health problems,” or that mutts “are unpredictable.” Data presented in 2015 by The Institute of Canine Biology sought to put an end to the arguments by providing statistics and research on this very subject.

Donate to New Leash On LIfe through Amazon Smile

When you choose to shop at, it may not seem like you are making a difference; the website looks the same as However, by choosing New Leash On Life in Newhall, CA as the charitable organization, AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to us. It is a win-win! Check out our dog wish list and load your cart with a few items for our dogs, too!

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