Petsmart, the popular pet supply chain, runs a \"Doggy Day Camp\" which encourages socialization and exercise for canines. While reading their guidelines on the daycare it was discovered that one of their rules is discriminatory and targets certain breeds. Under the section labeled \"Who may not attend\" the exact wording was:
\"Dogs in the \"bully breed\" classification (e.g. Pit Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Bull Dogs or mixed breeds that have the appearance or characteristics of one of these breeds)\"
Not only have purebred bully breed type dogs been banned from their daycare but they have also reserved the right to say that if your dog even slightly resembles one of these types of dogs, it will be rejected. This rule not only ostracizes these breeds which if anything need socialization but it also shows a lack of training and knowledge in regards to dog behavior.
I am proposing that Petsmart omit this rule because it is unfair and unnecessary. They have already mentioned that dogs with aggressive tendencies are not allowed and they require a temperament test prior to registering a dog. Any aggressive dogs should be weeded out during a temperament test if performed properly. There are many bully breed dogs out there and many of them are friendly towards other dogs. There are also many more dogs of other breeds who are dog aggressive. Petsmart will be sacrificing a large part of their business if they do not comply with this request. There is a vast number of bully breed lovers out there of which none will be patronizing a store that discriminates against their beloved companions.
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