Hello there I found this site through someone on a forum for american pitbull terriers. I am a member of 2 breed specific forums. I obviously own an APBT. Cruz is about 8 months old and quite a challenge but very trainable. He was just diagnosed with extreme case of hip dysplasia on his back right hip. Im looking for some tricks we can learn to keep him mentally stimulated while we are awaiting surgery and after during recovery. We live in Rockford IL, Im a 37 year old single mother and live with my youngest son who is 13 years old. I work beyond full time as I am a store manager. Im currently looking for a way to teach Cruz to pick up items and put them in a basket. I found a cheap $1 toy basket with plastic food items in it at Target. The key is to teach him not to chew this cheap toy! We dropped out of basic obedience, as the trainer was a correction based trainer, rather than conditioning positive behavior before hand. My dog cowered, lowered his tail, stared at the door for his escape route the last 3 sessions. Since then I have taught him... Sit Down Stay wait up stand off leave it drop it take it shake other paw move it (back up) look at me (an awesome command!) touch Target and he rings a bell to go potty now. Thanks for letting me join!