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Mission Statement

Your Pit Bull and You is a non-profit organization committed to highlighting pit bulls in the most positive light, promoting humane reward-based training and organizing fundraising initiatives to help rescues and shelters.

The Latest from YPBY

Here are some of the latest entries from our blog section.


April 23, 2017
Bang! is a really neat trick for a few reasons....

Easy enrichment

March 31, 2017
I’ve wanted to make snuffle mats for a while, but...


March 29, 2017
Having gone through The Academy for Dog Trainers, I’ve had...

Interview with the Veterinarian: A Chat with Ken Scheider, DVM

March 16, 2017
So far, we’ve been focusing our Little Bits of Good...

The YPBY Team

Lori Nanan
President, Board of Directors

Lori Nanan lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania and is the Canine Behavior Education Coordinator at Women’s Humane Society in Bensalem PA. Lori provides classes to the public and to WHS shelter dogs, as well as free monthly presentations to educate the public on all things dog.

Lori founded Your Pit Bull and You, a resource created to highlight rewards-based training and promote pit bulls in a positive light with fellow Academy team member, Kelly Cottrell. Lori also works with Academy grad Malena DeMartini-Price, doing initial contacts for potential separation anxiety clients.

Laura Witkowski
Treasurer, Board of Directors

Laura Witkowski lives in Hamtramck, Michigan. She is currently a student at The Academy for Dog Trainers and an assistant trainer and dog walker at Fido Personal Dog Training in Ferndale, MI. She is also a volunteer at Detroit Animal Care and Control and with Bark Nation, an NPO that focuses on shelter intervention & enrichment initiatives. Laura is also a stand up comic who loves using humor to address dog training and pit bulls!

Paul Nanan
Webmaster, Board of Directors

Paul Nanan has Master Degrees in Information Technology and Finance he lives in New Hope, Pennsylvania and serves as the web designer and master of all things techie for Your Pit Bull and You.

Paul’s career in Information Technology has given him skills and knowledge that have not only benefited YPBY, but other non-profit organizations interested in spreading their missions and reaching a wider audience.

A former volunteer at the Philadelphia Care and Control and former Member of the Board of Directors of Philadoptables has given Paul a unique perspective on the needs of animal welfare organizations and he uses this knowledge to help as many dogs as possible.

Lisa Skavienski
Secretary, Board of Directors

Lisa Skavienski, CTC, lives in Rochester, NY, where she is heavily involved in animal welfare, focusing much of her time in outreach efforts aimed at supporting underserved communities, in addition to supporting shelter and rescue dogs in her role as Head of Behavior & Training for PLR. She is co-owner of Dog Educated, LLC, which she opened with fellow Academy For Dog Trainers member, John Cicolella; and she is currently studying under Malena DeMartini-Price for certification specializing in separation anxiety.

Some of our Biggest Fans

Debbie Jacobs, Fearfuldogs
Don’t let the name fool you. Your Pit Bull & You is for every dog and owner. The information found on the site is applicable to all dogs, especially those who may be fearful or anxious. All dogs deserve the best we have to offer, and YPBY offers the best. Bookmark this site. Refer to it often. Share it. Hope that we continue to create more like it.
Debbie Jacobs
Jean Donaldson
I am awestruck at the quality of the information YPBY consistently delivers about topics of critical importance to all of us in applied behavior.  Their reach has deservedly grown and grown.  Pit Bulls are much maligned, and the crushing irony that some of their advocates ascribe to harsh training, however well-meant, needs the light of day on it.  YPBY does just that and so much more, effectively and kindly.  I’m a huge fan.
Malena DeMartini
The internet is rife with misinformation about training and pit bulls. Pits are commonly cast in an ominous role quite different from their real temperament: affectionate, playful, and gentle. Fortunately, Your Pit Bull and You is a place where visitors can go to find sound, science-based, humane information on all things training and pit bull-related. As the author of Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs, I know firsthand the plight of guardians confronting difficult and heartbreaking disorders, and this site is the place to be when looking for help in your pit bull training efforts. The incredible stories featured on this site will remind you of the hope and joy that exists in the world of dogs. I hope thousands continue to find this site so they can spread the messages posted here far and wide, and so more will support YPBY’s wonderful work for pit bulls in need.
Malena DeMartini
Malena DeMartini
YPBY is a leading resource for people and their dogs to learn about positive, reward-based training and canine-based advocacy. Their blogs help readers understand that pit bulls are not inherently different in the way that they learn or the way in which they need to be trained. I am grateful to know that this non profit group exists to close the gap between training and dog advocacy. We can't use harsh aversive training to have well-balanced dogs. We can't ask dogs to be relaxed when they are being shocked or threatened. YPBY empowers the reader to not only understand this concept, but also gives the readers tools on how to effectively change their behavior and training techniques in order to have relaxed, happy dogs.  A relaxed happy dog will only make headlines that read simply, "couch potato dog is a blanket thief" or "Hiking dog makes it to the top of Everest with his human." We can all learn from YPBY and I'm grateful to work side by side with them to change the world for the better, for both canine and human alike.
Deirdre Franklin
Pinups for Pitbulls