Beginning January 1, 2009 Omaha city ordinance will require Pit Bulls, Cane Corsos, Presa Carnarios, Dogo Argentinas, American Bulldogs, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and predominant mixes of these breeds to be muzzled whenever they are outside and not in a securely fenced yard. However those dogs who are exceptionally gentle and under the control of their owners can get a muzzle exemption by following certain requirements and passing a Canine Good Citizen Test. The following classed are geared toward acquiring Breed Ambassador Status. Look below for a full explanation of Breed Ambassador Requirements.
Breed Ambassador Program Pitbulls
and included bully breeds and mixes who are exceptionally gentle and
under the control of their owners can get a muzzle exemption if they
apply for and receive Breed Ambassador Status.
Breed Ambassadors must:
File to take a Canine Good Citizenship Test given at the Nebraska
Humane Society (this includes a $25 filing fee and a $50 test fee) and
pass the test. For a link to test criteria click here.
* We strongly urge anyone interested in this to prepare for the test
by taking a CGC class either at NHS or one of the obedience programs in
town. Currently we know that Companion Dog Club, Bon-a-fide Academy,
and Go Dogs all offer CGC classes. We understand this will be an
additional expense to owners but it will be worth it as very few dogs
pass the CGC test on their first try.
The owner must also take a responsible pet ownership course given at NHS
Provide proof of sterilization
Provide proof the dog has been microchipped—and provide the number
Provide proof of $100,000 liability insurance
Provide proof the dog has been licensed and vaccinated
Have had no violation of any animal ordinance by this dog
Once the dog receives the Breed Ambassador Designation he must:
At all times in public wear both a harness and collar with a
connector joined in such a way as to provide a redundant restraint
system should one fail. This connector will be attached to the leash.
The connector shall be of a material sufficient to restrain the dog.
The leash cannot exceed 6 feet.
The dog must wear a vest
purchased from NHS that has the words “Breed Ambassador” and an
identifying number when outside the home and securely fenced yard.
The dog must be re-tested by NHS every year
at any time a “Breed Ambassador” is in violation of any pet ordinance
the designation shall be revoked and the dog will be required to wear a