Your Pit Bull and You

Welcome to Your Pit Bull and You

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.

Help, Does My Dog Have Leash Aggression?

Leash Aggression or Leash Reactivity Walking a dog that lunges...
March 26, 2019

Fear Cutting Your Dog’s Nails No More

How to Cut Your Dog’s Nails Without Causing Them Fear,...
March 3, 2018

Paint Your Pet at WHS!

Join Your Pit Bull and You and Women’s Humane Society...
February 8, 2018

Review: Nailed It! A Course in Canine Nail Care

When I was asked to review the now available online...
October 13, 2017

When You Love Your Vet

I grew up in a house where advocating for something...
September 9, 2017

Dog Play and Cognitive Biases

Dog Play and Cognitive Biases A good percentage of our...
August 25, 2017

Before You Hit Return

We live in a day and age where people have...
August 12, 2017

Treat a Dog or Forty

When I worked at Women’s Humane Society, providing treats in...
July 27, 2017

The Trouble with Tips

I admit it: I am obsessed with dogs’ nails. I...
July 17, 2017

The Nail of the Dog

I have a confession to make. Though I am a...
July 15, 2017

Do You Wanna Go to the Vet?

Recently, I was lucky enough to complete the Fear Free...
July 13, 2017

Four Years Strong

  Your Pit Bull and You was launched on March...
June 13, 2017

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.

Julianne Griffin
Treasurer, Board of Directors

Julianne Griffin lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and 3 dogs. Julianne holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management and works for the City of Philadelphia as a Budget Analyst. Her unit, the AIDs Activities Coordinating Office provides grants and in demand programs to the HIV, AIDs & LGBTQ communities in and around Philadelphia.

After the adoption of her first Pitbull, she quickly learned the unfortunate reality for many Pitties just like her own. It’s safe to say that she had found her life’s work. Since then she has served as a volunteer for ACCT Philly, Love Four Paws, Big East Akita Rescue and more recently the Women’s Humane Society. She has served in many capacities as a volunteer from walking dogs, running adoption events, transporting, serving on fundraising committees and even fostering with a special interest in senior and special needs dogs.

More recently, Julianne has become more focused on fundraising activities and event planning. In the past she has successfully partnered up with non profits in the area to raise much needed funds for the adoptable animals in their care. She plans to continue this work with YPBY.

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