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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Teaching your Pit Bull to sit and stay

Now that your Pit Bull has learned to follow the command “come,” he is ready for his next trick. Another very useful behavior that you can teach your dog is to learn how to “sit.” “Sit” is one of the simplest tricks to teach. Learning this behavior is vital because it is an effective way to control your dog and also help you set the foundation for other training to follow.

It is very easy to teach your Pit Bull how to “”sit.” Stand right in front of him while holding a treat slightly above his eye level. Say “sit” and then move the treat closer to him until it is just above his eyes. You may have to put your other hand on his rump to prevent him from jumping up. If he takes a step back instead of sitting down, place his rear against a wall. When he begins to look up and bend his hind legs, say “good” and then give him the treat. Repeat this process again. Have him bend his legs more and more this time until he is in a full “sit” position before saying “good” and giving him the treat.

Once your Pit Bull knows how to “sit,” he then needs to learn how to remain in the sitting position for as long as necessary. The way to do this is to teach him to “stay,” which is another very useful command that you can teach your dog.

Dogs have a dangerous habit of running off through open doors, whether from the house or from a car. It is very important to teach your dog to sit and stay until you give him the signal that it is ok to get back up. Only then can he walk through the door or exit the car.

Get your dog to sit and then say “stay” in a calm and soothing voice. If he tries to get up or lie down, immediately gently place him back into position. Have him maintain the position for a few seconds and then give the release word “ok.” Do not forget to praise and give him his favorite treat for doing a great job.

Repeat the process again, gradually increasing the amount of time that he has to sit and stay. However, do not ask your Pit Bull puppy to stay longer than 30 seconds. The goal is to let your pet succeed, not push him to the limit. Remember to be patient and to increase time and distance in small increments.

Avoid staring into your dog’s eyes if you think that it will help him to focus his attention on you. Doing so only creates the opposite effect. Your dog will sense the staring as a threat and can be intimidating.

 

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Proper exercise tips for your Pit Bull

Pit Bulls are very active and athletic dogs. They have an unlimited supply of energy and can play for long hours without tiring. You will seldom find a Pit Bull resting in a shade for a long period of time, but you will often see one that is running and jumping around with the passion and enthusiasm that only a Pit Bull can have.

You need to take certain precautions to make sure that your Pit Bull’s exercise is both fun and safe. You should always have him wear a leash whenever you take him outside. Regardless of how smart or trustworthy he is, he should never be allowed to go off-leash unless he is in your yard and surrounded by a tall and sturdy fence. When excited, even the smartest and the most trustworthy of dogs will sometimes forget their training for just a moment, which is all it takes to scare other people, run in front of traffic, or run away altogether.

You should never let your Pit Bull run free in public places. No matter how gentle and friendly he is, he could be perceived as a threat or a nuisance, especially for those who have a prejudiced opinion against his breed. Furthermore, many places prohibit dogs, especially dogs that are off their leash. And if your Pit Bull is not wearing a leash and an accident happens that involves another human, you are morally and legally responsible for it. Having the potential of endangering your dog’s life and possibly endangering another human being is not worth letting your dog run around without a leash.

There are great ways of giving your Pit Bull his exercise, while keeping him on a leash. Taking him for a walk is an excellent low-impact exercise for both you and your dog. You can start with a short walk and then gradually work your way up to longer distances. An adult Pit Bull should get a minimum of half a mile of daily walking, and of course more is always better.

Pit Bull puppies should never be walked long distances because too much walking can damage their developing bones. Older dogs and obese dogs should not be forced to walk farther than they can comfortably handle. Jogging is another fun exercise you can do with your dog. However, you have to work up to longer distances gradually.

As a safety measure, avoid jogging with your dog during hot weather. Pit Bulls are not built to be marathon runners; they cannot cool themselves as well as humans can and might suffer from heatstroke. Also avoid jogging your dog on hard surfaces which are bad for their joints. Always check the footpads for abrasions, tearing, gravel, or blistering from hot concrete. During winter, check in between the pads for balls of ice.

 

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Toys for your Pit Bull

Toys provide two important roles for your Pit Bull puppy. The first role is to help stimulate your dog both physically and mentally. The second is to prevent him from tearing down your home. Pit Bulls, or any dog for that matter, are less likely to destroy items in your house if given their own toys that they can play with.

Pit Bulls love playing with balls, especially big, colorful bouncing balls. They also enjoy a large and partially deflated ball. Hard rubber balls are good for tough-playing puppies. Avoid using small balls such as jack balls or golf balls because dogs tend to inhale or swallow them. Soft rubber balls are also not recommended because they can easily be chewed to small pieces and then swallowed.

Pit Bulls also enjoy fleece toys, although some dogs tend to be too rough with them and rip them into shreds. Keep in mind that fleece toys are not chew toys and your dog should not be allowed to play with them while you are not around to supervise, or your Pit Bull might chew it up and swallow the material.

Rubber tug toys are also among the favorites of the Pit Bull, although you may need to have constant supervision when your Pit Bull is playing with them, especially around kids. This kind of play may promote physical competitiveness that may not be appropriate for your Pit Bull. Use this toy sporadically and combine it with more moderate and gentler activities.

Squeaky toys that are made of plastics are not a good choice for your Pit Bull. These kinds of toys can be easily chewed and swallowed or the “squeaker” can be lodged and also swallowed. Never leave your dog unattended with a squeaky toy. Similar to fleece toys, squeaky toys are not chew toys and should only be used when you are playing with your dog.

Another type of toy that is your Pit Bull can enjoy is a pole lure. It is basically a stick that is about six feet long with a string of the same length tied to the end and a toy tied to the end of the string. The goal of playing this toy is for you to run around while dragging the toy and trying to keep your dog from catching it. Avoid letting your dog get hurt by jumping too erratically after the toy.

If a pole lure is not available, your dog will be just as happy settling for a good old fashioned stick. Just make sure that the ends are not sharp and that it is long enough for him to be able to jab one end to the ground while holding the other end in its mouth.

If you need additional helpful tips and information, checkout the: American Pit Bull Terrier Dog Guide

 

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Feeding your Pit Bull

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Your Pit Bull is a genetically healthy dog with a powerful and strong body, large amount of vitality, and astonishing longevity. A healthy looking Pit Bull should possess an athletes body class, which is lean and muscular. His ideal weight should have a bit of an hourglass physique viewed from the side or above. His belly should be a little tucked up, ribs should be easily felt through a layer of muscle, and there should not be any roll of fat over the withers or rump.

A very significant factor that influences your Pit Bulls health and full potential is the food that you give him. As an active dog, he needs good property food to retain him going. An average Pit Bull eats about 20 pounds of food each month. Puppies and very active dogs need even more than that. You need to provide your Pit Bull with a balanced meal of both meat and plant-based nutrients.

There are three fundamental types of dog foodstuffs that you can supply your Pit Bull:

1. Dry food is the most favourite, most reasonably priced, and the healthiest shape of dog food, although it is not the most appetizing of the three types.

2. Semi-moist food is tasty and handy for traveling but contains high amount of sugar used as a preservative and not the very best choice for a nutritional diet.

3. Canned food is the tastiest but the most costly food compared to dry and semi-moist food. Most Pitt Bull owners give their dogs a assortment of dry and canned food
and supplement the diet with treats and dog biscuits.

Give your Pit Bull food with protein and fat content based on his stage of life, making any necessary adjustment for any health and weight problems. It is necessary to put your Pit Bull on a well-balanced diet in order to keep him fit and active. Obese dogs are susceptible to joint injuries, heart problems, and make many preexisting problems worse. If you think that your dog is becoming overweight, you need to give him a low fat, medium protein, and high fiber diet. Diet foods which have about 15 percent fewer calories per pound are widely available. Delicious, less fattening home cooked diets are also available.

* Puppies need high protein and slightly higher fat level in their diets like those found in puppy foods. The same level of nutrients goes for pregnant and nursing mothers,

* Underweight dogs, greatly active dogs, and stressed dogs need a high protein diet. Giving them puppy food will provide them with this need. On the other hand, overweight dogs and dogs suffering from heart problems require to be fed a low fat diet.

* Older dogs, especially those with kidney problems should be on an average level of diet with high content of quality protein.

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Where to look when shopping for a Pit Bull

When searching for the right Pit Bull puppy, some common sources include online ads, newspaper ads, rescue groups, and professional as well as hobby breeders.You have to be careful about getting a dog from a newspaper ad.

Although there are some reputable breeders who advertise in the paper, finding your Pit Bull in the classifieds is not often a good idea. Most ads in the paper are placed by inexperienced breeders who naively breed their pet thinking that they can make a quick buck. They seldom have the resources or knowledge to produce healthy and well adjusted puppies.

Would you take home a rescued Pit Bull?
Many Pit Bulls are abandoned by their previous owners and in need of new and permanent homes. Most of these dogs will make tender, loyal, and trustworthy pets. However, a few of them may require special care and attention in order to help them recover from their past experiences.

Professional and hobby breeders who place ads in magazine or put up a site online tend to be serious about their dogs. You can find a wide variety of quality Pit Bulls from breeders who either have a web site dedicated to their dogs or those who advertise in an all-breed or specific breed magazines.

 

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