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How to Care for a Pit bull Puppy

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If you are a new pit bull puppy parent, you may be wondering how to take proper care of your pup to ensure you raise them well. Below we discuss some of the most important areas of care you should attend to.

 

Socialisation

You should start socialising your pit bull puppy very early to ensure he gets along well with other dogs. This way, you should experience no problems when he or she is all grown up. Begin by socialising your pup on a lead. Call out his name and reward him for looking at you.

Once he listens to your instruction, you can let him sniff the other dog. If he interacts positively with the other dog – i.e. sniffs or tries to play with it, give him a treat. But, if he barks, growls or gets over-excited, you should put him in a time-out space until he calms down. The interaction should be kept brief and positive.

 

Training

It’s important to train any pup to ensure they become a well-behaved adult dog. As pit bulls are high energy dogs, they are likely to jump on guests and pull at their leads. A training class is a very good idea while they are young and trainable.

Moreover, your pup will learn to socialise at a puppy class as they’ll be surrounded by other dogs. When introducing your pittie to a guest, keep him on a lead and don’t let him jump while greeting. That way, your pup will learn that they can only greet when they are calm.

When it comes to walks, you should stop walking as soon as your pup starts to pull on the lead. When your pit bull puppy allows the lead to loosen and turns around, you should praise them and go on walking. You will bond better and prevent any negative habits from forming.

 

Exercise

Pit bulls are highly energetic dogs and need a lot of exercise. Let your pup exercise for an hour every day. These dogs love to play, run and chase. So let your pup play with the other dogs and he’ll burn up lots of energy and be calmer at home.

 

Food

Pit bulls are generally very healthy dogs as they are a mixed breed. However, allergies can develop if they aren’t fed high quality food. Get them food that is high in protein and low in grains. If your pup starts to scratch or nibble at themselves repeatedly, they may need better quality food. Also be sure not to let your pit bull puppy over-eat as extra weight may lead to hip and elbow problems. You should be able to feel your pup’s ribs easily.


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How did the Pit bull Breed Develop?

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If you are a pit bull parent or considering getting one of these popular pets, you may have done some research on how the pit bull breed developed.

In which case, you may be interested to know that pit bulls are in fact a mixed breed, with different genetics, features and behaviours. American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and American Staffordshire Terriers are all referred to as pit bulls or bullies. These dogs have similar physical features, such as square shaped heads and bulky bodies – though they are not exactly alike in appearance or DNA.

 What were they bred for?

The cross breeding of bull-baiting dogs and terriers resulted in the Pit bull – a dog bred for fighting. Accordingly, these dogs had the agility of a terrier and the strength of a bull dog. Thankfully, the cruel blood sport of dog fighting has now been banned. Thereafter, pit bulls became catch dogs, hunting and shepherding livestock for their owners. Pit bulls also became popular family pets as they are very good with children, making for great protectors.

Why do they have a bad rap?

Sadly, illegal dog fighting remains rife. As a result of their reputation as fighters, which of course humans are to blame for; these loving, loyal dogs have gotten a bad rap. But, what we don’t realise is that a dog’s nature is determined by how we treat the dog. If you treat your pit bull badly, it may very well become vicious and untrusting. What many don’t know is that pit bulls were actually selectively bred not to bite humans.

It may be their history and the fighting they were bred for that has created the false impression that pit bulls are blood thirsty monsters. But, as previously mentioned, a well brought up pit bull who is loved and cherished will become a loving, gentle dog in return.


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Are Pit Bulls Dangerous?

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hd-wallpapers-funny-pitbull-dog-wallpaper-funnycute-black-pet-1280x1024-wallpaperYou may be surprised to know just how many people in your life are proud pit bull parents. And what better way to find out if pit bulls are – as the media claims – dangerous, than to get a first-hand account?

I decided to do just that – instead of jumping aboard the ignorant pit bull haters’ team.  How can we damn a whole breed, when every dog clearly has its own unique personality? Any dog parent will strongly agree that each and every fur child is one of a kind.

How is this sort of prejudice any different from the countless biases and assumptions that have prevailed since the beginning of time?pit-bull_0

The pit bull parents I spoke to had nothing but love and good things to say about their furry friends – not a single account of viciousness. To answer the question: are pit bulls dangerous? I asked them what their canine kids were really like – bad reputation, sketchy statistics and media smear campaign aside.

You may consider the below qualities dangerous, but if you do – you’re likely a closet cat person…

  • Cuddle Monsters

Pit bulls are shameless snuggle addicts. So, if you feel threatened by oodles of affectionate, living, breathing hot water bottles and dogged nap buddies, pit bulls are probably not for you.

 

  • Hairy Stalkers

Are you petrified of having a second shadow, an incurably curious canine, and a firm furry friend by your side for life? How about never feeling the pang of loneliness ever again? If these qualities send a shiver down your spine, then you’re clearly not about the pit bull life.

  • Live Wires

Imagine having a live-in personal trainer, only a fun, goofy one with a drool-dripping grin and big, beautiful eyes that could win over the most stubborn of layabouts. This is exactly what you’ll get with a boundlessly motivated, impressively athletic pit bull.

 

  • Fiercely Loyal Furries

If you couldn’t think of anything worse than a fiercely loyal furry friend, who has your back 24/7, with a nose for the baddies and a bark that will send them running scared; then you’re not fit for the pit.

So, there you have it – straight from the mouths of pit bull parents!


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