Life with a Pit Bull means being a responsible dog parent before your Pit Bull comes to live with you.
When you adopt a Pit Bull, you are not just giving a dog a home; you are adopting your most devoted family member. Every dog has a unique personality, but most Pit Bulls are people dogs who adore being with and around their owners. Pit Bulls are loyal dogs who are sensitive to their owners’ emotions. They are dynamic dogs that are well worth learning about in order to better understand them.
Living with a Pit Bull necessitates being responsible owners. Owners who ensure their dogs are spayed or neutered to help with overpopulation, are up to date on vaccinations and veterinary care to keep their dog healthy, are licensed, and are microchipped to help them find their way home if they become lost. Responsible dog owners train their dogs because it benefits the dog, the family, the public, and breed image. Responsible dog owners treat their dogs as members of their family, and they will not easily give up or rehome their dog due to life changes.
We know you and your family are excited about bringing home your new family member, but in the first few days, dogs, all dogs, need time to decompress and adjust to their new people, new homes, new surroundings, new routines, and schedules.
Many people underestimate the importance of decompression for newly adopted dogs. Dogs from shelters or rescues require time to adjust. This period of decompression can make or break your dogs’ adjustment to their new life. It is also critical that resident dogs have time to adjust to a new dog in the house. It takes time to adjust to a new dog and cannot be rushed. Please set your dog up for lifelong success. Allow a few weeks of peaceful living for dogs to relax and become accustomed to their new surroundings. For a few weeks, try not to add too much stimulation; postpone meeting new people or animals until the dog has had enough time to adjust to their new life.
To avoid the heartbreak of losing your dog, have them licensed and microchipped. Make sure you register and maintain your microchip with the chip company. If your dog gets lost, this is the simplest way to get them back home. Chip scanners are available at the majority of shelters, rescues, and veterinarians. Unlike collars and tags, which can easily break, fall off, or be removed, a microchip is a dependable way for shelters or veterinarians to obtain your contact information and increase the likelihood that your dog will be returned to you.
You can help an already overpopulated breed of dog by having your dog sterilized. Pit bulls are the most commonly euthanized dog today. Unwanted litters can be avoided by spaying and neutering. It may help reduce behavioral issues as well as protect against some severe and costly health problems.
Bully breeds can thrive in apartments, condos, and urban settings if they get plenty of exercise and outdoor activity on a daily basis. It can be difficult to find secure (fenced-in) areas where your dog can run off-leash. Tennis courts, ball fields, or a friend’s fenced-in backyard are all possibilities. We do not recommend dog parks because dogs can learn bad behavior from other dogs and the environment is unstable. Whatever happens, no matter how it started or who caused it, is always blamed on Bully Breeds.
Make certain that your condo association or apartment landlord allows Bully breeds in the complex, and make a commitment that if you must relocate, you will find a place where your dog can accompany you. Dogs are frequently surrendered due to renters not understanding the rules of their complex, new landlords purchasing the properties with new regulations, or moving for other reasons and being unable to find a new place that will accept their dogs.
Pit bulls are high-energy dogs who require daily exercise. Even a short 30-minute walk, game of fetch, frisbee, or biking with your dog will help relieve stress. “Allow your dog to sniff when you walk him!” It’s like reading a newspaper to them, and it stimulates their minds via their olfactory nerves. The mental enrichment your dog receives on a slow walk with plenty of sniffing time is far greater than on a fast-paced walk. That is, a shorter sniffy walk will tire them out, and they will be more relaxed and less likely to engage in destructive or mischievous behavior when they return home.
Pit bulls are well-known escape artists. Never leave your dog alone in the yard. Dogs are stolen, poisoned, and become bored. Bored dogs find ways to entertain themselves, which usually involves getting themselves into mischief by fleeing to have some fun. Keep your dog properly contained. A 6-8 foot fence should be sufficient if your dog is not a fence jumper; once they learn how to jump a fence, they will most likely continue to do so; this is not something you want them to learn. We do not recommend electric fencing because it is unpleasant for dogs and does not keep other animals out of your yard. They will go through it if the dog wants to.
Make your dog social. Puppy socialization is critical; as young dogs, they must be socialized with people, other dogs, other animals, and as many different things as possible. You have a small window of opportunity during their first year to help them be fearless and comfortable with everything they will encounter throughout their lives.
Take your dog to as many different surfaces as possible (grass, pavement, dirt, sand, tile, carpet, etc.) to expose him to as many different things as possible. Meet as many people, animals, and other dogs as possible while they’re young. Puppy playgroups are common at many training facilities. A training facility will provide much more structured play with people who understand dog body language and play styles. We do not recommend dog parks.
Train your dog; we cannot stress enough that a dog with solid training is a good dog. We suggest and support positive and humane only training practices. Positive training gives your dog a good experience to learn skills and not just to learn avoidance. Join an obedience class as soon as you adopt, obedience classes teach you how to communicate with your dog, and it’s a great bonding experience for you and your dog. Still, for relationships to truly thrive, we must cement that bond through mutual trust, respect, and regard.
Most veterinarians recommend scheduling feedings. Typically, twice a day, with the total day’s intake divided into two meals. Some people free feed, which means that food is available all day, every day; however, this is not a good idea. This is a no-no, especially in multi-pet households and in Pit Bull households.
Feeding is more sanitary when it is done on a regular basis. It allows you to easily track your companion’s food consumption, which can help alert you to potential illness. It provides a bonding opportunity and allows you to predict when your dog will need to relieve himself.
Never leave Pit Bulls alone with other dogs or animals. Many Pit Bulls get along well with other pets and can live happily with other dogs their entire lives. However, you cannot assume that this will always be the case. Unfortunately, those of us involved in rescue and Pit Bull circles have heard far too many stories about dogs who had been best friends for years until something triggered a fight. As a result, it is up to you to make good decisions to manage your dogs and keep them safe when you are not present. When no one is present to supervise the animals, you can separate them using gates (provided your dogs respect gates), crates, or different rooms.
When it comes to collars, harnesses, and leashes, you will have many options. Flat buckle, quick release, or martingale collars are available in leather, nylon, cloth, or neoprene. Of course, leather is the most beautiful and natural material, especially for dogs with sensitive skin. Nylon is by far the most durable, and it does not stretch when wet. Metal buckles have the best anti-corrosion resistance and are the most durable. At the same time, some quick-release mechanisms are simple to disengage and can even come undone accidentally.
Martingale collars, also known as no-slip or limited-slip collars, are likely the best collars available. Are a type of dog collar that provides more control than a standard flat collar and keeps dogs from backing out of a collar. Martingale collars are non-buckled and should not be tightened beyond the width of the dog’s neck. Many people find that no-pull harnesses help control exuberant dogs when walking them.
Follow local leash laws and ordinances, and keep your dog on a leash unless you are in an enclosed private area. Nothing is worse than coming across an unleashed dog while out walking your own. We do not recommend retractable leashes for a variety of reasons, including the fact that they can be extremely dangerous to owners and pets and are not designed for large dog use. Suppose you want to give your dog more freedom when hiking or more space to play. In that case, a long line leash is a non-retractable longer leash that is an excellent tool for distance training or extra freedom while still maintaining handler control.