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Vet listens to Pit Bull's heartbeat with stethoscope

As we all know, dogs are just like humans in the sense that their bodies are susceptible to deterioration and disease. It’s a sad thing to think about, but it’s an unfortunate truth.

So when I got my first Pit bull, I wanted to know exactly what to expect. What diseases were common among the breed? Which diseases were Pit bulls most susceptible to?

By educating myself on common Pit bull health concerns, I could better take measures to prevent them from arising. And today I want to help you to do that too by talking about some of the most common diseases in Pit bulls, and how you can reduce the risk. So why don’t we get started?

So what diseases are Pitbulls susceptible to? One of my Pit bulls suffered a neurological condition known as  Cerebellar Ataxia. This is a disorder that causes the cerebellum (the area of the brain responsible for muscle coordination) to become inflamed or damaged.

Loss of coordination and balance are the main symptoms of Cerebellar Ataxia. When an infection or tumor is to blame, medications or surgery may be able to clear things up. Sadly, if it is hereditary, it is progressive and fatal.

Unfortunately, while Cerebellar Ataxia is one of Pit bull’s health concerns, it’s not the only thing to be concerned about. Diseases that are common among Pit bulls include Hip Dysplasia, heart disease, hypothyroidism, cataracts, and allergies.

Obviously, some of these health concerns are more severe than others, but which ones should you be most concerned about? And how can you go about preventing them?

As we continue on with this article we will learn more about each of these health concerns, including the symptoms associated with them, the severity of each, the treatment and outlook, and how you can go about reducing your Pit bull’s risk.

Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia is one of the most common diseases among all breeds of dogs. Hip dysplasia usually begins when a dog is young and not fully developed. When the hip joints don’t develop properly, the result is a partial dislocation, or “hip dysplasia”.hip dysplasia in dogs

A dog with dysplasia can experience anywhere from mild to severe pain, and over time it can actually affect their ability to walk.

What causes hip dysplasia? In most cases, hip dysplasia is genetic. With that being said, there are some environmental factors that can increase risk or worsen the condition. These include things like malnutrition, rapid weight gain, or obesity.

How do you know if your Pit bull has hip dysplasia? Signs of hip dysplasia are actually quite similar to signs of arthritis in humans.

Your dog may be showing signs of pain, difficulty walking, overall stiffness, a reluctance to exercise or climb stairs, or weakness in their hind legs. In some cases, you might even hear a clicking noise clicking from their hips when they walk.

Unfortunately, because hip dysplasia is often genetic, it’s not always preventable. With that being said, there are things that you can do to reduce the risk. These can include:

  • Feeding your dog a healthy diet
  • Maintaining your pet at a healthy weight
  • Avoiding over-exercising as a puppy (no jumping, leaping, etc. until they are fully developed)
  • Keeping your dog physically active as they age
  • Taking your Pit bull in for screening.

Screening your Pit bull early for hip dysplasia is important, because the earlier it is caught, the more the vet can do for your dog. There are many surgical options available if necessary, but in most cases, the vet can teach you how to manage the disease with supplements, medications, and a healthy diet.

Heart Disease

Just like humans, dogs can be susceptible to heart disease, and unfortunately, it’s one of the more common diseases among the Pit bull breed. Heart disease can affect one or both sides of the heart and may lead to more serious conditions like congestive heart failure.

Once the disease has reached this point, the dog’s heart has trouble pumping blood to the rest of the body. This disease is often slow to progress and can take many years to spot.

What causes heart disease in Pit Bulls? In dogs, heart disease can be related to things like dietary deficiencies, heartworm infections, hyperthyroidism, cardiomyopathy, and endocarditis.

In some cases, as with that of congenital heart failure, the disease is genetic. In this specific type of heart disease, the dog is born with a heart defect that can be exacerbated by injury, infection, or age.

What are the symptoms of heart disease? There are a variety of things that can signal heart disease in Pit bulls. These include, but are not limited to, coughing that lasts more than a few days, difficulty breathing, changes in behavior, loss of appetite, rapid weight gain/loss, fainting, weakness, restlessness, swelling, and isolation.

With that being said, many of these symptoms can be signs of other concerns as well, so don’t panic at first sight of a symptom. Rather, take your Pit bull to the vet as soon as you notice anything abnormal. This will allow for early detection, and better prognosis.

Prognosis of heart disease in Pit bulls often depends on the underlying cause.

heartworm disease in Pit BullsMany heart conditions caused by heartworm, for example, can be resolved through treatment of the condition, and often times congenital (from birth) heart disease can be repaired with surgery.

Having said that, most cases of heart disease are incurable. With proper treatment, however, lifespan and quality of life can be greatly improved.

How can you prevent heart failure? Like hip dysplasia, heart disease is not always preventable. With that being said, heartworm, which is a primary cause of heart disease, can be prevented with regular heartworm medications.

This, in turn, can help to prevent heart disease caused by heartworm. Other preventative measures include maintaining a healthy, nutritious diet, and ensuring that your Pit bull maintains a healthy weight.

Hypothyroidism

The thyroid is a small gland located in a dog’s neck, very close to their voice box. The job of this gland is to create a hormone known as “thyroxine”, which in turn, controls your dog’s metabolism.

When the thyroid doesn’t produce enough thyroxine, the result is a disease called hypothyroidism.

Though it’s not known why, the disease is more common in dogs that have been neutered or spayed. The good news is that this disease is rarely life-threatening, and can often be managed or even treated with proper medication.

What are the symptoms of hypothyroidism? The most common symptoms of hypothyroidism in dogs are weight gain and reduced activity levels. These symptoms may also be accompanied by a thinning or dull coat, excessive shedding, muscle loss, flaky skin, and regular ear or skin infections.

Thankfully, the prognosis of hypothyroidism is very good. Unless the disease was caused by a tumor on the gland (which is rare), it’s not life-threatening. Furthermore, treatment is relatively inexpensive and easy.

Though your Pit bull would have to take daily medications for the rest of their life, their life quality and expectancy would remain high with proper treatment.

How can you prevent hypothyroidism? Most cases of hypothyroidism occur when a dogs immune system is low. In return, it’s important to work with your veterinarian to keep your dog healthy, and their immune system running well.

If you can do this, most cases of hypothyroidism can be prevented. With that being said, some cases are simply genetic, in which case the focus should be on early detection and treatment.

Cataracts

A cataract is an eye disease that is common in both humans and dogs. Characterized by a cloudiness to the lens of the eye, cataracts cause a dogs vision to become blurred. The severity of the disease depends on the size of the cataract.Dog's eye cataracts

A small cataract is unlikely to cause much difficulty, but larger ones could lead to difficulty seeing and blindness.

There are many things that can cause a dog to develop cataracts in their eyes including other diseases, trauma, and age, but in most case,s it is a genetically inherited disease. Many incidents can also be related to diabetes.

What are the symptoms of cataracts? If your dog has cataracts, you may be able to see a small (or large) cloudy dot in their eyes. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they have cataracts (it could just be nuclear sclerosis, which is not as serious), but it’s still worth a checkup.

Other signs that your Pit bull may be developing cataracts include clumsiness, scratching of the eyes, discharge, irritation, or redness.

What’s the prognosis? As I said previously, the severity of cataracts depends on the size of the cataract itself. If a cataract is small, it probably won’t be of much concern to you or your Pit bull.

Larger cataracts, however, can cause vision loss. Thankfully, a good ophthalmologist can often restore this vision loss through surgery, which generally has a high success rate.

How can you prevent cataracts? As with most diseases, not all cases of cataracts are preventable, but there are things that you can do to preserve your Pit bull’s vision. The first step to preventing vision loss is keeping your Pitty in good health.

In many cases cataracts can be linked back to diabetes, so maintaining a healthy diet is extremely important. Secondly, examine your Pit bull’s eyes regularly. If you notice any signs of cloudiness, discharge, or irritation, take them to the vet as soon as possible. The earlier you diagnose, the better the prognosis.

Allergies

Like many humans, dogs can suffer from allergies. Because Pit bulls have such short fur, their skin is more exposed to the elements, and this leaves them more susceptible to skin allergies than other breeds.

Unfortunately, there are allergens all around us. Common Pit bull allergies include the sun, pests, certain foods, and other environmental triggers.

The good news is that while allergies are one of the most common Pit bull diseases, they’re also one of the easiest to treat.

How do you know if your Pit bull has allergies?

Veterinarian treats skin disease of a dogA dog that is suffering from allergies may have “hot” (or bald) spots on their fur, irritated bumps on their skin, cracked or irritated skin, or may engage in excessive licking.

Dogs with allergies may also display regular scratching, runny eyes, sneezing, or even vomiting and diarrhea.

The good news is, allergies don’t have to affect your dogs quality of life – they are treatable. The best way to treat an allergen is to remove the cause. If you can trace what is causing your Pitbull’s discomfort, you can easily make lifestyle changes that accommodate the need.

With that being said, it’s not always easy to pinpoint an allergen. In such cases, your veterinarian may prescribe medications to help reduce symptoms and lessen discomfort.

Note: If a severe allergic reaction takes place, take your pet to the emergency vet immediately for treatment.

How can you prevent allergies? You can’t prevent your dog from being allergic to something. If they are allergic to chicken, they are allergic to chicken – there’s nothing you can do. What you can do, however, is prevent them from coming into contact with that allergen and prevent an allergic reaction from taking place.

This may require some intense monitoring, as you will need to find the trigger for your Pit bull’s allergic reactions. Once you find the trigger, you can remove it from the dog’s environment, and thereby prevent allergic reactions from taking place.

So there you have it! Hypothyroidism, Heart disease, Allergies, Cataracts, and Hip Dysplasia – these are the 5 most common diseases in Pitbulls.

While many of them are genetic, there are things that you can do to reduce the risk of your Pitbull becoming affected. Above all, keep your Pit bull healthy and active. With a nutritious diet and exercise, most Pitbulls can live a good, healthy lifestyle of over 14 years!

Related Questions

Do Pit bulls Have A Lot Of Health Problems?

No. Though we have discussed some of the more common Pit bull health concerns above, the fact remains that Pit bulls are generally an overall healthy breed. With proper nutrition and exercise, most Pit bulls live a healthy lifespan of 12-14 years with few health concerns.

How Much Exercise Does A Pit bull Need To Stay Healthy?

Pit bulls are extremely athletic dogs with muscular builds, plenty of stamina, and lots of energy. In return, they require a great deal of exercise – more than most breeds. In general, you should aim for at least an hour of exercise each day (once they are full grown).

Because each Pit bull is unique, some will require less exercise, and some will require more. Signs that your Pit bull needs more exercise including whining, pestering, and destructive behaviors.

How Frequently Should I Take My Pit bull For A Checkup?

Most people only take their dogs to the vet when they need to update their vaccinations, or when an emergency arises. But if you want to ensure the health of your dog, you should be taking them for regular checkups. As a puppy (up until 4 months of age), your Pit bull should have a checkup once a month.

Adult dogs should visit the vet at least once a year, and senior dogs should visit at least twice a year. Regular visits to the vet will allow them to complete an overall physical exam, and perform age-appropriate tests that may catch preventative diseases before they become problematic.

Of course, you should always take your dog to the vet anytime you notice anything abnormal as well, just to be safe!

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A pit bull walking with his owner

American Pit Bull Terriers are strong, loving, adorable dogs that make excellent companions and can be trained to become a caring part of any family. Despite the reputation of the pit bull often being maligned by the media, these are actually extremely loyal dogs that can be some of the gentlest giants that you’ll ever see.

The problem with American Pit Bull Terriers is when they are trained by people with poor intentions or given to a neglectful family. These energetic pups need exercise, attention, and discipline. With proper training, any pit bull can become a wonderful dog and will be sure to find its way into your heart.

If you have an American Pit Bull Terrier or are considering getting one, you will want to be sure to train it. Your dog will be thankful for the time you spend with him, and you’ll experience the joy that can only be received by the love of a pit bull.

If you want to learn how to most effectively train your American Pit Bull Terrier, take some of the advice below and you will be well on your way to having the most loveable dog in the neighborhood!

Focus on Positive Reinforcement

One of the biggest mistakes that dog owners make is using negative words and body language when their dog does something “wrong.” Dogs, especially American Pit Bull Terriers, are emotional animals and they will lose confidence and self-esteem when you use negativity to try to train them.

Instead of yelling or pointing fingers at them, focus your efforts on positive reinforcement. You will have to tell them no at some point in time, but don’t make that the main part of your training.

Instead of spending the majority of the time pointing out the mistakes your dog may make, focus on all of the good things that he has done. If he makes it outside to go to the bathroom, give him a treat or praise him verbally in a loving tone of voice.

When he successfully performs a trick, pet him and let him know that he has earned your admiration and that you believe in his ability to learn anything that you will teach him.

It should go without saying that you should never use physical punishments or even the threat of physical punishment. This can make the dog fearful and insecure, which in turn will make him more aggressive.

When you use violence to correct a dog, they learn that they will be hurt when they make mistakes and they will lose the courage to put forth effort to do the “right thing,” in certain situations, making for a vicious cycle that only encourage negative behavior.

While treats are a great way to practice positive reinforcement, you don’t want to overdo it. Give a treat when your dog learns something new, but don’t condition him to expect a treat every single time.

You want to praise him whenever he is being good, but you don’t want to spoil him. Gradually wean him off of the treats and he will soon start performing good behaviors out of habit rather than out of expectation of a prize.

A Pit bull in the water fetched a stick

Emphasize Exercise

 Pit Bulls, like many other dogs, become anxious and sometimes aggressive when they haven’t gotten the proper amount of exercise.

When they sit inside all day and can’t follow their natural instincts, they gain an unhealthy store of excessive energy that might cause them to act out, whether by destroying property, going to the bathroom in the house, or barking all night long. The best way to curb these behaviors is to make sure to give your dog the proper amount of exercise.

Since pit bulls are natural companions and highly loyal, they will enjoy every minute that you play with them. Take them out to play fetch or run after a frisbee. Some may even like to go for a swim!

Whatever it is that you do, make sure your dog is releasing energy, and they will be more likely to remain obedient and continue to learn new things. If you like to go for jogs, bring your dog with you! It will make the experience more enjoyable for both of you.

Remember that exercise isn’t only good for your dog – it’s also good for you! When you are healthier overall, you will be happier, and it will make you better able to connect with your dog and keep him well-trained and exercised.

A healthy duo is a happy duo, so keep taking your dog out and letting him run around, whether he likes to chase squirrels or run after the ball that you’re throwing.

Pay attention to your dog as you exercise him though. You don’t want to overdo it, as that can lead to respiratory issues or fainting. Dogs can overheat easily, so don’t make them work out too much if the weather is exceptionally hot.

Always bring plenty of water and be sure to slow down if your dog is showing any signs of fatigue. Don’t worry – dogs are resilient, and he’ll be ready to start running around in no time after a quick lay-down in the cool grass!

Start Early

 If you have a pit bull puppy, start with your training as soon as possible! These pups grow up fast, and although you may want to just sit and adore them while they’re so cute, you’d be wasting some of the most important formative time of their lives.

Dogs learn the most when they are puppies, so make sure to start instilling good habits early on in life. If you can prevent bad behaviors from the beginning, you won’t have to worry about them becoming worse and worse as time goes on.

Develop a strict training regimen and make sure to stick with it. Your dog will be happy that you are spending time with him, and he will grow to enjoy the training sessions that you have set up – even if it is just because he loves the treats!

Keep the sessions short though – half an hour once or twice a day should be enough to start with. Going too long can have an adverse effect as your pup may get burnt out and begin to lose motivation to keep up with the training.

If there are any parts of your house that you want your dog to avoid throughout his life, set up barriers from a young age. If he learns not to go into the bedroom as a puppy, he will remember this and stay out as an adult.

Use things like gates, fences, and crates to properly set boundaries and help the dog understand your behavioral expectations. It is much more difficult to teach these things later on in life.

Establish Your Role As A Leader

You don’t necessarily have to be an overbearing alpha dog, but make sure that your pit bull knows who is the boss. Pit bulls can be somewhat stubborn and often take on a leadership role, but if you set the boundaries early and let them know that you’re calling the shots, they will develop respect for you and be more obedient.

However, if you fail to secure your position as the head of the household, they will take advantage of their freedom and this may be a hard behavior to correct.

Establishing your role can be done in many small and large ways. Sometimes, it is as simple as making sure that your dog walks behind you or at your side. Keep a tight leash and don’t allow them to pull ahead of you, even if they see something that they want, like a rabbit to chase.

Pull tight and make them sit if needed before you start moving forward again. Repeat your commands so that they know the progression is your call, not theirs.

Don’t let your dog take food or treats without permission. They must understand that you set the time to eat. If you allow them to get into food without your permission, they will continue to do so and will probably overeat.

This can lead to sickness and obesity, and these can be devastating problems for pit bulls. Your dog should look at you when it is time to eat, waiting patiently for their bowl of food.

Socialize Your Dog

Socialization is important for many breeds of dogs, and American Pit Bull Terriers are no different. It is important that they learn how to interact with other dogs safely and in a friendly manner so that you can trust them when walking in public.

Bring your pit bull to the dog park and let him sniff and play with other dogs. Doing so from a young age is very beneficial, as it will help to curb unwanted behaviors early on.

Failing to socialize your dog properly can lead to many behavioral issues, such as aggression, being territorial, or showing signs of unease and insecurity. All of these things might lead a dog to lash out at other dogs because he feels threatened rather than loved. Effective socialization teaches your dog to be calm and friendly when approached by other dogs.

This doesn’t mean that he can’t play or rough-house a little bit, but he must learn the limits and understand how to treat other dogs. Pit bulls are strong dogs with impressive bites, and you don’t want your dog unleashing on an unsuspecting dog that didn’t mean any harm.

Stay Consistent

American Pit Bull Terriers are incredibly smart dogs, but like any other breed, they can get confused by mixed signals and inconsistent messaging. Don’t try to trick your dog by changing the rules or only allowing him to do things on certain occasions.

If your dog is not allowed in the bedroom, keep it that way and never allow him in. Don’t mess with his mind and leave him wondering whether or not he has done something wrong.

Consistency is key not only for you but also for the mental well-being of your dog. They enjoy having routines and start to feel insecure when they are not sure of what to do.

This will cause them to feel stressed and can lead to aggressive behavior or the inability to remain obedient. Keep your actions predictable and easy to understand and your dog will have a much easier time being trained.

Dogs can sense anxiety and tension, so it is best to keep your emotions consistent as well. If you are acting erratically or panicked, your dog will feel that and will start acting that way too.

If you feel that you may be stressing your dog out, it may be better to step into another room and cool off for a while. Your dog looks up to you and expects you to provide for him, so it is best not to let him see you flustered too often.

Try to stay on a set schedule as well. As we mentioned, dogs like the routine and will have a better memory if you train at the same time every day. You can work on different things each day, but try to stay relatively consistent with new tricks until your dog has them down pat.

If you phase out the practice of a certain behavior too early, your dog is likely to forget it while moving on to the next one. Practice everything until it is almost instinctual and comes second nature to your dog. They will enjoy it this way and you’ll be able to teach them more than you bargained for.

Start With The Basics

 You can’t take a brand-new puppy and expect that he’ll be jumping through hoops perfectly within two weeks, so take it slow. Start with things like sit, lay, heel, come, and stay.

Some dogs will learn faster than others, but just be patient and your dog will soon learn the basics. It will be an extremely rewarding process for both you and your pit bull, so stick to and start slow.

As your dog continues to learn these behaviors, add in some new variations or extra tricks. See how far he is willing to go, and make sure to stop if he seems to be getting overwhelmed.

When a dog becomes frustrated, they are not able to take in information as well and will probably fail at performing the behaviors that you are hoping for. Take some time off and come back, starting with the basics again and working your way up to your dog’s capacity.

Enroll In A Training Class

While you should always train your dog personally, there is no shame in enrolling in a training class taught by professionals. They are constantly learning the best ways to train dogs, and they can give you plenty of advice.

Not to mention, this allows your dog to learn new tricks while at the same time socializing with other dogs, thus killing two birds with one stone.

Your dog will learn to take on new places and meet new dogs as well as people, which can be a major advantage as he gets older.

You’ll feel more confident in your dog’s ability to go on a walk and to interact with other animals in a cool, calm, and collected manner. This is a big advantage for both your lives and will make for a better overall relationship.

Always Show Your Dog How Much You Love Him

One of the most important but often overlooked aspects of training your dog is the personal bond that it creates between you. He will gain worlds of respect for you as you teach him how life works and how he can be healthy and happy.

Let him know that you are training him because you care about him, and he will always remain loyal and show his unconditional love for you.

Conclusion:

Your relationship with your dog is ultimately what is going to determine whether or not he behaves or misbehaves. If you are neglectful, lazy, or uninspired, he will not have the motivation to be a good dog and may start acting out or looking elsewhere for attention.

Your dog should have your utmost attention while you are training, and you should be stern with him in letting him know that you are the boss. He won’t be mad at you for teaching him new things – he will respect that you are the leader and that you are providing for him.

Pit bulls are kind-hearted, strong, loyal companions that love you and just want to be loved back. They can be a bit stubborn at time and may have excessive energy at others, but as long as you follow some of these steps in training them you should end up with a wonderful, loving dog.

Keep them well-exercised, let them know that you care about them, and continue to put your effort into providing them with a long, healthy, and happy life.

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Pit bull puppy bites a right index finger

Pit Bulls are cute and friendly pets. Enthusiasm is the second name of the Pit Bull. They are young at heart and never outgrow their fun-loving spirit.

They are attractive, and their compact, muscular body draws attention wherever they go. They are people-oriented dogs. With proper and constant training, this breed will make the best family pet.

They really love kissing, cuddling, playing, and being a lap dog is their favorite pastime without minding their weight.

Pit Bulls are one of the most beautiful dog breeds. They are friendly and cute pets. However, like all other dogs, they may have a very annoying habit: puppies are arrogant in nature, and their bite can be painful once they mature.

Pit Bulls, in particular, have strong jaws and need to be trained early not to bite.

Characteristics Of A Pit Bull

Pleasing their family members is one of their favorite things. They love to make their owners happy. These playful dogs will fetch sticks, chase Frisbees, run after balls, tussle with the members of their family and generally play until they tire.

However, they are probably one of the most maligned dog breeds on earth. Part of their defamation and the name is because they can be trained to fight in dog pits.

Another factor is that they are the favorite dog of many gang members. Pit Bull seems to be a synonym for meanness and toughness. All this causes a lot of fear when most people face one of them.

Unfortunately, what a lot of people know about the breed comes from stories they hear about Pit Bull attacks or dogfights. This is why it is important to make the effort to train your Pit Bull.

A trained Pit Bull can be an ambassador for the breed, and show the world that with training and a loving home, Pit Bulls can make a wonderful pet.

Pit Bull puppies are known to nip and bite playfully, in fact. It’s hard not to laugh when your new dog attacks its favorite toy. However, this action is more than just dog playfulness, but it is the way your dog establishing dominance and pack hierarchy within your family.

Allowing this behavior to persist into the dog’s maturity can be dangerous for your family and those around you.

Why Pit Bulls Need Training?

The most common problem facing the average Pit Bull owner is how to train Pit Bulls not to bite; Pit Bull bites can be painful as soon as they mature due to their strong jaws.

Unlike human babies, puppy teeth come in within the first two weeks after birth, so it is best to start teaching your puppy early that biting is undesirable.

Training a pit-bull puppy not to bite isn’t as difficult as some folks might suggest. Although there is nothing fun about a puppy bite, it is important to realize that these kinds of dogs by nature are usually prone to biting.

A Pit Bull puppy bite might be an act of aggression or just a form of play. However, you can teach your dog not to bit at all by using the appropriate training methods.

The key to this training is to strengthen your relationship with your puppy and then correct him. If you do not establish some control quickly, your dog can become more aggressive toward you and refuse to listen to your commands.

You can create a relationship by playing more with your pooch when he is still young and feeding him with his meals.

How Do You Train a Pit Bull Puppy Not to Bite?

Your dog will simply listen to your commands if you know your role as his owner. Pit Bulls are particularly unique because they are more dominant than other pups. By following these simple tips, your dog will finally understand that biting is not desirable.

Dominate Your Puppy From Day One:

The Pit Bull is very dominant, so letting your pups know that you are the leader from a young age will reduce dominance related to aggression and biting. In a normal pack setting, submissive pups will roll over to show their bellies to the alpha members of the pack.

So, treat your dog gently but have control over him. Walk through the doors in front of your pup instead of letting him lead and keep him on leash while walking to keep him under control.

Feed him at a specific time, and when pouring food, make him wait before diving in. All this will help reduce your dog biting and any aggressive behavior.

Exercise And Play Safely With Your Dog:

Biting is common with Pit Bull puppies, and the dog’s strong and sharp jaws can cause serious damage if the biting actions continue into maturity. If your dog bites you during playtime, shout loudly and immediately stop the play.

The shout mimics the yelp of a wounded littermate and stopping the play shows your dog that biting leads to termination of the playtime. After a short period of time, continue playing with the puppy and repeat the process if it bites again.

Avoid playing roughly with your dog as this stimulates aggressive behavior. You can play tug-of-war with your dog.

Give Your Dog The Teething Toys To Bite:

I usually play with my dog using toys to keep him busy. Many Pit Bull puppies become gradually mouthy during teething, and even the slightest nip with sharp puppy teeth can cause serious damage.

If your dog insists on chewing, providing him with a series of durable toys will divert his attention. Strong ropes are ideal for Pit Bull jaws and will keep the most strong-minded chewer busy.

You can also distract them by feeding small treats. Always remember to replace old and worn dog toys with a new one to stop your dog from swallowing pieces that may lead to intestinal blockages.

Allow Your Pup To Play With Other Pups:

Make sure those dogs are immunized. Playing with other dogs is important for your dog; it will make him friendly. In addition, your dog can also learn new skills from other dogs. If you have a cat, you can teach them how to play together safely.

Know Why Your Dog Is Biting:

Have you thought about what makes your dog bite? It may be normal in some cases when they are growing up.

However, there may be reasons such as fear, danger, frustration or just cuddling for your pup to bite. Consult your veterinarian, and he may be able to help you with favorable solutions.

Take Some General Safety Measures:

Don’t act harshly with your dog or slap him in the face, because doing these things may encourage him to bite.

Also, never discourage your puppy from playing; playing builds a strong relationship between your dog and your family members. Do not punish or hit your dog as it can make him fearful or aggressive.

Train Your Puppy To Avoid Behavioral Problems:

I cannot stress enough, when it comes to training Pit Bulls, appropriate training of the breed is more important than any other breed.

If you take the time and effort to train your Pit Bull according to certain specific principles of this breed, you will reap the incredible rewards that come with having a trained and well-mannered Pit Bull.

It would be worth every effort and every penny you spend to make sure your dog is properly trained. Failing to train your puppy can lead to serious behavior problems. Your dog may start biting you and other animals and can also get out of control.

Take Safety Precautions If Your Pit Bull Bites:

If you are training your dog with the assistance of a qualified dog trainer, consider muzzling your dog with a muzzle.

Your dog will quickly learn to stop biting with the help of a muzzle; however, it is not advisable to use muzzling if you do not have a clear understanding of the training method and goals.

If the muzzle is not introduced and used correctly, your dog can become more dangerous to people, especially those trying to muzzle him.

Use A Bottle Of Spray Water In Severe Cases:

In circumstances where biting is very strong or persistent, keep a spray water bottle around. Accompany your firm “NO!” with a spray of water in the dog’s face to disrupt the behavior.

Ensure to set the nozzle to spray and not jet; you only want to unsettle the puppy, not to hurt him. Keep in mind that the dog will connect the water spray with you, and this may make him cautious of you at other times.

pit bull puppy yawning

Reward Good Behavior.

Constantly praise good behavior with a lot of cuddles and gentle love. Use rewards efficiently to promote good behavior. For instance, if your pooch responds to your command to leave a toy, you need to praise him.

Verbal rewards work perfectly when you are playing with your pup and with hands full of toys. Don’t forget; you are now the dog’s parent. It is your responsibility to encourage your pup to become a healthy, happy and well-adjusted family member.

Teach Your Puppy To Get Used To Human Hands:

By teaching your dog to be familiar with being handled by allowing your dog to explore different sets of hands. Help the puppy establish a positive connection with human hands by asking every person the dog comes in contact with to offer him a treat.

Educate Children About Pit Bull:

Some years ago, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued some interesting statistics that indicate that dogs bite about 2 percent of the US population, which is almost over 4 million people, every year.

As the statistics show, more than half of the people who are bitten by dogs are children. So, educating the children about Pit Bull and how to play with the dog can help prevent the incidence of dog bites.

Don’t Spend Much Time In Training:

It does not make sense in training your puppy for a long time since it will only overwhelm them. In reality, they will end up ignoring you and keep biting. You should use your good judgment about how much time you will spend training your pup and the training method you need to use.

Use Physical Isolation:

In case yelping does not help your dog to stop biting, the next time your dog bites you, yelp and remove your hand to show that play time is over.

Then you have to ignore him for at least 20 seconds because physical isolation from the pack sends strong sensations to the puppy that he has done something wrong. Start playing with your pup again once the 20 seconds are up.

Repeat this each time your dog bites you. This helps deliver the message to your dog that gentle is okay but rough play is discouraged.

Consult A Veterinarian:

If it does not improve after all these precautions, seek the advice of a qualified specialist. It will help you train your dog. Do not forget to treat your dog as your child.

Remember to follow all these steps to imbibe positive habits in your Pit Bull. Develop a friendly relationship between you and your dog. Try to find out why the dog is biting and then train him accordingly.

Maintain Consistency:

Regardless of the method you use to make your pup stop biting, follow the golden rule of consistency. This means everyone in the family and anyone else who comes in contact with your pooch should use the same strategy whenever your dog bites them.

You will end up confusing your dog if everyone uses a different technique to stop the dog from biting.

Conclusion:
Do not expect your dog to stop biting immediately. It can take a long time; you must be patient and persevere in your efforts, especially in the case of Pit Bull puppies with a high prey drive.

You have to be ready to receive some bites while trying to stop your pit-bull puppy’s dog stops and bites! With your efforts, your Pit Bull will stop biting.

 

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Pit bull Training Equipment : An Overview

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Every pit bull owner understands the value of good training for their pit bull. Pit bulls may have a bad reputation, but they are actually intelligent.

Also, pit bulls are special dogs that can be intensively trained through exercise; thus, choosing the right pit bull training equipment is a must.

Because pit bulls are big, muscular and strong dogs, they definitely pose some risk to strangers around them as well as to other creatures.

Additionally, pit bulls consider smaller animals as prey so chasing is a very natural instinct for them.

To begin training the pit bull, you would be in need of some pit bull training equipment.

Below is a description of the equipment that you need to indiscipline your dog.

Collars:

All dogs, large or small would always have a need for collars; yet, pit bulls require something different since they’re strong and this includes for the purpose of red nose pit bull training.

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For pit bull puppy training purpose, you may skip this collar stuff but again it depends on the situation.

Dealing with an adult pit bull, considering the fact that pit bulls are very strong, they need a special type of collar that provides comfort to both owner and animal especially during pulling.

Usually, pit bull collars are made of chain or wide leather bands. Pit bull owners place leather collar with spikes on their pets to dress them up.

There are collars designed with quick release buckles that both dog and pet owners appreciate

Leashes:

There are many types of leashes available in pet stores. It is up to the pet owner if they want to buy a leash made of leather or nylon. A nylon leash is less durable than leather ones, but they are much lighter.

 

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There are retractable leashes or leashes with a lock to ensure that the dog is restrained well. There are also leashes for two or more dogs that you can bring for walking.

The leash must be comfortable to your grip because you would always get pulled or pull your dogs.

Harness:

Pitbull harness is usually created with their body type in mind. The harness exceeds the collars function when it comes to handling large dogs like pit bulls.

Too much pulling on the collar while performing red nose pit bull training can choke the pit bull. Nylon harness is often weatherproof and lightweight.

Regardless of whatever activity your dog gets into, pit bull harness provides safety and comfort.

Muzzles:

A definite must-have pit bull training equipment to protect other people or creatures from the dog.

Indeed, pit bulls can be disciplined; yet, being safe is better than being sorry so use muzzles whenever needed.

Again for pit bull puppy training purposes, this is judgemental, and in most cases, is not that necessary.

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Let’s Start With Dog House Training Basics!
House training a dog is probably the most important training you can provide your dog. While most people think of pit bull house training as simply teaching the dog not to urinate or defecate in your home, it also should encompass the dog’s behavior both in the house and out in the yard. For now, we will focus on the aspect of “potty” training your dog.

Dog House training should begin before you bring your new pet home. It is important to have your plan in place before all the excitement starts when the new pup comes home. Determine where you will have your new charge live.

Are you going to use a crate for training or block off a corner of a room for the new pup? It is important to have an area that is just for the pup to go.

Crate training seems to be the simplest method of housebreaking. Blocking off a room works, but it can interrupt the traffic flow in your home and it requires having something absorbent on the floor the dog to use to relieve themselves.

When looking for a crate, consider how large your dog will be at maturity. Your dog should be able to stand in its crate without any restrictions. There are many reputable vendors of quality crates for dogs.

One of the keys to successful dog house training is establishing a schedule to teach your dog when it’s time to go outside to relieve itself. One of the easiest ways is to take the dog out right after it eats and drinks.

Puppies will have to go out more often. Take the dog out and let them find a spot to go. Soon as they are done, give them effusive praise.

Make them think they just did the best thing in the world. Within a short time of doing this, your dog will begin to associate eating with going outside.

You are establishing a pattern for the dog to follow. Before you know it, your dog will either sit or stand by the door you use, letting you know it is time to go out.

The other mentioned method is sometimes referred to as “paper training“, generally because dog owners will use old newspapers for the dogs to soil on. The dog learns to use the paper to go on and then make the transition to going outside.

As you probably are thinking, this method has some drawbacks. The big one is the odor of having the dog relieving inside. The other is making the change from going inside to going outside. Also, remember that the papers have to be cleaned frequently both for the dog’s and your health

Puppy house training is one tough job, regardless of what the breed might be.

Surely, some puppies are easy to train but one thing that must be remembered is that all dogs can be house-trained.

In fact, you can even train adult dogs.

Pit bull house training is paramount because it integrates the dog into the household.

To achieve the objective of house training pit bull puppy, you should utilize its natural instincts.

Most dogs have a natural instinct to stay clean and not to soil up to the area where they sleep. This can be taken advantage of while training your pit bull puppy.

Starting with the Pit bull house training
The first step to house train your pit bull is choosing the right training area. A compact, limited area like a garage, bathroom or a verandah is best suited as a training area.

Yes, the method is best suited for crate training which is appropriate for puppies but bigger dogs may require a larger area. Make your pit bull spend as much time as possible in his training area.

Make him eat, play and sleep there. Once he acknowledges that this pace is his he will be reluctant to spoil it. Then you may start moving his bed, relocating it from room to room.

After some time, he will learn that your house is his house too and he needs to keep it clean. Next comes the toilet training, which is extremely vital since you don’t want poop on your expensive carpeting.

Accompanying him to the toilet area for potty needs is a must in the initial stage. Once the puppy is in the habit of relieving in the toilet area rather than messing up the training space he can gradually extend his activities to the rest of the house.

The owner must be sure about the dog’s ability to control his bladders and bowels. These are the basics of the pit bull house training which must be achieved in order to transform your pit bull into a household dog.

Rewarding gives better results
One of the very common pit bull house training problems is the idea of punishing your dog when he does something bad. Training American pit bull terrier puppies should be done with rewards for good work.

And in no case should the punishment be contemplated. Giving punishments is counterproductive and it sets the clock back in the house training process since the puppy gets confused by getting a treat in the day and a scolding at night.

Positive training is always beneficial for puppies when house training them. They respond to positive reinforcement.

Giving pit bull puppies a treat or praise when they follow instructions correctly strengthens their will to do more for they have a natural instinct to please their owners.

How nice is that now? Then how can you scold a dog whose aim is to keep pleasing you all day?

Pit bull house training is successful when you understand that his puppyhood is the time when you lay the foundations of what kind of dog he will be when he grows up.

It is also the time where you build, develop and strengthen the bond you have with your little dog.

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Pit Bull Training Gear – Why do you Need it?

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Training your pit bull can be a challenge, but fortunately, there are many fine pit bull training Gear products available to make the task easier and more enjoyable.

There are some basic essentials that no dog owner can or should not be without and like most hobbies, plenty of training aids above and beyond the basic and ordinary.

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Your basic arsenal of training aids should include a sturdy training collar, a leather leash 6’ or so in length, a “long line” about 30 – 50 feet long, and then a regular collar for the dog to wear regularly.

Collars can be made of several materials – nylon, leather, and metal for example. General consensus points to the use of a metal slip type collar as the most effective and durable.

Some of the metal collars are made of smooth chain, which is generally fine for most training situations.

Others have prongs that can exert a stronger stimulus to the dog, especially if you are training a dog that is somewhat “strong-minded”.

While a few people will frown on the use of a choke type collar, just keep in mind what the purpose of correcting your dog is.

You want your dog to obey in any situation for its own protection. If your dog becomes distracted, that is when disaster can strike. So, for the sake of your pet’s well being, a little discomfort surely is a fair compromise.

Leashes also come in nylon, metal, and leather. The leather is generally the material of choice for training leashes.

Some of the best leather leashes can be found at a leather makers shop or perhaps a good tack shop. Most likely, you can have a leash made to your own specifications.

 

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The larger the dog, the heavier the leash should be. Make sure that the clip which attaches to the collar is sturdy – brass is a good material for that.

It won’t wear out quickly. The end you hold can have a loop or can be plain. The loop can be helpful to help hold the leash especially if you have a larger breed of dog.

The long line is used later on in your dog’s training when you start to work on long sits, stays, downs, or any other action you need to teach your dog when it is not right by your side.

This lead is not meant to take the full force of the dog’s weight, but to mainly serve as a reminder to your furry friend that they still are tethered to you.

Beyond the previously mentioned items, you will find many other very useful training helpers. If you are training hunting dogs, an electronic collar can be invaluable.

You can also find training dummies for retrievers, batons for fetching and the list goes on and on.

It’s hard not to become overwhelmed by the number of items that claim to be necessary for training your dog. Just keep in mind the idea of staying simple.

Don’t buy a training aid unless and until it is necessitated for a certain stage of your dog’s education.

Save your money and then buy the best that you can. You won’t regret spending money on quality equipment. It will last you a lifetime!!

Considered to be the most athletic dogs in the world, pit bulls are the descendants of the bear and bull fighting dogs used by the Cowboys in the past.

Being able to take a bull by its nose is one impressive thing, isn’t it?

Because of the very fact that these are athletic dogs they need proper training. We don’t want our pit bulls to end up pulling the household stuff around now, do we?

That is why early obedience training is crucial for pit bulls and that is where you need the right pit bull training gear.

Walk the dog!

You might get lucky to own a pit bull that lets you take him on a walk instead of doing the opposite. Pit bull leashes and leads are the most basic pit bull training gear a pit bull owner needs.

A well-trained pit bull can be controlled and taken out for a walk or a jog using a leash and a lead. Leashes are not much of obedience training gear.

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When it comes to pulling your pit when he tries to run away to grab a bouncing ball or sometimes people, pit bull dog collars and leashes help.

Dog collars are attached to the leashes in order to keep a hold on the dog but most of the times they are used to correct misbehavior.

Pit bull leashes and collars are the pit bull training gear available for those pit bull owners who have issues on a walk especially while pulling.

Collars are designed such that, a firm sideways pull helps get you big dog back on track.

Collars can also be used as pit bull accessories. A wide range of pit bull collars includes leather collars spiked collars and nylon collars which can dress your pit bull up in a second!

Pit bull  training gear for Fitness

High prey drive instincts and big strong bodies develop a natural need for fitness in pit bulls.

Pitbull training gear that helps keep your dog fit includes stuff like pit bull collars and harnesses, weight leashes for pit bulls, weight vests and other pit bull training equipment like spring poles flirt poles and strongman equipment.

All these pieces of equipment work for building the strength and stamina of the dog and your pit bull gradually turns into one having all chiseled muscles!

Training a dog requires patience and affection on the part of the trainer. Pit bulls are sensitive and they should never be hit or yelled at when training.

This may have an adverse effect and they may not respond to training at all. They may also fight back and nip or bite people.

A light reprimand, with a strong “NO”, is enough to make a pit bull stop any undesirable activity. It is important to be consistent while training a pit bull.

If you decide to train a pit bull for a couple of weeks and then take a break the whole training will be a worthless affair.

If you own a pit bull you must train it, else you might want to consider getting used to living in a destroyed house!

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Pit bull Training Collars

Training your dog requires more than just making them follow simple verbal commands. Just like raising kids, they’ll need more than that to help them become more disciplined and obedient. (image source)

So to ensure that they follow your every order, you need to have the right training tools along with your dog training books at your disposal.

And one of the tools that can help you give the proper discipline to your pet is a dog training collar.

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Dog Training Collars, what are they and why you want to use them

Training collars for dogs are a very useful tool for many situations that arise in the course of training your dog. Some people feel that the brief electrical impulse is inhumane, but when you think about how it might save your dog’s life, a little shock isn’t so bad.

You certainly don’t want to constantly be “zapping” your dog – the collars use would become less and less effective.

A training set consists of a collar with the receiver mounted on it and a transmitter that the trainer holds. Some units require replaceable batteries, while others have rechargeable batteries.

Remember if you have a unit with batteries to always have spares on hand. The collar has usually two contacts that touch the dog’s skin. The pulse from the transmitter is converted by the receiver into an electrical stimulation of varying strength.

Hunting dogs are frequently trained with this type of collar. This gives the trainer control over the dogs even at great distances or in water. Modern collars besides shocking can also send a tone to the dog. So even far away, a dog can be corrected humanely and safely.

A dog training collar is more than just another collar. While it’s able to keep your pet on a tight leash, this device also helps owners train their dogs and make them more obedient.

With the help of this collar, you get to establish better control and dominance. Of course, just like a regular collar, this version can also be used to help identify your pet.

However, since some collars can be hazardous to a dog’s well-being, some training collars should not be left on the dog’s neck all the time.

Now, since the needs of dog owners vary, these training collars are designed to come in various shapes and sizes.

Each one carries its own unique way of training and controlling the dog. Some are just made from your regular metallic chains or leather.

These collars can be used to pull or tug your pet. However, due to the advancement in technology, some collars are now able to emit minor electrical signals or vibrations to train dogs into becoming more obedient.

Another great use of training collars is for correcting problem behavior. Consider this – you have a dog that can’t resist a moving vehicle. Each time your dog sees one, it bolts out in the street. You have no control and your dog most likely will be run over at some point.

Now, you learn how to use a training collar correctly.

When your dog decides it can’t resist that moving van coming down the street, you will have a say in the matter. Soon as he breaks from you to give chase, you can give a verbal command followed with “back-up” from the training collar.

Most dogs will decide that their chasing days are over and learn to cease this dangerous behavior.

Remember, training your pets to become obedient and disciplined takes a lot more than just telling them what to do. If you want to enforce yourself and establish dominance without compromising their well-being, make sure you invest in a dog training collar.

That way, you’ll be able to train them more effectively and get your message across in a more efficient manner.

Do you need a training collar for your pit bull? The answer is yes! How can one possibly control and train these big mighty dogs without any pit bull training collars? They are even required by law when your dog is outside your home.

From a myriad of different training collars, the options can be overwhelming. The main priority factors needed to be kept in mind while making a decision about pit bull training collars are Budget, Functionality, Material, and Size.

Variety of Pit bull Training Collars

  • Simple Leash and Collar – For those who have nice little pit bulls that create no chaos on a walk, a simple leash and collar are just right! Blue pit bull collars, red pit bull collars!
  • You may choose from a thousand colors and pick up cute pit bull collars for your good dog. Custom pit bull collars are also an option if you are really specific about how your dog looks. He must look handsome!
  • Slip Collars – For those haughty pit bulls who rather take their masters on a walk instead of their masters taking them on one, these collars are quite useful. A firm pull sideways will bring your dog back on track.
  • A sideways pull is to be remembered, though. A straight pull is basically the pit bull pulling his master and not the other way round.
  • Illusion Collars – This collar helps keep the slip collar at the top of the neck which is the most sensitive area of a pit bull’s neck.
  • If you’ve tried slip collars and still have had issues on a walk especially while pulling, you might want to try illusion collars. Thick pit bull collars may be used for dogs that are extra strong.

Materials

  • Nylon – Nylon pit bull collars are a perfect choice if you want an easy all-weather dog handling situation. Not needed to be taken care of, nylon pit bull training collars are suitable to walk your dog in rain, snow, high humidity climate or even while swimming.
  • These dog collars are extremely strong and light weight and quite affordable as well.
  • Leather – Leather dog collars are safe and natural and they keep looking better with age as they absorb your dog’s fur oils. Treated occasionally with a leather conditioner, leather pit bull training collars can serve for a lifetime.
  • Perfect for dogs that are allergic to metal or nylon or have skin irritation problems, leather collars are a good choice. Spiked pit bull collars come in leather and they can make your dog look like a tough fighting dog.
  • Metal – Metal dog collars are special collars that allow behavior correction. You may consider stainless steel pit bull training collars for safe water contact for they will not rust. Curogan collars are available and they avoid allergies and irritation.

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With a whole lot of choices, you can choose the best pit bull collars for your dog. Depending upon the size and the nature of your pit bull you may go for different styles and different materials.

There is numerous pit bull training gear available online. Your pit bull’s collar is just a click away!

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