Biking

If you have a healthy young adult APBT (2 to 7 years of age) who is constantly ready to run, jump, or play and you have a really hard time getting him to settle down, you may want to bike him. If you have a sturdy bicycle, such as a mountain bike, that has good tire contact on the road, you can bike your APBT to exercise him.

But don't just grab your bike and hold your APBT's leash in your hand on the handlebars; that's a recipe for disaster! Instead, use one of the commercially available contraptions made specifically for biking dogs. For APBTs, I prefer one that fastens under the rider's seat, on the pole, and curves out to the side in an S shape with a big spring. (With your dog at your side, you can watch him as he's running with you.) I remove the plastic emergency release fastener (it's not strong enough for an APBT) and instead fasten a heavy short traffic lead (twelve inches is good) to the top of the big spring.

Walk your dog and your bike for a while, going over bumps, curbs, and anything else that might startle your dog. Make sure he sees the bike move and hears all the sounds it can make. When you feel your dog is comfortable with it being next to him, get on. Begin riding very slowly, using your dog's obedience commands. Tell him to heel as you begin moving, and tell him "right" or "left" as you turn. He can also learn the meaning of the words "slow," "easy," and "fast" as you begin riding.

Go for very short rides in the beginning, moving slowly so you can maintain control. As your own skills and your dog's skills improve, you can increase the distance and speed of the rides.

My sister's APBT, Dillon, loved bike rides in his younger years, and he and I would go for great rides. When our families would go camping together, my husband and I always brought our bikes and we would take turns taking Dillon out. When Dillon wanted to run, he would find the bikes and sit nicely next to one, being very quiet and well behaved, until someone saw him waiting patiently. Then his tail would start going and it wouldn't stop until he was hooked up to the bike!

Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

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