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Adding a dog automatically increases your family by one, no matter whether you live alone in an apartment or are part of a mother, father, and six kids household. The single-person family is fair game for numerous and varied canine misconceptions as to who is the dog and who pays the bills, whiles a dog in a houseful of children will consider herself to be just one of the gang, littermates all. One dog and one child may give a dog reason to believe they are both kids or both dogs. Either interpretation requires parental supervision and sometimes speedy intervention.

As soon as one paw goes through the door into your home, your ABPT has to make many adjustments to become a part of your family. Your job is to help her fit in as painlessly as possible. An older dog may have some frame of reference from past experience, but to a 10-week-old puppy, everything is brand new: people, furniture, stairs; when and where people eat, sleep, or watch TV; her own place and everyone else's space; smells, sounds, outdoors—everything!

Puppies, and newly acquired dogs of any age, do not need what we think of as "freedom." If you leave a new dog or puppy loose in the house, you will almost certainly return to chaotic destruction and the dog will forever after equate your homecoming with a time of punishment to be dreaded. It is unfair to give your dog what amounts to the "freedom to get into trouble." Instead, confine her to a crate for brief periods during your absence (up to three or four hours) and, for the long haul (a workday for example), confine her to one untrashable area—perhaps the kitchen or laundry room—with her own toys, a bowl of water, and a radio left on (low volume) in another room. A safe, secure dog run outside is also fine, or an area in the garage or on the porch.

Never, ever tie out or chain your APBT. Chaining dogs leaves them vulnerable to other dogs, predators, and people who wish to torment or tease them. Unfortunately, many of the APBTs (and dogs of other breeds) who have bitten, maimed, or even killed people have been chained. Your dog is safest behind a secure, closed fence, either in a yard or a dog run.

For the first few months, keep your APBT close to you when she's in the house. Use baby gates to close off hallways and close doors to other rooms. By keeping her close, you can teach her what is hers to touch and what is off limits. You can also supervise her closely so that housetraining becomes very easy rather than a horrible chore.

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Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

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