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Pit Bulls Revealed

Pit Bulls Revealed provides an honest, no-holds-barred look into Pit Bull ownership. Pit Bulls Revealed is packed full of need-to-know information, and it's a must have for any Pit Bull Terrier lover. Discover fascinating facts about the history of the breed, learn which myths are outright lies, discover how to select the ultimate Pit Bull puppy breeder, and much more. Here are Just a Couple Examples of What You'll Discover: How to Avoid the 3 Biggest Mistakes When it Comes to Color, Weight and Ears. You'll discover exactly why most people miss the boat when picking out a Pit Bull puppy. The 'Locking Jaw' Myth Exposed. 6 Facts Every Pit Bull Owner Must Know About Breaking Sticks Discover one of the single-most important secrets to being a responsible owner. The Truth About Giant Pit Bulls. Common Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying Your Pit Bull Pup Many owners fall into these traps and end up paying the price! Foolproof Pit Bull Puppy Breeder Checklist. More here...

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Getting Active with Your APBT

APBTs are active dogs they love to go places and do things. A healthy APBT likes to use his strong body to run and jump and play. Although APBTs will spend some time on the sofa being lazy and comfortable, they would prefer not to spend too much time there. In fact, many behavior problems (such as destructive chewing and digging) are caused by boredom, inactivity, and not enough exercise. Doing things with your APBT has added benefits. It can help increase your own personal fitness after all, you'll have an exercise buddy to work out with. But probably more important, at least for your dog, is that your relationship with him will be better, too. The more time you spend with your dog and the more you interact with him, the better your communication and understanding will be. You will learn what to expect from your dog in certain situations, you will learn how to tell what he's thinking, and you will be better able to control him. And your dog will get to know you in the same way. You...

What Is an American Pit Bull Terrier

Keep Calm And Have Your Teeth Whitened

He American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) is both the most beloved dog breed I today as well as the most feared and despised. People who know APBTs praise the breed's affectionate nature, intelligence, and wonderful sense of humor. Other people fear the breed's reputation for aggression, strength, and violence. Unfortunately, those who despise the breed are often quite vocal, and in many cities, counties, and states in the United States, Canada, and Europe, legislation aimed at entire breeds, rather than at individual aggressive dogs, has targeted APBTs, as well as other similar and related breeds. (That legislation will be discussed in chapter 2.) Luckily, the breed has also had its fans. Thomas Edison owned one as did Teddy Roosevelt. Pete, the Pit Bull star of the Little Rascals and Our Gang comedy series, proved the intelligence and adaptability of the breed by being the only animal actor to make the transition from silent movies to talkies. Author John Steinbeck is famous for his book...

Getting Ready for Your APBT

Back Yard Fencing For Pit Bulls

Bringing home your new APBT is very exciting. Just think of the companionship this dog will provide you and the adventures you'll have together When you bring home your new APBT, you are bringing home a new best friend. There are a few things you need to do, however, before you bring him home so that his adjustment will be easy and you'll be prepared for anything that happens. First you will want to make sure your house and yard are safe for him. APBTs, both puppies and adults, are insatiably curious and will get into things you may not expect. So it's important that you create a safe environment for your new dog. When you first introduce your APBT into your household, and while he's growing up and learning the rules of the house, keep the house, yard, and garage as safe as possible. The box on pages 58 59 explains how. APBTs are not happy spending all their time outside away from people they are family-oriented dogs. However, they can reasonably spend some time outside each day. For...

Keeping Your APBT Healthy

APBTs are strong, hearty, active dogs. Although sometimes an APBT will injure herself during play, simply because she is so strong, the injuries are usually mild. (They do tend to play like a bull in a china store ) But for the most part, these dogs are healthy. There are, however, a few health issues that you need to be aware of so that you can protect your dog. Your APBT cannot care for herself and will need your help throughout her life to remain healthy.

The APBT

Pitbull Terriers Drawings

Archaeologists agree that dogs were the first animals domesticated by humans, before even cattle, goats, or horses. Cave drawings from the Paleolithic era, 50,000 years ago, show men and dogs hunting together. Dogs also gave warning of trespassers or enemies. Over time, humans found additional uses for dogs herding domesticated livestock, pulling travois, wagons, or sleds, and carrying burdens. The earliest known ancestors of the American Pit Bull Terrier served as guards and draft animals, but they were especially esteemed as dogs of war. Origins of the APBT Today's APBTs are descended from ancient Bulldogs and Mastiffs- both tenacious, fearless breeds. Today's APBTs are descended from ancient Bulldogs and Mastiffs- both tenacious, fearless breeds. Lloyd imported other dogs who gained fame fighting in America and were also used for breeding. Among them were Lloyd's Paddy, Pat, and Rafferty. In fact, some of today's American Pit Bull Terrier owners can still trace their dog's...

Why Choose an APBT

Apbt Aggressive Towards Puppies

Robust, quick, and brimming with vigor, today's American Pit Bull Terrier is an intelligent roughneck who wants to please and is ever hopeful of being a lap dog. Supremely confident, he views the world as a giant playhouse created especially for his amusement and is something of a perennial puppy He enjoys playing tug, catch, and other games well into old age. Good-natured with children, the APBT has the sturdiness not to mind if his tail or toe is accidentally stepped on, and can play for hours. Some APBTs even seem to sense which children enjoy rough-and-tumble games and which ones are too tiny for such shenanigans. The APBT also enjoys training sessions and learns quickly as long as his trainer is fair, firm, and praises a job well done. But the APBT is not the right dog for everyone. Many people wish to have a dog who is more compliant, or calmer, or less animated. Other people are worried about the breed's fighting history. Adding a dog to your household should be a...

Bathing Your APBT

Brushing your APBT will get a lot of the dirt out of his coat, but dirt and oil can still build up, giving your dog a doggy smell. Regular bathing will keep him clean and smelling sweet. Years ago, the conventional wisdom was that bathing a dog regularly stripped the natural oils from his coat and skin, thereby making the skin and coat dry and unhealthy. Products available for dogs today have changed. Although you can still strip the oils from the skin and coat if you use a harsh soap for bathing your dog, most of the products today are better and gentler than the older ones. If you use a good-quality dog shampoo, you can bathe your dog regularly without harming his coat. After all, therapy dogs who make weekly visits to nursing homes must be bathed before each visit. Treat your dog nicely when you give him a bath. If you decide to give your APBT a bath in the driveway with cold water out of the hose, you will have a battle on your hands. Your dog will hate baths and will struggle...

Mouthto Nose Resuscitation

If your APBT stops breathing, first check to see if a foreign body is obstructing her airway (see Choking, on page 95). To give mouth-to-nose resuscitation 1. Lie your APBT on her right side. Her head should be back and her mouth must be closed. 2. Using one hand to hold your APBT's mouth shut, place your mouth over her nose and breathe into it deeply about six times. (If you're working on a little puppy, use quick, shallow breaths.) 3. Your APBT may begin breathing again after the first six breaths. If she does, keep a careful watch on her for the next several hours. 4. If your APBT does not resume breathing right away, continue with mouth-to-nose breaths at a speed of about twenty breaths per minute or one breath every three seconds. Continue until your APBT breathes on her own, and then watch her carefully while taking her to the veterinarian. 5. If, after ten minutes, your APBT is not breathing on her own, her gums and tongue are blue, her pupils are dilated, and she doesn't blink...

Seven Mistakes to Avoid

Don't feed your APBT chocolate, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, onions, or any highly spiced, greasy, or salty foods. Chocolate, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts and onions are bad for dogs (and potentially toxic), and spicy sauces and junk food lead to stomach upsets. 2. Don't believe ads that encourage you to vary your dog's diet. Dogs do best when they are fed the same brand of food daily at regular times. If you must add something to your APBT's food dish, mix a few tablespoons of a high-quality canned dog food or a tablespoon of cottage cheese or yogurt with her dry dinner. 5. Don't give your APBT any bones other than raw knucklebones. Chicken, turkey, or porkchop bones, for example, can shatter and slice open the dog's intestines with their sharp points. Cooked knucklebones are more easily shattered, so offer the knucklebones raw. Always supervise your APBT when she has a bone and take it away if she shatters it or bites small pieces off it. 6. Don't leave your APBT's food dish...

Festive Family Occasions

There are a few dangers to consider, too. Doors opening and closing can enable a puppy to slip out unnoticed in the confusion, and you'll be organizing a search party instead of playing host or hostess. Party food and buffet service are not for dogs. Let your APBT party in her crate with a nice big dog biscuit.

Spaying and Neutering for a Happier Healthier

The nicest thing you can do for yourself, your family, and your APBT is to have your dog spayed or neutered. Females spayed before their first season, usually at around 6 months of age, are at much less risk of developing breast cancer than unspayed females. Because spaying removes the female's reproductive organs, spayed females never suffer cancers or infections of the ovaries or uterus. In addition, they don't have unwanted pregnancies and won't bleed all over your rug for several days twice a year. Spaying a female when she is young gives her a healthier life, gives you fewer hassles, and doesn't add to the pet overpopulation problem.

Cleaning Those Pearly Whites

Your APBT's teeth are naturally very handsome bright white and nicely in proportion to his head. When a dog's adult teeth come in (after losing the puppy teeth), they are strong and white. He will need your help to keep those teeth white dirty or broken teeth can significantly affect your APBT's health. When teeth have accumulated plaque or are broken and infected, they harbor bacteria that can affect the body in many areas, including the heart and kidneys. In addition, when you clean the teeth often, you can spot problems, including gum problems, teeth that need to be professionally cleaned, and chipped or broken teeth that might need to be extracted. There are many ways to keep your APBT's teeth clean. Feeding dry dog food and biscuits can help scrape the teeth as he eats. Hard chew toys can also scrape some plaque off the teeth. But to keep the teeth really clean, you will need to get more actively involved. to use some gauze and baking soda. Take a piece of clean gauze and wrap it...

Nutrition Throughout Your Dogs Life

There is a fine selection of dog foods available for all stages of your dog's life. Choose a reputable brand of puppy food, one that has been on the market for many years, then feed your APBT according to the label directions and she should be well nourished. While your APBT is growing, remember to gradually increase the size of her meals as she gets bigger. At 7 weeks old, she will need to eat three meals a day. By the time she is 5 months old, she will probably need about twice what she ate when she was 3 months old, but she doesn't have to eat as often. By then, two meals a day are sufficient. As an adult (more than 12 months old), she will probably eat slightly less than she did as a growing puppy. During adolescence (5 to 11 months or more of age), your APBT may appear rangy and gangly, but as long as she has boundless energy and a gleaming coat, her nutritional requirements are probably being met. Poor nutrition almost always shows up first in the quality of the coat. If her...

On the Internet

The American Pit Bull Terrier FAQ, www.nyx.net mbur apbtfaqcov.html American Pit Bull Terrier Network, www.apbtconformation.com Defense of the American Pit Bull Terrier, www.dapbt.org The Real Pit Bull, www.realpitbull.com Weight pull information, Working Pit Bull, www.workingpitbull.com

The Trainer

When you meet with the trainer, ask if they like APBTs and other Pit Bull-type breeds. Some do and others do not. If the trainer has reservations about the breed or requires that dogs of that breed all be muzzled, ask why. If you are not happy with the answer, take your business elsewhere. Ask the trainer about the training techniques they use. What is their experience with APBTs When talking about them, does the trainer smile or frown Ask if you can watch one of the ongoing classes. Make sure you will be comfortable with their training techniques.

The Veterinarian

Call and make an appointment with the veterinarian you are considering, and go in without your APBT. Expect to pay an office visit fee, since you are taking up the veterinarian's time. Then ask some questions, beginning with, Are you familiar with American Pit Bull Terriers Do you like APBTs Unfortunately, some people do not like the breed or are afraid of them even If the vet does like APBTs and is familiar with them, ask about their veterinary experience, education, and office policies. What problems does the vet normally see with APBTs and how do they handle them Does the vet expect APBTs to be muzzled in the office or do they make an individual decision based on each dog How does the vet handle emergencies or after-hours problems If a dog is kept overnight, is there anyone in the clinic with the dog Does the clinic accept credit and debit cards When you have had a thorough discussion with the vet and feel comfortable with them, go ahead and make another appointment so you can...

Internal Parasites

On your first visit to the veterinarian with your new dog, the vet should check your APBT for internal parasites, such as intestinal worms and heartworms. Your veterinarian will need a sample of your APBT's stool to check for round-worms, whipworms, tapeworms, and hookworms, while a blood test is necessary to detect heartworms. No matter how carefully you care for your APBT, she can still become infested with all of these worms except heartworm. Well-cared-for dogs shouldn't get heartworm, because their owners give them the preventive medication prescribed by their veterinarian.

Heatstroke

If your APBT suffers heatstroke, she must have immediate attention. Sometimes only a cold-water enema applied by a veterinarian (do not do this yourself, though, as it can cause life-threatening shock if not done correctly ) will save her. Symptoms include some, but usually not all, of the following When a dog's rectal temperature is 104 degrees or more, she is in serious trouble. If you suspect heatstroke, immediately take your APBT somewhere cooler and wet her down gradually with cool (not ice cold) water. Give her cool water to drink, but in small amounts, never all at once. Apply cold compresses to her belly and groin area but do not suddenly put your overheated dog into extremely cold water. While cooling your APBT, make preparations to get her to your veterinarian. Be especially cautious if your APBT has already suffered a heatstroke and survived. After a dog has one such stroke, she seems to be more prone to getting another.

Walking

Although walking for a young puppy should be slow and easy, the pace can vary for other APBTs, depending upon the dog's fitness level. You can walk easily along the beach, watching the sun set, or you can power walk at a brisk pace to help build fitness. Walking is also a good time to practice your dog's training skills. Make sure your APBT walks nicely on the leash without pulling. Pulling is a very bad habit, not just because your dog will cause damage to your arms, shoulders, and back, but because it puts your APBT in charge. Psychologically, that's not a good thing for your APBT to do. As an example, think about the dogs you've seen walking in your neighborhood. The calm dogs are walking nicely on the leash, right The dogs who lunge at your dog, bark hysterically, and act like horrible creatures are all pulling on the leash. That's because they think they're in charge of the world. So if your APBT is still trying to pull you around, find a trainer in your area who can help you...

Muzzling

Use a piece of soft material such as a nylon stocking, necktie, or strip from a T-shirt, and talk soothingly to your APBT while applying the muzzle. 3. Slip the loop around your APBT's muzzle and draw it tight with the half-knot on top. 4. Make a second loop around the muzzle, this time tying the half-knot under your APBT's bottom jaw. 5. Finish the emergency muzzle by bringing the two ends (one on each side) to the top of your APBT's neck. Then tie the ends of the material together in a tight bow on top of her head, just behind the ears.

Pet Professionals

Before you bring home your new friend, you will want to find a few pet professionals you will be able to work with. A veterinarian will help you keep your new APBT healthy, as well as provide necessary vaccinations. They will also be able to spay or neuter your APBT. A trainer can guide you through the pitfalls of puppyhood and canine adolescence and help you train your dog to be a good companion. These people will be of great help to you in the coming months, and you want to be able to talk with them and trust their opinions.

Fun Training

APBTs are great at weight-pulling contests, but you don't have to compete to teach your dog the skills. Fit him with a padded weight-pulling harness (find one at your local pet supply store or online), and then run a long leash from the rings on each side of his harness to a piece of firewood or a plastic milk jug filled with sand. Encourage your dog to pull (Come on, Sweetie, pull, yeah ), and when he pulls the weight, praise him Gradually, over several weeks, increase the weight. Carting is also great fun and good training. You can teach your APBT to pull a wagon. With a wagon, your APBT can haul his own dog food from your car up the driveway to the house. Or he can take plants, potting soil, and other garden supplies from the car to the backyard. He can even take the neighborhood kids for a ride. Carting is great fun, but teaching your APBT to do it safely requires some training talk to your local trainer for some help doing this.

Retrieving Games

You don't have to leave home just because your APBT needs exercise. Retrieving games are a great way to help him use up some excess energy. The rules of retrieving games are easy You throw the toy, he goes to get it, and he brings it back to you. When he brings it back, he is not allowed to play tug-of-war with it. APBTs are much too powerful to play tug-of-war. Plus, you don't want them to learn that it's acceptable to fight you or use their strength against you. Although some dogs may play tug-of-war with no repercussions, it's not a good game for APBTs even though they love it You can teach your APBT to give up the toy he's brought back in a couple of ways. First, have several toys that you know he likes. Throw one, and if he doesn't bring it back and drop it for you to throw again, simply throw a different toy. Keep throwing toys he has to drop one to pick up another. As he drops it, tell him, Yeah Good boy to drop it If your APBT is focused on just one toy and will not be...

Car and RV Travel

Before you plan a vacation by car or RV with your APBT, be sure she enjoys car travel. Nothing spoils a holiday quicker than a carsick dog Work within the dog's comfort level. Get in the car with the dog in her crate or attached to a canine car safety belt and just sit there until she relaxes. That's all. Next time, get in the car, turn on the engine, and go nowhere. Just sit. When that is okay, turn on the engine and go around the block. Before you leave on the trip, put together a package of all your dog's paperwork. Not only do you want her health records, but also her license. You will want your veterinarian's office and emergency telephone numbers, and, if your dog is microchipped, the phone number of the registry where that microchip is registered just in case you and your APBT get separated. Your APBT should wear identification at all times, but on a trip it's even more important because your dog won't know where home is. Have her continue to As you travel, keep your APBT...

The All Adult Family

Family weekend activities should include your APBT whenever possible. Depending on the pup's age, now is the time for a long walk in the park, playtime in the backyard, a hike in the woods. Socializing is as important as health care, good food, and physical exercise, so visiting Aunt Emma or Uncle Harry and the next-door neighbor's dog or cat is essential to developing an outgoing, friendly temperament in your pet. If you are a single adult, socializing your APBT at home and away will prevent her from becoming overly protective of you (or just overly attached) and will also prevent such behavioral problems as dominance and fear of strangers.

Good Canine Citizen

Does your APBT display good, controlled behavior in public Sometimes it's hard for a dog's owner to tell. The AKC's Canine Good Citizen program was designed to turn your dog into a good neighbor and to teach you about your responsibility to your community as a dog owner. It is open to all dogs, whether or not they are registered with the AKC, and is available through many dog clubs and organizations. If your dog passes the test, he earns the title CGC. Here are the ten things your dog must do willingly to pass the test.

Young Children

Sticking their faces or wiggling their hands or fingers in the dog's face is teasing. To another person it might be just annoying, but it is threatening to a dog. We can make the child stop with an explanation, but the only way a dog can make a child stop is with a warning growl and then with teeth. Teasing is the major cause of children being bitten by their pets. Treat it seriously, because the APBT could pay for it with her life.

Babies

Whether already here or on the way, babies figure larger than life in the eyes of a dog. If the dog is there first, let her in on all your baby preparations in the house. When baby arrives, let your APBT sniff any item of clothing that has been on the baby before Junior comes home. Then let Mom greet the dog first before introducing the new family member. Hold the baby low for the dog to see and sniff, but make sure someone's holding the dog on a leash in case of any sudden moves. Don't play keep-away or tease the dog with the baby, which only invites undesirable jumping up.

Cleaning Ears

American Pit Balls

Compared to trimming toenails and cleaning teeth, cleaning the ears is easy. Several commercial ear-cleaning solutions are available just ask your veterinarian which one they recommend. Then dip a cotton ball in the solution, squeeze out the excess, and gently wipe the inside of your APBT's ears. If your APBT is dirty, you may have to use a couple of cotton balls per ear. Clean only the inside part of the ears that can be easily reached with the cotton ball never force the cotton ball down inside the ear canal.

Clogged Anal Glands

If your APBT is scooting along the floor on her haunches, she probably has clogged anal glands. Anal glands are located on each side of the anus, and they secrete a substance that enables your dog to pass her stool. When they become clogged, they are extremely uncomfortable, smell bad, and could get infected. Your veterinarian can quickly unclog the anal glands. Blood or pus in the secretion is a sign of infection, so if either one is present, take your APBT to the veterinarian.

Severe Lameness

If you suspect that lameness is due to a fracture, take your APBT to your veterinarian immediately. Signs of a broken bone are holding the injured leg up off the ground, pain, swelling, a dangling or severely swollen leg, no use of the hind leg, or the dog's inability to move the injured leg. To transport your dog, first put a muzzle on her, then move her carefully, trying not to aggravate the injured limb. To do this, place a blanket or other strong piece of material on the ground beside your APBT and gently, by the scruff of the neck, pull her onto the blanket. Two people (one at each end) can lift the blanket to put your APBT in the car for transport to the veterinarian. Other causes of lameness that require veterinary attention are a deep cut that may need stitches or a puncture wound. In either case, your APBT must be treated to avoid infection.

Mild Lameness

If your APBT is lame for no apparent reason (check her pads for cuts or brush burns) and has no other symptoms (that is, she still eats well and interacts with the family), wait a day or two before calling the veterinarian. Dogs get bruises, strains, and sprains just as people do, and often heal quickly. Also, use common sense. Before walking your APBT in the heat of summer, check the temperature of the sidewalk. It may be unbearable. In the winter, dogs often act as if they were lame when snow or ice builds up between their pads.

Vomiting

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If your APBT has no other symptoms of sickness but vomits once or twice, simply keep a close watch on her. She may have eaten some grass or something else that disagreed with her, and after throwing it up, she may be back to normal in no time. A dry, unseasoned cracker, such as a plain Saltine, may help settle her stomach. If your APBT vomits three or more times, lacks interest in household activities, and appears lethargic, or has symptoms such as frequent diarrhea in addition to vomiting, see your veterinarian the same day.

Loss of Appetite

By itself with no other symptoms, a brief lack of interest in food is seldom serious. For example, many dogs need less food during the heat of summer and may occasionally leave some, or even all, of their dinner untouched. If your APBT misses one meal, don't worry. But if she refuses all food for two days in a row, she should be checked by your veterinarian.

Trimming Toenails

Your APBT's toenails are too long if they make clicking noises on the floor when he walks on a hard surface. Dogs with very long nails tend to walk on the backs of their feet, leading to splayed toes and an unattractive gait. Not only is this uncomfortable for the dog, but it can lead to foot problems. Long nails are also more apt to break or tear during exercise or play. To clip your APBT's nails, sit on the floor and invite him to lie down in front of you, between your legs, with his head in your lap. Give him a tummy rub to relax him. Then take one front paw, holding it gently but securely, and isolate one nail so you can hold it between a finger and your thumb. Using a pair of nail clippers made for a dog of this size (either the scissors type or guillotine type), trim off the excess nail, making sure you do not hit the quick. If your APBT has white nails, your job is easier than if his nails are dark, because the quick is a blood vessel that is clearly seen through white nails....

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is caused by an abnormality of one or both hip joints. If your APBT has a borderline case, it may never be noticeable to her or to you, and the only way you would know is by having her hips X-rayed. In more severe cases, hip dysplasia causes lameness in the hindquarters, ranging in severity from a slightly odd gait to the inability to stand. Hip dysplasia is incurable, but there are several ways to lessen its pain, including surgery in some cases. Your veterinarian will have to X-ray your APBT to determine the best treatment for her.

Jogging

APBTs are not running dogs, as are Greyhounds and Whippets. Instead, they were designed to have brute strength. But APBTs can still run and running can be good exercise. APBTs are just not as fast as many other breeds, nor do they have the stamina to run long distances. Before you begin jogging with your dog, start walking first. When you and your APBT can walk at a very brisk pace for two to three miles without any sore Watch your APBT for signs of stress. An APBT won't quit, ever, and will continue running just because you have asked him to. So if he begins panting heavily, if his skin is twitching, or if he gets a glazed look in his eyes, stop running immediately. Cool him off, offer small drinks of water, and slowly walk him until he can rest. It's also best to run when the air temperatures are cool. An APBT's heavily muscled body produces a lot of heat during heavy exercise and he can overheat

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. My sister's APBT, Dillon, loved bike rides in his younger years,...

Diarrhea

At the first sign of diarrhea, remove all food from your APBT for twenty-four hours, but make sure she has a constant supply of fresh drinking water. If, after twenty-four hours, your APBT has not passed a stool at all or the stool appears firmer, give her a small portion of cooked rice with a bit of boiled chicken or cooked ground beef (drained of fat) mixed through it. If, after the first twenty-four hours without food, your APBT still has diarrhea, or if you see blood in the stool or she vomits, lacks appetite, or has little interest in household activities, see your veterinarian immediately. Take a stool sample with you. To do so, turn a ziplock bag inside out and pick up a portion of stool. Turn the bag right side out, close it, and take it to your veterinarian while it is still fresh. Do not wait twenty-four hours to take your APBT to the veterinarian if the diarrhea is severe. She needs immediate treatment if the diarrhea is liquid and has a vile odor, or if she has stomach...

External Parasites

Nasty Dieseases

Fleas, ticks, mites, and lice are all looking for a free lunch and a cozy home, compliments of your APBT. Deer ticks are especially dangerous because they may carry Lyme disease. Symptoms of Lyme disease include fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, and sometime swollen glands in the neck. In areas where the deer tick is prevalent, avoid those wonderful walks in the woods, keep your lawn well trimmed, and take precautions to keep field mice from nesting in your home. Other types of ticks may also be dangerous. Ticks can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tick bites can cause paralysis in dogs. When you visit your veterinarian, ask for preventive suggestions based on your area of the country. Ticks come in a variety of sizes, and in colors ranging from brown to gray to rather blue. They are fairly easy to see on an APBT because of her short coat. Ticks usually bed down on the dog's head or neck, but may be found anywhere on the body. During tick season (which, depending on where...

Brushing

Daily brushing will make your APBT sparkle, because brushing removes dander, dirt, and dead hair while stimulating the secretion of natural oils that keep his coat sleek and shiny. Two types of brushes will be effective with your APBT. The first (and the one you will use most often) should be a handheld brush with medium-soft bristles. Brush your APBT's coat gently but firmly in the direction of growth. When no more loose hair or dander comes out and his coat gleams, you have brushed enough. To groom your APBT's face, use a damp cloth instead of a brush and gently wipe his face, again in the direction the hair grows. remove dirt or dried mud from your APBT's legs and feet, and a damp cloth will clean his nearly bald belly and his face (and a male's genital area). An APBT's coat is also short enough that you can use a flea comb. These fine-tooth combs (plastic or metal) can help you find any fleas that may be lurking in your dog's coat. Just gently run the comb through your APBT's...

Choking

If your APBT shows one or more of the above signs but is still somewhat able to breathe, take her to the veterinarian right away. If your APBT's tongue is turning blue and she seems close to passing out, wedge an item, such as one end of a tightly rolled-up newspaper section or magazine, between her upper and lower back teeth on only one side of her mouth. This will keep her mouth open so you can see in. Check the roof of her mouth, the back of her throat, and between her teeth for the item causing the obstruction. Taking care not to be bitten, check the back of your APBT's tongue by pulling the tongue forward and a few inches out of her mouth. When you discover the object causing the problem, pull it out with your fingers or with long-nosed pliers. As a last resort, if the object is lodged so that you cannot remove it, lift your APBT by the hind legs so her head is dangling toward the floor and shake her hard. This may loosen the object and clear the airway. If your APBT is not...

Ringworm

Ringworm, mites, and fleabite allergic dermatitis have similar symptoms, as do several other skin problems your APBT might develop. Since it's difficult to determine exactly which condition is making your APBT itch, and each one requires a different medication, leave the diagnosis and treatment to your veterinarian.

Cover Your Dog with pet insurance

Some insurance companies refuse to sell homeowner insurance to the owners of breeds of dogs that have a reputation for biting, such as pit bulls, Rottweilers, Akitas and Chow-Chows. Other insurers refuse to sell to anyone who owns all breeds of dog. For all these reasons, dog owners need to learn about insurance.

Dog v Dog Taking the Heat Out of Canine Confrontations

It is important to say at this point that my method is not going to remove the aggressive tendencies of any dog. As I have explained earlier, the biting instinct is not one that can be unlearned it is a part of a dog's personality. I sometimes liken dogs to the Rambo character in the First Blood movie. Left in peace, Rambo was able to live his life like any normal well-adjusted person. Asked to defend himself, he fell back on knowledge that allowed him to become ultra-violent. Make no mistake, there are dogs that are capable of doing terrible damage to humans in confrontational circumstances. Breeds like pit bulls, for instance, were raised specifically for the purpose of fighting called upon to do so, they draw on that savage nature to the full. My method cannot remove these basic instincts from any dog, whatever its breed. What it can do, however, is allow people to manage their pets so that the confrontations that bring out this aggressive nature never take place.

Breed Specific Legislation

Breed Specific Legislation State

The most serious issue facing dog owners today is that of breed-specific legislation, or laws targeting one or more specific breeds. Breed-specific legislation originated with Pit Bulls. Pit Bulls American Pit Bull Terriers or other breeds, or simply mixed Pit Bull type dogs have often been owned by uncaring or ignorant owners. They have been badly bred, badly trained, and involved in incidents in which another dog or person was bitten, mauled, or even killed. Such attacks are horrible and require serious action the reaction, however, has unfortunately been a knee-jerk one Let's make those dogs illegal rather than looking at the individual problem that has caused the attack or taking into consideration the number of wonderful Pit Bulls not causing trouble in any given community. Because of breed-specific legislation, Pit Bulls today (and those breeds related to Pitties or that bear a superficial resemblance to them) are illegal in many localities, including Denver, Colorado, and...

Staffordshire Terrier

He early history of the American Staffordshire Terrier was not recorded, but many experts feel the Am Staff and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier share some of the same ancestors, especially the old English Bulldog and perhaps the white English Terrier. These dogs were used in the blood sports of bull and bear baiting. The Am Staff and American Pit Bull Terrier separated into two different breeds many years ago when the Pit Bull was recognized by the UKC and the Am Staff was recognized by the AKC.

Small Breeds

All terriers are tough, stubborn, and difficult to train and if not trained properly, and from early stage, could easily turn aggressive. Whether you own a Pit Bull Terrier or their closest cousin, Staffordshire Terrier, to Jack Russell Terrier, Bull Terrier or Scottish, Carin, Wheaten. If the word terrier comes after it, you need to prepare yourself for a challenging dog. The exception is the Boston Terrier.

When Dogs Bite

The nation reeled when we heard about the horrible mauling and death of a woman in San Francisco by her neighbor's dogs. We would like to think that such incidents are a rarity, but unfortunately, they are not. The very next day, a headline in San Diego read, Boy, 3, Killed by Neighbor's Pit Bull. It happens way too often.

Pets for kids

Avoid such dogs as Chows, Pit Bulls and other sometimes-aggressive breeds. You may need liability insurance if you own these so-called vicious breeds. Parents acquiring a new dog need to make sure the younger child and the pet are monitored whenever they are together. A few years ago a newborn baby was brought home from a hospital and the established family dog seemed to accept it without any hesitation. Two days later the dog had mauled the baby while it was sleeping and the infant died as a result of the bite wounds.

Bull Terrier

He Staffordshire Bull Terrier originated in England when blood sports (bear and bull baiting and then later dog fighting) were still popular. Descended from Mastiffs, the old Bulldog, and a small terrier, the dogs were known in the mid-1800s as Old Pit Bull Terriers. The dogs that were brought to the U.S. in the mid-1800s developed into taller, heavier-bodied dogs than those that remained in England.

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