Pitbull Guide

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

How to Introduce a pitbull with other dogs?

           If you're having more than two dogs of other breeds, you should be very careful while introducing your pitbull. If you're going to introduce a pit bull pup, there is no need to worry. But it is always advice to wean the puppy from its mother after six weeks old. The more time it spends with its mother and litter mates, the better its health, personality, and temperament is. More over, baby pit bulls are ADORABLE!
           Supervise the puppies for SHORT play sessions, then put your puppy in a quiet place to rest. Next important point is give your existing dog or dogs extra attention when the puppy is resting and make them feel special.
            Last but not least thing is that subject your pitbull puppy to a positive obedience class in your area, is to get some books on the use of positive reinforcement in dog obedience or clicker training. Happy mixing!!!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

What would be the average height of an adult Pitbull dog?

Most of us heard that pitbulls are ferocious dog.  But all depends on your training given to this dog. As a prestigious owner of pitbull dog, you should know the average height of male and female pitbull. Most of the dogs stop growing after it attains one and half years old.

The height of male dog is 17 inches and the maximum height is 22 inches. Female pit bull dog height would be less than 2 inches than males. (15 inches).

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Flatulence Problem in Pit Bull Dogs

The pit bull like human beings gets rid of the excess gas from the digestive system from time to time. One can not blame the pit bull for this. After all pit bull is also living things like so many other animals. Whenever there is accumulation of the gas in the intestine, the pit bulls push that out by farting. You may not get the sound but the stink that follows farting will definitely make you aware of that. The pit bull will feel relieved very much once the excess gas is eliminated.

The farting of the pit bull will not be a problem if you are walking with the pet dog outside. But farting will certainly embarrass you if you are at home with your friends or guest. Hence the flatulence problem of the pit bulls needs to be attended to. Let’s have little information about flatulence problem of pit bull here.

Reasons for Pitbull Flatulence

As we discussed already the flatulence is nothing but the accumulation of gas in the intestinal tract. Occasional flatulence is of course very normal. But consistent and prolonged flatulence is a problem as it may lead to various health issues. Flatulence results from the digestion process and the gas released in the chemical reaction gets accumulated in the digestive tract if produced in excess.

There are many causes for pit bull flatulence. They are as follows. Swallowing the air along with the food, while eating the food hurriedly. Feeding the pit bull with ingredients that are likely to release more gas such as sprouts, beans etc. Feeding the pit bull with dairy products such as milk and cheese is not good as it cause flatulence in pit bulls which have lactose intolerance. The dog food that are made up of table scraps and the food that are very cheap are likely to have more filler that increases the chances of flatulence in pit bulls.

How to get rid of flatulence?

There are so many ways to deal with pit bull flatulence. One should not feed the pit bulls with left over food, scrap foods and the foods that are actually intended for the lovely pit bull pet dog. One should buy good quality pit bull food and should always go in for good and reputed brands. The pet owner should read the labels carefully and avoid the food that has fillers in it. If the main ingredient of the food is chicken or lamb then one can understand the food is good and can not be rejected as a food that has fillers.

Never try to feed the pit bull with the food that contains ingredients that generate more gas. The pit bulls can be given a spoonful of yogurt after the meal. The pit bulls enjoy yogurt and the yogurt will help in improving the digestion there by limiting the flatulence problem. One should always remember that many pit bulls are having lactose intolerance which can result in flatulence problem. Hence it is recommended that the pit bull needs to be taken to nearby vet clinic for thorough check-up.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

How to Train your Pitbull not to eat poo?

Are you aware the pit bulls indulge in poo eating? Yeah, it is the chronic behavior of most of the pit bulls. The reason for this behavior is mostly deficiency of nutrients in the diet provided for the pit bull.

There are number of deficiencies that can result in the poo eating. The proper reason can be fund out by performing simple faces check or blood check. Once the deficiency is diagnosed, by proper supplementation of that particular deficiency, the poo eating problem can be sorted out once for all.

The poo eating can be a behavioral problem too. But one has to properly diagnose the reason for the poo eating. It is advisable to seek the help of the vet to avoid the wrong diagnosis. Wrong diagnosis will lead to waste of money and time, you are aware of it.
Let us discuss about the poo eating prevention tactics here....

Decrease the chance- one should know how many times the pit bull indulge in poo eating in a day. Then one should aim at reducing the chances. In order to do that, the poo should be collected and removed from the place as soon as possible. If you have the habit of taking the pit bull for walking, then take him to a place where there is no poo for his bowel movements. if the dog get the poo from the back yard , then clean the back yard as many times as possible.

Oversee outing-the pet owner should personally supervise the pit bull while taking it for a walk and the dog should never be let alone for even a minute. Try and avoid the dog recreation area where the dog can be left free. There is a possibility of getting in to the poo eating for the pit bull. Hence such places need to be avoided at least for a while till that habit it eradicated.

Negative stimulus-the unpleasantness of poo eating should be linked as much as possible to the pit bulls best moments. One can think of using noise maker or squirt bottle at the time of pit bull attempting the poo eating. These equipments should be used right at the moment; a moment early or latter will not serve the required purpose. Because the pit bull may get puzzled if the equipments were used at in appropriate time.

Deterrents- there are so many deterrents available which can be used to prevent the pit bull from eating the poo. Red pepper cayenne or sour apple can be sprayed on and around the poo which will deter the dog from indulging in pit bull. The dog can be given pumpkin in the meal. The pumpkin in the diet will ensure that the poo is uncomfortable to re ingest, thus deterring the poo eating. There are so many commercial deterrents available in the market but one should be careful about the ingredients used in it. It is always better to go natural way to avoid poo eating.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Most Common Pit Bull Disease- Hip Dysplasia

Canine hip dysplasia
is of late very common in dogs of all breeds. The pit bulls are the worst affected by this problem. This orthopedic problem results due to improper hip and thigh bone connection. As the result the affected dog will experience severe pain and the disease problem may result in permanent crippling in advanced cases. Canine hip dysplasia is genetically transmitted disease but the problem here is that as more number of genes involved, preventing the disease is bit complicated. One can not rule out the environment factor in this canine hip dysplasia. Environmental factor like growth factor influences the onset of the disease and hence the canine hipdysplasia poses great challenge to the scientists.

In general canine hipdysplasia affects the larger breeds but many canine hip dysplasia cases noticed in all breeds of dogs irrespective of the size. Good news is that the scientists are working hard to find the preventive measures for this hip dysplasia and they will succeed very soon. The pit bull dog owners can concentrate of detecting the problem early so that the dog’s life can be saved and the dog can be made to lead relatively comfortable life.

As we discussed earlier early detection is the key in canine hip dysplasia. But the early detection is not all that easy, one should understand. In case of any doubt, the dog should be taken to the veterinarian without wasting any time. The veterinarian will examine the dog physically. The vet will subject the dog to sit, stand and walk and will observe the movements very closely.
The veterinarian will look for suggestive signs such as lameness, side to side swinging gait, over developed front leg, arched back etc. then the vet will examine the hip joint very closely. The range of motions of the hip joint and the pain in the joint will be examined. The vet will also look for the click sound at the hip joint while making the dog walk and grating sound of the bone will also be watched to assess the loss of cartilage. Finally the vet will take the radiograph of the hip joint to confirm the diagnosis.

There is no need for the pet owner to get panic once the canine hip dysplasia is confirmed. There are so many medical and surgical procedures available to relieve the discomfort and to restore the mobility of the affected dog. The medical procedure generally aimed at reducing the weight of the dog and to reduce the pain and the inflammation of the hip joint. In case the medical procedures are not bringing about desired results, one can think of orthopaedic surgery. Now a days the orthopaedic surgery is so advanced that the doctors can completely replace the affected joints if they could not correct the mechanical defectes caused by the hip-dysplasia. Most of the veterinarians will attempt three pronged medical treatment. The first attempt will be at reducing the weight of the dog in order to reduce the stress on the affected joint. The second attempt will be at reducing the activity of the dog. The third will be surgical intervention.