Learn All About Pure Bred Pitbulls
The term Pit Bull is used as a generic term to describe several different dogs, including the American Pit Bull Terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, and the Staffordshire Bull Terrier. Pit Bull Terriers are one of the most controversial breeds in the U.S., but they're also one of the most misunderstood breeds.
The ancestors of modern Pit Bulls come from the bulldogs and terriers of England. Originally bred for intolerance and prey drive, these dogs have the natural instinct or reflex to catch prey. This drive can be sparked by a mere movement. Because the dogs tend to over-respond to various stimuli, even the smallest movements or actions can cause them to react. Problems can occur when a pit bull becomes over-excited as that excitement can easily turn to anger.
Most problems with pit bulls rest in the hands of their owners though rather than the dogs themsevles. With proper breeding and training, pit bulls can be wonderful pets. They are loyal and loving companions. The key is trainging, consistency, and stability.
One of the saddest realizations is that pit bulls make up the largest portion of dogs currently in shelters across the U.S. and often times are put to sleep because of their stigma and overcrowding.
Toys for Pit Bulls
When it comes to toys for Pit bulls, you need to do your research or you could easily find yourself buying new toys frequently. With their strong teeth, jaws, and personalities, these pups can chew through toys like paper. The best toys for pit bulls are those that are described as extremely tough. Here are a few ideas:
The Almost Indestructible Ball
This ball is one of the best out there for 'rough playing' dogs, especially pit bulls. This ball holds up quite well to hard chewing and is great for wearing your dog out. Because they can't quite get their mouths around the ball, the end up pushing, biting, and rolling the ball for quite some time.
The Jolly Romp-n-Roll
This ball and rope toy is a favorite. It comes in several different sizes (4.5", 6", and 8") and the ball holds up to tough chewing, though it has enough flexibility to bend so that they can pick it up. The rope makes it great for playing tug and tossing as well.
RuffDawg SuperTug This tug toy is one of our favorites. You can use it to play tug with your dog, let your dogs (if you have more than one) play together, or even play fetch with it. It's made of a tough rubber for durability, but is flexible enough to be stretched and still maintain its shape. The nice thing about the rubber is that it's easily cleaned.
Pit Bull Training
The key to a loving and happy pit bull begins with the training. Training should start as a puppy. As soon as the pup is full vacinated, enroll them in obedience and socialization classes.
Obedience training should start from the beginning. Check with your local pet store, groomer, vet, or rescue for training classes. If you perfer, you can hire a personal trainer as well. A well-trained dog will not only be a happier dog, but it will give the control you need to keep your dog out of bad situations in the future.
Socialization for the pit bull is important and should be started as early as possible. Socialization classes will allow your pup to interact with other people and dogs in a monitored environment. In addition to these classes, take your dog to as many places as you can and allow them to meet as many people and other dogs as possible. The more socializing that you do, the more adjusted your dog will be, which will help to curb future problems that could occur otherwise.
Here are a few books we recommend on training your pit bull: