If you have made the decision to expand your family with the addition of a new American pitbull puppy you may be curious as to what is needed to properly care for the animal. If you are a new pet parent, and are not experienced with training dogs from a young age, a new puppy can be a little intimidating, but fear not! Here are the best ways to care for your new puppy.
The Truth About Pitbulls
Pitbulls are the most commonly misunderstood and misrepresented breeds out there. They have a reputation of being violent and dangerous, but dog expert Cesar Milan explains that pitbulls are actually people-friendly animals. Cesar explains on his website that training a a dog like this requires a lot of responsibility and kindness, as these dogs are very dependant on their owners and respond better to positive reinforcement rather than scolding.
You May Still Want to Tell People the Breed—Maybe
When you decide to add a pitbull to your family, you will want to consider telling your friends and family that it is a pitbull you are acquiring says WikiHow. This is not to warn them as to the fact that you have a pitbull, but rather to educate them and dispel and myths they may have bought into about the breed. As previously mentioned, pitbulls are by nature people-friendly dogs and that they can freely interact with your dog. WikiHow cautions that you may want to think about whether or not it is in the best interest of you and your dog to inform your neighbors of your dog’s breed before they have gotten the opportunity to see first-hand what a loving animal it is.
Get the Heart Racing
Pitbulls need plenty of exercise to stay healthy, and this is something you need to get in the habit of when they are young. You should have your puppy out to run around once or twice daily for them to stay in the best shape. Some owners even train their pitbulls to run on treadmills for when the weather is bad, according to WikiHow.
Keep Them Entertained
If left to their own devices, pitbulls can become bored and will take it out on your furniture, or whatever they can get their teeth on. You want to be sure your pitbull has toys to keep them entertained, especially if you are not going to be home or able to pay attention to them. If you are leaving the house, enclose your pitbull in an area where there are not things they can ruin if they chew or scratch at them. Also, make sure you have plenty of chew toys for them to pay attention too, these will also come in handy for any car rides.
Whether you are getting one or several American pitbull puppies, any addition to the family is great for a pet parent. With some patience and plenty of love and attention your pitbull will thrive in your home and provide the companionship you and your family were looking for in a dog.
Tony is an animal trainer and pit bull advocate and likes to share information with readers regarding this amazing dog