I have a 7 month old pit bull terrier. We live in a fairly large apartment, but (sounds silly) I feel like he gets bored sometimes. He's a big dog now, so I now carefully keep him on a leash, as he tends to scare the neighbors. That makes outdoor activities pretty rare for him until I get a place with a yard. He really loves chewing things apart. He loves hooves and rawhides, but he rips through them almost effortlessly. Nylabones and kongs don't really interest him much, and he quickly rips squeakies and stuffed things (all over the apartment, might I add). Does anybody have good suggestions to keep my pit happy and entertained?
Take him out for lots of long walks and play fetch games. I get Frosty really hyper and wound up and let him get out the energy running around through the house and he's really happy afterward. Granted, a pit puppy needs a bit more exercise, but if you do it enough, you can probably get in the exercise he needs. You might end up with a better tempered dog if you play one-on-one with him, too. As for the scared neighbors, you might muzzle him when you're out so they feel more secure (even though muzzles make them look so bad!) and keep a distance from them.
I think your dog is suffering becuase your neighbors are afraid of him. Ignore the neighbors, and keep taking the dog on walks on a leash as much as you can. Have you taken him to obedience classes yet? If you haven't, you really really need to do so. It will be a good outlet for the dog and bonding time for both of you. If you are so concerned about your neighbors, get a soft cloth muzzle and put it on your dog.
I would do the above and try to get your pit interested in the kong when you want him to play on his own by filling it with treats. A lot of people use peanut butter. Maybe riding a bike along side of him so he can run would help also.
a bowling ball?? thing is, i do take him out on the leash - he loves the trails nearby too. i just feel bad that he can't "run free" without scaring people now (referring to my little incident in the "Pit Bulls - a vent" topic) and i'm not just talking about outside either. what about indoors? like when it's a rainy day or when we're just relaxing at home? how can i keep him from being bored and restless (and trying to chew up everything in the house that's not a doggie toy)? thank you all for your advice!
Forget the muzzle, that just confuses the dog and is really unfair to them, and it does make your dog look like it has aggression problems. If you have no problems with your dog being aggressive towards people then forget the neighbors and just go on your merry way. I own 5 pit bulls and have raised 4 pit bull terriers from puppyhood and I have found that when nothing else will interest the dog anymore as far as bones and toys, taking a rag of some sort that's clean of course and tying a knot in it works wonders. All my dogs have always loved just chewing on it like a bone more than anything else. Hope this helps.
I think the funniest thing in the world is for people to be afraid of a muzzled dog. It is truly hillarious. Resonsible owner muzzles dog, making it nearly impossible to hurt a flea, and every is terrified. The sidewalk is cleared because of this dog who is incapable of doing any damage. ROFL!!!! My brother and I were talking about this just last night. The way people are afraid of dogs wearing head collars. It is too funny.