I have an american pitbull terrier that is only seven weeks old. I am very fond of him and want him to lead the healthiest happiest life that he can. I have never owned a dog this active before and it is nice because I am very active myself. I was wonering if any one had any tips or anything along those lines for keeping him in really good shape. I was thinking along the lines of keeping him bulked up and strong....I love that look that some apbt's have and would really like for my dog to have that look when he is older. I dont want to put him in any weight pulls or anything like that, h is just going to be a family dog. I just want to bring out the breeds full potential in him. thank you for any feed back you can give me
You can teach him to use a treadmill, honestly it does work, my nephew raises Pitts and all his dogs jump right on the treadmill and love to walk on it, also biking with him or roller bladding, Just remember to keep stress on the joints to a minimum while he is growing to help prevent joint problems, also feeding a PREMIUM food helps to keep dogs looking there best. When he is to an age where you want that muscle you need to keep him at a TROT not walk or run in order to build those tight muscles you want. good luck enjoy your new pup!
I am having a brainfart and cannot remember what this is called, but my pits have always loved it.
Tie a few feet of rope to a tree branch. Tie the rope to one end of a garage door spring (home depot $10). then do a much longer length of rope, tie it to the other end of the spring, and tie a rope tuggy toy on the end of that. So what you have is a length of rope with a spring near the top and a tuggy toy at the bottom. Swing the toy and he will grab it and tug and tug.
Spring pole, that's what it's called, a spring pole.
I prefer road work to keep my dobes in shape, however, I do use a jog-a-dog while they are showing. The dogs just luv it and can't wait for me to turn it on. No matter what you do remember your dog is young do not over due it or over stess the joints and with young dogs keep your road work to the flat, avoid uphills or inclines until the dog is about a year old.
When I talked to someone about pulling contests, they told about the treadmills. they work great. The other think you could do is get them used to dragging something around. use a harness on your dog, tie a weight to it. It could be a small branch or whatever you want. It will build muscle since that is what is needed for pulling contests. If you have a fenced yard, teach them to play with a toy. Running around chasing a toy is great. I do that will my aussies as I can not afford a treadmill right now. I use a fishing pole and then cast a toy out and pull it in. the aussies love it.
The only advice I have is to be very careful of whatever you use. If there is anyone suspecting you of dog fighting, all the above ways of keeping them in shape can be used as evidence. A good friend of mine had to prove he was not fighting and actually doing pulling contests (luckily a few trophy's and pics worked). All he had was wieghts and a treadmill, and very muscled up pit bulls. People can be very nasty. Enjoy your baby.