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Why Are Pit Bulls So Misunderstood?

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“I’ll never get that kind of dog.”

Have you ever talked to another dog lover about what breeds they like and which one’s they don’t? I have many times. Being raised in Oakland, California, many dog owners own three kinds of breeds: Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, and Chihuahuas. The Chihuahuas are more for their alarming barks. The Pit Bulls and German Shepherds are meant to scare the life out of someone if they attempt to rob someone’s home. Walking through certain neighborhoods, you can notice that almost every dog will bark at you, some more aggressive than others.

CAN I CONVINCE YOU?

I’m a huge dog lover and love to see others appreciate breeds that are looked at as scary, dangerous and killers. All breeds are special in their own way. If treated kindly and with love, they can show you the same. In the picture below and above is a Pit Bull named Patrick. He stayed with us for a little over two weeks and we couldn’t have loved his stay with us any more. He was AMAZING! Definitely one of the most cuddliest, sweetest, most kindest dog we know.

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In the picture above, you can see Patrick taking a drink out of the same bowl as Max, one of our tiniest clients. We were told that Max didn’t do well with bigger breeds and here he’s enjoying a  drink with Patrick, a Pit Bull! From different homes, and far from the same size, but they can hang out without a problem. Don’t be afraid have both a bigger breed such as Pitt Bull and a small breed. Again, if treated properly, they can be both man and a dog’s best friend.

 

 They CAN Do It!

These breeds CAN do whatever you would like for them to do if you treat them  with the same love and respect you would with most other breeds. Believe in them and they will show you nothing but unlimited love and their loyalty.

They CAN be great with kids!

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They CAN go on pack walks!

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Give Them A Chance

If you think your dog doesn’t know how to socialize, they will think they don’t know how either especially if they’re never shown how. Start off small and allow your dog to go around dogs but make sure to monitor your dog at all times. Leave the leash on if needed and try a muzzle if your dog is a nervous biter.

 

They CAN socialize without worry!

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ANY Breed Can Be Scary

Any breed can be scary, vicious, and a killer if not treated properly. In some cases, even if a dog is shown love and care, something else on the outside of home could trigger a nerve and set a dog off. This tends to happen most often with adopted pets since they come from some of the worse backgrounds. In the picture above, the all black dog whose name is Shamrock, was adopted by his amazing owner Ian. (Another story for another time.) You can see that Shamrock is doing an amazing job and having the time of his life!

 

BANNED!

Unfortunately, Pitt Bulls are banned from many states and even countries. This link here has provided a map of places your Pit Bull is not welcome. It’s best to take take a quick peek just in case you live or are planning to visit some of these areas. Here’s A Map Of Where Your Pit Bull Isn’t Welcome

 

Here is a link that proves Pit Bulls can be one of the nicest dogs: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/24/pit-bulls-_n_4151562.html

 

Take a peek and continue reading on how a Pitt is just a misunderstood breed and it just might be a breed that catches your eye.

 

 

Tips

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Easy Dog Tricks For Newbies To The Game

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THE BASICS

We all know of the basic commands we can teach a dog; sit, stay, come. Well, we have managed to try out some of these easy tricks with a couple of our clients. One client in particular is our master trickster. His name, WOODIE! Full name, Woodford. Still pretty cool. (Picture above)

 

LET’S SEE THOSE TRICKS!!!

We’re newbies to teaching other dogs tricks and commands. My husband finds this to be his favorite thing to do with our clients. If they know some tricks already, he likes to keep them on their toes and practice.

 

Here’s a link if you want to check out a video of Vandy having a good time hanging with Woodie: https://www.facebook.com/naturesdogwalkers/videos/1365219253572215/

 

In the video, Vandy gets Woodie to accomplish these tricks by letting him sniff the treats he has in his hands. That way he knows that when the trick is completed, there’s a treat waiting for him.

 

WHAT TREATS DO WE LIKE TO USE?

The treats we’re using right now are from Crazy Dog Train-Me!  (Picture below) We find the dogs like the chicken flavor dog treats in particular. These soft treats are great for agility training. They are small enough that our clients can have a good amount without filling them up quickly. They also don’t flake up like many treats do.

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HOW YOU CAN DO IT TOO!

Anyone can teach a dog a trick if they have the time and patience. Not all dogs will listen at first command and some will, if you’re lucky. Here’s three easy tricks to start off with:

 

STAY

  1. Ask your dog to “Sit.”
  2. Next, open your hand in front of you, and say “Stay.”
  3. Then, take a few steps back and see how far you can go before they can no longer resist the urge to move
  4. Gradually increase the number of steps you take before giving the treat.
  5. Lastly, reward your fur baby by giving them a treat. This will teach them that good things come to those who wait! (Pun intended)

 

Here’s Rocky the bulldog showing off how well she can stay. GO ROCKY! ( This is my sister in law’s dog)

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SIT

This is one of the easiest commands so it’s a good one to start off with. We use this trick the most to take an introduction photo of our clients for our social media. Works great!

  1. Allow your pet to sniff the treat in your hand
  2. Move your hand with the treat upwards. This makes the dog look up and naturally moves their butt to a sitting position
  3. Once your dog is in the sitting position, say “Sit.” If the trick is completed, reward with a treat
  4. Feel free to repeat this sequence until your dog has mastered the trick
  5. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. Constant practice will help your pet become a better listener and you’ll begin to notice they’re much easier to handle.

 

COME
This command is great for emergencies. If you so happen to lose grip of the leash or if you’re walking off leash, this command will bring your pet right back to you. This is also a key command to master if you’re a dog walker and walk your packs off leash.

  1. Leash on your dog
  2. Go down to eye level and say, “Come”
  3. If your pet goes to you, a treat is rewarded
  4. Once mastered with a leash, remove it and practice in a safe area

 

Once this command is mastered, try an off leash walk and feel how comfortable your walks can be not having to worry about holding a leash for an hour.

 

A treat can go a long way if used properly. Try out these easy tips to get some tricks!

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