18. February 2015

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7 Common Health Issues Newbie Pitbull Owners Need To Know

If it’s your first time to own a pitbull, you might end up asking a million questions, especially about their health. Are they prone to specific health issues? What are the things I should look for to know if they’re sick? What should I do? Every dog breed has some kind of heath problem that they’re prone to. As a responsible dog owner, it’s best that you know about these. This will help you prevent any health issues from happening or getting worse. Of course, it’s important that the dog is in top health when transferred to your care, and that you know of any genetic conditions that I might have.

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Below are a few common health issues that new pitbull owners need to know about.

Skin Problems

Pitbulls are known to be prone to skin issues, especially with the lighter colored ones. They usually need special attention on what they eat because they end up breaking out because of allergies. Some are even allergic to everyday things that you see out during walks like grass. When it comes to food, pitbulls are a bit sensitive to food like soy, beef, pork, wheat, and corn. Common symptoms to skin problems are hot sports, red irritations in certain areas on their skin, mite outbreak which leads to mange, and even open sores.

Tumors

Like humans, dogs can also develop tumors which can lead to cancer and other heath issues. Master cell tumors are common amongst bully breeds, which cover pitbulls. These often look like swollen lumps, large pimples, or warts on the dog’s skin. Not all of these are malignant or cancerous, but some can be. Sometimes they can also irritate the dog and they end up scratching the spot where the growth is which leads to some hair lost, but this doesn’t happen all the time.

Heart

Other than problems with their heart due to birth defects, pitbulls generally have very healthy hearts. Take care of it by giving them a well-balanced diet and give them a good amount of exercise daily. You can also give them food supplements and vitamins to really amp up their health.

L-2-Hydroxyglutaric Aciduria

This is a metabolic disorder which is inheritable. If the dog’s dame or sire had this illness, there’s a big chance that the dog will also develop it. The good thing is that you can have your dog tested for this illness to help control and minimize the symptoms. It affects the dog’s brain which often results in dementia and epilepsy-like symptoms.

Leg Problems

Unfortunately, pitbulls are prone to certain leg problems like paterlla problems and hip dysplasia. It’s good to have the pup’s parents tested for these issues, just to be sure if it might have a possibility of developing it as it grows.

Eyes

Pits are also known to have a number of eye problems. They risk hereditarycataracts and are prone to Distichiasis which is an extra row of lashes that can disrupt and annoy their sight. PHPV or Persistent Hyperplastic Primary Vitreous is also a common condition with pits. However, when detected at an early stage, it can be managed easily.

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14. February 2015

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6 Thingsyou’redoing that your Dog Most Probably Hates

Dogs do their best to bond with us and become our best friends. They play with us, spend a lot of their time and energy to please us, and they’ll even protect us with their life. However, there are certain things that we do which actually bothers them. What’s worse is that we often times don’t even realize this. Below are 6 things that we do which actually annoys our pet dogs.

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Using more words than body language

Humans are vocal animals. However, our dogs don’t understand 99% of what we tell them. They might associate a few key words, like toy, off, walk, treat to an action, but even the smartest dogs can’t decipher the complexity of the human language. They mainly rely on body language to understand what we’re trying to say to them. Dogs are even better at picking up feelings. Instead of yapping away, you might want to more aware of the way you move and the way you look.

Hugging them

Hugs might be a way for us to show our love to someone or something, but most dogs actually hate it when you wrap your arms around them. Since they don’t hug, it’s something that’s not normal to them. Also, when a dog lifts its paws or foreleg and places it on another dogs back, this is actually a sign of dominance. No matter what your intentions are with hugging, dogs will always look at is as your way of exerting dominance over them. Some dogs do tolerate this with grace, while others would feel fearful, threatens and sometimes, might even respond with aggression.

Petting or touching their face or head

Like humans, dogs also have a sense of personal space. Getting pet or touched on their face or head can be really annoying to some dogs. When someone reaches their hands towards their face, they would often pull their heads back or lean away. It’s also very dangerous to do this since you’re going directly into the frame of their mouth.

Walking up to them with eye to eye contact

Eye contact is a very powerful body language to both humans and dogs. A steady connection is a sign of focus and trustworthiness, but it can also evoke uncomfortable feelings and dominance. For dogs that are not so used to having other people around, making eye to eye contact with strangers often feels very uncomfortable for them. At times, the dog would reply with looking at the stranger straight in the eye as well and look threatening.

Not having rules and structure

Dogs want, love and need to have rules. This might sound unhappy and boring, but dogs look at it as a way to know what their leader, or their owner, wants from them. Dogs are like children, they thrive when there are a stable set of guidelines and rules to follow. Think about well-balanced, polite kids that know how to act. Rules and structure also helps them become more predictable and easy to handle.

Forcing interactions

Making sure that your dog is well socialized in important, but there are times where the dog just doesn’t want to meet other people or other dogs. Like other social animals, dogs are able to conceptualize the idea of friends and enemies. Our dogs actually choose who they want to hang with and who they rather just avoid. When socializing, be watchful of how your dog acts around other dogs and strangers. They’ll show clean signs if they’re enjoying themselves or if they’d rather be alone.

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13. February 2015

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5 Simplest Ways to Show Love to your Dog while making them More Obedient

Dog owners who have just started taking car of their first dog will know how terrifying it can be. You’ll want to make sure that the dog feels welcome and loved like a family member, but you also have to think about how to discipline them and keep them under control. Obedience can actually be taught though showing love and not just the classic behavior approach. Below are a few ways to show your dog some love and make it more obedient.

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Exercise

Taking your dog out for a good few minutes of exercise not only helps with their heath, but it can also make them happier in general. Going outside also helps them to get to know the world and even get use to strangers and other dogs that they meet along the way. This makes them panic less in public areas and crowded spaces, which makes it easier for you’re to maintain them and helps them follow your command.

Pet Them

Be a bit physical with them and pet them. Avoid touching their face or scratching the back of their ears vigorously. When dogs come close to snuggle, they’re actually figuring out what you’ve been doing and who you’ve been with. Give them attention and pet their tummy and neck. However, avoid hugging them since they could misinterpret this as you extorting your dominance over them which might scare the dog.

Reward

Show them that they’re doing a good job by giving them rewards. These can be treats like snacks or dog cookies, or praises and affection. Giving them rewards help them associate a wanted behavior with receiving something good, boosting their obedient behavior. You can buy treats, or even make them yourselves. There are thousands of easy dog treat recipes online that you can follow.

Communicate with them

You need to have a good sense of communication with your dog. Since they can’t really understand the human language, except probably for a few that you constantly use as commands, body language and gestures are the best way to go when you want to send your dog a message.

Time

Remember that it’s important to give your dog time and attention. Set a few hours a day just to spend time with them. Dogs love attention. It’s also a way for you to monitor their obedience. Even lying around the living room and just resting together can tell you a lot about how good your dog is with certain commands like stay or sit.

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12. February 2015

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Top 5 Best Dogs to Accompany Your Golden Years

Increasingly, many baby boomers are finding it reasonable to settle for a smaller breed to accompany their golden years. For one, unlike your 70-pound dog, a smaller companion is sure easier to lift when need lifting and a lot easier to walk on a leash with when the need arises – as it always will. […]

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12. February 2015

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How did Pit Bulls Get All the Flak?

If there is such a dog that has gotten so much flak all these years, pit bulls would certainly be in the running for the top spot in most people’s minds. Such a label of negativity has cast an aura of danger associated with the breed, many communities are wont to give breed-specific bans against […]

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11. February 2015

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For Dogs, Breeding the Worst to the Worst may be Best, Study Suggests

A new study may change the way we look at breeding dogs. Recent research coming from mainland China show that a gene linked to obsessive-compulsive behavior plays a key role in the proper breeding of animals contradicting long-held tradition. Looking into the CDH2 gene in the breed Belgian Malinois, researchers found that its quantity is […]

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10. February 2015

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TOP 10 TIPS TO BEST TRAIN YOUR PIT BULL

Pit bulls are intelligent animals. Given the right care, the right training, you’ll soon realize that they are worth the investment. And more. Here are 10 key tips taken from the best pit bull literature available today. Applying them should prove timely: #10: Don’t Expect Too Much Let’s call a cabbage a cabbage and a […]

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7. February 2015

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The Good and Bad of Neutering Your Male Dog

You may have heard a plethora of advantages thrown your way for neutering your male dog. No worries. Many of them are true. But to say that all good things follow a neutered dog is leaving yourself with half-truths flat on your face. Before you put your fave pooch in a compromised position here are […]

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4. February 2015

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These 10 Dog Breeds may be Petite but They Could be Your Best Outdoor Companion Ever

It’s easy to conclude that bigger is better when it comes to zeroing in on your outdoor dog buddy. Especially in cases when safety is your primary concern. Chances are, a Labrador Retriever is not too far out of your most people’s mind to get the job done. But before you draw any final conclusions, […]

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31. January 2015

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5 Things You Need to Care for A Pregnant Dog

Caring for a pregnant dog is one of the scariest and exciting times any dog owner could possibly experience, especially if it’s the first pregnancy for their dog. We have to make sure that our dog is comfortable and safe thought out their pregnancy. Below are the things you need to take care of your […]

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