31. July 2015

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Everyday Collars for Pit Bulls

Given the fact that dog collars are essential dog accessories designed to hold identification tags or to allow masters to hook walking chains/lines to their dogs, getting pit bulls collars is not something which can be pegged as optional, making collars a definitive need in protecting pit bulls from being picked up as strays or running free from their masters when taken out for their regular walks.

But as essential as dog collars have become, countless pit bull owners have confessed to finding some confusion with which dog collar to get, making the whole process of finding dog collars for pit bulls a frustrating affair, if not overwhelmingly expensive.

Everyday Collars for Pit Bulls
From flat buckle collars to limited slips, choke chain collars to head halters, the mixed variety of collar types and options is enough to confuse pit bull owners in finding the right collar for their pit bull companions.

Below are some “collar points” worth knowing about, for those who are on the lookout for a collar to put on their pit bull.

Collars and Sizes – When it comes to retail dog collars, measurements tend to be an issue for most dog owners, particularly with where proper fit and doggy comfort is concerned.

To resolve collar issues, dog owners are advised to take measurements of their dog before heading out, utilizing a cloth measuring tapes or any handy ribbon or tape which can double as a measurement benchmark.

In terms of collar widths, collars with 1 to 2 inch widths are good choices for medium built dogs, and as an ideal, they should be tight enough to be secure around a dog’s neck, but loose enough for two or three fingers to be comfortably inserted in between, in assessing ideal collar fit.

Collars and Materials – For medium to large sized dogs, collars made out of leather or nylon materials are advisable, given the dog’s capacity to easily fray out collars made with weaker materials.

Generally, nylon collars are less expensive than leather collars, and picking out which of the two stands to be something which pit bull owners have to consider on their own.

Metal collars, though cool to look at, are not advisable due to the chocking risks they pose on pit bulls, and cloth collars, which are also cool to look at are also not advisable since they tend to be too weak.

Collars and Buckles – For medium sized dogs like pit bulls, collars with plastic snap buckles aren’t advised, since these could easily be broken by dogs. Metal buckles are then the best choice, and opting for one that doesn’t hinder a dog’s mobility is best.

Do well in remembering the above mentioned points, and you’ll certainly find the right collar that would fit with your pit bull.

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30. July 2015

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Understanding the importance of Break Sticks

When it comes to aggressive dogs, break sticks are considered to be important pet implements, designed to facilitate the ready opening of a dog’s jaws when they bite onto anything or anyone.

Pit bulls, with their proverbial “lock jaw” tendencies, are known to be among the more aggressive dogs known to be “complementary” with break sticks, allowing their owners the chance to readily stop attack incidents from getting any worse.

Though the pit bull’s “lock jaw” has been proven to be effectively controlled by break sticks, it has to be said that pit bulls don’t actually have locking mechanisms found in their jaws, nor do they secrete certain enzymes which make their jaws locked in “biting position”.

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Pit Bulls, with their “lock jaw” tendencies, are simply aggressive and determined in keeping their jaws shut, resulting to the false assumption that they have physical locks in their jaws when they bite really hard.

As a pet implement, break sticks are typically sticks used to prey the mouths of dogs open, typically by inserting a break stick’s end behind the molars of a dog, breaking its jaws’ grip. Considered to be the best way of breaking attack incidents involving pit bulls, their use is quite advantageous for dog breeds liable to implement the “bite and hold” stance.

Ideally, break sticks are defined by the type of breed a pet owner intends to use them with, typically made for pit bulls and other terrier breeds which are known to bite and hold.

The use of break sticks with dog breeds which bite and release repetitively are not considered advisable, since their use and purpose aren’t specifically made to address such doggy temperaments and biting tendencies.

If you happen to be a pit bull owner, having a break stick for your dog will prove to be helpful, allowing you to readily stop pit bull attacks and fights from happening.

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30. July 2015

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Oral Hygiene in Pit Bulls

As with human beings, oral hygiene in dogs is important, given the way bacterial build up can pave the way for dental problems like cavities and bad breath.

But unlike human beings, “teaching” a dog to brush his or her teeth is practically impossible, given the fact that dogs don’t have the physical capacities to brush their own teeth, but helping dogs brush theirs can be done.

If you happen to feel that your pit bull can do with some mode of regular tooth brushing, below are some pointers to help you and your pet set up a regular grooming regimen.

Oral Hygiene in Pit Bulls
At First, Don’t Use a Toothbrush – As pit bulls tend to be touchy about what happens with their mouths, it is advisable to not use a toothbrush first in initially implementing a regular tooth brushing session.

Masters can use their fingers instead, applying some doggy toothpaste on their fingers and generally massaging a pit bull’s gums for short time durations. The idea is to get them used to how the tooth brushing process feels, thereby “implanting” the idea to them of brushing in small doses.

Fingers wrapped with gauze (or other similar “rough” fabrics) – Once your pit bull has gotten used to the taste of doggy toothpaste, as well as trusts you in what you are doing to their teeth, it is advisable for owners to then wrap their fingers with gauze or other similar rough fabrics, dipped with doggy toothpaste.

This second step is to prepare them for the sensation of brushes touching their teeth.

Using doggy toothbrushes – After a pit bull is finally used to having his or her teeth cleaned with fingers and gauze, owners can then begin using doggy toothbrushes with doggy toothpaste.

Questions touching up on use of doggy toothbrushes or the use of toothbrushes made for humans is not really all that integral to a pit bull’s brushing regimen, but the use of doggy toothbrushes is more advisable, since they are made to readily facilitate the brushing of doggy teeth.

With plaque and tartar known to be the number one cause of doggy dental problems, responsible pit bull owners can easily spare their dogs from suffering from tooth loss and tooth problems by regularly brushing their teeth.

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29. July 2015

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Ideal Pit Bull Diets

As with most pet dogs, there are actually particulars and specifics involved in the diet of pit bulls, given the fact that pit bulls are prone to suffer from different types of allergies and allergic reactions to certain food items. Given the fact that every responsible dog owner only wants the best for his or […]

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29. July 2015

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Pit bulls and “de-clawing”

When talking about pit bulls, de-clawing isn’t really all that huge an issue, given how dogs, unlike cats, aren’t inclined to inflict harm using their claws. However, there are instances when “de-clawing” is required for certain pit bulls, specifically when dew claws found in pit bull pups are being talked about. Dew Claws and Pit […]

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28. July 2015

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Blue Nose Pit Bulls

As a pit bull type, blue nose pit bulls are considered to be an “interbreed” pit bull type classification, defined by their distinct coloring. Considered by many to be the most “beautiful looking pit bulls out there”, they are typically defined by their blue-hued noses, along with their ascribed friendliness towards human beings. As a […]

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28. July 2015

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Two More Pit Bull Myths

As we last touched up on two of the most popular bit bull myths, we’ll be covering two more pit bull myths today, in an effort to better spread understanding and information regarding the breed as a whole. Though the pit bull has become quite common as a breed, the myths surrounding them have remained […]

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27. July 2015

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Two pit bull myths

Though now commonly encountered as a dog breed, the “myths” surrounding Pit bulls remain to proliferate, leaving behind a lot of questions involving the breed, from its particular temperament as a dog, to its link with voracious “shark bite-inspired” attacks. From myths touching up on a pit bull’s genetic history, to talk delving into the […]

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27. July 2015

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Ear Cropping and Pit Bulls

As with tail docking and dew claw “de clawing”, ear cropping remains to be one of the more known “modes” of doggy cosmetic enhancements, with pit bulls not exempt from different ear cropping styles being done on their ears. Also typically done on other “bully” dog breeds like Great Danes, Dobermans and Boxers, the practice […]

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26. July 2015

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Can Pit Bulls Live With Cats?

As having multiple pets in households often constitutes having a dog and a cat or two, questions delving into the feasibility of pit bulls and cats living together in peace have been asked a number of times, typically raised because of the pit bull’s reputation for being temperamental and aggressive. With most pit bull owners […]

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