Health and exercise are essential for a happy and healthy dog. Pit Bulls are successful in your daily workouts and hard workouts. This is one reason why they excel at pulling weight.
Every day I come across pit bulls via email with behavioral problems. From jumping, chewing, licking, separation anxiety, wheezing, excessive barking, you name it and I asked at least once.
My answer to questions is always a question …
How much exercise does your dog get daily?
Exercise is not only important for long-term health, but proper exercise can also help solve behavioral problems.
In case, I recently received an email The lady with her dog was “tough and stubborn,” these words are not mine. His email continued to describe his dog’s behavior, and you can tell from the last words on his mind. I emailed him and asked, “How much exercise does your dog get daily?” I asked the above question in the form. She answered all kinds of questions. However, what he doesn’t mention is how far he walked his dog.
Longer walks create stronger bonds between you and your pitbull and burn excess energy
I answered it again and asked him to increase their walk by 50%. Turning your mediocre to 1 mile 2 km every day.
A few days later he replied to me and said his dog didn’t chew much, listened better, and completely stopped jumping on guests (the reason he emailed me).
This is not an isolated event. I have examples of HUNDREDS from people around the world who have written with references about how a simple walk can dramatically change their dogs and their lives. You should also know that I will not use my own horn here, but share with you vital information that has proven effective in 99.9% of the cases I deal with. Exercise is important. It can get a dog out of control and change their attitude in a very short time.
Your dog is misbehaving and doing things like barking, jumping, mouthing, chewing, etc… start taking long walks (2-5 miles) every day and note the difference. I am sure you will see a dramatic change.
Pit Bulls Need Build and Leadership, Not Doggy Friends and Isolation
Learning to lead and be a leader is easy for your dog. Dogs are different and respond to their language. It’s a language that is hard to understand and even hard to apply as we humans. However, there are some things you can do right now.
More exercise. I speak a ton. Longer play sessions, longer walks, longer times in the pool, etc… shouldn’t be a problem as long as your dog is healthy Of course common sense plays a role, you wouldn’t want to go straight away without walking 5 miles in the 90-degree heat. Take it slowly and collect them step by step.
Less love, more structure. What I mean by this is that sometimes we tend to do this again in the love department and no real boundaries are set for dogs. This breeds disrespect and this is one of the biggest problems people themselves cause.
They have to understand that there are rules that your dog must follow to respect you. These are simple rules and attention is minimized until they are learned.
If you love your dog 24/7 and you jump, they chew things up or weigh 10lb, that’s your love. To raise a happy and healthy pit bull, they need to have structure and more importantly, discipline. I don’t mean hitting, screaming, shouting… I mean limits.
Another thing I recommend for Pitbull owners is to feed a select diet and feed half the recommended amount in dog food bags if you are feeding dog food. Why half? Because people feed their dogs a lot, they create “legged potatoes” as I said.
By giving your dog leadership, rules, exercise, and affection, you set the stage for a longer, happier life with your friend. This is not harsh or brutal. This is exactly what you would raise a human child.