Pit Bull Dog Kennels


I raised many dogs over the years without the use of a kennel. I became a big believer of crate training or kennel training about a year after getting my pit bull. His separation anxiety was so bad that he would turn into the Tazmanian Devil. Once he was fully kennel trained life became so much more simple.

Do you have a pit bull that turns into a tornado when you aren’t home? Or maybe potties in the house during the night? Are you looking for a kennel but aren’t sure what to get? Hopefully I can help. There are a couple of things to think about when looking for a kennel for your pit bull:

It needs to be tall enough for your dog to stand up in.

It needs to be long enough for your dog to lay out and stretch in.

It needs to be wide enough for your dog to be able to comfortably turn around in.

It needs to be tough enough to handle any tantrums your dog might have while in it.

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Pit Bull Dog Kennels

Petmate Sky Kennel

This crate is 40″L x 27″W x 30″H. It is made out of heavy-duty plastic here in the USA. The Petmate Kennel has 4 way ventilation. This crate features a vaulted door. It comes with food and water dishes. Even though this is a travel kennel, it’s very similar to the one that I used for my pit bull.

Ruff Tough Kennels Intermediate Double Door Side Entry Kennel

This crate was the first dog crate that Ruff Tough Kennels started to make. They are made in the USA. This kennel only weighs about 21 lbs, unlike the big metal crates. The inside dimensions are: 30″L x 21″W x 22″H.

Nynoi Dog pit bull Crate Kennel

This kennel is made out of strong steel. It is easy to clean up with it’s undercarriage tray. The overall size of this crate is: 43.3″L x 28.3″W x 37″H.

ProSelect Empire Dog Cage

This crate is extremely strong with reinforced 0.5″ diameter steel tubes and 20 gauge steel. The interior size of this crate is: 40 3/4″L x 28 1/8″W x 31 3/4″H. If your pup has an accident then clean up will be easy with it’s grated floor and tray. These cages were designed specifically to contain powerful dogs.

I went with a plastic kennel because I was afraid that my powerful chewer would chew through the poorly made fold up metal kennels that were around. I think I would have much preferred to have my boy in something like the ProSelct.

Even though some of these prices seem kinda steep, if you have already purchased a couple of crates just to have your pit bull chew through them, then maybe purchasing a more expensive kennel is what your pup needs.

Truly hope that these products help you find the perfect kennel for you and your pit bull. Let us know what you think!


Sergeant Stubby – The Movie


Sergeant Stubby was a brindle bull terrier mutt. He was a World War 1 hero. Sergeant Stubby was the greatest war dog in our Nation’s history. And now there is a movie about him.

sergeant-stubby-the-movie The movie is supposed to tell the tale of Stubby’s life as a war dog. Stubby started out as a stray on the streets of New Haven, Connecticut. He was rescued by a young American soldier named, Robert Conroy.  Conroy and his fellow soldiers forged bonds with Stubby.

 

Stubby went to France with Conroy, and fought in the trenches with him and the other soldiers. He was in many battles and even received wounds during a chemical attack. Stubby recovered and continued to stand by his troops.

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Sergeant Stubby survived the war and came home to the States. He led parades as a decorated war hero. Stubby even went to law school with Conroy. He became the mascot of Georgetown University.

stubby-and-conroy This wonderful dog lead a very adventurous life. I truly hope that the movie captures Stubby’s love for Conroy and his courageous nature. I am waiting in great anticipation to see this movie!

 

How about you?  Are you going to take your family to see it?  Will you point out to your kids that the wonderful dog they are watching is a bully breed? I hope this movie starts conversations!

Vitamins For Pit Bulls

We as humans try to take the best care of ourselves as we can. We try to eat healthy, get plenty of exercise, and take daily vitamins to help our systems along. So, why wouldn’t we do the same for our best friends? If you have been wondering if there are vitamins for pit bulls out there…. yes there is! Here are a few that you might be interested in.

Vitamins for Pit Bulls

One A Day

healthy-breeds-dog-multivitamin Healthy Breeds Dog Multivitamin Daily Supplement

These cute heart shaped treats help to keep your pit bull in great health. They are a daily nutritional supplement with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Your dog should find them tasty and soft.

 

Healthy Breeds Dog Multi-Tab Vitamin

These daily supplements are used to prevent and reverse nutritional deficiencies. They are filled with nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and protein. Your pit bull should love these liver flavored tablets that are also good for his skin and coat.

Eye Care

healthy-breeds-eye-care-support Healthy Breeds Eye Care Support

Vitamins and minerals combined with kale, blueberries, and spinach, along with other natural ingredients, promote and maintain normal and healthy eye functions.

Omega 3

Healthy Breeds Dog Omega 3 & 6

Omega 3 and 6 are great for your pit bulls skin, coat, joints, heart and brain, and inflammation. They are soft yummy chews that your dog will think is a treat! This chew helps to support your pit bulls immune system.

 

healthy-breeds-dog-omega-3 Healthy Breeds Dog Omega 3 Fish Oil

Add the soft gels to your pit bull’s food or put them in peanut butter as treat. Each soft gel has the perfect amount of amino acids for your dog. These soft gels are made with anchovy and sardines.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about giving your best friend any of these vitamins, talk to your veterinarian!



Dog Abuse Hotline


I’ve been seeing on social media, people asking what they should do about dog abuse they just witnessed. First, you want to call your local law enforcement. Make sure to give them details about the abuse, such as, place, type of abuse, and if it is happening right now. If you can not get through to your local police then try the following hot lines.

Humane Society of the United States Dog Fighting Hotline – 1-800-847-4787  (24/7)  They handle dog fighting and cockfighting.

PETA Animal Cruelty Hotline – 1-757-622-7382  (24/7)  They handle all animals.

We Tip Hotline – 1-800-782-7463  (24/7)  They handle all animals.

Humane Society of the United States Puppy Mill Tip Line – 1-877-645-5847  (24/7)  They handle dogs and puppies.

If you know of any other hot lines or organizations that help fight animal cruelty please let us know so that we can update this post.

RSPCA of the UK – 0300 123 4999

 

Now, let’s cover some of the types of dog abuse that you might see.

Dog Fightingdog-fightingPeople will make dogs fight to the death, and bet on which dog will win. Fighting dogs are often kept in unclean environments with little food and water.

 

Beating and Torturebeating-and-tortureSome people with anger issues will take their anger out on their dog. They will hit, kick, choke, and throw the dog. Sometimes the owner will use a knife on the dog or shoot the dog and sometimes set the dog on fire.

 

Puppy Mills:puppy-mills Dogs are kept in unclean, crowded cages. They don’t get enough food and water or veterinarian care. The dogs are bred repeatedly. The owner’s main concern is making money.

 

Neglect:  neglectThe dog is left without food and water in an unclean environment. The dog usually doesn’t have a proper shelter. The owner doesn’t bring the dog to the veterinarian for shots or regular checkups.

 

HoardinghoardingUsually done by a kind-hearted person that wants to help strays but doesn’t have the proper knowledge to take care of multiple animals.

 

 

Please, please if you see any form of animal abuse, report it as soon as you can!

Top 5 Reasons Why Pit Bulls Are Awesome

There are many reasons why pit bulls are awesome dogs. Here are my top 5 reasons why pit bulls are awesome.

Pit bulls are very eager to please. – Because pit bulls crave our praise and attention, they will do almost anything their favorite people ask of them.

Pit bulls are very loyal. – Once a pit bull claims you as ‘theirs’, you will have a friend for life. A pit bull will give up his life for you.

Pit bulls have wonderful smiles. – There is nothing better than seeing a pit bulls big goofy smile. I love their smiles.

Pit bulls love to snuggle. – They want to snuggle almost all the time. They will take over your lap. There could be half of the bed open and your pit bull will lay on your chest instead. When they aren’t busy playing or eating, pit bulls want to be by your side.

Pit bulls give the best kisses. – I have never had doggie kisses quite like kisses from a pit bull before. They are intense kissers. Pit bulls want to make sure that you feel their love by covering your entire face with kisses!

 

OK, now that I’ve shared with you MY top reasons for loving pit bulls, It’s your turn. Let me know YOUR top reasons that you think pit bulls are awesome.


Do Dogs Really Love Us?


Do you ever wonder if your furry best friend loves you? Or just the attention that you give him? The answer is found in your dog’s behavior.

Dog behaviors to look for in your dog:

makes-eye-contact Makes eye contact – When you look into your dogs eyes and she stares back with relaxed eyes, it’s with love. It means that she is comfortable and happy with you.

 

 tail wagsTail wags – Not all tail wags are friendly. But, when your dog sees you and gives a full-body wag with her tail held at mid-height, along with other positive body language, it is clear that she is excited and happy to see you.

 

snuggles-with-you Touches you – Comfortable, happy dogs want to be near you. Sitting or laying on you, leaning against you, and sleeping with his head or paw on you probably means that you are one of your dog’s favorite people.

 

smiles-at-you Grinning at you – A smiling dog is most likely a calm and happy dog. When your dog’s mouth is open and relaxed his is probably smiling at you. Go ahead and smile back.

 

licking-youLicking you – Licking can be considered a display of affection. When your dog licks your face she is greeting you with acceptance and happiness.

 

 

 yawnsYawning – If your dog yawns in response to your yawn, then it’s a good indicator that he is emotionally close to you.

 

 

Hopefully this shed some light on what some of your dog’s behaviors mean. Do dogs really love us? Well, if your dog displays the above behaviors, then yes, I would say that dogs really do love us. Let us know about any other behaviors that your dogs have that might indicate that they love you!

Dog Beds For Pit Bulls

I have been seeing a lot of people on social media asking for advice on dog beds. There are so many different dog beds out there that it can definitely get confusing on which one to buy. There are some things to think about while picking out the best dog bed for your pit bull:

  • Is it washable? – Can the entire bed be washed or at least the cover?
  • Is there enough cushion? – How much padding does your dog need? Older dogs or dogs with hip and joint issues need extra padding.
  • How tough and durable is it? – If your pit bull is a major chewer will the bed hold out?
  • What are you looking to spend on a bed? – Sometimes it seems easier and cheaper to buy any old bed that your dog is going to tear into shreds in a week. But it just might be worthwhile to spend more on a bed that will last a long time.

Dog Beds

 

Brindle 4 Inch Solid Memory Foam Orthopedic Dog Bed

This bed (large size) is good for dogs up to 75 pounds. It is resistant to dust mites and is naturally hypoallergenic. This orthopedic bed has 2 inches of memory foam and 2 inches of high-density support foam to help relieve arthritis, achy joints, and hip dysplasia. The 100% waterproof cover is soft and easy to remove and machine washable.

 

PetFusion Ultimate Solid Waterproof Memory Foam Dog Bed

Does your pit bull like to use your pillows or the arm rests on the couch? Then this might be the bed for your dog.

It has a 4-inch memory foam base. The base and ‘pillows’ provide great comfort and support. The cover is tear and water resistant. The cover is also machine washable. This PetFusion bed can hold 100 pounds and is great for arthritis.

 

K & H Pet Products K-9 Ruff n’ Tuff Chew Resistant Pet Bed

This bed has a no zipper removable and washable cover. The inside of the bed is channeled to keep the stuffing where it belongs. This could be the perfect bed if you have a pit bull that likes to chew apart his bedding – It’s chew resistant. It in not waterproof though.

 

Kuranda Dog Bed – Chewproof – Walnut PVC

If you have a dog that needs to be up off of the floor this bed might be the answer. It’s also chew proof for all of those power chewers out there. The PVC frame can hold up to 100 pounds. This bed has a raised orthopedic design to keep your dog comfortable. The cordura fabric is easy to clean and is abrasion resistant. It also provides traction while getting on and off the bed. This bed is not recommended for outdoor use.

 

These beds are just a sprinkling of the many dog beds that are out there. Hopefully, viewing these beds will help you narrow down the best bed for your pit bull. Happy dog bed shopping!



Breeds That Are Mistaken For Pit Bulls


How exactly do you know the actual breed(s) of a pit bull type dog? How many people can point to a dog and say without a doubt that the dog is a pit bull? How many people have seen the following breeds and said ‘that’s a pit bull’?

Breeds That Are Mistaken For Pit Bulls

American Bulldog    

 

 

 

Bull Terrier   

 

 

 

Cane Corso   

 

 

 

 

 

Boxer   

 

 

 

Dogo Argentino   

 

 

 

Bull Mastiff   

 

 

 

Olde English Bulldog

 

 

Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog   

 

 

 

Black Mouth Cur   

 

 

 

Vizsla   

 

 

 

Presa Canario   

 

 

 

Dogue De Bordeaux   

 

 

 

 

 

Ambullneo Mastiff   

 

 

 

 

 

Greater Swiss Mountain Dog   

 

 

 

Rhodesian Ridgeback   

 

 

 

Patterdale Terrier   

 

 

 

Rottweiler   

 

 

 

Boerboel   

 

 

 

Fila Brasileiro   

 

 

 

Now, ask yourself, exactly how many of the above dogs truly fall under the definition of a pit bull?

Here is the definition of ‘Pit Bull’ :

n. 1. A dog of any of various breeds having a muscular body, broad powerful head, and short coat, especially an American pit bull terrier, an American Staffordshire terrier, or a Staffordshire bull terrier. Also called pit bull terrier.

So, what do the dogs that are named in the pit bull definition look like?  Here you go:  These 3 dogs are the ‘pit bull’ dogs.

American Pit Bull Terrier   

 

American Staffordshire Terrier   

 

Staffordshire Bull Terrier   

 

Please, if you have ANY question about whether your dog falls under the ‘pit bull’ stereotype, get a DNA test done. It could save you and your dog a lot grief. It could also save your dog’s life.

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I wrote this post in the hopes that it will help everyone understand that there are so many dogs that are being called ‘pit bulls’ but are a completely unrelated breed.

Please, before you start blaming one of the pit bull breeds for something, make sure you KNOW that if was indeed one of those breeds that did wrong.  And remember, EVERY dog is and individual.  So, don’t blame the entire breed for something that one dog did.

Hip And Joint Pain Relief For Pit Bulls

The Bully breeds are known to have hip problems. Hip Dysplasia is very common in pit bulls. The good thing is, you don’t have to wait until your dog starts showing signs of having problems before you do anything about it.

The following dog chews can help to ease an already painful dog, or possibly help to ward off hip pain.

Healthy Breeds Z-Flex Herbal Hip and Joint Support

Z-Flex helps to promote joint flexibility and mobility. Your dog will think this chewable tablet is a treat with its flavor of beef liver and garlic. It is made with Glucosamine from shellfish and a herbal blend to help give your dog joint pain relief.

Healthy Breeds Dog Hip and Joint Care

This chewable tablet was made to help improve flexibility, reduce inflammation, strengthen joints and help with stronger cartilage. If your pit bull has food allergies then this tablet should be good to give to him/her because it is Gluten/Grain free. Your dog should love it because it tastes like bacon. And what dog doesn’t like bacon?

Please be sure to follow all instructions on the bottle. All Healthy Breeds products are mad in the USA. They have a 100% satisfaction guarantee.


Tips On How To Ease Anxiety In Pit Bulls


Does your pit bull tend to be anxious in some situations? Here are a few tips that might make high anxiety situations easier for you and your pit bull.

If at all possible try to tire your pup out first. A dog that has used up most of his energy playing will have less energy to use on being anxious. So a good play session should be in order before any high anxiety situations.

Loud Noises

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Help loud sounds. Your lap will protect me.

My boy was afraid of the wind, thunder, stomping your feet, fireworks, basically any loud noise that didn’t come from him or one of the other animals. I tried many things that just didn’t help him, and I do not count being on my lap every time the wind blew as helping him.

Then, one day I saw an ad for the ThunderShirt, which is a gentle compression vest. Boy, did I buy one real fast, and it worked. Slowly, he stopped jumping on my lap at every loud sound. I was even able to start showing him where some of the noises were coming from and that they wouldn’t hurt him.

Sometimes all it takes is the slight pressure of a ‘hug’ to let them know that they are safe.

Bath Time

My pit bull loved water….as long as it was at the local swimming hole. Bath meant run and hide. If your pittie is the same way, try these tips:

  • Fill the tub while your pup is in another room out of ear shot. The sound of running water can be scary.
  • The noise of the shampoo bottle being squeezed can make an already nervous dog jumpy. Put the shampoo in a different container and dilute it.
  • Spread peanut butter on the tub walls.

Why did I never think of that last one?! I always had treats ready for my boy for after the bath, and he would grudgingly take them. I bet if I had covered the walls with peanut butter he would have ASKED for a bath.

Time To See The Vet

This was never a problem for us. As long as he was out seeing people, my boy was happy. If your pit bull has anxiety over seeing her doc, then use food. Bring her to the vet hungry and bring plenty of treats. Eating is soothing and relaxing for us so why not our best friend? If you have a puzzle toy that you can put goodies in then that is even better. It will keep your pit bull’s brain occupied as she works on getting the food out. Major distraction from nerves.

Separation Anxiety

My boy had separation anxiety bad. After trying so many things and combinations of things, we finally found that Opera music was the key. Try to stay away from Rock or Heavy Metal music, it could agitate the situation. Stay with relaxing sounds. Some dogs like Classical music and others like Reggae. You could even try having your pit bull listen to an audio book.

I hope these tips on how to ease anxiety in pit bulls are helpful to you and your pit bulls. And please if you have some tips to add, let us know.