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Old 12-02-2012, 10:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Adopting a pit bull mix

Hello, new guy here.

So lately my girlfriend has poked around the idea of adopting, and we've looked at all kinds of dogs. I convinced her to adopt a rescued pit, and that's the route we're going to take. I've just got a few questions, regarding my living situation, obedience, amongst other things.

First off, we live in an apartment. It's a pretty big apartment, with a spare bed room in which we'll keep her crate, toys, etc. She's roughly 6 months old, they're not sure. She was found tied to a mailbox with another pit. Do you guys think she'll have enough room to roam and really be herself with my apartment? We've got a big couch and plenty of room for her to play. Even a balcony for her to lay out on. The people who rescued her said she is content with not going out much, mainly to only use the restroom. I just don't to keep her holed up and she hates it.

Secondly, we both work night shift, and she will have to be in a crate until I trust her in the 2nd bed room. Our shifts tend to be different, so I think she'd only be in the crate for 5-6 hours at a time. Is this too much?

That's it for now, I'm running low on time so I'll end it there. Thanks for any advice guys!
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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5-6 hours isn't too long the dog should be fine my dogs are also content with just chilling inside with me relaxing they do get at least an hour of exercise a day so they aren't going stir crazy keep in mind these type of dogs are athletes so you guys should plan on making sure this pup gets her share of exercise.
Good for you for adopting and good luck with your new pup. keep us posted and continue on your search for knowledge.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The important thing here... are "Pit Bulls" even allowed in your complex?
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
 

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Yes. We just have to pay a deposit and a little extra monthly.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Alright, then plan lots of walks/runs. Do you have any friends with yards or just open land? Or a nearby park with a secluded field?
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
 

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Yes, directly across from my apartment, is a open field. Plenty of room to run and hills too. I'm positive we're going to get her now. My girlfriend is in love, and we're dog crate shopping now. Hopefully someone will have a good deal on craigslist.
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Congrats! Owning any kind of pit (mutt mix, Apbt,
, am staff, staffy bull, am bully) is amazingly rewarding and very touching. these dogs are in my opinion the best lol. Smart, loving, passionate, courageous, athletic... Good luck I hope it goes smoothly. Living in an apartment ull need to be extra careful to be a responsible owner to help avoid conflict with landlords or neighbors. Always keep her tags and license on her collar. Train her well. Make sure she's behaved in public (these dogs get so excited in public sometimes, it's often mistaken for aggression.. Bull crap)... The fact that ur looking into making sure ur home is suitable for her is awesome. pics please!

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Old 12-03-2012, 09:43 PM   #8 (permalink)
 

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I will for sure post pictures. We've got her a large crate, and should be picking her up tonight.

My question is, how should I welcome her to my home? I want to make her as comfortable as possible for the first few days. I know it'll be tough for her.

I'm beyond excited, I'm ready to have another best friend in the house.
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Well im NOT an expert or trainer but ill just give u some tips that i mnow from wxperience and learned from others first make sure her crate isn't Too big. It should be big enough for her to stand up and turn around in. anything bigger and she's more likely to have accidents in the crate. To make her feel comfy I'd not force anything on her but still make it clear that ur the pack leader. The less stressed u feel and the more in control u feel will be clear to her. Immediately begin potty routine. At home we say Potty then leash then out the door. Same times each day. Have some play time to get a feel for her energy. Maybe work on basic commands. Don't smother her in affection too much at first tho or she may have separation issues when u finally leave her for a small period of time. And last but not least... Five her 2-3 weeks to adjust! That's how long it takes for both the dog and you to get into a groove and get comfortable. So be patient with her.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:01 AM   #10 (permalink)
 

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Gracie is awesome. She's already potty trained, and she's pretty timid. I expected a little more energy, but she's been really calm. I can take her bowl, and she listens really well.

How do I convince my girlfriend to be firm with her? She's already playing the good cop routine and I feel Gracie might pick up on it. For instance, when I sit down on our couch, I don't immediately let Gracie up. I don't want her to get used to just claiming a spot, especially if we have guests. Am I being over dramatic?
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Gracie is awesome. She's already potty trained, and she's pretty timid. I expected a little more energy, but she's been really calm. I can take her bowl, and she listens really well.

How do I convince my girlfriend to be firm with her? She's already playing the good cop routine and I feel Gracie might pick up on it. For instance, when I sit down on our couch, I don't immediately let Gracie up. I don't want her to get used to just claiming a spot, especially if we have guests. Am I being over dramatic?
All three of my dogs love the couch and are allowed up. You really need to talk to your girlfriend and decide whether Gracie will be allowed on the couch or not. Unless you are both on the same page, then you'll just confuse the dog. Mine are allowed up, but I have also trained them to get down when told. If I want them up, I say "couch", if I want them down, I say "off". When we have guests over, if they don't like dogs, then my dogs are put in a bedroom (just my mother in law, really lol) the rest either get dogs in their laps or snuggled in as close as possible
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All three of my dogs love the couch and are allowed up. You really need to talk to your girlfriend and decide whether Gracie will be allowed on the couch or not. Unless you are both on the same page, then you'll just confuse the dog. Mine are allowed up, but I have also trained them to get down when told. If I want them up, I say "couch", if I want them down, I say "off". When we have guests over, if they don't like dogs, then my dogs are put in a bedroom (just my mother in law, really lol) the rest either get dogs in their laps or snuggled in as close as possible
Sounds like my house! Lol but as stated mine know down if they're on the couch an need to get down or if smaller kids are over and they're getting a little too hyper(we have a friend who's 3 year old doesn't really care for dogs. He does as long as they aren't touching him haha but they've gotten used to it and steer clear of him when they're over). But like above stated talk to her and set the ground rules for what is allowed and what is not.


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So we've run across one problem. We've given her, her own room with the crate inside. The crate apparently didn't have a bottom lock and she got out while I was at work. Luckily I closed the door, so no damage was done. Though later on that night, when it was time to go to bed, she would whine for a majority of time. Will she get used to sleeping alone on her bed? When I woke up she was there in her bed and I guess the whining had stopped.

Hopefully this will quit soon. I know I have to get her a routine.
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So we've run across one problem. We've given her, her own room with the crate inside. The crate apparently didn't have a bottom lock and she got out while I was at work. Luckily I closed the door, so no damage was done. Though later on that night, when it was time to go to bed, she would whine for a majority of time. Will she get used to sleeping alone on her bed? When I woke up she was there in her bed and I guess the whining had stopped.

Hopefully this will quit soon. I know I have to get her a routine.
well sorry if I missed it but how old if your puppy? 5-6 hours could be a long time depending on the age.

Yes she might take time getting used to her crate, but you can try to cover the crate with a blanket, put the crate against a wall, put it in the middle of the room, leave a radio or TV on. there are a few tricks to try, but mostly the key is to not respond when she is whining. If you respond she will think her whining is what got your response and will just keep doing it.
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well sorry if I missed it but how old if your puppy? 5-6 hours could be a long time depending on the age.

Yes she might take time getting used to her crate, but you can try to cover the crate with a blanket, put the crate against a wall, put it in the middle of the room, leave a radio or TV on. there are a few tricks to try, but mostly the key is to not respond when she is whining. If you respond she will think her whining is what got your response and will just keep doing it.

We guesstimate she's around 5-6 months old. She's about 50lbs says the person I got her from.

She was put into her room earlier this evening while my girlfriend slept. She said the whining wasn't as bad. We've a radio in there to hopefully ease her a little bit.

We're starting a routine with her tomorrow, we're just trying to get used to her bathroom schedule. Seems like it's about an hour and a half to two hours after she eats that she has to go. So we've set a routine and we're going to stick with it.

Also, should I give her toys to keep her busy while we're gone? What are some indoor activities I can do with her to use some of her energy?
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