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Old 11-12-2011, 02:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Yet another advice thread!

I'm new to Go Pit Bull, so let me do a quick introduction:

My name is Jacki and I recently adopted Red, a very eager and intelligent pit bull. His previous owner was giving him away in a Petsmart parking lot. She asked me if I was looking for a dog because she has seen me at the local animal shelter. I answered with a yes, and she explained she had a five year old pure bred pit bull. I agreed to meet him, so she took him out of her car. He was tiny, had scars all down his legs and punctures through his ear. He was nervous and shaking, but when I looked into his eyes I saw a sweet dog. I agreed to take him. I'm very active, as I've only ever owned Border Collies before and I feel a bit out of place.

Red has absolute no muscle tone. He used to pull a lot while on walks but has settled down. I feel as though he was kept in his cage for extended periods of time. If I raise my hand, he cpwards down. I feel like he was abused by his previous owners, but I feel like the least I could do is make Reds life diverse and active.

I feed him 2 1/2 cups of Buffalo Blue dry food. He eats a can of Whole Foods brand of wet dog food and I mix in a handful of dry food with it, placing a hip joint supplement in the bowl as well. I bring him out for two walks a day, both for an hour and run him up and down this abandoned parking lot. He loves to play with this tire toy (I did get it because I saw events including tires), I buy him bones and chewing toys all the time. He is not aggressive to other dogs, or people. He is also great with children.

I would love to be able to have him gain muscle tone. Hes tall and lean, which is great but he's just so skinny. I guess all I need is pointers for helping me tone him.


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Old 11-14-2011, 12:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
 

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Flirt pole and spring pole work great to build muscle.As well as alot of hand walking
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Old 11-15-2011, 12:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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exactly as Dixie said, you can also try a treadmill but I would wait until he is more conformable to introduce that. The flirt pole is something you can easily make, if you don't have one. A spring pole can be made easily as well. If your back is good, get a nice rope toy or Katie S Bumpers Sq2 Super Sqwuggie Fire Hose Bumpers Squeak and Tug and let him tug and pull to build up the muscles. Make sure NEVER to leave the rope toy around he should not have the chance to chew/eat the rope, just use it when tugging.

Welcome, nice to see people from Mass (I'm in Quincy) good for you for rescuing him! Please post a picture as well if you are not familiar with the breed he maybe normal. A lot of pit bulls are overfed and I was surprised when I saw what a healthy weight was at first.

Also, just because he is not aggressive with other dogs does NOT mean it will never come to the forefront. Be sure NEVER to leave your dog with any other animal without you being there 100% of the time. and please do not EVER go to Dog Parks.
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Well since you adopted him who knows whats actually in his genetic make up, he may not have any American Pit Bull Terrier in him whats so ever.. It is very common for shelters of all sorts to mislabel dogs as they are not dog breed experts, they best guess the breed and move on. Now i am not saying your dog has no APBT in him however the likely hood is low as APBT's as a whole are not only very careful as to who their pups go to but also rarely escape and mate with an unknown dog to end up at the shelter.. It doesn't NOT happen but its low compared to other dogs.. Usually American Bully/mixes, American Staffordshire Terrier/mixes and Staffordshire Bull Terrier/mixes are the more common of breeds to end up at the shelter in terms of dog breeds that fall under the "Pit Bull" radar.. It can also be said that Boxer mixes can mimic very closely to the fore-mentioned breeds and can easily confuse someone who hasn't been dealing with this particular breed for years.

Now with that said its all about genetics in terms of how conditioned/toned/etc your pup can be. While most dogs can get in relatively great shape no one dog is created equal. Some dogs can be conditioned and have "lots of muscle" with very little effort involved, others can be worked every day for a few hours and never really have a conditioned body. Fit, yes but not conditioned in the sense of the word.

Flirt pole, spring pole, hand walking, swimming, tread mill, jogging/running, etc can all create a well conditioned, properly fit dog. The key is to know your dogs limits and not over stress the body, often with these dogs you will have to force them to quit any given exercise as they tend to forget the meaning of "slow down" and once they are going its full steam ahead. You also want to play around with various exercises until you start to notice results, not one dog is alike in that what works for one may not work for another.. Again, a big part of this is genetics but also the drive and over all will of the dog will vary. Some love flirt/spring poles, others look at it and move on. Some love swimming, others would rather just drink the water.

Pace yourself and your pup, never start out hard and ease the transition from little exercise to a good load. Especially in the beginning you want to make sure you allow some down days where little exercise is given, you never want to over work your dog as this can result in injury..
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Well since you adopted him who knows whats actually in his genetic make up, he may not have any American Pit Bull Terrier in him whats so ever.. It is very common for shelters of all sorts to mislabel dogs as they are not dog breed experts, they best guess the breed and move on. Now i am not saying your dog has no APBT in him however the likely hood is low as APBT's as a whole are not only very careful as to who their pups go to but also rarely escape and mate with an unknown dog to end up at the shelter.. It doesn't NOT happen but its low compared to other dogs.. Usually American Bully/mixes, American Staffordshire Terrier/mixes and Staffordshire Bull Terrier/mixes are the more common of breeds to end up at the shelter in terms of dog breeds that fall under the "Pit Bull" radar.. It can also be said that Boxer mixes can mimic very closely to the fore-mentioned breeds and can easily confuse someone who hasn't been dealing with this particular breed for years.

Now with that said its all about genetics in terms of how conditioned/toned/etc your pup can be. While most dogs can get in relatively great shape no one dog is created equal. Some dogs can be conditioned and have "lots of muscle" with very little effort involved, others can be worked every day for a few hours and never really have a conditioned body. Fit, yes but not conditioned in the sense of the word.

Flirt pole, spring pole, hand walking, swimming, tread mill, jogging/running, etc can all create a well conditioned, properly fit dog. The key is to know your dogs limits and not over stress the body, often with these dogs you will have to force them to quit any given exercise as they tend to forget the meaning of "slow down" and once they are going its full steam ahead. You also want to play around with various exercises until you start to notice results, not one dog is alike in that what works for one may not work for another.. Again, a big part of this is genetics but also the drive and over all will of the dog will vary. Some love flirt/spring poles, others look at it and move on. Some love swimming, others would rather just drink the water.

Pace yourself and your pup, never start out hard and ease the transition from little exercise to a good load. Especially in the beginning you want to make sure you allow some down days where little exercise is given, you never want to over work your dog as this can result in injury..
welcome. Hope to see pics soon. Sounds like a great dog.
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We always have to humanize dogs actions, we feel oh the dog is tall so we are helping when in reality its more natural for a dog to eat on the ground... And healthier
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Good muscle building exercises/activities are swimming, rollerblading, skateboarding, spring pole, flirt pole, weight pulling, flyball, biking and running. I would also get him on a supplement such as K9 Super Fuel.
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