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Old 08-16-2014, 03:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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i just recently adopted my first pit from a family that wasnt able to care for him anymore, and i'm new to owning this sort of dog although i have had dogs in the past. He is an absolutley wonderful dog I'm not sure about his bloodline or anything but he does have an overbite. It doesnt seem to give him any problems he is able to eat and play just fine and you cant really even notice it. I was just wondering if this is somthing I should try to correct or if he will be ok? Also I am wondering what kind of setup i should use for him while im at work? Should i chain him outside, fence him in or use a kennel? He is a kickass dog and i want him to be as content as possible. Any tips and advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-16-2014, 03:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
 

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Also toy suggestions? training advice?
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I wouldn't do anything about the overbite if it doesn't cause problems for him. If he can eat and play and is doesn't bother him, leave it be.

While I'm gone, the dogs are in the fenced yard. I have 7' chain link with large gravel poured around the bottom to discourage digging. I still have to go on hole patrol every few days. All of my gates have snap rings through them because the buggers figured out how to work the latches. So far, they don't climb the fence itself.

As far as training, mine have just gone through standard obedience training. Once he has the obedience down, getting him into some sort of sport will give him a "job" and help to drain some of that energy off.

Toys; I use the heavy duty chew toys. Kong is good. There's a chewy made from fire hose material that holds up pretty well. Expect to change out chew toys every few weeks -- mine destroy them and I've accepted that fact. I don't have dogs that daintily roll toys around, I have dogs that stuff Kongs back into those back teeth and happily chomp until the "unchewable" toy is in pieces.

I'm sure others will chime in. Welcome!
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Do you have pictures of his face so we could see the overbite? Most likely it's just fine as it is
While at work you could crate him with a toy and something to chew on...or you could invest in an outdoor kennel. But be sure to provide shade and put either gravel or lay large flat stone down all around the inside so he doesn't dig out. OR you could set up a nice chain spot. Make sure there is plenty of shade and when it comes to chain spots it's important to get QUALITY chain that isn't going to snap. Grade 40 or higher-- and this doesn't mean it's going to be a huge thick chain. It will be thicker than the pet store chains but those break easy.
Once you decide what you want to do ,let us know and we can help you! If your yard is fenced I would not recommend leaving him alone out there unless in a kennel set up or chain set up. These dogs can climb and dig!
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this is the only pic i could get him to sit still for haha thanks alot everyone!!! should i take obiedience classes with him?
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:16 AM   #6 (permalink)
 

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finally got him to take one i had to wait till he was almost asleep though his front teeth come out just over his bottom lip looks kinda dorky when you can see it but i dont really care i got him for his personality not his looks although he does look pretty awesome except for that in my opinion haha
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:22 AM   #7 (permalink)
 

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also he's 5 months old so i was also wondering how much i should be feeding him ?
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Nice dog if you have a fence at your house close it and let him run,they need plenty of exercise.i leave my dog out side for hours if he gets tired he will rest on the stoop lol.
Just put out a big bowl of water
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Old 08-18-2014, 07:07 AM   #9 (permalink)
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What a cutie!
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so cute! I font think its a big deal I am sure he can eat and breath fine.

I LOVE chuck it balls they are the only balls that last (tennis balls get the outside fuzz ripped off sooner than later). Antlers and kongs. You can freeze peanut butter or yogurt or what not in the kong to make it last longer.

Spring pole and Flirt poles are great ways to get energy released. Training is a must, start early and sure taking classes is great to help get other opinions of your dog and would work as well. Just make sure to do research on the classes and trainers being offered and that they agree with how you want to train your dog. Sure is a cutie!
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Welcome to the forum, good looking boy you have there BDMelin420.

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Old 09-03-2014, 02:36 AM   #12 (permalink)
 

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Thanks a bunch everyone!!!!
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Welcome to the forums! What a cute dog.
I wouldn't worry much about the overbite as long as he can eat and breath fine it shouldn't be an issue. Exercise, exercise, exercise. Flirtpoles are great for younger dogs as it's an easy way to burn of their excess energy, springpoles too. Training is important, that is for sure. I never took mine to classes but I did have a lot of extra time to spend training him myself so definitely look into classes if you think that'd be best.
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Old 09-03-2014, 06:15 PM   #14 (permalink)
 

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Anyone know how to make a flirtpole???
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Old 09-03-2014, 06:17 PM   #15 (permalink)
 

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Btw update on how me and Olaf are doing. He sits stays laysdown and is starting to learn his manners. Also he is not as skinny as in the pic. I have been feeding him well and giving him lots of exercise. I am very happy with him I have never had a smarter or more loyal dog. He is my first APBT and I dont think I will ever have another breed of dog.
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