Thursday, December 12, 2013

6 Tips for Training Your New Pitbull Puppy

Despite their bad rap, pitbulls are very friendly, loyal and loving dogs, making them the perfect addition to any family household. If you're interested in adopting blue pitbull puppies, below are seven tips to help you in the process.

Start training early

The general rule of thumb when it comes to adopting any type of puppy is to start them early on training. As soon as you bring your new pup home, you should be guiding their behavior and enforcing the rules. Puppies learn much faster and more easily than adult dogs, and the first 20 weeks of development can be the most crucial. 

Show the puppy you are the boss

It's vital to teach your pup early on that you are the boss and they must obey your commands. Remember, you will be the one to reward the pup for good behavior and punish them for bad behavior, so if you won't discipline them, they won't learn. You can show the dog you are in charge by controlling their food, demonstrating that you provide it and that they only get it at certain times. Also, lay down some rules about certain pieces of furniture that the puppy isn't allowed on (e.g. tables) and about chewing furniture and other household items. 

Teach socialization with people and animals

Socialization should be a top priority for your new dog, one that you should engage in regularly. It's important that your pup learn to be comfortable around people and other animals. You should introduce your puppy to children, adults, dogs and other animals in a secure setting so that they can become more comfortable with them and less territorial later.

Get your puppy used to a leash

Pitbulls grow to be strong dogs, so you should get your puppy used to being on a leash as early as possible. Walk your dog regularly and use commands to teach them how to behave on the leash. 

Make exercise a habitual activity

Pitbulls are full of energy -- especially puppies. You should take your pup to an enclosed area (no open dog parks until they are fully trained) each day for 20 to 30 minutes of outdoor playtime. This will provide an outlet for your pup's energy and instinctive behaviors. After all, a tired puppy is less likely to get into trouble than a bored one. 

Use positive reinforcement

When your pup obeys the rules, use positive reinforcement techniques to reward them (for instance, giving them a treat). This will encourage your dog to behave consistently. Pits are eager learners and more than happy to work for the reward.

Always remember that training takes time. Be patient, keep at it, and you will have a loving and faithful companion for life.

Monday, November 11, 2013

4 Awesome Things You Probably Didn't Know about Pit Bulls

Without a doubt, pit bulls are one of the most misunderstood dog breeds today. They are viewed as vicious fighters, ready to attack at any moment; unfortunately, this bad reputation was given to them because they suffer at the hands of irresponsible ownership -- and they get all of the heat for it.  

Throughout history and in recent years, pit bulls have proven themselves to be friendly, loving and loyal friends. In fact, below are four awesome things you probably didn't know about this breed.

1. They did their duty…in war
When people say these dogs are fighters -- you bet they are. For hundreds of years, pit bulls have served in the armed forces with our brave men and women. If they weren't defending on the front, they were stirring up encouragement at home. During World War I, the American pit bull was a military mascot and featured on army recruitment posters. Their commitment to protect, defend and stand by our side makes these dogs some of the best around.

2. They were once the #1 American family dog
In the early 20th century, pit bulls were the most popular breed of dog among families. Loyal, obedient and eager to play, these dogs were perfect, especially for families with children. In fact, they were commonly referred to as "The Nanny Dog." Families relied on pit bulls to babysit and keep their children safe. Just think about the beloved black-eyed patch pup, Petey from the classic movie, The Little Rascals.

3. They were and are owned by some pretty famous people
Many notable and famous people have been proud owners of pit bulls. Historical figures including President Woodrow Wilson, President Theodore Roosevelt, Helen Keller and Thomas Edison owned pit bulls. Today, TV personality Rachael Ray, actress Jessica Biel and John Stewart of The Daily Show are proud owners of pit bulls.

4. They are less aggressive than other dogs
While some deem these dogs as one of the most aggressive, a study confirms just the opposite:
pit bulls are much less aggressive than other breeds towards their owners and when encountering strangers. As with all dogs, the best way to prevent any type of aggressive behavior is to start socializing your dog early. If you own American pit bull puppies, introduce them to other dog breeds immediately and make sure that they are well-trained.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Choosing the Best Dog Breed for Your Lifestyle

Deciding to take home any kind of pet is a huge responsibility. This animal will depend on you for food, shelter, affection, and, depending on the pet, a varying degree of attention and socialization. Each type of pet has its own merits, and like most other things, the pet that is right for one person may not be right for another. That being said, dogs are an extremely popular pet all across the world, and may have been domesticated as early as 32,000 years ago. There's a reason dogs are characterized as "Man's Best Friend," but if you decide to become a dog owner, there are a number of things you should take into consideration. 

Small Children

If you are looking for a family dog, specifically a breed that is known to get along well with children and other pets, you will want dog that has high energy, is easy to train, and is not very aggressive. It is ignorant to assume that every individual dog of a certain breed has the same characteristics across the board, but there are a number of breeds that tend to carry these desirable traits. A Bull Terrier, for example, has high energy and doesn't mind being rough-housed by little ones a bit. The Newfoundland is a very sweet a nurturing breed, and will keep a close watch over children. 

Living Space

The biggest mistake irresponsible dog owners make is selecting a breed that they do not have the space to accommodate. A high energy dog needs to be walked frequently and get plenty of exercise outdoors, so if you live in an apartment and do not have the time to take the dog out a few times a day, you are simply doing this animal a disservice by keeping it in your house. Border Collies, Vizslas and Greyhounds, for example, might have a great temperament, but will act up if they do not get the chance to expend some energy and run around outdoors. 


This is not usually a huge issue, but certain breeds tend to shed much more than others, or require frequent bathing and brushing. If you are concerned about hair getting all over your house or do not have the patience or time to take proper care of grooming needs, dogs like retrievers and sheepdogs have very minimal shedding and don't require a ton of maintenance. 


As previously stated, it is unwise to assume an entire breed carries the same traits. Some breeds, like the Rottweiler, the Pitbull, and the German Shepherd have gotten a bad reputation because of sensationalized stories or isolated incidents that were more often than not brought on by poor ownership and training. Blue Pitbulls have many of the traits that dog owners look for: they are easy to groom, protective and playful with children, and often adapt well to city environments or smaller living spaces if they are walked enough. Because of their toughness and reputations, breeds like these are associated with violence and disobedience, which often leads to dogs winding up in shelters where it is difficult for them to find homes. For this reason and many others, adopting or raising one of these breeds is often a very rewarding experience.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Why Are People Afraid of Pitbulls?

It goes without saying that the pitbulls are the number one most feared dogs in the eyes of the public.  There are countless stories in the media regarding pitbull attacks, various maulings, their use in dog fighting rings, and so on.  The problem is that in our modern society, people don't like to dig any deeper than they have to, and take everything at face value.  Insurance companies often refuse to offer cover homeowners who own these types of dogs because of the "risks" associated with owning one.  What they don't realize is that the pitbull is a normal dog breed just like any other; a breed is akin to a human wearing a particular type of clothing, it tells nothing about the animal within.  Dogs that attack other creatures are created and perpetuated by their owners, not the breed itself.

To explain the history of the pitbull, you have to look first at their origin.  There are two theories on how the breed originated.  One theory is that they came from an extinct breed called the Molossus, which was a type of dog used by the Greeks to herd sheep.  It is said that it eventually made its way over to England, and became the mastiff. Their use was primarily as war dogs, and they were undoubtedly the forefathers of the modern pitbull. 

The other theory is that the dog came into being around the time of the Norman Conquest, where they were used as "bull biters".  The dog would latch on to the nose of angry or enraged bulls and held on until the bull would calm down or be subdued.  In fact, this led to bull-baiting, where the dogs were placed in a pit and bets were laid down to see which could hold on the longest.  This was the origin of the term "pitbull".

As they moved throughout the centuries, the pitbull gained the reputation of being a "killing machine", mostly due to how humans utilized them. Again, the point needs to be stressed that the way humans shaped and grew the pitbull was to inflict violence on other creatures, and to serve as attack dogs in the early part of their history. In fact, because of their history in regards to fighting, the American Kennel Club would not recognize the breed until the year 1936.

This is just a short glimpse as to why pitbulls are viewed negatively in the eye of the public.  The reality is that they are a sweet and gentle, yet strong and courageous breed that can be shaped into the ultimate companion.  If you are considering bully pitbull puppies for sale, rest assured that they will make wonderful pets for you and your family.