Wednesday, September 7, 2011

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Dog & Puppy Advice on Main Street Puppy Dog

Pit bull Dogs

Posted: 07 Sep 2011 07:56 AM PDT

Pit Bull Dog Breed

Pit bull dog, sometimes known as pit bull American Terrier is a dog that belongs to the Molosser breed. This is a group of dogs characterized by large muscles, short muzzle, pendant ears and thick heavy bones. They are very muscular and have been used as cart dogs, in herding and as protection and guard dogs. The dogs have a lot of loyalty, devotion and strong will; are stubborn and are always eager to please. Other breeds that belong to this category are; American bulldog, Antebellum bulldog, Argentine Dogo, Boston Terrier, Bandog, Akbash dogand several others. Information about this breed can be obtained from hubpages on Molosser breed.

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Pit Bull

The Pit bull Dog

Pit bull dog has a history that links to its temperament and aggression. The breed was developed for fights and was used in bear baiting, bull baiting and in dog fights. They are therefore very aggressive and should never be left un-supervised with other dogs. Their aggression is evident especially after reaching the maturity age. They like stalking small animals like chicken, cats, livestock and rats because of their powerful prey drive.

There temperament is also considered bad although in most cases, if the owner knows how to train the dog and the characteristics it should have, the problem of temperament should not exist at all. A dog that shows bad temperament and high human aggression should not be bred at all.

These are not just dogs to be kept at home by any person who would love a dog for a pet. The dogs have a lot of power and need exercise to ensure their muscles and energy, are put to some work. Without that, the dog can find other things to do with its energy which might not be pleasant. They are however intelligent and love people. If not trained on good manners early enough (when they are still young), they might get used to lying on people's laps as big as they are.

Pit bull dogs have been labeled as dangerous by the media, something which most people, who breed it, consider a misunderstanding. They have no aggression towards human except in a few cases, and when they are mistreated and bred for fighting. They are outgoing, confident and desire love and attention from the humans.

Red nose and Blue Nose pit bull dogs

There are different types of pit bull dogs classified by the color of their noses. There are; the red nose pitbulls, the blue nose pitbulls and the black nose pitbulls. These dogs are not different from each other except by the color of their nose. At one time, the red nose bull dominated in fights and gained most people's attention, and it is said that some breeders took advantage of this dominance to promote the blue nose pit bull at the time. Both blue and red nose pit bulls are just American pit bull terriers.

A lot of information about pit bulls shows that they are homeless because of the breeding programs currently adapted, and the wrong perception about their level of aggression. It is not clear the reason as to why breeders focus on blue, black or red pit bull colors, but it may be because of their dominance. Most breeders focus on appearance, and not on the physical health and dependability of their temperament. Breeding these dogs for fights is also another detrimental factor to the breed. Pit bulls are working dogs, with a lot of physical strength, determination, courage and friendliness for humans. They should not be mistaken for vicious dogs with high aggression towards humans.

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Dog collars for safety and style

Posted: 07 Sep 2011 05:28 AM PDT

The importance of choosing the right dog collar

If you are a dog owner then you understand the importance of choosing the right dog collar. There are many dog collars choices available in a variety of styles and materials. The right one for you and your pet will depend greatly on your specific needs. Dog collars serve many purposes from identification, training, or to simply look good.

Leather and nylon dog collars are the more traditional choices available, with leather being the most durable and long lasting, they also tend to be more expensive than nylon, and may not be the most economical choice for that growing pup. Nylon is lightweight, breathable and usually washable. If your furry friend will be wearing a collar at all times or if you have a smaller dog you might opt for a nylon collar for comfort. Eco-friendly dog collars have also become quite popular in recent years in choices of materials like hemp, bamboo and recycled plastic. Easy to clean and stink proof may sound pretty appealing, nylon dog collars coated in polyurethane do not absorb liquids or odors and wipe clean are a great option.

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English Bulldog dog collar

Another important variation is the closure style. Buckle types are strong and dependable, but if you attach and remove a dog collar often then the snap closure is best for you. While harnesses usually offer a level of comfort for most dogs, they are usually a better choice for smaller dogs. A harness offers less control and this is worth considering if you have a larger dog that might pull hard or run. Velcro closures are another option but again would be best for “toy” or miniature dogs because of the greater likelihood of undoing. Slip or “choke”  dog collars are primarily used for training purposes and if not used appropriately can cause trauma and be considered abusive. Choke dog collars should never be used on puppies. When using any training collar or tool be sure and seek professional instruction as to the use of these tools. Limited slip collars are also available; they serve basically the same training purposes as a slip collar but are designed to stop tightening before constricting the dog’s neck.

Maybe your posh pup is a bit more high maintenance. There are fashion dog collars to suit all types and imaginations. Adornments such as flowers, beads and rhinestones can turn a practical plain dog collar into the perfect canine accessory. Novelty prints can be found to make any type statement you wish, whether to brag on your “Princess Pooch” or warn others to “Beware of the Bulldog”. Lighted dog collars can be cute but also come in handy if you are headed out on a weekend camping trip or maybe just a nightly walk to make sure your best friend doesn’t get lost.

No matter what type of dog collar you choose be sure to keep you and your dog’s safety and comfort in mind.

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