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Proper Exercise Tips For Your
Pit Bulls are very active and
athletic dogs. They have an unlimited supply of energy and can play for
long hours without tiring. You will seldom find a Pit Bull resting in a
shade for a long period of time, but you will often see one that is
running and jumping around with the passion and enthusiasm that only a
Pit Bull can have.
You need to take certain precautions to make sure that your Pit Bullís
exercise is both fun and safe. You should always have him wear a leash
whenever you take him outside. Regardless of how smart or trustworthy
he is, he should never be allowed to go off-leash unless he is in your
yard and surrounded by a tall and sturdy fence. When excited, even the
smartest and the most trustworthy of dogs will sometimes forget their
training for just a moment, which is all it takes to scare other
people, run in front of traffic, or run away altogether.
You should never let your Pit Bull run free in public places. No matter
how gentle and friendly he is, he could be perceived as a threat or a
nuisance, especially for those who have a prejudiced opinion against
his breed. Furthermore, many places prohibit dogs, especially dogs that
are off their leash.
If your Pit Bull is not wearing a leash and an accident happens that
involves another human, you are morally and legally responsible for it.
Having the potential of endangering your dogís life and possibly
endangering another human being is not worth letting your dog run
around without a leash.
There are great ways of giving your Pit Bull his exercise, while
keeping him on a leash. Taking him for a walk is an excellent
low-impact exercise for both you and your dog. You can start with a
short walk and then gradually work your way up to longer distances. An
adult Pit Bull should get a minimum of half a mile of daily walking,
and of course more is always better.
Pit Bull puppies should never be walked long distances because too much
walking can damage their developing bones. Older dogs and obese dogs
should not be forced to walk farther than they can comfortably handle.
Jogging is another fun exercise you can do with your dog. However, you
have to work up to longer distances gradually.
As a safety measure, avoid jogging with your dog during hot weather.
Pit Bulls are not built to be marathon runners; they cannot cool
themselves as well as humans can and might suffer from heatstroke. Also
avoid jogging your dog on hard surfaces which are bad for their joints.
Always check the footpads for abrasions, tearing, gravel, or blistering
from hot concrete. During winter, check in between the pads for balls
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