The dogs that come into our care are crate
trained immediately after being transferred
to foster care. We use large and extra-large wire crates.
Our favorite is Life
Stage dog crate - Model 1648 Size: 48 L x 30
W x 36 H" and Model 1642 Size: 42 L x 26 W x 28 H".
You can find those crates at a reasonable price in Missouri.
Dog Supplies in KCKS.
are den animals - A crate is a safe den. Wolves "crate"
their youngsters when they go on a hunt by keeping them in the
den. Leaving the pups free to roam at will would mean a sure death.
The den is a safe place that assures the survival of the pack.
By crating our dogs, we only imitate a natural behavior impregnated
in their genetic make-up.
The crate however, should never be used for punishment. It is
used when the puppy or adult cannot be properly supervised and
therefore should only be used in a positive aspect. Keeping toys
and treats in the crate will help assuring the dogs enjoy their
time. Eventually, your pet will consider the crate as a “den”
and will go in it on its own for rest or for solitude. Many people
prefer large or extra-large "wire" crates for their
Pit Bulls. Dogs feel less confined in a wire crate and able to
stretch. Collapsible crates can easily be moved from room to room.
crating is a great way to housebreak a pet. By instinct, dogs
will not eliminate in the area in which they sleep. (This is if
they can help it. Sometimes a dog cannot control his bowel movements
due to intestinal parasites or other circumstances. Make sure
you have a veterinarian examine your dog if they are repeatedly
having bowel movements in their crate before concluding that it
is a behavior problem.)
When housebreaking a dog, it is recommended to start off by having
a crate that does not allow “too much” room for your
pet. If you have a large crate, you can section off areas with
dividers. If there is more space in the crate than the comfortable
length of your dog, then there is too much space. Again, this
applies only "if you are trying to housebreak". Too
much space gives the dog the chance to use a corner of the crate
for elimination. By having just enough space to sleep comfortably,
your dog will try to hold it longer. This gives the puppy the
knowledge that he has the ability to hold it for periods of time
and that he doesn't have to eliminate whenever he has the urge.
Remember that a puppy does not have the same organ development
and bowel control that an adult has and needs to be taken outside
more often than an adult. Make sure to take the dog to the same
area in your yard so that he/she can smell where they have eliminated
before. That way, they can understand better what you are asking
of them. Remember to praise the dog enthusiastically when they
do what they were asked to do. Restrict food and water according
to indications on bag. With a good routine planned out, your crate
can be a very effective tool for housebreaking.
a responsible Pit Bull owner, you should be aware that a crate
is essential to a happy household if you have other pets.
You should never leave your Pit Bull out with other animals
when you are not there to supervise. It is well known that
Pit Bulls can and most likely will develop a certain degree
of animal aggression at some point in their life. Fights can
happen with every breed, but Pit Bulls were bred to never
quit. If you are not there to break up a potential fight,
you could come home to a devastating situation. By crating
while away, you are assured that your pets will be safe and
happy when you return. If you have a dog that is known to
be animal-aggressive and you have other pets, you don’t
have to send him to the pound! Just use the crate and rotation
routine for your pets. Let out one or more non-aggressive
animals at certain times and then give the other pets a chance
out at other times. With a simple change in routine life,
you can keep ALL of your pets and have them in a loving and
crate is there to make your relationship with your pet a happy
and successful one. You can avoid the need to correct your dog
if he has done nothing wrong during your absence. You can save
that time for positive activities such as play or training. You
won’t have to come home to a house that has been chewed
on, pooped on, and thoroughly destroyed and your dog will not
end up relinquished to the back yard. Voila! Peace of mind for
Pit Bulls are very strong and we bred to have a high pain tolerance
level, especially in the neck area. They need solid and sturdy
collars that wont break under tension. We recommend a leash and
collar of good quality material such as nylon or leather. Whatever
material it is, make sure that it can withstand the strength of
your Pit Bull. It would be terrible if you couldn't hold your
dog back from a dangerous situation simply because you didn't
have the proper tool. Do NOT use snap-lock collars with
a Pit Bull - Two-Ply Nylon or leather buckle collars are recommended.
work like magic with strong powerful dogs that pull hard
on the leash. We highly recommend them as they help establish
positive leadership and provide good control. Remember that
a well behaved Pit Bull in public will help improve the
image of the breed. We suggest using a regular collar in
addition to the GL until the dog is used to it. GL collars
should only be used when the dog is on-leash. More info Here
leash should be wide, strong, and not too long (4 to 6 feet).
Leashes with an additional loop added on about a foot up from
the collar clip, allowing you to hold your dog close to you when
you see danger ahead are recommended.
Never use a retractable leash for a Pit Bull
(or in fact, any dog). They are way too long, are weak, and do
not give you proper control when in public situations.
key to being a responsible Pit Bull owner is foreseeing problems
BEFORE they occur! The only way to make other people see that
Pit Bulls are good dogs is to put our dogs in situations where
they cannot fail! Please do not use tough looking devices such
as “junkyard chain” and spike collars to walk your
Pit Bull in public. The goal of every responsible and caring owner
should be to change the public image of Pit Bulls as being kind
and gentle dogs who deserve to live in our homes and communities.
DIET, VACCINATION AND PARASITE MANAGEMENT
Many Pit Bulls are prone to mild skin problems and allergies.
We have found that "Lamb & Rice formulas" work
best for this breed and prevent skin irritations. The dogs in
our program are fed "Nutro Natural Choice" Lamb &
Rice formula, or "Diamond" Lamb & Rice Formula.
dogs are given ivermectin (heartworm prevention) once a month
and Frontline in season. For more info about heartworms please
read this excellent
article written by one of our volunteers.