Taking care of any pet is not just fun and games all the time. Being a responsible pet owner means committing to showering it with attention and care as much as they need it. Depending on the pet it can be time-consuming but also very rewarding. Being loved unconditionally by your pet is one of the best feelings in the world. A well taken care of animal will reciprocate by cheering you up whenever you are feeling down.
Pitbulls are no different. They have a bad reputation with some people considering them to be a violent and dangerous dog breed but this is not the case. They are simply very energetic and will rarely stay still throughout the whole day. They are also relatively susceptible to training and can be taught various tricks which is why they make great police dogs. A Pitbull can become a great companion if you treat it well. But what exactly can you do to provide your Pitbull with an environment in which they will thrive and grow healthy?
Any pet should be getting only quality food from its owner. Because Pitbulls are very energetic dogs, their diet should accommodate that. A good balance of protein and carbohydrates is a must to making sure your Pitbull is getting all of the needed nutrients. For the best brands of dog food check out this list of best food for Pitbulls.
Pitbulls burn a lot of calories during the day due to their heightened activity so by giving it less than the required amount of food daily you risk it becoming malnourished and losing crucial muscle mass. Adult Pitbulls have a requirement of around 1500 calories intake a day, divided between two even meals. To check how many grams that is read the label on the dog food packaging.
Pitbulls need a lot of exercise so they are not good dogs for people who are too busy during the day to provide them with enough playtime. At least one hour outside every day is recommended. If you are a jogger you can even take them with you on the run to keep you company. Other activities you can do are playing catch or taking it to a dog park to socialize with other dogs.
A Pitbull that doesn’t have an outlet for releasing its energy will become restless and can exhibit destructive tendencies. They will not feel comfortable with an owner who isn’t playful with them. Just giving it a toy is not enough, you need to actively spend time with your pet daily.
You should also train your Pitbull so that you can control it when playing outside. A Pitbull that is running around isn’t normally dangerous but it can easily scare others. Fortunately, Pitbulls are easily taught and you should have no problem with teaching it basic commands like ‘stay’ or ‘come’, especially if you start when the Pitbull is still a puppy. Training is also a great way to bond with your pet.
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