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amber - 2011-11-02
I have a 10 month old bull terrier who eats everything and never stops. He jumps on everyone and just won't ever calm down. He also eats everything he can put in his mouth. I am thinking of obediance classes and neutering him. Which should I do first?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-02
    Neuter or obediance - I would neuter the pup first and they are good to go in a couple of days. So I would make an appointment for neuter and sign up for obedience classes right away. 10 months old is a pup and they are high activity dogs and will calm down but will probably be more like 18 months to 2 years before CALM. Obediance classes are great for this pup both training and socialization. The bull terrier is not any easy pup to crate train either so constant supervision is pretty much required. A trainer taught me to throw keys and yell 'NO' when my dog was doing something wrong. You don't throw the keys at the dog just at a chair or ground or anywhere close to the pup so there is a large noise and the yell 'NO'. It startles them and reinforces the 'NO'. By the time you get to the dog and the shoe the dog is eating - it is too late. So if you are sitting there and see poor behavior a big 'NO' and throw the keys. It worked great for me.
  • Morgan - 2013-09-26
    It's just what bull terriers do I've found out lately with my new one. Walk them regularly, treat them like children (if they jump on you completely ignore them and turn away till they stop, if they chew, buy a crate, not a fancy one.. It too will be eaten, expect it.. Bones, lots of bones, not raw hides.. And what I have found to be cheap and affective.. Get a large gallon jug and stuff treats in it, leave the lid off, and wa la!! The noise is quite annoying but it's better than chewed up stuff. Also, get your dog on a routine, lots of walks and lots of playtime!! This is what made be be able to manage my first bull terrier and keep her out,of trouble.
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Morgan - 2013-09-12
I have recently been given a one year old bull terrier. Her previous owner left her outside and hardly spent any time with her. I have always been a big fan of the breed and I have been doing an insane amount of research. Where I live I have no yard so she stays inside 100% of the time. I walk her every day and let her run around in our community dog run. She is been great inside.. Besides the fact she eats everything in sight. No matter what it is, she eats it. We have lost keyboards, headphones, tv remotes, playstation controllers, hair brushes, movies, you name it. We try to keep as much as we can out of reach but something's are impossible. I keep her on a leash almost the entire day just so I can watch her. I've bought bones and chews but she eats them in a day. I'm on a very tight budget so buying a big bulk of chews is out of the question. What can I do to reduce her chewing on our things? I'm not giving up on her but my boyfriend is on his last leg with her and I want to show him she can be a good dog and she can be trusted. I just have no idea were to start. I'm willing to put all the time I can, I just can't afford a lot of extra things.. Please, please help me.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-12
    She sounds like a great dog! but is still in that energetic part of life where chewing is essential. You can consider crate training. It is a great way to keep from giving the dog the run of the house, and dogs trained properly will get to where they really appreciate their own space. It does require that you spend dedicated time with you pup, playing activities then followed with 'time out'. It also gives you more control over what she can have to chew on, until she gets past this energetic time of  uncontrollable chew urges.
  • Morgan - 2013-09-24
    I have her a crate now and it has made a world of difference! Also, another thing I have discovered on my own that works miracles... Home made dog treats stuffed in a large ozarka plastic bottle.. The sound is annoying but it keeps her attention for hours.. Yes, hours. And it's free! We have not had anymore chewed up items since!
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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-19
    Oh my gosh! what a little cutie:) Thanks for sharing.
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Jim - 2012-09-24
I know feeding dogs table food is a no-no BUT what about fruits & vegies? We have given our dog carrots, lettuce, pieces of cucomber and fruit.

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  • Anonymous - 2013-08-05
    I bet that's fine. We feed our Golden veggies all the time.
  • Jim - 2013-09-04
    BUT he does not like strawberries and will just lick cantaloupe.
  • Cathy - 2013-09-17
    Fruits and veggies are good for dogs, generally. However, there are some that are poisonous or otherwise not good for them. Grapes/raisins, avocado, chocolate, walnuts, brazil nuts, apple seeds (don't let them chew the core), peach pits, garlic, onions.... just to name some. Look for a complete list online just to be sure.
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Anonymous - 2013-09-17
I have a beautiful, friendly and so loving long haired Chihuahua named Jack. Who says you shouldn't get a Chihuahua if you have small children? I challenge that. I have young children. As an adult and mother, you should carefully supervise their play as with anything children do. I don't see why you can't have a chi around children. Jack adores my 6, 5, and 2 yr old. He lays with them until they are all sleeping. Jack loves to be rubbed and petted by all of them. He also loves to snuggle and be hugged. It is the cutest thing to look at. Of course he is later moved to his bed as well as the children. Jack loves to be around the kids. I haven't seen him being aggressive towards one child over another. I feel as long as you supervise and teach the children how to be gentle, it can work out. It really depends on their personality too. Jack gets a lot of attention from all of us. He's the sweetest puppy ever!

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brenda beere - 2013-09-16
Leo, our 2yr old longhaired chihuahua was scratching more than usual & we could feel scabby lumps on his skin. On the local vets advice we are bathing him in Malaseb Shampoo. He has stopped scratching & the scabby bits have gone. but now, when being brushed he waves & arches his back & is also rolling about on the carpet quite a bit. does anyone know what this is all about?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-16
    Maybe he's just enjoying having his skin feel good again:)
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liezl - 2013-09-15
I have a 4 year old bull terrier male. Very loving and spoiled! We got an 8 week old femal bull terrier 5 days ago, and our male usually doesn't like other dogs! I have been indroducing him to her by putting her on my lap and letting him smell her. He sniffs her and his tail is wagging, he seems happy, but I can't put the puppy on the floor then he wants to jump on her. Or when she barks at him and growls he looks pretty upset and looks as if he wants to go for her. What can I do about this? And must I wait until she is about 7 months to stand her ground before I leave them to see if they will bite or play with each other?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-16
    Sounds like they are still getting to know each other, but they are well on their way to being good friends. How cool is that!
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Bobbie - 2013-08-28
I just got a long haired chi. She will be 4 yrs in NOVEMBER. The HUMANE SOCIETY took him from his previous owner for abuse. She is the sweetest thing. I've had her two weeks. She is so afraid of every noise and movement. She loves to sit by or on me now. I've heard her bark once and it was so quiet and little. I laughed but she was telling me someone was at my door. She is potty trained. She gets on my lap and scratches at me when she wants to go out. Sweetest dog EVER!!

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  • Jim - 2013-09-04
    Ours barks at every sound. There are some words/names we have to actually spell out otherwise he will go nuts. He always goes on the puppy pad we lay down then he will run out and look at one of us then 'RALPH' but not bark to let us know he did his business. He loves just sitting outside in the sun and he does not care how hot it is outside...he just wants to sit outside.
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Joyce Holt - 2013-08-30
My little Chihuahua was only 3-4 weeks old when my daughter bought her. They sold her as a teacup, then when she got her home and put her down she couldn't walk and had no teeth, so she decided to take her to the Vet. That's when she found out her true age. So she fed her with a syringe until she was big enough to eat soft food. That was 3 years ago, she gave her to me 2 1\2 years ago and we are as close as we can be, she's my baby.

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Jonathan Seer - 2009-09-18
Japanese Chins no matter what they eat have a digestive tract designed to process animal products ONLY. Try to avoid soy, corn, and gluten. Millions of humans suffer from the horrible condition known as ciliac disease from eating this, so what do you think it does to a Japanese Chin?  If Corn and the often included gluten are so bad for us humans, it's can be toxic, life-threatening to Japanese Chins - thus they're much shorter than usual lifespan.

Soy is a huge reason why dogs in general have so many skin conditions and infections and Japanese Chins are particularly susceptible. Soy isoflavins are 'estrogen precursors' and dog food companies KNOW this, but don't care, because it's a super cheap way to bulk up dog food. Isoflavens, being estrogen related compounds, play havoc with a Japanese Chin's reproductive system, and help make them far more suseptable to reproductive illnesses, because they're hormones will be way out of balance.

IDEALLY, being a carnivore, Japanese Chins should have a diet consisting of meat by products, bone by products, bones, meat, animal organs. They'll eat lots of other things, but unless it's animal based, they won't be able to digest it, and quite often be hypersensative to plant compounds that are perfectly fine for humans.

I'm an owner of many chins for several years, and NONE of mine EVER get sick. The only reason they've ever gone to the vet is for shots. They do NOT have skin problems, NO breathing problems, NO knee problems and so on and so on - and it's because I feed them the way carnivores should be fed.

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  • Kelly - 2010-02-26
    Your comments make a lot of sense. I have a japanese chin and dont want to feed him processed pet food. What do you recomend a good homemade "carnivores" diet should be?
  • Kiyo - 2010-11-26
    So what do carnivores eat or what do you exactly feed them, I have a 6 years old
    chin and I am trying to figure out what exactly to feed him.
  • raven - 2013-03-29
    I have a chin mix, who will not eat dog food.When she was younger it was real hard to keep her sugar and weight up. But her vet said to feed her fish. She is thriving now. :) but she still will not touch dog food or store bought dog treats.
  • Helen - 2013-04-22
    Can you tell me what you feed your chins we have a 5 month old pup and have been feeding him eukanuba small breed puppy food as recommended by the breeder but he has become bored of this so we have given him chicken ,salmon ,mackerel,sardines and turkey but feel he needs a high quality cibble to achieve a balanced diet and healthy coat please help
  • Priscilla Anderen - 2013-08-23
    I just got a 3 year old Chin, and he is very selective as to food. The breeder said he was eating Pedigree dry food, but he has refused to eat it for me. Then I was told to try can with the dry. He ate some, but still is not eating well. What kind of food do you suggest, and can they really eat carrots and green beans? Please advise me by email.
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