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regina - 2010-05-28
I have a red nose pit. I got her about 6 months ago. I don't know much about the people who had her but she starts shaking every time a man gets around her. It took my husband babying her nonstop for her to trust him enough to let him be around her. But with me and my daughter and granddaughter she is fine. Does this mean that a man has abused her in the past and what can I do for her so she isn't so scared all the time?

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  • Brett Jeffares - 2010-07-24
    Hey regina my wife and I have a 2 1/2 yr rescue red nose and when she first came home to us pretty much any time I looked at her she cower between my wife's feet and pee on the floor, and that told me right away that she had been abused by a man. Your girl sounds like she was abused too and that's very sad. I have found that when it is just myself and our rescue "Brandy" at home she is very loving and caring towards me but when my wife and son are home she tends to be rather timid towards me. I have been talking to several breeders of both reds and blues, and they all keep telling the same thing if one of these beautiful animals has been abused by either a male or female they will always remember that, and be very cautious around them. The only other thing I can say is encourage your husband and any other close male friends or family to give your girl all the love and attention in the world and to never ever raise their voice in an aggressive manner towards her or any of the children in the household. Say "NO TO BSL" "BAN THE DEED NOT THE BREED" LOVE YOUR PITTIES AND HUG THEM EVERYDAY!
  • Jasmine - 2011-07-03
    I am sorry this happened to your dog, but yes it does mean she was abused by a man in the past. Your husband should give her treats and toys every time he wants to be with her, so she associates good things happen when a man comes near her. This may take a while, but she should start feeling more comfortable around your husband, or any other man.
    Hope this helped,
    Jasmine
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jennie - 2011-06-24
I have an english bull terrier got him about 9 wks old, goes through the night without any mess. He hates plants in pots!!! Loves the kids. The best choice we have ever made. He is now about 15 wks old, loves going for walks. He is just so funny, (smokey jokey is a blokey).

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-24
    Glad you are enjoying him - sounds great for your family.
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Debbie Danner - 2010-12-06
My Westie is 6 years old and recently started having problems walking when I took him outside to go potty. I called him inside and he had trouble moving his back legs. Today he had problems moving his front legs. It is really cold about 20 degrees. I'm really worried. Please rsvp.

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-12-07
    Does he have trouble moving his legs while indoors where it is not so cold? I would advise taking him to a vet.
  • Betty - 2011-06-07
    Westies are prone to arthiritis. Do you have a regular vet? Ask him/her about this medicine called Rimadyl. My Westie takes it at mealtime, Its a small pill so i give her half in the morning and the other half at night. This drug is meant to drug for provide comfort for dogs with arthritis. Routine monitoring should be done while on any medication. My Westie is almost 13 years old and she is still trotting around like the best in town! She has bouts of stiffness- I do notice that when its cold outdoors it gets extra sensitive. My vet said that it can be because of the quick transfer of warm and cozy indoors to very cold outside. They pee and poop in the oddest positions and the instant warm to cold may stiffen up. Have a sweater for outdoors but take it off inside.
    Good luck,
    Betty
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Josh Elkins - 2009-08-26
I have owned several apbt's. I now have 2, 1 is 3 months and the other is a year old. Both are seal colored with white paws and white chest. They are my life. I spend as much time as I can with them. Guess u could say they are like my best friends. We do a lot together.. take walks, go to the park, go to the lake. They always make me smile, especially when they are playing together. My 3 month old tried to act as tough as my year old and he slings her all over the place lol. It's cute, but anyway apbt is a great breed. I wouldnt have it any other way... DONT HATE THE BREED.

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  • evy - 2010-06-03
    Hi,
    I was wondering if you had any tips on how to train a pit bull. I have one who is about 6 or 7 months. I still can't get her to stop nipping and she has destroyed a lot things in the house. I'm not sure if putting her in a crate when I leave the house will help or what I should do.
  • Cassandra - 2011-05-18
    Hi, I have a pit I got from Stray Rescue. He is about a year and a half old. He is crate trained to the point where all I have to say is "Crate" and he runs to his crate and sits, waiting for his treat and his quiet time (when we're gone). I highly recommend crate training because you never know what your dog could get in to, eat, etc.. while you're gone. There's all sorts of things in your house your dog could get hurt by: chocolate, household chemicals, kids toys, just to name a few. It's really important that the crate is a good place for them and not a punishment (ie don't put the dog in there when he/she has been bad). Petey loves going into his crate. As for the nipping, if you are playing and get bit it's important to say NO and stop playing immediately, that way he/she knows that you are serious and that biting you will stop playtime. That's what we did with Petey, and when we play he is fierce but gentle if his teeth touch my skin he will not bite down. Remember if he/she does something they're not supposed to do you have to scold them while they're in the act, not later on (they live in the moment). Be a pack leader and a strong but loving "parent" (pretty much) and I'm sure you'll get the response you're looking for! Hope this helps!
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EVE - 2011-04-20
We had adopted a wonderful Bully. Soon we saw that he had skin allergies .
We took him to the vet , she determined that he had yeast infection , along with allergies. She prescribed antibiotics and anti fungal meds. he was on them for 4 weeks. We also wiped his paws with vinegar water when entering the house. Also special medicated shampoo twice a week.
The meds made him nauseous at times and he lost some of his appetite.
Now he is free of problems and give him a table spoon plain yogurt to replenish his good bacteria. His appetite returned as well.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-20
    Glad all worked out OK. Somehow we get more attached to our pets when a few things go wrong and we work through them. I am glad for you. Good luck.
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Anonymous - 2011-04-12
I have an 8 month old female bull terrier who is constantly chewing the furniture and carpet. We have tried teething bones, hooves, kongs, etc, to keep her busy to no avail.
Any tips?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
    I had a doberman pup that would eat anything and everything. I tried everything I could think of to no avail. I took her to a trainer and my pup, Tara, was returned home to me in 2 days and no chewing ANYTHING. The trainor took Tara into her home and used car keys. Everytime Tara went to chew on something, the trainor would throw the keys somewhere close to the dog. She never threw the keys at the dog and certainly never hit the dog. She just threw the keys close to where the dog was going to chew. She told me to just get some old keys and put them on a chain and when Tara went to get at something not allowed - shake the keys. I just carried the keys around on my belt and when Tara went to eat my sofa, or my shoes etc, I shook the keys. Tara would stop cold. Tara actually ate the linoleum off the floor. I have heard a soda can with pennies in it will accomplish the same thing but soda cans are big to carry around. No harm in trying it. But you do not want to hit the dog. Throw the keys at the sofa or at a wall but not the pup. Hope it works for you - let us know.
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anita - 2011-03-16
I too love my cairn.... his name is Lucky and I'm also lucky to have him.

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Joy - 2011-02-22
Is that beautiful dog for sale? How old is he or she? The dog looks pretty young and I was wondering if it was still a puppy or was a miniature sized Westie? I live in CO and need some advice on where to get a Westie and a Scottie? Please advise!

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ed - 2011-01-19
I have a 10 year old white male - for the last 48 hours - he won't eat, will try to drink water but throws up. Can still urinate but he's getting a little weak. This happens at least once a year. We got him from the rescue. Is there anything I can do?

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wayne bolton - 2010-10-19
Got a 5yr old english all white
diagnosed with heart murmur
always hangs back on walks
brings up bile flem foam constantly when walking
trouble breathing during walks coughing cant eat treats
this is getting worse
anyone any ideas?

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  • cindy - 2010-10-28
    my sons dog was doing the same thing 1400.00 dollars later we found out his food was making him throw up. went to pet store and got wild meat in vegies bone mixture.(they come in pattie form) the throwing up has stopped he is gaining his weight back try this it worked for us.
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