Sunday, November 4, 2012

Bulldog Poems

The Blood of A Champion

He may be a large dog or may be small,
He will fight one dog or fight them all,
He will give you all he has to give,
It's the only way he wants to live.
He has earned the respect of poor men and kings,
He has fought in the open, in pits and in rings.
He has fought the wolverine, the bull and the bear,
For his own life he has not a care.
He will not cower, he will not cry,
For to be called a cur he would rather die.
A cur and a fighter are not the same,
A cur is a quitter but a fighter is game.

We don't force him to fight, he can quit at anytime,
But it's not a bulldog that stand the line.
When men speak of bulldogs, the words that fit are those like courage, stamina and grit.

In the pit he is powerful, fierce and wild,
But at home, he will sleep with the smallest child.
He knows not the meaning of a word called quit,
He lives on a chain, but longs for the pit.

The blood of a champion flows in his veins,
He can stand the heat, he can stand the pain.
If it comes to the scratch, he'll make the run,
When he hears his master cry "Go get em', son!"

- Floyd Boudreaux



Dead Game

I wasn't bred for looks,
I was bred to bang,
I wasn't bred for size,
I was bred for the game,
I wasn't bred for color,
I was bred to be game,
My offspring is game,
And I expect the same.

- Albany Lou


Good Pit Dog

He is a pit bull, brindle and white,
A fast head dog with an even bite,
He can take his punishment and not mind it a bit,
For he'll always scratch and stay in the pit.
It takes him no time to finish the rat,
He stays with a badger, has no mercy for cats.
He's one of my best and he's game to the core,
He'll toe the scratch, I can ask no more.
He has no fear for whatever he faces,
Disposition is good and his looks are aces.
He's one of those dogs that money can't buy,
I'll keep him a lifetime, until he does die.
But before then he'll fight for me many a time,
Make me proud of his winnings, bring me many a dime.
He'll uphold the name of our pet dog, all right,
For he's not a show dog, but one that'll fight.
And that's what we want, dogs that are game,
Wherever you take them, they'll bring you no shame.
They need not to be handsome, nor good for the show,
But just good pit dogs, rarin' to go.

- Dawnrest


A keen dog, a lean dog, a wild dog and lone,
A rough dog, a tough dog, hunting on his own.
A bad dog, a mad dog, teasing running keep,
Howling under the moon, to keep wild souls from sleep.

He'll never be a house dog, sniffing smelly feet,
A sleek dog, a week dog, begging for his meat.
Not for him the warm heat, the fine filled bowl,
Closing door, wild ground, and dig and run and roll.

Not for him the other dogs, running by his side,
Some have run a little while, but all of them will hide.
He is still the lone trail, the tough trail, the best,
Whistling wind, wild stars, the hunger of the quest.

- Dawnrest


Betrayal

Today in the pit, I did meet my match,
But my legs are broken and I can't make the scratch.
Please pick me up now so I can fight another day,
But money and pride has got in the way.

You know I can't win as I let out a battle cry,
Looks like this pit is where I will die.
Look into my eyes did I not give my best?
But you knew that already when you did the game test.
This is for all the game bulldogs that never gave up,
Your masters betrayed you for fear of loosing buck.


Farewell to The Game

I have grown old in the game of life,
I will retire to the kennel, for I have fought my last fight.
But I have fought from Canada to the Mexico line,
And no dog has ever heard me whine.
When the fight was against me, it can never be said,
That smuggler backed off and hung his head.
Yes, I am proud of my record, I am proud of my name,
And those who have known me will say I was game.
But now I am old, I am feeble and grey,
My fighting days are over, I have changed my way.
I will take a long rest that I so badly need,
And in the comforts of the kennel, I will sow my seed.
So my son's may carry on the name which I bear,
For no dog can say but what I fought was fair.
But I've fought my last fight, I have heard my last gong.
I've done some good, I've done some wrong.
So now I bid you a kind goodnight,
From your old friend Smuggler, the bull that would fight.

- F.L.Y.

Ode to Ratler

Ol' Rattler the pit bull was one helluva dog,
Watched the house like a hawk, took rides on my hog.
He never knew a muzzle or chain,
Behind a wood fence was his private domain.
He barked at strangers that came too near, 
Others he watched, they had nothing to fear.
More than a guard dog, he was my friend,
But an ignorant neighbor brought his life to an end.
Fed him some poison meant for a rat,
Cops said, "there's nothing we can do about that".
Now I'm selling my home and leaving this town,
But I'll be back to find the one who brought Ratler down.

- Dawnrest 



Big Blue comes in growling, he's thrashin' round wild;
not bred of Grand Champions, just taunted till riled.

Ol' Blackie sits there patient, tail wagging with glee,
cause he'd done some rollin' and known how it'll be.

Washed down and toweled; the time, it drew near.

Big Blue's looking vicious, he has fifteen pounds,
but black dog just sat there, staring him down.

When the moment came, both exploded out their corners, 
and met in the middle, but an inch towards Blue's owner.

Blackie was quicker, but Blue had a bite,
that black dog took a beatin', near and inch of his life.

Fifteen minutes went buy, most thought it was done; 
but a few in the crowd saw the table had spun.

Big Blue got winded and the black one, he knew;
caught Blue by the shoulder, his vigor renewed.

Blue quickly turned, cold fear in his eyes,
so back to their corners to give scratchin' a try.

Blue came in charging and easy to read,
when Black saw him comin', his tail doubled the speed.

Black took what he'd learned and held to it that night,
by twenty-three minutes, it was no longer a fight.

Ol' Blackie went home, one under his belt;
big Blue, well he went with the cards he was dealt.

That black dog proved game, the blue not so much;
like all of his kind, just overgrown mutts.


The Brindle Dog 

There once lived an overgrown kid near our lot,
Who owned a large mongrel whose name that I forgot.
The boy was a bully, his dog was the same,
And they both used their size to play a mean game.

All the kids in the neighborhood feared this tough nut,
As the house dogs for blocks feared this over sized mutt.
Toy Poodles, Collies, or Terrier who were small,
Made no difference, the big cur could handle them all.

The pair soon were famous, their game they played well,
For they had every dog near the tracks cut to hell.
One day, a new family took a house down the street,
they owned a trim brindle dog with a white blaze and white feet.

His eyes were quite small, his muzzle looked strong,
His low carried tail was fine pointed, not long.
He carried himself with a confident air,
On the street he'd pass dogs as if they were not there.

A few telltale scars on his shoulders and head,
told a mute story better than if it was red.
Fifty pounds of spring steel, he was quick as a cat,
And he'd fight if he had to at the drop of a hat.

Then one day in spring down by kids hut,
The big bully came, and behind him his mutt.
The two dogs stood rigid and to my surprise,
The yellow cur was twice the brindle dog's size

The big dog moved in, but his jaws snapped on air,
The thing he had lunged at, well it just wasn't there.
A clever side step had avoided his jump,
Something clamped on his throat, he went down with a thump.

He tried to break loose, he was fighting in fear,
His head, it was pounding, couldn't see, couldn't heart.
His wind was cut off, he was beaten and through,
And the big kid astonished, he had enough too.

When they got Brindle off, Yellow got to his feet,
And with a tail between his legs, weakly went down the street.
Now I wonder if anyone reading this creed,
Could you tell me what was this brindle dog's breed?

- J.R. LeManquais


Dog Fight

It's not the size of the dog in the fight,
It's the size of the fight in the dog.

- Dwight D. Elsenhower


The Pit Bulldog

There's a mighty creature on the prowl,
They don't bark much and seldom growl.
Can crush a bone with the slam of it's mouth,
You can find them East, West, North and South.
When you face them off and let them go,
The fight will last until one can go no more.
Unless you have a cur, and there's a lot around,
A good dogman will put these in the ground.
No other dog can stand the pain,
But a good pit bull has his claim to fame.
Some stay in the corner and won't cross that line,
Because the mighty pit bull is one of a kind.
We must stand by our dogs, united as we all should know,
Because the future holds more matches and we all love a good show.
I'm a new comer and this is true,
But I'm into the dogs deep, just like the rest of you.
If we meet in the pit, let's all remain friends,
Because we're all pit bull lovers until the very damn end.

- Howard B.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Interview With Ed Crenshaw

Here's a great recording interview with Ed Crenshaw: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4l6-SX2qgs It has four parts to it and is pretty long but well worth it. I listened to all of it and really enjoyed it and hope you do too. This specific Youtube channel has a lot of good videos on it, highly recommend it to any American Pit Bull Terrier enthusiast or owner of the breed.

Monday, July 16, 2012

American Pit Bull Terrier Glossary

Information stated below all belongs to "This Is The American Pit Bull Terrier" by Richard F. Stratton.

American Dog Breeders Association: A registry that has existed since 1889 and caters only to the American Pit Bull Terrier. Unlike the United Kennel Club, it has not denounced pit contests.

American Staffordshire Terrier: The show counterpart of the American Pit Bull Terrier. The breed was formerly known as the Staffordshire Terrier, but the "American" was later added to emphasize that this breed had developed along lines different from those of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

Ban Dog: A term used at one time for Bulldogs and Mastiffs. It has since been used for a newly created breed that was founded by crossing a Pit Bull with an Italian Mastiff.

Bat Ears: Erect ears, rounded at the top.

Breaking stick: A wedge-shaped stick used to "break" the hold of a Pit Bull in a fight.

Catchweight: A heavyweight, any dog over 52 pounds pit weight.

Buckskin: A very light fawn coloration (The term "fawn" is rarely used as a color designation by Pit Bull fanciers.)

Butterfly Nose: A type of "dudley nose" in which there are some spots of pigment on the nose.

Catch dog: A dog that is used for catching wild boar and rough cattle. Such dogs are especially usefull in brushy uneven terrain in which it is impractical to attempt to rope the animals. To my knowledge, no dog other than the Pit Bull has ever been successful in this occupation.

Chain Weight: The normal weight of a dog in a kennel, on a chain or (for house pets) in the house.

Chinese Fighting Dog: A strange-looking dog, weighing about 50 pounds. This breed was obviously put together with traits that were assumed to be useful in a fight. The dog has a tough hide, a dense "inpenetrable" coat, loose skin (to allow it to turn and seize any dog that has hold of it), and huge curved fangs. The editors of a humane society once said that the Chinese Fighting Dog looked like it belonged in a zoo, but they pronounced it "the best of the worst" and gleefully predicted the end of the Pit Bull. As it turned out, the breed was mere "cannon fodder" for the Pit Bull.

Cur: Two meanings: 1. Any dog of any breed other than a Pit Bull, and 2. Any dog (including Pit Bulls) that are not deeply game.

Cur out: To demonstrate a lack of gameness, to quit.

Dudley nose: A flesh-colored nose. (Note that this is absolutely not the same thing as a red nose!)

Full Drop Ears: Ears that hang down all the way (like those of Colby's Pinscher).

Game Test: To ascertain the depth of a dog's gameness by rolling him until he is so tired and thirsty he can hardly stand, then allowing him to prove his gameness by scratching to a fresh dog.

Keep: Another pit term that refers to the "training camp" of a Pit Bull that has been matched. A "keep" usually consists isolating a dog from all possibly stimuli and keeping him quiet except during his exercise periods.

Natural Ears: Uncropped ears. About half the American Pit Bull Terriers have uncropped ears, and most owners are erratic about whether ears should be cropped.

Old Family: A family of pit dogs that was imported from Ireland in the latter half of the last century. Examples of strains that were founded upon the Old Family were the Colby, Feeley, Lightner and Corvino bloodlines.

Old Family Reds: A segment of the Old Family Red strain that when kept pure showed a red (or copper colored) nose.

Pied: White with tan patches (with perhaps some darker colors mixed in). (Riptide Belle would be an example of a pied-colored dog).

Pit Weight: The fighting weight of a pit dog. The dogs brought down to their most efficient weight for pit contests.

Red: The term "red" is used to refer to nearly and share of fawn except very light ones.

Red Nose: A copper-colored nose usually shown by members of the Old Family Red Nose strain. (This nose coloration is also shown occasionally by dogs of other strains.)

Roll: A practice or training bout.

Scratch: A method by which a dog must demonstrate his gameness in a pit contest. The scratch consists of a dog's specified count, which varies somewhat depending upon the rules of the match.

Scratch Line: A line drawn diagonally across the corner of the pit over which the dog to scratch must not be placed before being released.

Staffordshire Bull Terrier: The English Show version of the Pit Bull. It has been developed along different lines from the American Staffordshire Terrier, being smaller and having a squat appearance.

Spring Pole: A device for exercising a Pit Bull. It involves a hide attached to a heavy spring or a sapling pole that the dog can jump up and grab.

Tosa: A large (up to 140 pounds) breed of Japanese fighting dog. It looks like a cross between a Pit Bull and a Mastiff.

Treadmill: A device for running a dog in place. The two main types are carpet mills and slat mills.

Turn: A pit term that refers to a dog's turning his head and shoulders away from his opponent. The various sets of rules differ somewhat in describing a turn. Some define and turn away from the opponent as an official turn event if it is simply a manuever. Others specify that the dogs must be free of holds for a turn to be designated as such.

Turn Table: A type of treadmill, not too common now, that consists of a flat round surface that turns under the dog has he runs.

Tusk: Any of the four "canine" teeth. This term is an example of some of the archaic terms that persist as part of the Pit Bull culture that has been handed down through the ages.

United Kennel Club: The second largest dog registry in the country. The organization is privately owner and specializes in Coonhounds. It sponsors the American Pit Bull Terrier but discourages pit contests. 






Sunday, July 15, 2012

Dogmen's Yard's

Mountain Man's Yard















Legends Kennel's Yard















Maurice Carver's Yard













Kershner's Yard















Kerhner's Yard












Balkan Boy's Kennel















Bob Lowery's Yard
















Indian Sony's Yard














Don Mayfield's Yard















Komosinki's Yard













Saturday, May 26, 2012

Zip Lines and Cable Tie Outs

Cable tie outs are something I would never recommend for any dog. The reasons why I don't like or recommend cable tie outs are because dogs easily get tangled up, the dog can easily chew through the cable tie out and break free, they are not well built and a cable tie out is NOT a proper way to contain your dog. A tie out isn't a chain, it's a tie out. Tie outs can easily be broken. Tie outs are not a safe way to contain your dog.

Zip lines can be good and can be bad. If the zip line is properly built, it's okay to use. The zip line that would attach to your dog's collar should be a chain, not a wire. Take a look at Kershner's yard, he has all of his dogs on zip lines but the dog's collars are attached to chains:

















Kershner has a nice yard and his dogs are on nice setups and have plenty of room to get around. Take a look at Keystone's yard too, look at his setup that he has for his dogs:

















Photos used in this blog:
http://i428.photobucket.com/albums/qq8/princess-tara/1keystone_yard.jpg

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Whelping Box

A whelping box is where the female bitch and her puppies stay when they are nursing. Building your own whelping box is the best thing and the cheapest thing to do in my opinion. Whelping boxes don't have to look good to be good. You do want a durable whelping box as well as a box that both the female bitch and the puppies feel comfortable in.

Here are a couple pictures of home-built whelping boxes:




































Here's some websites that you can visit that show you how to build a whelping box: http://www.mcemn.com/WB-WhelpingBox.html
http://www.mcemn.com/WB-feedback.html
http://www.ezwhelp.com/WhelpingBoxPlans.htm

Photos used in this blog:
http://www.crappie.com/crappie/attachments/georgia-off-topic-forum/20844d1222380179-free-whelping-box-regular_wbp.jpg
http://gordondyker.com/wp-admin/maint/dog-whelping-box-plans-i19.jpg

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Slat mill, Carpet mill, Treadmill

So, what's the difference between them?

Carpet mill:

* Carpet mills allow your dog to run at its own speed and the dog can stop at any time
* Carpet mills aren't as loud as slat mills are
* Carpet mills tend to not last as long as slat mills
* Depending on the dog, carpet mills tend to build muscle on dogs quicker than the slat mill. However, it depends on the dog.

Slat mill:

* Definitely worth the money and time
* The dog can run at its own speed
* Slat mills are very loud
* Slat mills last a very long time
* Slat mills are great alternative to walking/running
* Slat mills are great if you want to build confidence and muscle

Treadmill:

* Treadmills are OK. I'd rather take the dog on a good run that put it on a treadmill but that's just me. I've never had a dog that would walk/run on a treadmill, they knew they could jump or walk off the treadmill since it didn't have any side barriers.

* The dog can't walk/run at his own speed
* Treadmills aren't as loud as the others are
* Good quality treadmills cost a lot of money. Cheap ones don't last very long
* You can turn the treadmill into an e-mill

Personally, I would get a slat mill and a carpet mill. Remember: The slat mill, carpet mill and treadmill are all three total different mills and not the same whatsoever. All mills provide different results for a dog.

Breeding Stand

Some breeders use these tools called breeding stands. A breeding stand is a stand that you strap your female bitch dog to when a breeding takes place. Male dogs will usually stay in place, but sometimes female bitches will want to get away and this can be a serious problem and pose as a threat to both dogs. Never break up a tie. A breeding stand is a stand that is used to keep the female bitch in place and to keep the two dogs from fighting. A breeding stand is a completely safe tool.

If you breed dogs, you're more than likely to come across a female bitch who just will not stand or breed with a male. You can buy a breeding stand or make your own. Making your own costs a lot less money if you know how to make one.

It is perfectly fine to muzzle your female bitch while she is strapped to the breeding stand. It keeps both the male and the bitch safe.

Here are some pictures of breeding stands in use and not in use if you're wondering what a breeding stand may be:

















































Photos used in this blog:
http://www.freewebs.com/beyondredkennels/breeding%20stand%20copy.jpg
http://images03.olx.com.pk/ui/16/66/35/1321152513_279636135_1-Pictures-of--dog-breeding-stand-for-sale.jpg
http://i639.photobucket.com/albums/uu118/Bully-Empire/TEST2.jpg

Saturday, May 19, 2012

American Pit Bull Terrier Documentaries/Interviews/Yard Videos

I have watched a lot of American Pit Bull Terrier documentaries and yard videos. I'll share here some of the American Pit Bull Terrier documentaries (even though some are complete bull, I'll still list them) and yard videos that I have watched that you can also watch. There's also a few interviews that I've listed.

Documentaries/Interviews:

* Pit Bull Carnival - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGFylAS7qI8
* Don Mayfield on Conditioning Dogs - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2y1aShx9wI
* Off The Chain - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZodtkwxjHt0
* Out of The Pit - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UozSY6TNgKo
* Pit Bulls - Documentary - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI_OJe7wv6s
* Dog Fighting Undercover - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA963En60fg
* Pedigree Dogs Exposed (not necessarily a pit bull documentary, but still a documentary about show dogs) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZMegQH1SPg
* Ed Crenshaw Interview - Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4l6-SX2qgs and Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BigPa5uch7g and Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ynCnL9oybE and Part 4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu05Wnt7VsQ
* American Pit Bull Terrier History and the Art of Paper Hanging - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YQGJ6lcfHk
* Stories with Don Mayfield - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoEuEZJCiJw
* GR CH Davis' Boomerang Documentary - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCpLIgt56yE
* Tom Garner Interview - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtbtLvBS-Do

Yard Videos:

* Floyd Boudreaux Yard - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAXaeH-6634
* Pat Patrick's Yard - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P80_6oYF1QA
* Norman Hooten's Yard - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_xHfsOiJpU
* CGD Yard - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZ4iji5hMn0
* WCC Yard - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPSOYHkwDs8
* OGK Yard - Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSVfkwHK-iI and Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNcUnX5t-mc
* A Tour of Tom Garner's Kennels - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5p61-GRjrRM
* Wildside Kennel's Yard - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGsy5E_k4G8 and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JSONyAJDWI
* Joe Woodall's Yard - Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpEXjb4r3NE and Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0fNJoswjZs and Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_lYqMXemWI
* VGK Yard - Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40KyGs8x--0 and Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ti2TzA4TJzM
* Jerry Clemmon's Yard - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRla241tfyQ
* Gambler's Yard - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5uieejwLR4
* Ablizin's Yard - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVKZw0WhVnA
* STP Yard Tour - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCyD_CiZ14E
* Don Mayfield's Yard - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RoJxo_L7RRI
* Boyle's Yard - Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRMEzJKjef8 and Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IgAqAUZlMmE


I've seen many more documentaries as well as yard videos but here are just some of the ones that I have seen. You can watch some of these on Youtube.

Types of Fencing - What Height?

If you don't want to chain your American Pit Bull Terrier or kennel your American Pit Bull Terrier or for some reason can't then fencing is the next option. I've seen American Pit Bull Terriers jump over 12 foot fences. The American Pit Bull Terrier is the Houdini of the dog world. There's so many different types of fencing to choose from which is why I am going to list some of the common fences that are used and share what I think about them.

* Chain link

Chain link fencing is not a fence that I would ever recommend for anybody and the reason I say this is because we've had very bad experience with chain link fencing and I've heard so many people say the same thing. Anyone with an American Pit Bull Terrier will tell you that a chain link fence is not worth the time or the money. Chain link fences damage easily, dogs can chew through them, dogs can jump/climb them and trespassers can easily jump/climb them.

* Wood

I like and dislike the wood fence. Wood fences do rot so you do have to take care of the fence. However, if the wood fence is built right, they make wonderful fences. If they aren't built right, you have a problem and many more for the future. This goes for almost any fence, however.

* Wrought iron

Wrought iron is a fence I'd recommend for medium to large dogs depending on the size of your dog. Wrought iron fencing is a big NO for small dogs. Small dogs can easily get through the spaces in wrought iron fencing.

* Vinyl

Vinyl fencing is a good type of fencing. From what I've heard, I've never heard of a dog chewing through or climbing a vinyl fence. The best types of vinyl fencing would be any of these:


















































Be sure that you place hog wire up against the fence and alongside the ground on both sides of the fence (this goes for all types of fencing). Another great idea is to hot wire the top of the fence or install the Coyote Roller, but hot wire is your best bet.

* Picket

Picket fencing is a small type of fence. Picket fencing is ideal for a garden but not for an American Pit Bull Terrier. American Pit Bull Terriers can easily jump a picket fence.

* Bamboo

Bamboo fencing is not going to last an American Pit Bull Terrier long or any other breed for that matter. From what I've heard from other American Pit Bull Terrier owners, the bamboo fencing should not be a fence you should even be thinking about getting. Bamboo fencing may be expensive but that doesn't mean you should get it. Many people have this theory that just because something is expensive means that it's good. Bamboo fences don't usually last long with bully breeds or any other dog breed.

* Wall/concrete fencing

Wall fencing (also known as concrete fencing) is the best fencing you can have if you own an American Pit Bull Terrier. The wall fencing is my number one recommendation if you own an American Pit Bull Terrier. It's safe, indestructible, (depending on the situation, of course) and the dog can't chew through it. The taller, the better. Hot wire should be something that you should line the top of the fence with so that the dog doesn't jump/climb the fence and trespassers don't jump/climb the fence. Place hog wire up against the fence and alongside the ground like stated above.

* Aluminum/metal

Aluminum/metal fences are very similar to the wrought iron fence. I'd say about the same thing about the aluminum/metal that I said about the wrought iron fencing.

When it comes to the height of fencing, I'd go with any fence that is 10 feet or up.



Photos used in this blog:
http://www.summitfencesupply.com/vinyl-
fencing/images/Privacylexington.jpg
http://www.modernfence.com/images/pvc_vinyl_lightbox.jpg
http://fenceprova.com/vinyl/Vinyl/20.jpg
http://www.thefenceconnection.com/vinyl3.jpg

Thursday, May 17, 2012

How to Build a Chain Setup for your Pit Bull

Building a proper chain setup is important for your American Pit Bull Terrier. There are improper chain setups and there are proper chain setups. Properly chaining your dog is not cruel, improper chaining is not acceptable. This post is going to show you how to properly chain your dog.

Improper chaining:

* Never chain your dog to a tree, porch, kennel/fence, garage, etc. Never chain your dog to just "something"
* Never chain your dog anywhere where he could get tangled up or around something. Never chain your dog near a bush, tree, porch, etc. Never chain your dog where he could hang himself. Do not chain your dog close to a fence or porch because the dog could easily jump over the fence or porch and climb the fence or porch and seriously hurt or kill himself (he could hang himself)
* Never chain your dog on a cable tie-out or anything you find at a pet store. Pet store tie-outs don't last long and are not high quality
* Never attach a chain around your dog's neck and chain your dog
* Never use a choke chain or prong collar as an actual collar for your dog (this goes for everything, not just chaining)


How to properly chain your dog:

What you'll need:

* 6 lap links (3/8")
* 2 O rings
* 1 swivel (appropriate sized swivel)
* Grade 70 chain (1/2" or 1/4" or 3/8" sized chain (depends on the size of the dog) and a 12 to 20 foot chain (anywhere between 12 to 20 feet is fine)
* Car axle
* 1 axle ring
1 1/2" to 2" 4 to 5 ply dog collar (check out Shack's Working Dog Supplies for a dog collar)

The size of the chain depends on the size and strength of your dog. Puppies don't need large chains because they aren't as strong as adult dogs are. Every once in a while a chain will break but if it's a good sized/good grade of a chain, it'll last for a while. Keep in mind that chains do break so you will have to replace the chain every once in a while. The grade of the chain is more important than the size of the chain.

Here's some chain information: http://www.gopitbull.com/goldmine/11159-chain-info.html

A good sized chain is anywhere between 1/4", 3/8" and 5/16". The size of the chain should be anywhere between 12 to 20 feet long. 1/4" chains are good for keeping puppies on and a 3/8" and 5/16" chains are good chains for keeping adult American Pit Bull Terriers on.

How to build a chain setup in order up from ground up: axle - axle ring - 2 lap links (doubled) - chain - 2 lap links (doubled) - swivel (appropriate sized swivel) - 2 lap links (doubled) - 2 o rings (slipped around collar (doubled) - 2" 4 to 5 ply collar

Here's an example picture (for doubling and attaching):






















Dig a hole about 18" - 20". Put the car axle into the hole, wet the dirt until it is a muddy consistency and pour it back into the hole. It is best to wait two or three days before putting your dog on his chain spot. The top of the car axle will need to be sticking out of the ground and will need to be out of the ground enough to where you can slip an axle ring around the axle.

Provide your dog with shelter. Put the dog house where the dog can get into it, but where he can't go around it and tangle himself up. Outside dog houses should have nice bedding such as cedar shavings and wheat straw. Replace bedding once a week or more depending on how the bedding looks and feels. If the bedding is wet or dirty, replace it.

Buckets work good to keep your dog's water in but if you have a bowl tipper or you're worried about the buckets turning over, concrete dog bowls are the best for both food and water.

Clean your dog's area once or twice a day. Scoop the poop. Rake your dog's area weekly to keep him from getting tangled up or caught on something. Keep his area clean.

Attach a cow tag to your dog's collar, it helps keep the flies away from your dog.

You can also hang garlic around the dog's chain spot. Just hang a couple garlic cloves around your dog's area and it'll keep the flies away.

Fly catchers work real good too. You can put food of your own into the fly catchers and hang them around your dog's chain spot. Don't hang them where your dog's can get to them, but hang them close enough to your dog's chain spot. They work great and they keep the flies away.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Colors of the Pit Bull

American Pit Bull Terriers are a breed of dog that comes in a variety of colors. I've added images of American Pit Bull Terriers and their colors below.

* Black and white
* Brindle and white
* Solid colors (black, white, chocolate, etc)
* Chocolate and/or liver
* Red and/or red and white
* Brown and tan
* Black and tan
* Sable/smut
* Buckskin
* Seal

Black and White American Pit Bull Terrier:














Brindle and white:



















Solid colors:


















Chocolate and/or liver:






































Red:















Black and Tan:




























Sable/smut:





























Buckskin:


































Seal:

I hope you've enjoyed this blog post.

Thanks for reading!


Images used in this blog:

http://94.100.122.142/662800001-662850000/662809501-662809600/662809531_5_lCrH.jpeg
http://www.apbt.online-pedigrees.com/pictures/174932.jpg
http://www.apbt.online-pedigrees.com/pictures/273528.jpg
http://d988256.u38.infinology.net/images/gizmobig.jpg
http://d988256.u38.infinology.net/images/monkeywpaskibow.jpg
http://www.apbt.online-pedigrees.com/pictures/19268.jpg
http://www.pitbull-chat.com/gallery/files/3/5/199144883.jpg
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_YoCebtvsF2o/TAvOgEB2mXI/AAAAAAAAANE/YdjWdZLg9M8/s1600/DSC02905.JPG
http://www.workingmansdog.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Lady-Tazmaraz-1.jpg
http://www.apbt.online-pedigrees.com/pictures/58976.jpg
http://www.apbt.online-pedigrees.com/pictures/206097.jpg
http://www.apbt.online-pedigrees.com/pictures/265796.jpg
http://www.apbt.online-pedigrees.com/pictures/228106.jpg
http://www.apbt.online-pedigrees.com/pictures/129151.jpg

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kennel Setups/Dog House Setups

There's many different types of kennels you can build for your American Pit Bull Terrier. The stronger the kennel, the better. Here are some pictures of kennels so you can get an idea to build a kennel for your American Pit Bull Terrier:







































The pictures of the kennels I listed above are all nice setups. I prefer having a top over a kennel so the dog cannot climb the fence and I prefer having hog wire up against the fence and alongside the ground.

Kennel one is a nice setup, the dog has both indoors and outdoors. I like kennels that are indoors/outdoors but whether it's indoors/outdoors or not, as long as the dog has a proper kennel setup, that's all that really matters.

Kennel one is a wooden kennel. The thing about wooden kennels is that wood tends to get really hot which is why it would probably be best if you were to cover the wooden kennel ground with something along lines of hay straw or wheat straw (wheat straw would probably be best). You would have to replace this every other day.

I'd also recommend to use a better and stronger kennel for all of the kennels pictured instead of a cheap and store bought kennel from some place like Wal-Mart. The best place to buy some of the strongest kennels you can possibly buy is from L Bar M Ranch: http://www.lbarmranch.com/

The second kennel that's listed is another nice kennel setup. The great thing about this specific kennel setup is that the dog can't escape from underneath the kennel and you won't have to worry about the kennel blowing/knocking over like regular store bought kennels seem to do from what I've seen.

I have made up my own design for a dog kennel which I will share here. I have a clear description of the kennel setup which I will share below.

1). Place hog wire up against the kennel and alongside the ground on both sides of the kennel. This will prevent your dog from escaping underneath the kennel

2). Build a fence (10 ft. tall). Fence in a large enough area so the dog has room to move around. Example would be: 10x10x10 or larger (whatever you prefer is fine). You have to also evaluate how much space you have on your property to build a kennel. You can use panels from L Bar M Ranch to build this kennel, check out L Bar M Ranch here: http://www.lbarmranch.com/

4). Build a top for the kennel so the dog won't be able to jump or climb over the kennel. Cover the top of the kennel with hog wire fencing. Attach to fence. Tighten and secure to the fence. Top for kennels: http://www.petptt.com/uploads/allimg/11/1-11062Q42G00-L.jpg Can you see how this kennel has a top?

5). Add flooring such as concrete, brick, wood, pebbles, etc. You don't have to add a flooring, however.

6). Wrap a chain around the gate and attach a pad lock to the gate.

If you're building a kennel, you need to build a good dog house too. One of the best dog houses that you can build for your dog is this dog house: http://www.angelfire.com/nc2/uniquekennels/doghouseblueprints.htm

Barrel dog houses work great too. Barrel or wooden, either one will work great.

Things you want to think about when building a kennel:

* Build a strong and durable kennel
* Build a top for your kennel so the dog can't climb or jump over the kennel
* Place hog wire up against the fence and alongside the ground
* Building a flooring for your kennel isn't necessary but it is recommended
* The stronger the kennel, the better. The more secure, the better. Build a kennel that keeps your dog in and keeps others out.
* Do not build on a slanted hill



Photos used in this blog:

http://www.thedogkennelcollection.com/images/home/home_picture.jpg
http://www.hooverfence.com/kennel/images/cust3/1.jpg
http://i286.photobucket.com/albums/ll82/colka01/jersey/DSCN0459.jpg

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Pit Bull "Proof" Toys

Many pit bull owners know that there's no such thing as a pit bull "proof" toy. However, there are durable and strong toys out there. No dog toy is completely indestructible, some toys are just stronger than others.

Good toys for an APBT are:

Kong (Kong Extreme, Blue Kong, XL Kong)
Nylabone (DuraChew, Galileo Bone, Rhino)
eGGe
Jolly Ball
Clix Boomer Ball
Push N Play Hard Ball
Unbreakoball
Busy Buddy
GoughNuts
Tirebiter
Buster Cube
Dura Flex Rubber Ball Dog Toy
Orbee Tuff
Everlasting Treat Ball

Other good toys for APBTs are bowling balls, tires (wheelbarrow, lawn mower, car tires, etc), coconuts,  marrow bones, plastic milk or juice jugs (supervise your dog with jugs because some dogs may chew the plastic off and try to eat it), old pair of boots, old pair of blue jeans (take a pair of blue jeans, knot it, wet it and freeze. Makes a great tug toy!)