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:

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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:

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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


* 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:

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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.


* Pit Bull Carnival -
* Don Mayfield on Conditioning Dogs -
* Off The Chain -
* Out of The Pit -
* Pit Bulls - Documentary -
* Dog Fighting Undercover -
* Pedigree Dogs Exposed (not necessarily a pit bull documentary, but still a documentary about show dogs) -
* Ed Crenshaw Interview - Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3 and Part 4
* American Pit Bull Terrier History and the Art of Paper Hanging -
* Stories with Don Mayfield -
* GR CH Davis' Boomerang Documentary -
* Tom Garner Interview -

Yard Videos:

* Floyd Boudreaux Yard -
* Pat Patrick's Yard -
* Norman Hooten's Yard -
* CGD Yard -
* WCC Yard -
* OGK Yard - Part 1 and Part 2
* A Tour of Tom Garner's Kennels -
* Wildside Kennel's Yard - and
* Joe Woodall's Yard - Part 1 and Part 2 and Part 3
* VGK Yard - Part 1 and Part 2
* Jerry Clemmon's Yard -
* Gambler's Yard -
* Ablizin's Yard -
* STP Yard Tour -
* Don Mayfield's Yard -
* Boyle's Yard - Part 1 and Part 2

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.

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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:

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.