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Are You Ready For a Puppy?

So, you think you want a Pitbull Puppy!!!
Before taking on such a large commitment, please read on to learn about some of
the things to expect when raising a puppy. If this doesn't sound like fun, perhaps
you should consider an older dog.

Any dog is a HUGE responsibility and a lifetime commitment. Please be prepared for
the role of responsible dog ownership before taking the step and buying a puppy, or adopting a dog. Unfortunately, many people put more thought into buying a car, or a major household appliance than they do when considering adding a dog to their home.
A dog will be in your home for a long time. A dog is not an item, or a piece of furniture,   it is a family member you are adding. Please do not take this responsibility lightly. Unfortunately, we have come to live in a time of 'disposable' dogs, and people do not think twice before dumping, or abandoning an animal.  Be prepared for the role of RESPONSIBLE dog owner, and do not be a part of the problem.

Be Prepared for:

  • A few sleepless nights ignoring howling, crying & barking, until your puppy learns that this is his new home.
  • A lot of Carpet Cleaning, and wet spots. Puppies DO have accidents!!
  • A few damaged items around the house. Puppies DO chew, and are bound to damage/destroy at least one thing they were not supposed to have!
  • Babyproofing your home! Like a toddler, puppies find things that can hurt them!
    You will need to hide wires, and keep potentially dangerous items like chocolates,
    and cleaners out of reach. Adding a puppy is like bringing home a toddler, you MUST be prepared!!!!
  • Constant supervision. If you can't watch your puppy, crate your puppy. A crate is NOT a prison. It is more like a 'playpen'. Would you let your toddler stay home alone, or wander the house unattended??
  • Boxer puppies can be particularly good at testing your patience. These are rambunctious, bold puppies who can be hard to tire out!! Some seem to be on the go CONSTANTLY.

Also remember......

  • Puppies are much like babies. They need lots of interaction. If someone will not be at home most of the day, a puppy may be a poor choice for your family.
  • Puppies need to be taken outside many times during the day to reinforce housebreaking. You cannot blame a puppy for pottying in the house, if he/she isn't given enough chances to 'go' outside.  Adult dogs have better bladder control than puppies and can be expected to 'hold it' a bit longer, and are more capable of learning how to 'tell you' they have to go out!
  • Puppies need to be taught what is appropriate to chew on, and what is NOT an appropriate toy! Don't give your puppy an old shoe and then expect them to know the difference between the old shoes and your new pair of $80 tennis shoes.
  • Puppies need to be trained. Your puppy needs your time, and your patience to learn how they are supposed to behave. With no socialization or training, your puppy may NOT grow up to be an ideal companion. This is NOT the dogs fault, but more so, the owners for not socializing or training the dog when it was young.
  • Do you and your puppy a favor. LEARN about training, and ask your breeder for help if needed. Many of the 'old' methods of dog 'training' do nothing but RUIN a good dog. "Sticking their nose in it" does MUCH more harm than good.   A good training Book can help you learn how dogs think, and learn.


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