Pit Bulls

Tether Tug Keeps Your Pit Bull on His Best Behavior

The American Pit Bull is a loyal, intelligent and affectionate dog who is often misunderstood. Despite news stories that sometimes cast pit bulls in an unflattering light, they can be wonderful companions and dependable pals. They are, however, athletic by nature, and they'll be happiest when they're given consistent attention and frequent vigorous exercise.

The Pit Bull's Breed History

The American Pit Bull designation refers to dogs that meet a general physical description that derives from its ancestry. The American Pit Bull Terrier is recognized as a distinct breed by the United Kennel Club, and it is related to other recognized breeds, including the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, and the Bull Terrier.

These breeds were originally developed in the British Isles as crosses between bull dogs and terriers. The goal was to create a dog that combined the strength of a bull dog with the tenaciousness and athleticism of a terrier. They were developed initially for use in bull- and bear-baiting, an origin that got the breeds off on the wrong foot in terms of public relations.

Their image was rehabilitated by the middle of the nineteenth century, however, when laws against bull-baiting encouraged breeders and owners to put pit bulls into more respectable occupations, such as police dogs, therapy dogs, and companion dogs. In these roles, pit bulls proved that their intelligence and loyalty were invaluable assets.

The Pit Bull Described

The most distinctive physical characteristics of the pit bull include its solid stocky build, its broad square head, and its wide jaw. It typically stands about 18 inches high at the shoulder, and in terms of weight, it can vary from a sturdy medium size to definitively large, weighing between 30 and 90 pounds. It has medium-sized ears, a short coat, and a slim, whip-like tail.

Pit bulls are strong and typically healthy, and their life span is on the relatively long end for large breeds, usually between 12 and 14 years. They can be vulnerable to bone diseases such as hip dysplasia and kneecap dislocation, much as most large breeds can be, and frequent exercise throughout their lives can help reduce the risk of these physical ailments.

The Pit Bull's Behavior

Pit bulls are generally affectionate and friendly, and their primary goal is to make you, their owner, happy. They are not naturally aggressive toward people, and they make exceptional companion animals.

It's important to remember, however, that they were originally bred to outsmart, chase down, and control other animals, so their natural drives push them to solve problems, chase prey, and persistently get their jobs done. Like other breeds developed for hunting, they have a strong instinct to pursue, and it can be a challenge for them to resist those urges.

Early training can help them learn not to chase what they shouldn't chase, and consistent vigorous exercise can help them to burn off the energy that they might otherwise put into aggressiveness toward other dogs and animals. Keeping an energetic pit bull on a leash is also an important precaution to keep him from getting into trouble with his social interactions.

Pit bulls are also extremely smart, and they need mental stimulation to keep them from getting bored. A bored pit bull is often a destructive pit bull, so regular play time is essential. Playing with a pit bull can keep him content and engaged, and it can make him less interested in acting out by destroying things or figuring out how to get out of a fenced yard.

Pit Bulls and the Tether Tug

Keeping your pit bull on his best behavior requires daily exercise, but the size and strength of the breed means that exercising him up to his standards of athleticism is a challenge. Playing with a pit bull requires a special kind of dog toy. It needs to be as strong as the dog, and it needs to deliver the kind of fun, engaging play that he wants and needs.

Fortunately, that's why we made the Tether Tug. It's an interactive toy that's designed to keep your pit bull entertained and mentally stimulated while giving him the exercise he needs. The Tug comes with a braided toy, but it's designed so you can substitute your dog's favorite toy to keep him excited and interested. The Tether Tug gives him a problem to try to solve, and he'll be so consumed with the challenge that he won't even realize all the exercise he's getting.

But he'll definitely be getting exercise. He'll burn off all that extra energy, and you'll be left with a dog who's healthy, happy, and well-behaved.

Perhaps the best thing about the Tether Tug, though, is that it will satisfy your pit bull's need for exercise even if his strength and stamina outpace your own. The toy allows you to give your dog a rousing game of tug-of-war that will wear him out without wearing you out. The Tether Tug is virtually unbreakable, too, even when subjected to the strength of a pit bull.

What Size Tether Tug is Right for Your Pit Bull?

Generally, we rate our toys by the weight of your dog, and the weight of most pit bulls would put them in the range where we'd usually recommend a large size Tether Tug. However, pit bulls are simply too strong to be held to the standards applied to most other dogs. You should buy an Uber size Tether Tug for your pit bull, no matter his size.

Visit our store now to give your pit bull the toy he needs to make him a happy, healthy part of your family.