Pitbulls are athletic high energy dogs that like to blow off steam and rip it up. They are real people loving dogs that like nothing better than to spend time with their favorite person or people. Even the most athletic Pit Bull will also have a sedentary side and crave being hugged and petted.
So, what do Pitbulls like to do for fun? Here are a few suggestions to give a go with your Pitbull. I am sure they will love them.
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A Flirt pole is like a giant cat tickler for dogs. It has a long handle with a bungy type rope with a lure or toy attached to the end. You simply move the lure along the ground around in circles or in different directions as your dog chases it.
This activity is ideal for a Pitbull as it works directly with their natural prey instinct. Be sure they have a good “leave it” command and don’t allow them to destroy the toy. It is important that this be a controlled exercise.
This is also a great exercise that can burn off pent-up in a short amount of time and also helps to build and strengthen their muscles.
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Tug of War
A firm favorite of all Pitbulls. Make them crouch and pull back to use extra energy. Ensure that this is a controlled game and they release when you want them to. The Pitbull is a powerful dog and unless you can match them physically they may win this game really easy. An alternative is to use a spring pole.
A spring pole is simply a spring connected to a rope that hangs from a tree branch or beam with a lure or toy attached to the end. This allows your Pitbull to play tug of war with him or herself even if you are not there.
Also, a good way for your Pitbull to entertain themselves even when you are not there.
Pitbulls love to play fetch and have the energy and stamina to play this game for countless throws. If you find that you can’t keep throwing the ball as many times as your Pitbull would like, consider an Automatic Ball Launcher. See”Automatic Ball Launchers for Dogs” to learn more.
Most dogs can chase and catch a ball. But a Frisbee requires a little bit more skill, coordination, and timing. Pitbulls look spectacular playing this. Roll the Frisbee on the ground towards your dog. They will instinctually want to grab it in his mouth. Once you’ve accomplished this, try tossing it at a very low level first to your dog. If you feel like your dog is ready to go to the next level, toss the disc a little higher and further. Great energy burner and you may be amazed at your dog’s agility and acrobatic skill.
A Jolly Ball is a nearly indestructible ball for dogs that they push and chase around. I say “nearly” as nothing is guaranteed indestructible when there is a Pitbull on the scene. They come in a variety of sizes, styles and are also available with a handle or rope attached for tug of war. Check out the video to see what great exercise and fun they are for dogs.
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Pitbulls love to chew. Provide your Pitbull with good strong chew toys. Chewing is a great way to occupy them. In addition, chewing releases endorphins and helps to relax a dog. Many dogs hold stress in the jaw. For more on the benefits of chewing and the best chew toys click here.
Avoid allowing them to chew on unsafe objects such as sticks. Read “Should dogs chew sticks” to learn more.
Many Pitbulls love to dig. If you don’t want your Pitbull digging up your garden, provide an area or digging box for them so they can dig to their heart’s content. You can get a sandbox and fill it with sand and hide their toys or a bone in it for them to find. Check out the range of Sandboxes on Amazon. Just be aware that if the weather is warm the sand may get hot. You can wet it down with the hose if it is. For more ideas on how to provide for your Pitbulls natural digging instinct check out this article
Playing with the hose
A game of chasing the water coming out of the hose is great fun if your a Pitbull. Perfect for those hot summer days.
Time with their human friends
Pit Bulls are a loyal, people-oriented breed that thrives as part of the family. They are affectionate with both adults and children. And Pit Bulls do not discriminate against humans for any reason.
Even if a Pit Bull does not like other dogs, they typically love humans and are happiest when they are with us. A Pit Bull will do almost anything his favorite people ask of him, just to hear their praise. These dogs crave our attention and approval and are very social with humans. They love just to spend time with us especially when they are getting lots of pats and cuddles.
I hope you have enjoyed this list of what Pitbulls like to do for fun. If you have any other suggestions or things your Pitbull loves to do, feel free to put it in the comments.
You may also be interested in reading “How to get your Pit Bull in Physical and Mental Shape” for some exercise tips for your Pitbull.
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