Am i always wrong?
So i just got this dog i rescued. Shes a pitbull akita mix. Ifeel like any time i ask advice about flea/tick meds, shampoo, beds, habits, etc., that what i suggest is never the right thing. If i want this medicine, oh no thats bad, horrible reviews.what about this dog food.? OH NO?! THATS TERRRIBLE!!! Can i please just get somw general suggestions of the general issues from everyone? Im about thru asking for advice! And had anyone else felt this way when they first got their dogs? Ppl make me feel like im an idiot! :( sadness... oh and not to mention, everytime i menrion shes got pitbull and akita in her, oh those are way aggressive dogs! aaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!
on Dec 16th 2012
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People feel strongly about dogs, so have strong opinions. Feed the highest quality of dog food that you can afford. Get a gentle shampoo and bathe only moderately often so not to irritate your dog's skin. Make sure you know which people foods are poisonous to dogs so that you don't feed her something bad.Rawhides are terrible for dogs. Xylitol is poisonous. Outdoors-only is a difficult life for companion animals like canines. Exercise, toys, and crates at night are good.
We all feel like this with our first dog. If you don't have children, it's the first time you've been responsible for keeping something alive, which is scary. Do your best. Get a good vet and take her regularly, even when it's expensive. Use Dogster a lot. Get to know your dog. Like any other breed of dog, Akitas and Pitbulls can be aggressive. Like any other breed, most of them aren't. Handle socialization very cautiously until you know what she'll do. Really, just learn as much as you can and love your dog.
Libby answered on 12/16/12. Helpful? / 1
1. Flea & tick medications are necessary, and you may also need preventative heart worm medication depending on where you live. I use Trifexis, and I buy it from my vet to make sure it's safe.
2. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner. I use the Top Paw Oatmeal and Baking Soda shampoo from Petsmart.
3. Use a dog food that doesn't have ingredients like corn products in it. Read the ingredients and try to buy a food with meat products listed within the 1st three.
The most important thing you need to know is this: Your dog is an animal and it is not high maintenance like a human. Feed it, love it, give it plenty of exercise and attention, and make sure she's well trained. Most of the time dogs are aggressive because their owners are idiots and don't train their dogs properly. I have a Rottweiler, she is well trained and people discriminate against her as a "dangerous breed". Few things piss me off more.
More important: Ask your vet these questions! They know better than anyone else.
triflexis is awesome. i was able to get several months as "samples" from my vet. maybe a vet there will have samples also. yes people are very opinionated when it comes to dogs. but something that works for one persons dog may not work with others. as far as aggression. omgosh i am soooo tired of certain breeds being stereotyped. it's ridiculous. what you do have is a very family oriented dog. she needs to be around her people all the time. lets her come in the house, get lots of attention and b part of the family. training is what usually causes aggression issues. although, outside influences can also affect it. example being your family and friends who allready think shes mean. very misinformed people. i live with two pits and two labs. one being charlie who is training for service. guess wich dogs i have the most "problems" with. the labs !! don't listen to the negative people. there is ALOT of advice out there. keep what you can use and throw away the rest.
Charlie Brown Cocoa Puffs answered on 12/18/12. Helpful? / 0