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How do I stop my Pit Bull shedding

How do I stop my Pit Bull Shedding? Tips and TOP products

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Pit Bull shedding can leave many owners stumped, so how do you stop Pit Bull shedding? You might think that one bonus of owning a Pit Bull is that you don’t need to deal with the masses of dead hair that German Shepherd and Husky owners have to put up with, but that doesn’t mean that a house can’t quickly become covered in Pit Bull fur.

But how does one manage Pit Bull shedding to keep it minimal? Why do Pit Bulls shed and what can we do if they are shedding excessively?

Pit Bull Shedding: How much do Pit Bulls shed?

Pit Bulls shed moderately throughout the year, and may shed a bit more when the seasons change. Although they don’t shed as heavily as dogs with a double coat, they still do shed enough to be noticeable. It can even be problematic for those that hate having dog hair on their clothes or who happen to be allergic.

They tend to shed most from late winter to early spring and from late fall to early winter. At this stage, if left untouched, their short little hairs can get everywhere.

 

Why do Pit Bulls shed?

A Pit Bull will shed naturally throughout the year, however, excessive shedding can be a sign of something more serious going on.

Dogs from cold climates like Huskies usually have a thick undercoat for insulation, and an overcoat to keep themselves weatherproof. As the days get longer and the summer months start, their brains will secrete less melatonin and they will start to shed their undercoat to adjust to the warmer summer months.

Pit Bull shedding vs Husky shedding

However, Pit Bulls only have a single short coat, so they will not shed as much with the changing seasons. However, Pit Bulls shed constantly to remove damaged or dead hair from their coat, exactly like shedding dead skin cells.

 

Why is my Pit Bull shedding excessively?

Sometimes excessive shedding can be caused by underlying factors. For instance, a bad diet can mean that a dog doesn’t have healthy hair follicles, and so will shed more. A lot of commercial dog food is extremely highly-processed and contains fillers such as corn that are difficult for your Pit Bull to digest. This can cause dry skin and cause excessive shedding.

This is particularly true for dilute Pit Bulls, such as bluePitties, who are already prone to skin and food sensitivities. Allergies and conditions such as atopic dermatitis can exacerbate dry skin and shedding.

Blue Pittie prone to skin sensitivity

Dry dog food also contains less moisture than a nutritionally balanced raw meal, so it promotes dehydration. A dehydrated dog will always shed more than one that is properly hydrated, as moisture is essential for healthy skin and hair follicles.

Always make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water to keep them hydrated. Older Pit Bulls will also shed more. As they age, the life-cycle of their hair follicles will shorten, so you can expect your senior Pit to shed about 10-20% more than your adult dog.

Parasites can also be to blame. Mites, fleas, and lice can all cause hair loss and will need treatment.

 

Health reasons your Pit Bull may be shedding more than usual

If you notice a change in your dog’s coat, such as it becoming dull and brittle, inflamed, itchy, or if there are bald patches, then shedding might be caused by one of the following:

  • Fungal infections
  • Bacterial infections
  • Pregnancy
  • Mange
  • Allergies
  • Medication side-effects
  • Stress
  • Renal or kidney issues
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Liver problems
  • Immune issues
  • A response to a topical cream
  • Sunburn

So if the shedding is far more than usual and is accompanied by other symptoms, make sure you see a vet.

 

How to stop my Pit Bull shedding so much

 

Diet and Pit Bull Shedding

A bad diet is often the primary cause of excessive shedding in Pit Bulls. It’s particularly important to avoid allergens for dogs with sensitive skin. This is often the case for dilute-colors like blue Pit Bulls, or whites, creams, merles.

Allergens are often from an animal protein, such as chicken or egg, so it is important to determine exactly what causes your dog’s sensitivity, rather than assuming you know the cause. More often than not, allergens come from non-food causes, such as pollen.

Different Pit Bull dog food

Nevertheless, the right diet can reduce inflammation and improve the quality of the skin enough to reduce shedding. In fact, one study showed that puppies fed a nutritionally balanced raw diet developed fewer environmental allergies when they grew older.

Diets made up primarily of whole, lean animal protein are the best way to go. You can also add whole grains such as brown rice or oatmeal.  Some vegetables, and a premix of essential nutrients, should be a good start for a healthy coat. Brands like Instinct Dog Food, or Honest Kitchen can help take some of the guesswork out of creating a nutritionally balanced raw diet.

If you are feeding dry kibble to your Pit Bull, look for a brand with no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Avoid sodium selenite and BHA.

A whole, named meat should be the first ingredient. Be careful of ingredient splitting, such as “corn gluten meal” and “corn”. By splitting one ingredient into two, a manufacturer can push an animal protein further up the ingredient list.

In fact, avoid corn and other fillers altogether. Whole grains such as brown rice are fine, and there is no reason to go “grain-free,” as this often means that animal protein is replaced with legume and soy protein.

We recommend Victor dry dog food as a good choice for Pit Bulls.

 

Reduce stress

Just like with humans, stress can cause our Pit Bulls to lose hair. Be sure your Pittie gets enough exercise and playtime to release feel good hormones that can undo stress and anxiety.

Try to manage your Pit Bull’s environment so that there are limited stressors, such as other aggressive dogs or loud children. Pit Bulls who are reactive and are easily triggered by strangers, bicycles, or other dogs, will need a behaviorist and trainer to bring down their reactivity and to teach them how to manage their triggers.

 

Bathing and deshedding your Pit Bull

Regular bathing is essential to minimize Pit Bull Shedding.as the water movement and scrubbing is a great way to dislodge loose hair. Unfortunately, Pit Bulls, English Bull Terriers, and Bully-type dogs often have sensitive skins, and so they should not be bathed too often. About once a month is usually the maximum.

For Pitties with sensitive skin, Oatmeal and Aloe is a great option for itchy, sensitive skin. For heavy shedders, you can also try the FURminator deShedding Ultra Premium Dog Shampoo.

deShedding shampoo from FURminator

  1. Rinse your Pit Bull, and use your fingertips to massage the shampoo into your pup’s skin. This massage should dislodge many loose hairs, so be thorough. Be careful when wetting your dog’s head. Water should never run down their ear canal or into their eyes, as this can both sting and cause ear infections.
  2. Rinse off the shampoo with lukewarm water. A relatively strong spray can also remove dead hairs. Follow this with a thorough towel dry.
  3. If you really want to help your Pit Bull deshed, you can invest in a pet groomer’s high velocity dryer. This does not have a heat setting that can burn your dog, but the strong gust of air does a great job of removing the most stubborn little loose hairs and dead undercoat. Remember that if you use a normal dryer, to never use a high heat setting as this can burn your dog.
  4. Always make sure that you completely dry your Pit Bull before you deshed them with a brush.  Brushing a damp coat will not remove all of the loose hairs.
  5. Once dry, you can use the EquiGroomer Deshedding Brush for Dogs and Cats to really remove the dead coat.

As with any grooming session, be sure to finish off by cleaning their ears and clipping any long nails. A good tooth brushing with doggy toothpaste on a regular basis can also keep their teeth clean and reduce inflammation in the body. This can help prevent a host of canine diseases  later on, including diabetes and heart problems, which in turn can reduce shedding as they age.

 

Grooming and Pit Bull shedding

Although a proper bath and a deshedding routine can go a long way to keeping your home free of millions of short Pit Bull hairs, regular grooming will really do the trick. Brushing your dog as often as possible not only clears away loose hairs, but also evens out the natural oils in their skin and coat, giving them a healthy shine.

Some Pit Bull owners prefer a daily brushing, while others brush two or three times. With heavy shedders, they more often you brush, the less hairs in the house you will need to deal with.

While you can still use your EquiGroomer to really deshed your Pitbull, you can also try going over your dog with the FURminator curry comb.  By brushing in rigorous, circular motion, you can dislodge all the dust and loose hair. After that, you can use a soft-bristled brush such as  the clumsy pets Bamboo Grooming Palm-Held Pets Brush to brush in the same direction  that your dog’s coat grows.

This will remove all the dead hair that they curry comb loosened and smooth your dog’s natural oils throughout the coat. Doing this daily will keep your shedding problem to a minimum.

 

Supplements for shedding

Firstly, do not give your dog a human multivitamin to help their shedding. Too much of any given vitamin or mineral can lead to toxicosis and cause severe health issues and even death.

Still, there are supplements that you can add to your dog’s diet that can improve their skin and coat.

Oils

Some oils that are high in omega-3 fatty acids are extremely good for the skin. This includes a teaspoon of flaxseed or fish oil. Keep in mind that coconut oil has no known nutritional benefits for dogs. Also, AAFCO recommends that the amount of omega-6s a dog gets, stays proportional to their omega-3s. A ratio should be about 5:1.

 

Best Supplements for Pit Bull Shedding

Whether it’s a pill or a liquid, you can try one of these canine supplements to help ease your Pit Bull’s shedding.

Shed-X Dermaplex Liquid Daily Supplement for Dogs

Perhaps one of the best supplements available on the market for excess shedding, a few squirts of Shed-X can help provide the nutrients your Pit Bull needs to hang on to their hair. It constrains natural sources of  fish oil from Norwegian anchovies and sardines, organic flax seed oil, natural wheat germ oil, Zinc and Biotin. ALl of this provides the essential nutrients for a healthy coat and strong hair follicles.

Nutri-Vet Shed Defense for Dogs

60 soft-chew pills packed with salmon oil is an excellent choice to boost your Pit Bull’s skin and coat condition.

Dinovite Nutritional Supplement for Dogs

While this contains the same EPA and DHA as in most canine skin supplements, it also contains prebiotics and probiotics that help gut health. A good microbiome in the gut affects how well your Pit Bull can absorb essential nutrients, and will therefore affect their skin and coat. Consider adding pre and probiotics to your dog’s daily diet. This supplement also contains amino acids, vitamins and zinc that boost the immune system and ward off allergies.

Pet Honesty Salmon + Hemp for Dogs and Cats

This supplement contains both fish oil and hemp oil as well as Vitamin E for a healthy coat. For an extra boost, it also contains joint support.

If your Pit Bull also has itchy paws and is often licking them, you can try CBD oil for atopic dermatitis as it has anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Final thoughts

It is impossible to have a Pit Bull that never sheds. But if you hate having little hairs all over your new white pants, or if your couch if you feel like 90% of you sweeping is just dog hair, you may want to reduce shedding as much as possible.

Daily brushing with the right equipment and monthly baths can greatly decrease the amount of dead hair on your dog. By improving their diet and adding certain supplements, you can also help manage the condition of their skin and coat, reducing shedding.

Finally, always be sure that there is no underlying disease or health problem causing the shedding by consulting your vet.

How to stop your dogs chasing chickens

6 STEPS – How to stop your dog chasing or killing chickens

6 STEPS – How to stop your dog chasing or killing chickens 800 606 Thug Dogs

Whether you have a small homestead with backyard chickens, or your neighbour’s keep a coup for eggs, one of the hardest things can be to teach your dog not to attack chickens or other animals. So how to stop your dog chasing or killing chickens?

Whether you have a Labrador that’s programmed to attack  birds like chickens or a herding dog like a Bordoodle that loves to chase them, you’ll be relieved to know that dogs of any age can be taught to stop harassing poultry. Although it is best to start with puppies.

Can you teach a dog not to chase chickens?

It is much easier to teach a puppy to ignore chickens than an adult dog, especially if the adult has already chased or killed a bird in the past. The action of having already killed their prey is rewarding enough to make it very difficult to stop in future, and the dog may need to be separated from chickens altogether.

Dog with baby chickens

Many dogs can be counter-conditioned with proper training to stop attacking livestock, but if they have done it once, they may always need to be monitored. Certain breeds have higher prey drives than others, and can also be harder to train when it comes to farmyard animals. This includes mixed breeds with high prey drives such as the German Shepherd Greyhound mix.

Nevertheless,  there are steps you can take to stop your dog attacking poultry.

 

Steps to teaching your dog to ignore chickens

Step 1: Do not allow your dog near the chickens on their own

Regardless of whether you have brought home a rescue dog or just purchased a new puppy, seeing a chicken can trigger a dog’s natural play or prey drive. Unfortunately, taking off after a bird is self-rewarding behavior. All the feathers and the squawking are extremely exciting.

This means that your dog won’t hear calls or shouts to stop, and if you punish them afterwards, they won’t connect the dots. So to set your dog up for success to begin with by cutting off their access to the chickens altogether.

 

Step 2: Start your puppy or dog on basic obedience

Before letting your dog anywhere near any chickens, start building their responses to basic obedience commands. This will mean a little more than the average sit or down—although those are important too.

Your dog should also learn to:

  • Look at you on command
  • “Leave it”
  • And build focus on interesting high value items like a favorite squeaky toy.

To achieve this, you can use a clicker to mark the behavior you want—your dog’s focus on you—followed by positive reinforcement with a treat. Gradually, you can introduce the command “look at me” to get their attention when you need it.

Dog training at home

Similarly, you also need to teach them to “Leave it”. This is done by starting with a low value item they are not particularly interested in, saying “leave it”, and trading it for something they like better. Gradually build up the value of the item they have so that they learn no matter how interesting something is, if you say “leave it” you will always give them something better.

Not all dogs are particularly food motivated. So for some, you will need to build their focus on something they like more. If they love chasing a ball, spend time fostering and encouraging that interest. This way, any time you are holding a ball, you should have their full attention.

 

Step 3: Start counter-conditioning your dog not to chase chickens

Once you know how to keep your dog’s attention and your pup understands basic obedience commands, you can begin introducing the chickens. To begin with, you are not going to close enough for your dog to get excited. An excited dog can be overstimulated and quickly forget everything you have taught it, putting you back at square one.

Keep your dog on a long line, about 25 feet, and approach the chickens from a distance. Stop before your dog gets too excited and ask them to look at you or at the toy. Reward your dog and make a fuss for giving you attention rather than the chickens. If your dog is too fascinated by the birds, move further away and try from a greater distance.

Traing your dog not to chase chickens

 

Step 4: Desentize your dog

It may take days, or weeks, but patience and consistency are key. Keep your dog on a long line as you approach the chickens and ask for their full attention while gradually working closer to the birds. You can practice obedience with positive reinforcement, or have fun play time. Try to close the distance between yourself, your dog, and the chickens without the dog noticing.

 

Step 5: Use the “leave it” command

By now you should have spent a lot of time working on the “Leave it” command. As you get closer to the chickens, use it every time your dog looks in their direction. Follow up with a distraction, such as a favorite toy or a snack.

Traing your dog to stop chasing chickens with a toy

Do not wait until your dog is actively lunging at the bird to say “leave it”. Rather, time the command just as your dog looks in their direction. With enough counter-conditioning and rewarding your dog for ignoring the chickens, the pup should soon learn that it’s better to pay them not mind at all.

 

Step 6: Manage the environment

Finally, if you have a dog that has already killed chickens, or just a dog with an extremely high prey drive, set them up for success by stopping access to the chickens altogether. This is especially true for dogs who are going after a neighbor’s birds, since they are legally within their rights to euthanize the dog for damaging or endangering their property.

Secure fences where you have to or build new ones. Furthermore, make sure your dog has appropriate ways to use their hunting instinct. This can mean playing fetch or using a lure with them more often. It can also mean upping the amount of exercise and mental stimulation they get in general to get rid of excess energy and keep them out of trouble.

 

What does not work to stop a dog killing chickens

 

Tying a dead chicken to a dog’s collar

There is an old wives’ tale that tying a dead chicken to a dog’s collar will stop them from hunting birds in the future. This simply is not true. At best, dogs are likely to be annoyed, confused and perhaps scared by the extra weight attached to them. More likely though, they will delight in it and either eat or try to role in it.

 

Shock collars

Shock collars can be effective training aids in the hands of a professional trainer who knows exactly when to use them and how. But, for most people, using an e-collar will backfire. If a dog is shocked when they are already chasing a bird, they will likely only get a shot of adrenaline that will spur them on further.

Don't train your dog with shock collar

On the other hand, an e-collar might teach them to only avoid the chickens while you are around. Or they might associate the shock with something else, such as being outside and become nervous and anxious about leaving the house. For this reason, e-collars are not a good choice when training a dog to leave chickens alone.

 

Final thoughts

Dogs love to chase squeaky and fluttery things, so chasing chickens is a very natural behavior. As a pet parent, it’s wise to expect your dog to run after birds and other animals and to act pre-emptively, rather than try to fix it afterwards.

Undoing the instinct to take off after chickens may take patience and persistence, but like all aspects of canine behavior, it is something that you can learn to manage and control.