Staffordshire Bull Terrier 



The Stafford Bull Terrier is an energetic,lusty dog.He needs a good deal of exercise,although he is extremely adaptable and can usually apply himself happily to city life.It is not easy to tire a healthy Stafford,even with free running ( which must be coducted well away from the roads ). A dog kept alone needs more exercise than one with a companion to play with,as does a kennel-dweller.Road work,which means walking a dog on his leash,preferably on hard ground,even cinder tracks,to strengthen his pasterns and harden his pads,is more important than loose exercise on grass.








However, few owners can put in the many miles a day a Stafford thrives on; therefore, ball games in the park become unavoidable.At such times, it is necessary to keep a wary eye open for the intrusion of other dogs and for temptationslikely to attract your dog out of the park gates into the road.Puppies need exercising with care.While in the nest they exercise themselves with the occasional rough - and-tumble.For this reason allow them ample space to indulge their sport.When a puppy goes to his new home,he is usually admired,fondled and played with.It should be remembered that at two to three months at least,most of his time will be spent sleeping.










Sleep is vital to his well being, and children in the home must be made to understand this. A small puppy continually snatched from sleep by an child wanting to play with him cannot be expected to develop a happy disposition. Staffords, generally,are maryellous with children.If,by chance,one nips a child, it usually the latter's fault coupled with the fauld of the parents for not keeping  the scene properly supervised.However, when the pup is awake he should receive attention and be indulged in a game or two,using a solid rubber ball which cannot be chewed and is too big to swallow.Such a toy will be used only for a short period duringpuppyhood, and when the youngster;s jaws become strong enough to bite it,









It should be removed. It is best to forbid very small children to carry a puppy.Tell them the puppy has four feet and these have to be on the ground.Accidents caused by a puppy being squeezed too lightly or becoming bored in a child's arms and precipitating itsefs to the ground are not uncommon, and a promising show-type puppy can be ruined by such an accident. As the littly Stafford grows he can be trained to the lead,which is best done in the home first,for he should not be allowed out of doors for initial road exercise until he has been safely immunised against the various canine diseases.









This is done usually at around three months of age, after which time his outdoor walks can be gradually increased,care being take not to overdo either the distance or the exertion.At this age there should be no question about whether he should be kept on his lead or allowed loose-the former rule should apply.Every outing in the early stages should be treated as a lesson.The youngster should be made to walk easily on a slack lead-no pulling is allowed,for this candevelop into a bad habit.Any tendency to lunge towards other dogs and people should be severely discouraged,coupled with a word of command so that he will obey this word at all times.










The rolled-up newspaper system, used in house training, can be employed outside the home too. The puppy who pulls on his lead can be checked by drawing back the lead and tapping him across the muzzle,saying *Heel*. He will soon learn that it is much more comfortable to walk in the relaxed fashion you insist on. Also,when out you may wish to apply your sit lesson at the kerb before crossing the road.In fact,any useful lesson as opposed to tricks that make a good Stafford look ridiculous is worth while if it contributes to the enjoyment of breed ownership and the dog's welfare and safety.On the other hand,guard against over-training your dog.A dog full of training frequently loses some aspect of his personality,and this must be avoided at all cost.






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