As every dog owner knows the dog breeds vary not only in personality but also in care needs. Some dogs in particular need a special care routine. This blog is dedicated to first time dog owners who want to know how to care for Staffordshire Terriers. Read on to learn more.
How to care properly for Staffordshire Terriers
The Amstaff is among the most good-looking, muscular, and intelligent breeds in the world. The dog’s origin traces it back to England, where it was bred from Bulldogs and then brought to America sometime during the 1800s. Their owners describe Amstaffs as assertive, energetic, and loyal dogs.
When they see one, most people confuse an American Staffordshire Terrier for a Pitbull because they look very similar. But these are two separate breeds, each requiring a different type of pet care.
Below are some helpful tips to learn how to care for this spectacular, one-of-a-kind dog breed.
Consider adoption over buying a new dog
There is nothing wrong with buying an Amstaff. But there are undoubtedly some ups of adopting one from a dog rescue center or a shelter home. This way, not only will you end up giving a pup home, but you will also be able to pick one with proven temperament. Before taking the dog home, ask for a complete history of behavior, eating habits, medical history, and other critical details.
Get your Amstaff a proper veterinary check-up
Forgoing routine veterinary check-ups can lead to your dog falling sick often. Also, studies show that rabies vaccination can have a positive impact on the overall health of dogs. So, it is vital to get all the necessary vaccinations done as they will keep your pup healthy and boost its lifespan. Moreover, regular visits will ensure your dog is monitored for conditions such as cataracts, deafness, hip dysplasia, and arthritis, all of which are common to this breed.
Socialize the Amstaff from a young age
It is imperative to ensure that your Amstaff puppy learns to socialize at a very young age. In fact, you can start training your dog for social skills as soon as it is seven weeks old. So, have your dog mingle with as many other dogs and people as you can, ensuring the experience is a positive one. This will teach your dog to become familiar with people and dog interactions.
Discipline is key
While disciplining any dog is extremely important, it is all the more essential for Amstaffs. The reason for this is that this breed has a reputation for being aggressive. But with proper training, they can be taught to mix with others around them. While it is still just a puppy, take your dog to obedience training classes. You will learn how to keep your Amstaff well-behaved and polite at all times.
Also, always teach Amstaffs with positive, treat-based techniques. Punishment-based training may cause them to harbor aggression, a trait relatively common to this breed.
How to feed the Amstaff?
You must remember never to overfeed your American Staffordshire Terrier, as it can cause severe gastrointestinal issues. Giving the dog two small meals a day is more than enough. Also, avoid feeding the dog dry food and instead go for canned ones. Ensure to pick out foods that are free of animal fats and oils. It is also good to avoid using an elevated feeding dish as it might be uncomfortable for the dog to use.
Another question that goes hand in hand with nutrition is – How long can a dog go without drinking water? Hydrating your dog is vital. Refresh your dog’s water bowl on a daily basis, more frequently in hot countries.
Routine exercise is essential
Amstaffs are high-energy, athletic dogs that need plenty of exercise every day. You can play games with them in your backyard or take them for a walk or run in the park. However, avoid taking them to a dog park if they haven’t finished their discipline and obedience training. Alternatively, you can take your Amstaff hiking.
Maintain hygiene at all times
Although Amstaffs have a low-maintenance coat that doesn’t need intrusive grooming sessions, you must still keep it clean. You can clean their coat with a soft, damp cloth or towel and brush it with a natural, comfortable bristle brush once a week. This will keep the coat shining, clean, and free of ticks. Remember, bathe your Amstaff only when necessary.
A final note on how to care for Staffordshire Terriers
Every suggestion in this blog is based on expert advice. And the advice should be followed up with regular visits to the vet and following the care suggestions for your own dog breed.
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