Many people ask the question: “Can Pit Bulls live outdoors?”
Before answering this question, it is important to understand what separates a Pit Bull and other types of dogs. Pit Bulls can not live outdoors. They are extremely short-haired, almost always mated to arier, and do not adapt well to cold temperatures. But, some owners are unsure whether or not they can adjust to living outdoors in their home.
If you fall into this category, then read on to know how a Pit Bull can adjust well to live outdoors.
Can Pit Bulls live outside?
Pit Bulls are extremely short haired dog breeds and with my vast experience with dogs, these furry friends cannot live outside. They are not adaptive to cold or heat. A temperature of below 40-45F is too low for them to be left outside. In fact, they can become very ill and even die if exposed to the cold for too long.
That said, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t give them the exercise they need even when it is cold or hot.
These furry friends need a lot of exercise and will usually enjoy spending a lot of time running or playing. They will usually perform several activities in order to be happy, such as running, jumping, playing fetch, and even digging. They will also need a lot of attention from you, which they tend to take extremely well.
These activities are very important to them because they can become destructive when they are bored.
Another weakness is that they can become aggressive when cornered. You will need to be very careful around this breed, and make sure that you give them some companionship, and regular exposure to the outdoors would.
While being able to handle all types of weather is wonderful, the Pit Bull does require some special considerations. This breed tends to be rather unstable, and extremely vulnerable to changes in the weather. Due to their naturally short stature, Pit Bulls are often unable to cope with very high winds.
Why don’t Pit Bulls enjoy outside temperatures?
You might be surprised to know that Pit Bulls are descendents of a pack of big dogs that were originally bred and raised for sport. In order to protect their territory and prevent boredom, Pit Bulls live in extremely hot weather conditions with high humidity levels. When you compare this to the low temperatures that most people enjoy outside, it becomes clear that being bred for sport and controlled breeding methods, Pit Bulls do not do well when subjected to cold weather – and neither are they too good in hot climatic conditions.
Let’s have a look at some of the reasons why these furry friends don’t enjoy outside temperatures.
- The temperature outside during the day is typically high: As a result, most Pit Bulls spend the day lying on their back, panting, drinking water, – anything to keep them cool during the hot days. They can become overheated and suffer from hypothermia. This can cause them to lose consciousness and die if not treated immediately.
- With a naturally high metabolism, Pit Bulls cannot make the adjustment between low body temperature and extremely hot weather. They become sick easily and lethargic. In addition, their digestive systems are not able to adjust to the extreme differences in temperatures.
- Short haired: As you may have guessed, thes canines are short haired. Long hair usually helps to keep dogs warm in winter making them comfortable as it works like a sweater or works as an insulation against cold.
- Single coat: Double coat dogs tend to have an advantage to stay comfortable in the cold because body heat will be maintained. Pit Bulls have a single coat which is perfect to live in warm areas but not suited for cold places.
- Indoor dogs: These furry canines are typical indoor dogs. Even though they are referred to as being aggressive or dominant, Pit Bulls are actually very loving and loyal pets. They tend to bond better with the people in their lives and prefer to spend their time with their family members rather than being left outside. They tend to do better in homes where the temperature is more moderate than they do in houses with high levels of humidity and high temperatures.
Consequences of leaving a Pit Bull alone in the yard
The Pit Bull is a highly instinctual breed that, without proper training, can be an unpredictable and often dangerous animal.
When properly socialized, Pit Bulls will live peacefully with their families, in small apartments, or in large homes with lots of space, and can somehow be left alone in the yard for a few hours.
When you adopt a Pit Bull, you will need to provide it with a safe and loving environment in which to grow and learn. While training a pit bull is an important part of becoming a pet owner, you must consider the implications of leaving your pet at home (in the yard) alone. Following are the most common consequences if you leave your Pit Bull unsupervised in a backyard.
- Dangerous excesses – Routine inspections should be conducted on a daily basis to keep a watchful eye on how your dog behaves. If you leave your Pit Bull unsupervised, there is a high risk of it acting out and causing damage to itself or others. Many dogs are playful and adventurous, but they can also act out when left alone in a threatening or intimidating manner. This aggressive behavior is most likely to occur if the dog is frightened, stressed, frustrated, bored or teething.
- Depressed – Leaving a dog alone may depress it. A depressed dog will do anything to hide its sadness and discomfort. As time passes, a depressed Pit Bull may start sleeping away from its owner. If you must leave your dog alone in the home, select an area out of the way of traffic, such as a fenced yard. Ensure your Pit Bull has a secure place to rest, including a bed, doghouse or other enclosed area where he or she can feel safe and secure.
- Toxic – If your Pit Bull is consuming toxic substances, he or she could develop serious illnesses or symptoms. Toxins can include insecticides, household cleaners, pesticides and household cleaners. Dogs can also be exposed to toxins by being around plants with dangerous plant spores.
These are just some of the consequences of leaving a pit bull alone. They can be very loving companions to the entire family, but they can become very attached to their owner and develop a strong desire to protect and defend their owners. With proper socialization, training and love, your Pit Bull can be an amazing pet.
How to safely leave your Pit Bull outside?
The question on everyone’s mind, “How do I safely leave my Pit Bull outside?” is one of many important questions that should be answered.
Having been a Pit Bull owner myself, I have experienced all the pain, suffering, and heartache that having a Pit Bull in your home could bring. I’ve lived in several different neighborhoods, and each one has its own rules and policies when it comes to owning a Pit Bull.
There are many wonderful Pit Bull rescues and organizations out there that love them, but there are some neighborhoods, which simply don’t allow them in. Here are a few of the things you should consider, when deciding how to safely leave your Pit Bull outside.
- Find out if your neighborhood has any type of registered dog walking services. If your neighborhood doesn’t have any of these services, then it is extremely important for you to find a locally run walking service.
- Dealing with the weather: Since Pit Bulls are very sensitive to extreme temperatures, you need to make sure that you provide them with a place that has the best or optimal temperature. If you are in a cold place, he needs a good dog house with appropriate insulation and a good outdoor kennel if you’re in a hot place.
- Basic supplies: You also need to ensure that there is enough water, food, treats, and dog toys for them in order to keep them calm and motivated. You need to figure out how much water he’ll need when it’s cold and how much he should take when it is hot. Again, water and food temperature should be monitored depending on the climatic conditions.
- Fence for confinement: It is risky to leave your dog in an open yard because the last thing you want to see is him running around or escaping. You need to find a high quality wireless confinement system or fence to keep him safe.
How To Train a Pit Bull to Live Outside
Pit Bulls are fiercely loyal to their owners and having them stay outside alone will need a good amount of raining. You certainly couldn’t expect them to just let you take them for a walk, could you?
The good news is that training a Pit Bull to stay outside is easy if you use the right methods. Training your Pit Bull to live outdoors should start the day you bring him home from the shelter.
If you already have Pit Bulls as pets or you have him with other dogs at the moment, you probably know that they like to be with humans rather than to be with other dogs. You need to train them not to be aggressive to other pets so that you can be able to leave them with the rest of your pets.
They also love to have the chance to explore everything in their environment. The more you expose your Pit Bull to the different kinds of things outside, the easier it will be for him to accept the idea that he now has a purpose in life and he can go outside by himself.
Another way to train a Pit Bull to live outdoors is through socialization. In order for them to accept any kind of changes in their environment, it’s important that you spend time with them outdoors as much as possible. When you’re outside with them, make sure you take them to several different places so they can see and try out new things within your compound.
Always remember that your Pit Bull is just a dog. They are still puppies and still need to learn about what’s acceptable behavior. As much as possible, introduce them to new people and new places. They’re going to react to situations differently at first but don’t worry. Eventually they’ll catch on that everyone in the world loves dogs, no matter what color or breed they may be.
If proper training is done and the safety precautions adhered to, you will find the task of having Pit Bulls stay outside to be a walk in the park.
However, you’ll also want to make sure your Pit Bull has his identification tag on him at all times. This will help you identify him in case he goes missing. If he were to lose his tags, he would go somewhere that he would most likely not want to be, and it could put his life in jeopardy.
Patience is key when training your pit bull. Being a very stubborn dog, he may not respond to your training right away, but keep at it and soon he’ll realize exactly what he’s doing wrong.
Learning how to train a pit bull to live outdoors may take some time, but it’s well worth it. It will provide you with a safe and fun place for your pet to play, and it will make him happier inside.