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    Default Re: Looking to buy my bully a dog house + brush + leather collar

    I don't have an english bulldog yet, or any dog right now for that matter-but I have had dogs in the past. When I was young we had an english bulldog that we kept outside. We lived in an area that was very rural, and no one had bulldogs. We weren't real familiar with the internet either so we didn't have access to information about the breed. Ours did sleep inside at night however. It was just normal back then where we lived for all dogs to stay outside. I've learned alot since then and thankfully ours didn't die from heat. He DID go missing and was never found...so people stealing them is still a great possibility...even if you live far off the road like we did. everyone in our neighborhhod knew we had him and they all loved him. Anyone could have taken him.

    However, I've never ever tied up any dogs. I just really can't stand that. If you plan to keep dogs outside- I think the very least people could do would be to invest in a fence (and get a different breed of dog more suited to stay outside).

    Please don't take this as me being rude. My husband and mother both tell me I'm always mean..it's just my nature. HAHA =)

    My advice to you would be to get a crate for him/her (sorry!).Jeffers usually has some for a good price. I like to order from there and they offer free shipping with $60+ I think. jefferspet.com
    They also have kits with some crates that come with puppy pads and toys etc...for really good prices. Get a crate that's JUST big enough for her to lay down and turn around and get her a crate mat for it with a small water bowl attatched to the inside. You can even get the attatchable water bowls from walmart I believe. If it's not big enough for her to move around in it she wont poop or pee in it. Then right when you wake up take her outside to use the bathroom. You can do the same thing about 45 minutes after she eats and right before putting her to bed in her crate at night. You can put her a kong or something to keep her occupied before she falls asleep.

    When introducing her to her new crate, don't force her in there. Open it up and let her investigate..put a favorite toy or a few treats in it and reawrd her when she goes in it by herself. At night when you put her in her crate she'll probablly cry for a few nights. You CANT give it to the cries. Get yourself some earplugs and make her stay in the crate all night until you let her out for potty in the morning. After a few days she'll get used to it.

    If you plan on leaving her during the day...I suggest getting a kennel type fence to go around the crate....you can't leave her locked in her crate all day long. Put her crate at one end,propped open for her to go in freely, and put her puppy pads w/ tray at the other end for her to peepee on while your gone. Don't forget food and water bowls and toys to keep her occupied. I'd suggest kongs, treat dispensing toys, nylabones...

    This is the kennel type thing I mentioned from amazon or drsfostersmith.com http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=16677
    I'd suggest getting the 8panel or putting two 4panels together...3 would be better.

    Sorry to go on and on! Last I'd like to suggest getting a grain free dog food.
    Hope I was of some help. good luck! =)

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    Default Re: Looking to buy my bully a dog house + brush + leather collar

    Oh I forgot to say....I'm seriously thinking of getting a Pet Loo. Maybe you should look into it instead of pee pads. It holds alot more liquid, and theres no paper for them to shred. I think it just looks more hygenic as well, and you can move it outside to let her pee on it when you let her out to potty-but move it inside on the end of her kennel for her to pee/poop on while you're at work. I really like that idea. There a little expensive, but you'll eventually save money by not bying the peepads.
    Oh and 3 kennels put together is better. =)

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    All great advice Bullies are very susceptible to thieves, sad to say it but it's true. Also I agree with the wire crate idea, you can eve drape a thin sheet over it at night (baring its not hot inside already) and it'l dampen the light, Spunky loves the sheet over hers and she sleeps pretty soundly. Goodluck!!!


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    Thanks for all the advice guys, I won't keep my Bully tied up anymore, I have decided to just buy her a crate and leave her inside the house.

    I do not like to tie my bully at all, but I always thought it would be better to tie her up outside so she can get fresh air and at least walk around, the chain isn't too long or too short, to be honest I thought crating her up all day long 8+ hours would be even worse, which is why I came up with the idea of just keeping her outside..

    But after doing some reading I realize it is okay to leave my bully in a crate for a long time, also realized it is a good way of training them, she is only about 8-9 months old, I still consider her a puppy. I appreciate everyone's advice it sure helped.

    P.s.. her only behavioral issue is chewing everything up including her pad sometimes when I am at work.. I have bought her countless deer antlers and nylabone toys, she seems to grow tired of them..

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    Default Re: Looking to buy my bully a dog house + brush + leather collar

    Oh that's so good to hear. It's so dangerous to leave any dog tied up when you're not there, or even there for that matter. Wilson and Emma are crated for 10 hours when I'm at work. Sure I feel guilty at times but they’re just fine. Wilson has a really big crate 5'x3 and right now Emma’s is 2'x’ as she’s potty training. She can hold it almost 10 hours now, but not quite. You made a very good decision. Bullies just aren’t meant to be kept outside. Get your guy a harness for a collar. Not only are they great because they don’t yank on the neck when walking but they can rarely slip out of them. If you’d like me to see where we got our big crate I’d be happy to look. Again, I’m very happy to hear your not going to chain your guy outside in a dog house, day or night.
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    Default Re: Looking to buy my bully a dog house + brush + leather collar

    Quote Originally Posted by EBDR35 View Post
    Thanks for all the advice guys, I won't keep my Bully tied up anymore, I have decided to just buy her a crate and leave her inside the house.

    I do not like to tie my bully at all, but I always thought it would be better to tie her up outside so she can get fresh air and at least walk around, the chain isn't too long or too short, to be honest I thought crating her up all day long 8+ hours would be even worse, which is why I came up with the idea of just keeping her outside..

    But after doing some reading I realize it is okay to leave my bully in a crate for a long time, also realized it is a good way of training them, she is only about 8-9 months old, I still consider her a puppy. I appreciate everyone's advice it sure helped.

    P.s.. her only behavioral issue is chewing everything up including her pad sometimes when I am at work.. I have bought her countless deer antlers and nylabone toys, she seems to grow tired of them..
    I am so glad to hear it I am almost in tears, if you have any other questions just let us know. I see how you could have had that point of view, but if you crate train them properly they will go in there and snooze even when you are home. It is "their place", and no one elses.

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    Default Re: Looking to buy my bully a dog house + brush + leather collar

    Quote Originally Posted by EBDR35 View Post
    Thanks for all the advice guys, I won't keep my Bully tied up anymore, I have decided to just buy her a crate and leave her inside the house.

    I do not like to tie my bully at all, but I always thought it would be better to tie her up outside so she can get fresh air and at least walk around, the chain isn't too long or too short, to be honest I thought crating her up all day long 8+ hours would be even worse, which is why I came up with the idea of just keeping her outside..

    But after doing some reading I realize it is okay to leave my bully in a crate for a long time, also realized it is a good way of training them, she is only about 8-9 months old, I still consider her a puppy. I appreciate everyone's advice it sure helped.

    P.s.. her only behavioral issue is chewing everything up including her pad sometimes when I am at work.. I have bought her countless deer antlers and nylabone toys, she seems to grow tired of them..
    With Stig, we had his crate set up inside an x-pen. During the days when no ones home, he would sleep in his crate, and if he had to pee/poop, he'd walk out the crate, hence into the xpen, and do his business in the corner somewhere. I, too, was worried that he was staying too long in his crate. With the x-pen, he had a much larger space.

    We had carpet as floors all over the house so we bought this rolled vinyl flooring and put the whole setup on top of it. He's more than 2 years old now and he has free roam of the main floor, but he'd still go in the x-pen whenever he needs to.

    Thank you for reconsidering leaving her outside. You made us all worry here. lol.
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    Default Re: Looking to buy my bully a dog house + brush + leather collar

    Quote Originally Posted by EBDR35 View Post
    Thanks for all the advice guys, I won't keep my Bully tied up anymore, I have decided to just buy her a crate and leave her inside the house.

    I do not like to tie my bully at all, but I always thought it would be better to tie her up outside so she can get fresh air and at least walk around, the chain isn't too long or too short, to be honest I thought crating her up all day long 8+ hours would be even worse, which is why I came up with the idea of just keeping her outside..

    But after doing some reading I realize it is okay to leave my bully in a crate for a long time, also realized it is a good way of training them, she is only about 8-9 months old, I still consider her a puppy. I appreciate everyone's advice it sure helped.

    P.s.. her only behavioral issue is chewing everything up including her pad sometimes when I am at work.. I have bought her countless deer antlers and nylabone toys, she seems to grow tired of them..
    So glad to hear that! Everyone gave some great advice, it's sad that it has to be that way but bullys just aren't safe outside alone You can always put some peanut butter in a kong, that will keep her busy for hours. As long as it's not too much longer than 8 hours a day she will be totally fine in the crate

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    Default Re: Looking to buy my bully a dog house + brush + leather collar

    Oh and I saw at walmart that nylabone came out with these new toys that trap treats and peanut butter inside them, those would be great to keep her busy too. They have the other treat trapping toys too I just thought that one was neat because it had a place for both. It was nylabone brand but made out of the same material as kongs are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by savemejeebus View Post
    With Stig, we had his crate set up inside an x-pen. During the days when no ones home, he would sleep in his crate, and if he had to pee/poop, he'd walk out the crate, hence into the xpen, and do his business in the corner somewhere. I, too, was worried that he was staying too long in his crate. With the x-pen, he had a much larger space.

    We had carpet as floors all over the house so we bought this rolled vinyl flooring and put the whole setup on top of it. He's more than 2 years old now and he has free roam of the main floor, but he'd still go in the x-pen whenever he needs to.

    Thank you for reconsidering leaving her outside. You made us all worry here. lol.

    Heck..I wasn't worried!

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    Thanks guys again for all the tips, I'm already looking as we speak into getting her a Wire Crate just enough for her to switch sleeping positions, Don't want to get it to big as she'll probably start to pee and poop in there, Is there a size you recommend? My bully is not too big she is about 45 pounds.

    And I actually am currently using a harness instead of a collar, I really just wanted a collar for looks I guess, I wouldn't tie a leash to her actual collar knowing how bad it is for their necks, I guess i will just look for a leather studded harness instead, if you guys can recommend a good one that would be appreciated, also any other recommendations for a good brush to keep her from shedding all over my room and bed.

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    Default Re: Looking to buy my bully a dog house + brush + leather collar

    A couple weeks ago somebody recommended the Zoom Groom brush. There's a whole thread dedicated to it in the "General" section

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