The most important part of raising a downing a Bully, is proper nutrition and health care. These helpful tips will give you some brief and general rules for properly raising a Bully.
Your Bully is considered a puppy from 8 weeks to 6 months, to ensure the proper growth and health of your puppy, follow these tips. Regular vet visits, your puppy should get a series of puppy vaccinations. These vaccinations should be given in three week intervals. Your puppy should have a total of five. The vaccination should be a standard 7-way shot that begins at 5 weeks of age. In some areas, you may need to give your puppy a 7-way with Corona. Ask your local vet if that is needed in your area.
When your Bully reached 6 months in age, have your vet give a 3 year rabies vaccination. Rabies vaccinations should be repeated every three years.
Every year, staring at 1 year of age, you should give your Bully a 7-way vaccination as a booster.
Once a year have your vet do a complete health check on your Bully.
Dogs can be infected with a few different types of worms. It is always best to have your vet do a fecal check to see if your dog is infected with any worms, parasites, or bacteria.
We recommend having your dog checked every three months.
You should also have your vet start them on a heart worm preventative at 4 months. Some of these contain medications to kill other worm varieties as well as heart worm. Some are even effective for fleas and ticks, ask your vet to show you the different options they have.
You should always repeat a worming 14 days after the initial worming. Tape worms require a 3 day treatment. Always have your dog checked on a regular basis. More tips on worming your pups: http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/deworming-dogs-puppies
For Bullies under a year we recommend a high protein, high fat, quality food. Check your ingredients, the first 3 listed ingredients should be a form of meat. We recommend a food with at least 20% fat content or higher, and at least 30% protein content or higher.
There are a lot of premium pet foods on the market that will have these ingredients.
There are also frozen food products that work very well.
Quantity will depend on your dog, we feel it is best to feed a puppy as much as they will eat. We also recommend feeding them three times a day, or free feeding all day long.
Try and keep some fat on your Bully puppy this will aid in proper growth.
As your Bully gets older, their feeding patterns will change. After a year to a year ½, you should feed your dog enough to maintain a full look, but not over weight. Their metabolism will change on its own, and you will see the puppy fat change into muscle.
For dogs under a year and females we also recommend giving a calcium supplement, or some breeders add powdered all purpose fee milk to their food. Either one is a good source of calcium.
Vitamins and vitamin supplements are good for dogs of all ages. There are different vitamins for different purposes and ages. Use one according to your dogs age. A multi purpose vitamin is recommended for the entire life of your Bully. We recommend Bully Max for dogs ages 7 weeks and older.
Another good food additive is Brewers Yeast. You can get this in a powder or pill form at all pet/feed stores.
There are many other nutritional supplements on the market, we recommend trying some out and seeing how they work for your Bully.
Lat but not least is fresh water! Always make sure your Bully has access to fresh water at all times. We recommend replacing the water ever 4-6 hours.OTHER
Make sure you Bully gets exercise daily. We recommend at least ½ hour each time, and at least 3 times a day at a minimal. Some people like to play fetch, this is a great form of exercise. If possible, swimming is by far the best of all exercises. Your dog need to walk and work its limbs every day, so make sure they get adequate walks daily.
It is very important that your Bully gets at least a ½ hour of natural sunlight each day.
Always remember to be careful on hot days, keep your Bullies cool and hydrated.
Always watch for signs of overheating and excursion.
Toys and chew toys, there are a variety of good ones, from tug toys to indestructible chew toys. We recommend ones large enough that can Not be swallowed and not have pieces bitten off. ALWAYS supervise your dog with a toy, and never leave them alone with one of their toys unsupervised!
Always socialize your Bullies from puppy hood with children and other dogs. Never abuse your dog or use contact as a form of correction. Always have them interact with children, and never allow them to play bite with a child. Teach them young, that children are their friends.
When training your dog, remember, this breed is the most loyal of all breeds. Their main goal is to please their owners. Having your dog respond for praise is the best method. Never train your Bully by hitting, corrections should be quick and to the point, and while on a leash. Consult a trainer that teaches you to train your dog, that uses praise for reward, and teaches your dog to respond and interact to you. Praise and affection should be the only rewards needed. This breed was created to be the ultimate companion, make sure if you own one, you are the same to them. Love your Bully and give your Bully love, affection, and most important, attention. The Bullies are the ideal companions, treat them right and they will be the best companions a family or owner could ever heave.
These are some tips that can help ensure a healthy and happy Bully, always consult a vet or professional trainer for any more serious questions you many have.