While the name "red nose" suggests a separate breed or possibly even different characteristics from other pit bull dogs, it is simply a cosmetic feature and these puppies do not differ from other pit bulls. You should note, however, that any dog, pit bull or not, bred to have certain colour characteristics (such as the red or blue nose pit bulls) are more likely to be inbred due to the desired outcome of certain colour characteristics. Pit bull puppies are much like other puppies; they require the same care, feeding and socialisation.
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Allow newborn puppies up to age three or four weeks to nurse from their mother.
Their mother's milk contains the vital nutrients needed for the puppies to grow strong and healthy. If your puppies are less than four weeks old and do not have a mother or one that is not supplying enough milk, contact your veterinarian about feeding procedures for the puppies.
Feed your red-nosed pit bull puppies puppy food starting at three or four weeks old.
Start with small quantities, and you can soften the puppy food with warm water if you like. Continue to allow them to nurse from their mother during this time.
Feed your puppyieson a tight schedule, once or twice a day.
Free-feeding of any dog (besides many small breeds) is not healthy, and starting your puppies off by knowing when strict feeding times are, will help you keep track of any nutritional needs that may develop.
Feed a high-quality food to your pit bull puppies; these are large breed dogs that have different nutritional needs than medium or small breeds.
For the red-nosed pit bull puppy, choose a food that has 34- to 40-percent protein, 14- to 17-percent high-quality fats, a maximum of 30-percent carbohydrates and approximately 1 1/2-percent calcium.
Enrol your puppies in a puppy class if they are less than six months old.
Puppy classes provide a structured, fun learning environment for puppies where they can learn to interact with other dogs and people.
Set up puppy play-dates with friends or other dog owners.
Puppy play-dates can take place in your, or the other puppy parents' backyard; puppies have not yet developed their territoriality that prevents many adult dogs from accepting new dogs in their home or yard.
Practice giving positive reinforcement when your pit bull puppy is in the presence of other dogs.
This includes talking in a happy voice, playing with the puppy and the occasional treat.
Begin training as young as possible.
This includes discouraging bad behaviours and encouraging positive behaviours. Even with very young puppies, you can begin training them by getting them to know their name and petting and playing with them. Socialising the red-nosed pit bull puppies young can lead to happier, healthier adult dogs.
Set up a crate for crate training your puppu.
Crates are more than just cages that keep your puppy from destroying your possessions; they are homes, known as dens, for your dog. Your puppy will see its crate as a safe place if you train it as such. Never force a puppy into the crate without training it by using treats and getting it used to the crate first.
Walk your puppy and allow lots of time for play and interaction with you.
Puppies need this interaction, just like adult dogs. As puppies, this interaction secures the positive bond between dog and human, allowing for a better relationship in the future.
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