Once an iconic American breed, American Pit Bull Terriers worked as military mascots, were seen on advertisements and were popular as farm and family dogs. Unfortunately, dog fighters exploited the loyalty and tenacity of the breed, which resulted in the tarnishing of the breed's reputation. While dogs of the breed appear tough, they are meant to love and accept people. When in a loving family and provided with proper socialization, training, attention and love, an American Pit Bull Terrier can be a gentle family dog. An American Pit Bull Terrier is a powerful dog that will require a good amount of physical activity on a daily basis. Fortunately, there are plenty of activities that you and your American Pit Bull Terrier can engage in that will help your pet maintain their health while allowing you to spend quality time together.
Nearly all breeds of dogs enjoy playing tug-of-war games as a result of the need in their DNA to partner with other dogs in pulling apart a prey animal prior to eating it. Playing with a tug rope or stuffed toy provides an excellent way for your pup to burn off their physical energy without either of you having to walk or run for miles. Do your best to keep the ferocity of the play regulated so that your pup does not get so excited that their behavior becomes nippy or mouthy. Don't be surprised if your pup growls during this play; they are excited and meaning to be playful as they get into the game!
Fetch is a great activity that will keep your pup moving while you enjoy a little downtime. With the endurance an American Pit Bull Terrier has, it is likely they will be able to retrieve a ball or frisbee many times, running for it each time you throw it. Once they return it to you, you can throw it again. And again. If your pup has not figured out the idea of "fetch", this is something that you can work on together.