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How does one put weight on a pitbull?

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Adding muscle and weight to pitbulls takes a balanced combination of exercise, training and proper nutrition. Years of selective breeding have given pitbulls the form of a powerful, muscular dog. But just like people, pitbulls need help so they can reach their full potential.

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One way to build muscles in pitbulls is to engage them in exercises that they enjoy and are eager to do again. Fun exercises typically involve games between the dog and its owner, such as playing fetch, tug-of-war, spring poles, bicycle rides, running through an obstacle course and play dates with other dogs. These fun exercises also help to build stamina in pitbulls. Pitbulls with greater stamina are better prepared for weight training.

Weight training helps pitbulls to build muscles, strength and stamina. Weight training should start when the dog is at least 18 to 24 months old. This ensures that the dog’s joints and muscles are already developed. Doing this to a dog younger than 18 months may cause harm.

Weight training begins with light weights. Dogs are strapped to a weight-pull harness and are asked to drag three to five pounds over a short distance. The weight is gradually increased as the dogs become accustomed to the weight and drag the weights around quite easily.

Exercise and weight training alone aren’t enough to build muscles and add weight to pitbulls. A high-fat, high-protein diet, vitamins and supplements are just as important in developing and maintaining muscles.

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