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A New Owner's Guide to Staffordshire Bull Terriers: Training, Grooming, and Dog Care

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If you are new to the world of Staffordshire bull terriers and are considering adding one to your family, or if you have a new puppy at home and would like some direction on where to go from here, you have come to the right place. This guide will walk you through some of the crucial first steps of your new puppy's life, and give you tips ensure it will be long and healthy one.

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are an extremely active and highly intelligent breed of dog. With their high energy level and athletic ability, they are generally best suited to active owners who can incorporate the amount of exercise required by these dogs into their daily routine. They make great family dogs and do very well around children. They are very eager to please and will do just about anything to receive praise from their owners. These people-loving dogs thrive on a high level of socialization and play.


Unless you want your new Staffie to gnaw on everything in sight, a number of durable chew toys are an absolute must for this breed. They have a strong chewing drive and cannot be trained to just not chew at all. Braided rope toys are an excellent choice and stand up well to continuous use.

Do not give weak toys to Staffordshire Bull Terriers, or they will quickly have them chewed to pieces. These pieces present a significant choking hazard and should be avoided at all times.

Socializing Your Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Introducing your Staffie to a wide range of other people and animals is important in raising a well-rounded and social animal. When introducing your dog to new people, make sure he is in a calm state. Have him sit and wait on your command before being allowed to approach. Walk over to the guest with your dog and allow him to sniff and greet your visitor. Do not allow any jumping or overly excited behavior. If your dog is getting too riled up, remove him from the situation and have him remain in a seated or lying position until he has returned to a calm state. Repeat this process until he greets properly. If you are consistent with enforcing this behavior, you will be rewarded with a dog that friends and family will find a pleasure to be around...

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