There are some things that we need for any dog. Regardless of breed, dogs all have the same needs for everyday life. But, for today, we’re going cover the top 5 items needed for your Bully Breed specifically. Why? Because I love my Bully Breed, Atlas. Plus, they tend to destroy things easier than other breeds.
For you Bully Breed pet parents out there, you might already know that our Bullies can be..well, destructive. Not all, mind you. I’m lucky with Atlas in that she doesn’t destroy things. But others, they’re not so lucky. So why the items for Bully Breeds? They hold up better. Also, they tend to be of better quality.
So what do dogs need? Food, a bowl to eat from, somewhere to sleep, a toy to chew on. Lastly, they need a collar and a leash if you plan on taking them outside. Which, we all should. They do need exercise just like we do.
Enough of that, let’s get to it! What food for Bullies?
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Food is First!
This is an important part of your Bullies life. A good, balanced diet. Rich in protein with wholesome grains. Some will differ of opinion on the grain side of things. That’s okay. We’re all different in what we feed our dogs. And just like us, each dog is different in what they eat. Some have an intolerance to gluten, but you won’t know that until you try it.
Many Bully Breeds have allergies to chicken, too. But, you’ll have to try out different foods to see what your Bully can eat specifically. For Atlas, she gets the Wellness Raw Rev Wholesome Grains Food with chicken and turkey.
Atlas doesn’t do well with beef actually. So, I feed her a chicken based food instead. Too much beef, and she tends to get an upset stomach. She goes in and out of the dog door all day after eating beef. But I had to learn this over time. So, chicken based for her.
This food is sold only at pet retailers I’m afraid. It’s also a little more expensive than the generic stuff. But, I know what’s in it and it’s all good stuff. No chemical additives, which is important to me and my dogs. I did lots of research on the ingredients; they’re all good. Also, I looked into the recalls according to the FDA, and they’re very minimal and nothing life threatening or dangerous. So, it’s a good choice for us.
Now that you have the food, you kind of need a bowl.
A Bowl Would Be Nice…
Some like to have dog bowls specifically for their dogs. But, if you’re on a budget, don’t fret! Just use any bowl around your house, honestly. No dog looks at their bowl and thinks, “Oh no, I’m not eating from that generic thing!” It’s just a bowl guys, I promise.
But, if you do want to spend a little on a nice bowl set, I would get one that combines the water and food bowls. Kind of like these ones.
See, I used to have a big plastic water jug for my dogs. The auto-water bowl. The thing was HUGE! It held 5 gallons of water. And while I didn’t have to fill it often, it was gross. Plastic, unlike glass, gets a slimy texture to it once they drink from it. It started to smell like a fish tank after a couple of days. It was gross.
It was also a pain in my butt to fill. It was like grabbing those huge jugs in an office area for the water dispenser. Only, you had to bend down to put this thing on the base. I hated filling it! Once a week, I still had to. If you’re not a young spring chicken with a good back, good luck! Nope, I went to a small, glass water bowl. I fill it daily and clean it between. My life had gotten easier after making that shift. Besides, the dogs all flock to it like it’s their lifeline when I fill it.
Okay, so we have food, and a bowl. What’s next? Well, dogs need to sleep!
A Bed To Sleep….
Not all dogs like beds. Let me rephrase that. Not all dogs like dog beds! When Atlas was a puppy at 8 weeks old, I gave her her own little bed. It was a cute, fluffy little thing. I loved it! It was so soft! The problem? She squealed. Nope, Atlas did not want to sleep on her own. Even right beside our bed, two feet away from her. So, after trying for only two nights, I was done. Besides, I’m a sucker at heart for dogs. I love my dogs.
I picked her up that second night, and she slept on my neck. Curled up, cozy and snoring. But this isn’t feasible for everyone. Maybe you have a small bed. Or you have an infant. Not too terribly feasible to sleep with your dogs all the time. Especially if your dog is a 170 lbs Bully. Whew! So, you might need a Bully Bed for them.
Bully Beds are more durable than those cheap knockoffs sold at pet stores. I know, I’ve been through them! A waste of money, let me tell you. Put a little more money into it upfront and you’ll be happy with your purchase.
So, you have your food, your bowl, and their bed. What about chew toys? Invest in these! Your dog will eat your house, shoes, and furniture if you don’t.
Toys Are A Chewing Necessity!
Chew toys are the number 1 thing you need. Okay, besides food and stuff, duh. Why chew toys? “Are you sure chew toys are part of the top 5 items needed for your Bully Breed dog?” Absolutely! Dogs like to chew. They’ll chew your shoes if you don’t have toys for them. You don’t want your nice shoes being torn to bits, especially by a puppy.
Get the good chew toys. What do I mean by good? Ones that aren’t destroyed within 10 minutes. I know this isn’t possible for your 170 lbs XL American Bully. I get that. They can swallow a Kong like it’s a treat. So, you get a bigger one. A huge bone that lasts them forever! Okay, more like a day or two.
I found an ostrich bone one day at Pet Smart. This thing was as long as my leg. But it got everywhere. At Petco, I found one similar to this, but of the Kong brand. Now, I stand by the Kong brand and always will. Their toys stand the test of time. Yes, they’re a little more expensive. But when you’ve bought the cheap brands that fall to pieces in just one day, well, that’s frustrating. I like my dogs stuff to last. I spend more for better quality.
Food, bowls, beds, toys. What’s next? You have to take your dog outside!
Collar and Leash To Be Outdoors!
Out of all the top 5 items needed for your Bully Breed, this is my favorite. I just love shopping for cute little collars and leashes when they’re puppies! They’re so small, so tiny and gawd so cute!! Atlas still has her very first collar and leash set. Dark blue velvet with little studs on it. It was only 2 inches in diameter, closed. It fits my 2.5 lb Chihuahua now.
Now, she’s bigger, her neck is huge and she’s grown to needing a thick collar. I spent a lot of money on a forever collar for her. It’s 2 inches thick and it’s leather. It has padding inside to protect her when she pulls. Yes, she still pulls when she sees a dog. But, it’s rare. I trained her well with what’s called a Gentle Leader. Necessary for big dogs! Otherwise, forget walking them if you’re a small woman. They’ll pull you where they want to go. Leash train, leash train, leash train!
A collar and leash is necessary, just like food. You have to take your dog outside. For walks, to poo, whatever the reason. They have to get exercise, so don’t be lazy. If you have a dog, you gotta walk!
I think I’ve covered the top 5 items needed for your Bully Breed. There’s more, of course! I have lot of items just for Atlas. But if you’re just getting a puppy, this is the list for you. So, get to it. Get the stuff you need before bringing them home for the first time.
The list will grow with them!