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Grooming

Grooming the Bull terrier is very simple and this makes it an ideal dog for those that don't have time for elaborate grooming routines. A weekly rub down with a rubber grooming mitt or stiff bristle brush is all that is required. Checking the ears and the eyes for any sign of irritation or discharge at this time is also important. While the breed is not prone to eye or ear infections it is always a great idea to check regularly to catch any potential problems before they become an issue.

A chamois cloth can be used after grooming to add a natural sheen to the hard, flat coat of the Bull terrier. These dogs are very clean and do not require regular bathing unless it is required. They do shed an average amount and grooming will help prevent loose hairs from showing up all over the furniture. The Bull terrier has two slightly heavier shedding times, one in the spring and once in the fall. During these periods additional grooming will help remove the dead hair.

The nails of the Bull terrier are very hard and typically will stay worn down if the dog is exercised on streets or sidewalks. If, however, the nails become long they can cause lameness and tenderness of the feet, so always check the length. The bottom of the nail should not be lower than the bottom of the pad or it will actually push the nail up and into the pad, just like a long toenail on a person pushes into the foot when in a shoe. A guillotine type trimmer that slips over the end of the nail and then slices the nail off flat it is the best option. Care must be taken not to cut in the quick as this is very sensitive and will bleed profusely if cut. A vet or groomer can show you the correct way to trim the nails if you are not familiar with the process.

Exercise

The Bull terrier is a very athletic dog that enjoys regular, extended exercise as much as possible. They can adapt to less exercise but are also prone to putting on weight, so care must be taken to provide a good balance between food intake and exercise. Without someone to exercise with or something structured to do the Bull terrier will often not self-exercise much and tend to become rather lazy. Taking the Bull terrier on regular walks is a great way to keep both the dog and the owner in shape and provide some outside time together.

The Bull terrier makes a great jogging companion or hiking friend. They also love to get out in the yard or park and run and play with the kids, which they will do for hours given the chance. Exercising the Bull terrier is often very easy, as they will simply want to be with the family no matter what is happening. They can get exercise in the home as well by following people around the house provided they are allowed to roam throughout.

Without proper exercise or with long or even relatively short periods of confinement or inactivity the Bull terrier will start to develop very problematic habits. They are known to chew and destroy objects in the home as well as become problem barkers, tail chasers and even resort to messing in the house to display their displeasure with being alone. Before leaving the Bull terrier in the house or yard it is important to provide some type of structured exercise to help the dog cope with being alone.

Microchipping

Every year more than 300,000 animals go astray in the UK alone. Tragically, few are reunited with their owners. Many lost dogs end up in shelters where they are adopted out to new homes or even euthanized. It is important that your dog has identification at all times. Collars and tags are essential, but they can fall off or become damaged. Technology has made it possible to equip your pet with a microchip for permanent identification.

BAER Testing Information (Testing for Deafness in Dogs & Cats)

What is the BAER test?

The hearing test known as the brainstem auditory evoked response (BAER) or brainstem auditory evoked potential (BAEP) detects electrical activity in the cochlea and auditory pathways in the brain in much the same way that an antenna detects radio or TV signals or an EKG detects electrical activity of the heart. The response waveform consists of a series of peaks numbered with Roman numerals: peak I is produced by the cochlear nerve and later peaks are produced within the brain. The response from an ear that is deaf is an essentially flat line. In the sample recordings shown below, Puppy 1 heard in both ears, Puppy 2 was deaf in the left ear, Puppy 3 was deaf in the right ear, and Puppy 4 was deaf in both ears. Because the response amplitude is so small it is necessary to average the responses to multiple stimuli (clicks) to unmask them from the other unrelated electrical activity that is also present on the scalp (EEG, muscle activity, etc).

The response is collected with a special computer through extremely small electrodes placed under the skin of the scalp: one in front of each ear, one at the top of the head, and one between the shoulders. It is rare for a dog to show any evidence of pain from the placement of the electrodes - if anything the dog objects to the gentle restraint and the irritation of wires hanging in front of its face. The stimulus click produced by the computer is directed into the ear with a foam insert earphone. Each ear is tested individually, and the test usually is complete in 10-15 minutes. Sedation or anesthesia are usually not necessary unless the dog becomes extremely agitated, which can usually be avoided with patient and gentle handling. A printout of the test results, showing the actual recorded waveform, is provided at the end of the procedure. Test results are confidential.

This BAER testing information was taken from the following website What is a BAER test?. (http://www.lsu.edu/deafness/baerexpl.htm)

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