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Raising a Puppy: Mia the Blue-Nose American Bully Pit—26 weeks old

A day in the life with Mia the American Bully (Bully Pit) puppy. Mia's twentieth week—26 weeks old, 50 pounds, 18 inches from the ground to the highest point of the shoulders (the withers).

A blue nose American Bully Pit is sitting in grass. Her mouth is open and her tongue is out. She is looking forward. The dog has a wide chest, and a wide tongue. There are yellow buttercup flowers in front of her.

26 weeks old (6 months)

Adventurous

The back of a blue nose American Bully Pit standing up on a pile of logs and looking back.

Mia, what are you doing now? You certainly are an adventurous puppy. Don't hurt yourself up there.

A blue nose American Bully Pit is standing in front of a pool of water. There is a red barn in the distance behind her.

It was a little too cold to swim, but that didn't stop Mia from nosing around the outside of her new pool.

A blue nose American Bully Pit is standing in grass and she is sniffing a flower bud on a bush.

Mia touched the flower bud with her nose and it bobbed around. That caught her attention. She kept poking it. "Mia, don't you dare eat it!"

Close up - A blue nose American Bully Pit is standing on a back porch and she is looking down at a fly. There is a red arrow pointing to the insect.

Mia, do you actually think you're quick enough to catch that fly?

Pack Leader Respect

A brown with black and white Boxer is standing in grass sniffing around. There is a bone next to him. A blue nose American Bully Pit is looking at the Boxer.

I was inside the house when I heard some growls outside. I walked out to find Mia trying to take a bone that was in front of Bruno even though there was a second bone not too far from the two of them. "HEY! Excuse me! I don't think so! Knock it off you two!" I yelled over to them in my growling voice. Both dogs looked up and immediately walked away from the bone trotting towards me. I picked up the bone as they both watched.

For the two dogs to abandon the object they were both trying to get from one another and happily without fear, trot to me shows a high level of respect. Had I not earned my high alpha position in a fair and balanced way, yelling for them to stop most likely would not have worked and it could even have set them off into a fight.

Neither dog cowered away, both immediately responded to my voice. Had either of them responded in fear or run away from me it would have been a sign that I am too harsh.

Had I not been a strong enough leader it could have set them off into a fight as a follower decided to get involved in their disagreement. Had their little tiff been at a higher level of intensity it could also have set them off as at some point dogs no longer think, they react. I could tell the two of them were not at that level and I also had the confidence to know I had what it took to stop them. My dogs are always kept at a lower level making it easy to stop their unwanted behaviors with voice commands.

Both dogs knew their behavior was unacceptable. They knew they were busted and they also knew that the only thing they had to do was stop the behavior and the consequence from me would end.

When I correct the dogs as soon as they do what I want I back off. For example if I call a dog and they do not come after the second call I will go get them with the intention of leading them to the place I wish them to be. As I am walking towards them, as soon as they take a step towards me I stop and turn back away from them walking in the direction I wish them to go to teach them coming is all I wanted.

Being a pack leader is not about yelling, hitting, pushiness or force. It is about leadership and respect. You cannot demand it. It must be earned. This point is one that many dog owners and even some dog trainers fail to understand.

A girl with colorful hair is standing in front of an open van door with a finger up. There are three dogs sitting in the middle section of the mini van. They are waiting for the command to leave the van.

"Stay" The dogs cannot get out of the van until they have permission. They step out one at a time when we say their names and that tells them which one is allowed to go out. Not only does this keep the dogs watching their handlers for commands, but it also keeps them safe.

Hole Digger

A blue nose American Bully Pit is standing on a flower bed with dirt on her nose and in front of her is a brown brindle Boxer.

Mia, you have dirt on your nose. Show me where you're digging a hole. I followed her. Oh no you don't. You can't dig next to my rose bush. "Hey! NO! You little squirt!"

Top down view of a blue nose American Bully Pit is standing in grass and looking to the left. There is a hole in the ground in front of her.

Telling her she could not dig near the rose bush didn't stop the digging. She dug a hole somewhere else. To her they are two separate issues. The rose bush may be off limits, but no one said this spot was off limits.

A blue nose American Bully Pit is standing in grass and digging a hole. There is a brown with black and white Boxer laying down in the grass. There are red arrows overlayed around the image to point to holes in the ground.

And later I realized she had dug holes all over the yard. She's not just digging, she is rooting like a pig. She smells things under the ground and digs for them. Her eyes may not be the best, but she has got a good nose on her, that is for sure. I bet she would make a good truffle-sniffing dog.

Beach Lover

Three Dogs are sniffing the corpse of a sand crab on top of a log.

The dogs check out a sand crab that had recently passed away. It had a strong smell and Mia was not so sure about it.

A blue nose American Bully Pit is kneeling in front of a coming wave. Standing behind her is a blue nose Pit Bull Terrier looking behind her. There is a man in shorts holding there leash.

Mia finds the waves more interesting than the other two dogs do, but then again, she is more fascinated with everything. To her everything is an adventure waiting to be explored.

A girl in white pants is holding the leash of a blue nose American Bully Pit that is looking at a coming wave. Behind the Bully Pit is a blue nose Pit Bull Terrier looking to the right.

Mia watches as another wave comes in.

A blue nose American Bully Pit is play bowing to a wave that is coming to the shore. There is a girl in white pants holding her leash.

Mia play bows at the water.

A blue nose American Bully Pit is jumping in water at a shore. There is a girl in a black and white Polka dot shirt behind the Bully Pit.

Playing in the water

Mia taking on the waves. It's not all that warm out so she does not attempt to get too wet. Can't wait to see what she does when it's hot outside.

Three dogs are drinking water out of metal bowls near a camper. There is a girl in a black Polka Dot shirt and a blonde haired girl standing behind the dogs.

The dogs get a drink of fresh water after playing on the beach.

The Goats

Mia tries to play with the herd of goats. Notice how her tail lowers after she is corrected with an "Aatttttt" sound. The sound mimics her own language meaning disapproval. She does not have to think about the "human" words she learns. She instantly and instinctually knows what that sound means.

Submissive Licker

A girl with colorful hair is kneeling behind a blue nose American Bully sitting on her butt in grass. She is licking the girl behind her face.

Mia is a submissive licker. When she first sees you if you have any skin showing within her height level and she does not have a "prize" in he rmouth to present, she will lick you. She's known as a "leg-licker" and a "toe-licker". She holds her head level with her body, ears back and tail wagging wide from side to side wiggling her entire back end.

A sign on a refridgerator that reads 'to do: Make Mia Stop licking everything!'

This was written as a joke on the white board on the refrigerator from a non-dog lover who often comes to visit. Not everyone wants a wet tongue on their skin.

Puppy No-Nos

A blue nose American Bully Pit is sitting in front of a crate that is covered in a blanket. There is a red arrow overlayed pointing to a bee.

Mia was playfully playing with something. Pounce! Her paws were going and she was nosing around. Mia what are you doing? That's when I spotted it. A bee. Oh no you don't, you silly puppy. I got a paper towel to capture the bee and put it outside. I am afraid to let you find out the hard way that bees are not play toys.

A blue nose American Bully Pit is standing on a rubber mat and a doorway and she is looking up at the person opening the door.

Um, Mia. Drop the stick before coming inside the house. I don't want chewed pieces of wood all over the place.

A blue nose American Bully Pit is laying down on a green an orthopedic dog bed pillow and she is looking up. There is chewed up paper towel around her.

You look all innocent, but what's that behind you? A soggy chewed up paper towel. You could try and blame it on your brothers but we all know better.