Bull Terrier Owner Essentials

As a dog owner, you need to know a few essential things for well-being and peace of mind for you and your pet. Bull Terriers are voracious “mouthers” and love to chew and use their strong jaws. Below is some information about treats and toys for Bull Terriers…

Treats and Food

Prior to purchasing treats, read labels and research product to learn about safety for your pet


Bully Sticks – These dried muscles become chewy when wet and provide a natural way to clean teeth and exercise gums. 100% digestible.

Beef Liver Treats – 100% beef liver treats make healthy rewards during training or anytime. All natural and rich in protein.

Beware of

Rawhides & Greenies – Not recommended as they are not 100% digestible and/or supervise while eating so large pieces can be removed to avoid swallowing whole. A CNN report on “greenies” is available here. Read the statement by the rawhide company by clicking here.

Cocoa Bean mulch, available in many garden stores, is highly toxic to dogs. If you see it, please warn the management about its dangerous properties.

Human Foods Which Are Toxic To Dogs

If you suspect that your dog or cat has ingested a toxic or poisonous substance, you can call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in the USA at 1-888-426-4435 or 1-888-4-ANI-HELP. (There may be a charge for the consultation.) If it came from a package, have the packaging at hand so you can read the ingredients to the person on the phone. Do NOT give your pet any human medications or over-the-counter drugs like Aspirin or Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen (Tylenol), for some can kill a dog or cat.

In the USA, human medications are the #1 cause of reported dog deaths from poisoning. Keep medicine bottles out of reach, for a dog can easily chew through a child-proof medicine container. (Do not use chemical flea treatments for dogs on a cat, or let a cat lick a treated dog’s fur.)

Some human foods SAFE for dogs, and which most dogs love are: raw carrots, bananas, watermelon, strawberries, celery, canned pureed pumpkin (with no sugar added, NOT pumpkin pie filling), whole brown rice, apples (only when cut up and all of the toxic leaves, stems and seeds are removed), and potatoes (but NOT any still-green skins or any green sprouts, which are toxic to dogs and humans).

Five things you should NOT assume when feeding human foods to a dog…

ONE Just because you (or a pet cat) can safely eat a certain food, don’t assume that it won’t be harmful or even fatal if your dog eats it (e.g. grapes, raisins, chocolate, raw salmon, avocado, macadamia nuts, nutmeg).

TWO Just because your dog has already eaten a certain food apparently without harm, don’t assume that the next time it won’t cause harm. Sometimes the symptoms show up days later, and you may not have associated them with a food eaten several days before. Sometimes a larger amount can be toxic or fatal. Also, some foods when eaten regularly will produce toxic effects you don’t see for months, then suddenly your dog shows symptoms of a serious or life-threatening disease (e.g. onions, fruit pips or seeds, tree nuts, tomatoes, rhubarb, avocado, raw egg whites).

THREE Just because you see a fruit or vegetable listed as an ingredient in a commercial dog food, don’t assume that it is safe to feed it your dog. Some fruits and veggies have skins, seeds, stems, or leaves that are toxic, even though the flesh is safe to eat (e.g. apples, cherries, plums, potatoes).

FOUR Just because feeding a little of a food appears to cause no harm, don’t assume that if your dog later ingests a larger amount it will not be toxic or even fatal (e.g. chocolate, caffeine, grapes, onions, alcohol, raw bread dough, broccoli).

FIVE Just because you see a larger dog eat a food without harm, don’t assume that ingesting the same amount won’t be toxic or fatal for a smaller dog (e.g. chocolate, cocoa beans, caffeine, alcohol, grapes, onions, raw bread dough).

The following foods can be TOXIC to dogs!

  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Chocolate and Cocoa (be aware of mulch that comes from cocoa plants!)
  • Caffeine
  • Nicotine and Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Nutmeg
  • Raw Salmon and Trout
  • Raw Eggs
  • Peanuts and Sunflower Seeds
  • Moldy Foods
  • Cooked Chicken Bones
  • Corn Cobs
  • Onions
  • Raw Bread Dough and Bread-making Yeast

Excerpts from http://www.astrologyzine.com/safe-dog-food.shtml#toxic%20human%20foods


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Bringing your new Bull Terrier home…

Educate yourself on the proper way to introduce your new pet to the family and other household pets PRIOR the actual day.
If you have other dogs, introduce the dogs outside and away from the home to help alleivate any territorial tendencies of the existing dog(s).

Because dogs are pack animals, if you leash the dogs and take them on a walk together, their focus will be on the walk as they become familiar with one another’s scent.

Be patient with all family members involved during this time of transition and adjustment. Ultimately, all pet members want to please you and fit into the family pack.

More useful links and information on how to safely introduce your new dog to your home…

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Introducing a New Dog

Bringing Your New Dog Home – A guide to help adopters start off on the right paw

What to do if your Bull Terrier is lost…

No one ever plans for his or her dog to get lost, but accidents happen, and a little preplanning can save a lot of time and sometimes, your dog’s life.

Microchip your dog and keep the information registered and updated with the chip company. Should the dog show up in a shelter or at a vet, the dog can be traced back to you through this permanent and unalterable identification.

Have ID on your dog at all times. A collar with tag with your phone number and address will be the fastest way for someone to contact you should the dog be found by a good Samaritan. TIP: Put your cell phone number on the tag. If your dog is lost, you will not likely be at home to take calls!

Identify your dog as a bull terrier. The BTCA maintains an 800 number to take calls for bull terriers in need. You can add this number and information to your dog’s tag to identify the dog as a bull terrier and not a pit bull.

Make your own tag with the following information:



Have a recent photo of your dog that clearly shows his or her face and markings. As dogs age, their look may also change, so keep the photo recent.

Lost dog kit

For a lost bull terrier in Colorado, contact a MHBTC member. We will be quick to help and can increase your efforts with people to help in the search. We also network with many shelters and may be contacted first if a bully enters a shelter.

Contact every dog shelter that you can locate, even if it seems too far from home, and file a lost dog report. Dogs can really make miles in their adventures, people pick up dogs and take them to shelters far from home, never assume a shelter is too far!

For links to Colorado shelters go to: http://www.animalshelter.org/shelters/Colorado.asp
Go to the shelter EVERY DAY to look for yourself. Sometimes, despite the best of intentions, a shelter worker may not properly describe dogs that arrive at the shelter and they may not match your lost dog report. You need to take a look yourself just to be sure.

Make a poster and circulate it around the area where the dog was last seen. Expand the search by placing flyers in public places such as grocery stores and pet stores. Circulate posters to local vets. TIP: When making a poster or lost dog ad, always leave out a small detail about the description of the dog. For example, do not include that your dog has one ear that does not stand or a special spot on the top of its head. When people call claiming to have your dog, ask them to describe the dog to you to eliminate wrong identity or people calling with ill intent to collect a reward.

Notify the microchip company that your dog is lost. Double check that your contact information is correct. Ask if the chip company has a policy regarding sending out flyers to local vets. Some companies will do this for you.

Offering rewards, the pros and cons. This can be positive and negative. Some people may actually hold your dog hostage in order to collect a big reward. Offering a reasonable reward is fine. People that are likely to return your dog are not in it for the reward.


Update posters and your search efforts EVERY WEEK. When people see the same information week after week, they may overlook it assuming the dog must be home by now or it is not longer relevant. Dogs do come home, even weeks and months after they have been lost! Let’s face it, bull terriers are pretty novel and sometimes someone that kept a dog they found will tire of it and dump it later, especially if it is a lively and mischievous bully!

Also, Pet Finders website has more useful information.