Puppy Crate Training

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A litter of Pitbull Puppies bred at Kinneman Kennels in 2007

Before you crate train your puppy, please know that if a dog that is left in a crate for long hours can become neurotic, restless and noisy. It is suggested that you find someone who can take your dog out for a long walk and spend time with it outdoors.

Try as far as possible to only use the crate at night.  Otherwise, you must leave your dog in a separate room with reusable housebreaking pads, some healthy food, ample water and exciting toys. Arrange the room in such a way that the bed and food are at one end and the pee pads at the other. Spread the toys in the middle of the room. Dogs are intelligent and thinking creatures and they need to find something to occupy their mind.

The scientific crate training method is as follows:

  • Use a crate for the first 3 to 4 weeks to confine your puppy in it when you are not with him.

  • Take care to ensure that the crate is neither too big nor too congested without moving space. It should be large enough for the puppy to lie down in bed for a comfortable sleep and be able to stand up and stretch its limbs.

  • Dogs will feel happy not to soil their beds and the crate. Patiently and persuasively teach them to control their urge to urinate/defecate.

  • You must be vigilant and as soon as you see your puppy pacing, sniffing around, and turning restless, take it out of the crate.

  • Allow the puppy about 10 minutes of rest after relieving before taking it back inside.

  • Until your puppy is about 5 months old you will need to take him out frequently and keep an eagle eye on him.

  • Belly bands are effective training tools, particularly for male dogs, to prevent them from spoiling your floor and your furniture. Put them on while they are in the house, and remove them when going out.

A 12 week old puppy should be able to remain crated for 4-5 hours. A six month old puppy should be able to remain crated for 6-7 hours. A ten month old puppy should be able to remain crated for 8 hours.

It is true that paying absolute attention to a puppy round the clock can be very strenuous.  When you are too busy to watch the puppy, put the puppy in his crate and close the door.  You will have peace of mind and the puppy will also not go astray.

Paper Training your pups

If your puppy is being developed to be an indoor pet, you may try what is called paper training.  Place layered newspaper sheets in one corner of the room away from the feeding and water dishes. After every meal, you may lead the puppy to the newspaper pile. Each time the puppy defecates, change the top layer of newspaper and leave the bottom layer. Puppies will obviously not like to ease where they smell urine and feces.

Housebreaking a Puppy

You should begin to housebreak immediately after you bring your new puppy home. You must learn to consider housebreaking as managing your puppy rather than training it. There is a subtle difference between managing and training. With training, you try to teach your puppy a new behavior or an ability to obey your commands. With management, you develop a formula whereby you can evoke the desired response in your puppy.

Just like infant children, little puppies (8-12 weeks old) do not consciously understand that what they are doing is wrong or unacceptable.  So, you cannot make them realize that they are doing the wrong thing when they make a mistake in the house.

Any thing that you say to disapprove the puppy’s incorrect act will not be associated by the puppy with the elimination mistake it made. So, any sort of house breaking punishment that you mete out will be misconstrued by the puppy as unjustified anger from its master.  It will form an opinion of you as an angry person and someone to avoid and/or to fear.

When you start housebreaking in right earnest, you should inculcate a habit in your puppy to learn though experience, where to eliminate.  Once the puppy has developed the habit of relieving specifically outdoors he will no longer bother you spoiling your indoors. It will through instinct go to the pre-determined place chosen by you for this purpose. So, you understand that this is more a management method and not a training technique.

Here are some simple and easy-to-follow guidelines to housebreak a puppy:

  • Make it a point to leave the puppy in a crate that is sufficiently small so that he cannot urinate/defecate in one end and sleep soundly in the other end.

  • Never place absorbent materials like sponges, towels or mattresses inside the crate.  Puppies have a tendency to pee or poop on the towel and push it aside, creating a dry place to sleep.  The puppy must learn to hold it until it is taken out.

  • When the puppy wakes, you must open the crate door and allow it to walk out. Ensure it does not pee before getting out of your home.

  • Or else, carry and place it in the pre-determined spot where you plan it should urinate/defecate.

  •  Avoid engaging it in any play lest it be distracted from urinating/defecating.

  • Once inside your home, confine it to its room.  Allow it free access to water and after giving time for it to relax restore it to the crate.

  • When it is time for a meal, offer meal in its crate.

  • After 20-40 minutes, remove the meal and take him outdoors again.  Most young puppies need to eliminate from 20-40 minutes after they eat.  It should be put back in his crate, immediately when you get inside.

With passage of time, your puppy should be able to restrain longer periods of time before defecating.  But you must cultivate the habit to house break in the first four weeks. Set a timetable and achieve it. You must evolve a workable method of managing the puppy for the first month to allow your puppy for mid-day outings for defecating and urinating.

Feeding the puppy

Offering dinner early in the evenings and removing water several hours prior to bedtime – can help immensely with housebreaking.  Puppies that are 8 – 16 weeks old should typically receive 3 meals per day.  When it is around 4 months, it develops teeth and during this time your puppy should forego solid food.  This is because of the pain of chewing.  Offering moist food at this time can be helpful.  After 4 months, puppies can begin to eat two meals per day.

You should remove the food after the puppy after allowing 20 minutes to eat what ever it wants.  You should not be overly generous and let it overeat. This will put its digestive tract to a lot of strain that it will not defecate on a schedule.  Once you are able to clearly figure out how long after he eats a meal he needs to go outdoors, it will make things easy for you to housebreak the puppy.


Most 10 week old puppies sleep through the night.  But, if the puppy is still waking you at midnights for a trip outside, you can choose to ignore its cries.  If it has become habituated to waking at odd hours in the night it does not truly need to go outside. It will go back to sleep when you refuse to acknowledge it’s whining.

Under no circumstances, you should get frustrated, impatient or upset with the puppy during the housebreaking process.  It serves no purpose beyond making your puppy resentful and unfriendly. Please understand that housebreaking is all about efficiently managing your puppy and this calls for judicious planning, a spirit of tolerance and deep commitment.

Razors Edge Pit Bull Bloodline History

Razors Edge Lil RoTruth can be stranger than fiction – Razors Edge Pit Bull Bloodline has a fascinating history. To those who are less familiar, Razors Edge was created because of the utter dedication and untiring efforts of Dave Wilson and his associate Carlos Barksdale.

Pioneering Efforts

In fact, Dave Wilson and Carlos Barksdale started the entire process in a modest way using game dogs. They did extensive research ferreting out a wealth of information about American Pit Bull Terriers. They avidly read many dog magazines like the ADBA Gazette and several other well-known and less-known periodicals in order to create “Razor edge bloodline”. They painstakingly met several breeders to obtain every scrap of information about starting a bloodline.

During the earlier days, they owned a few Back Yard Bred non-papered American Pit Bulls. They created their own Pit club and in an adventurous way went hiking and camping in the woods. Whatever they earned, the money was spent to get some decent papered, decent bloodline, game bred dogs. They purchased some of the finest game bred dogs that were then available ion the market.

Persistance pays

The enterprising duo got in touch with George Williams in Washington DC. They purchased a dog from Wildside Kennels that they named Diablo – for whatever reason. Diablo was fathered by a bigger catch dog, Hollinsworth Bull and a game girl named Wildsides Ms.Leaky gave birth to it.

This was the defining moment when Razors Edge started adding more size, bone, and improved physical structure. The first ever registered “ADBA” Razors Edge breeding was a crossing between Mayfield sire Zeus to a Mayfield bitch Jinx. Curt Plater was reportedly the person to own the first ever Razors Edge Registered dog.

The authorities banned Pits in PG County and Dave was compelled to shift out of the area. Dave held a managerial job in the Pet Store industry at a Pet Store in Virginia.

Fascinating background

Dave Wilson of Razor’s Edge Kennels at Virginia developed a line of dogs that many dog lovers believe to be one of the momentous experimentation in the history of the famous American Pit Bull Terrier. When Young Dave Wilson began breeding dogs, the name Razor Edge was not known to the world. Dave was the pioneer to put the name Razors Edge on the dog map.

Dave initially faced difficult times when he first started breeding Pit Bulls.  At that time, there existed a number of various Pit bull “Bloodlines”, each with its own unique characteristics.

But, interestingly enough, for a seasoned breeder like Dave Wilson, what mattered was not the similarities, but the dissimilarities. Dave extensively traveled the country visiting every possible breeder. He was eagerly looking for certain traits and features that he could use for creating a new a breed of Pit Bull that the world would call the Razor Edge. The task was by no means simple and Dave struggled his way through to achieve his set goals.

With meticulous planning and carefully selected breeds, Dave Wilson was able to create history. Within a period of seven generations, Dave laid the standards by which Razor’s Edge Pit bulls are measured today.

 muscular-pitbullRazor Edge Bloodlines

A couple of decades ago, Razors Edge Kennel was nothing more than a figment of imagination in the mind of Dave Wilson. And then history was created as today, Razor Edge Bloodlines are recognized as the most sought after bloodlines in almost all parts of the world. The plain truth is Razor Edge Bloodlines are today fetching two to three times the prices of any other “PitBull” Bloodline.

This can straightaway be attributed to the sustained efforts, persistence and perseverance, and vision of Dave Wilson. Once a person achieves success of this magnitude, there will be people to concoct stories and create controversies.

Several stories are constantly created in an attempt to impair and discredit the Razor Edge breed. But the grim fact remains that several thousands of people who own Razor’s Edge dogs are grateful to Dave Wilson and his vision of the man’s best friend.

Facts about Razor Edge Pit bull

Wilson also wanted shorter, squatter pit bulls with massive chests and short snouts. Razor Edge Pitbull  are a variety of  large, muscular pit bull dogs, imaginatively bred to inculcate in them characteristics such as loyalty, friendliness and a serene disposition.

Razors Edge Pit bulls were selectively bred by Dave Wilson in Virginia in the 1980’s to fulfill the need for a bully companion dog instead of an athletic and agile Though many colors and patterns are allowed in Razors Edge, they are predominantly blue and white.

Dave ensured that these Pit bulls could be trained to be very social. They can be conditioned to become excellent pets, but care should be taken to select an ethical breeder.

Other American Bully Bloodlines

Apart from Razors Edge, there are far too many blood lines out in the market including Gotti or Gotty, Remyline, Daxline, Monster G, Kingpin, Mikeland, Greyline, Gaff, Ganghis Kon, Royal, and Watchdog.

These different bloodlines of Pit bulls produce different styles and characteristics. A seasoned breeder will know how to work with the different bloodlines to achieve the result he wants.

Unfortunately, most kennels just mindlessly throw two different pit bulls together hoping for a good turn out. But there are only a few experienced breeders that have the knowledge and skills of producing what they want with a breeding. All other breeders believe in luck.

When you are paying an exorbitant price for a pit bull puppy, you should be discerning and ask the breeder all types of inconvenient questions. This will give you a clear indication whether the breeder is a dedicated person or a mere ‘fly-by-night’ operator

Dave Wilson’s own account

When Dave first began breeding Pit bulls, there were already in existence several well established Pit bull Bloodlines, each with its own unique characteristics. Dave calculatedly put fliers in the Washington Post explaining what his breed Razors Edge was.

Speaking about the development of Razor Edge Pit bull and the challenges he met, Dave Wilson explains “Some people have asked me how Razors Edge was formed.  My friend Carlos Barksdale and I started it with game dogs. We researched everything we could find. We read every book published at that time. Subscribed to many dog magazines like the ADBA Gazette and even some underground ones. We called damn near every breeder that we could find and questioned them.  We even had our own Pit club and went hiking in the woods”.

Legal issues

It is rather unfortunate that any dog classified as a “Pit Bull” is declared illegal in many counties around the United States. If you wish to own a Razor Edge Pit bull puppy, you should contact your local animal control authority and make sure it is legal to own such a type of dog.

Because Razors Edge dogs have become prestigious and in great demand, there are many unscrupulous dog breeders that claim their pit-bull types are Razors Edge and charge exorbitantly. Dog breeders have and will always combine different breeds and try to come up with a new mix that meets their desired purpose. As a result, there is a great deal of confusion when it comes to Pit bulls in general.

Sadly, it is also a fact that many avaricious and commercial-minded breeders mix breeds and create adulterated breeds that do not possess the traits and temperament of Wilson’s dogs. Dave Wilson’s breeds are of noble quality as he adores them and not into the business of money-making.

dave wilson razors edge pitbullConclusion of the Razors Edge Bloodline

Psychologists say “What the mind of a man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Dave Wilson set out to develop a line of dogs that many dog lovers today believe to be one of the turning points in the history of American Pit Bull Terrier.

Razor’s Edge pit bulls are now considered a distinct bloodline of American Pit Bull Terriers (APBTs) developed by Virginia breeder Dave Wilson. His goal was to breed pit bulls of genial temperament and athletic capabilities rather than a fighter dog participating in conformation dog shows.

Razors Edge Pit bull dogs are indeed a separate breed than that of the American Pit Bull Terrier or the American Bulldog. The dogs are now bred in several countries outside America – Japan, Italy, France and Central American countries.

There is no denying the fact that a dog owner feels immensely proud and happy walking down the road or strolling in a park accompanied by a Razor’s Edge Pit bull at his/her side. You will be pleasantly surprised at the number of people stopping to ask about your dog or least gaze at your dog with admiration. Without a shadow of doubt your decision to own a Razor Edge Pit bull puppy will bring you many moments of joy.

Razors Edge Kennel has been involved in raising, breeding and training the American Pit bull Terrier for well over 20 years and its activities are are gathering momentum by the day. Razors Edge will remain forever and its presence will be perpetuated through Dave,s kids, friends, and committed dog lovers.

About Kinneman Kennels Pit Bull Breeders

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“Blue Pitbull Stud” from Kinneman Kennels

If you are a dog lover, you might have heard quite a lot about the seemingly aggressive behavior of the Pitbulls, but, they actually make the ideal pet for the right owner. The Pitbulls are very loyal and show intense love towards the family they live with, and crave for attention from the family members. The Pitbulls are confident and bright pets, and tend to get aggressive against other dogs, especially of the same sex. Pitbulls are also great with children, which is contrary to what has been projected by the common man. Socialization is easy for this breed and any person who owns it, will always have a fun time with it.

Just reading a few words about the Pitbull must have made you like this dog. You may even want to get yourself one. However, you must take care that you get the best dog from the best place, so that you get the best time with your dog. It is always important that you choose a breeder that has a good reputation, with enough experience in breeding and which will provide the best service and quality of dogs. You don’t have to search further, for such a breeder, choose Kinneman Kennels. Kinneman Kennels is the best place to get yourself a cute little Pitbull puppy. We, at Kinneman Kennels, consider breeding American Pitbulls as a hobby; a hobby that we consider very seriously. We take care of the puppies a lot and hand raise them with love and affection. The dogs at Kinneman Kennels are socialized daily with people and other dogs of all ages, so that you get a dog with a stable temperament, which is not aggressive against dogs or humans.


At Kinneman Kennels, we make sure that the puppies that are bred here are socialized and trained properly at an early age itself, and work towards developing the following traits in them:

  • Short & compact bodies

  • Large block shaped heads

  • Short muzzles

  • Muscular body

  • Workability

  • Stable temperaments

Kinneman Kennels not only focusses on developing the good character traits of your dog, but also makes sure that your dog is trained in such a way that, some of the natural instincts of your dog, which may be dangerous or harmful, are either suppressed or kept under control. All puppies out of Kinneman Kennels carry none of the following disturbing traits:

  • Unstable temperaments

  • Human aggressiveness

  • Merle (eye defect)

  • Long hair

  • Skin problems

  • Kinked tails

With many years of experience in Pitbull breeding, our Pitbull puppies have the classical American Pitbull temperament and drive. You can find some of the finest quality American Bully style Pitbulls at Kinneman Kennels. All our puppies are strictly line bred, so that none of the extraordinary characteristics of the ancestors are lost, and if possible, better traits are developed in them. The result of this is that the first litter is just as good as the last one and they all look like their ancestors, carrying forward the bloodline of their family.


We are breeders of the Blue Nose American Pitbull terriers; American Bully style Pitbulls to be specific. These dogs have remarkable temperaments and socialize well with other dogs and people. On purchasing a dog from Kinneman Kennels, you will have a dog that has over a dozen generations of Bully Style Pitbulls in their pedigree. You can also have a look at your dog’s parents, at Kinneman Kennels, and also have a glance at the pictures of the last 4 to 5 generations of its ancestors. We also line breed the best of the Gottiline and Razor edge bloodlines. Each dog you find in our dog’s pedigree was carefully selected to line breed into our program.

We strive hard to preserve as well as improve this exquisite breed of dogs. We also breed offspring from New Troijan’s Rolex and New Troijan’s Strike. The Pitbull bloodlines at Kinneman Kennels consist of: Razors edge, Daxline, New Troijan (Los Angeles California), Gottyline (Daxline), Greyline Blue Star Kennels (Houston & Dallas Texas), and Gottiline.


A relatively new name that refers to the bloodline created by Ed Shepherd. This kennel was originally known as Gottyline and is the home of 21blackjack. After Ed produced his now world famous stud “Dax”, he renamed his kennel to Daxline and now bases his entire bloodline off of this American Bully.



At Kinneman Kennels, special attention is given to socializing the puppies daily, so that you get a puppy that gets along well with people and other animals as well. They are exercised and trained daily, with special care and affection, so that they always feel at home. The Pitbull puppies are so groomed and trained, that they can adjust to almost any kind of living – indoors, outdoors, in heating or air conditioning. When you purchase a puppy from Kinneman Kennels you can be sure about your puppy becoming a member of your family, and a lovely companion. It will also be appreciated by your neighbourhood, because it has been socialized effectively at an early age itself.


Almost all Razors Edge American Pitbulls are registered with the UKC or the ABKC, whnile some are registered with ADBA. Dual registered puppies, registered with both the UKC and the ADBA are also available. All our puppies are shipped out at 9 weeks old. Along with your Pitbull puppy, you will also be handed its UKC papers, or ADBA papers, or both if the Pitbull is dual registered.


Kinneman Kennels is also a supplier of Bully Max. Bully Max is a great canine supplement which has in it essential vitamins and proteins. This will help in a healthy muscle building in the Pitbulls at Kinneman Kennels. Having Bully Max develops your dog’s immune system, metabolism and vision. Better bone nourishment, muscle building and proper overall growth are other benefits that your Pitbull can get from Bully Max.


WE believe that our responsibility with our customers doesn’t end with the selling of our puppies. We offer unlimited support for you to take care of your pet companion. Along with your puppy, you will also get all the registration papers at the same time. Moreover, support items such as training tips and socialization help guides are also provided. You can feel free to call us at any time to get help or advice from our experts.You can also visit us any time at Kinneman Kennels, Pittsburgh, PA, which is at a close distance from Manhattan, Ohio, New York citWashington DC and West Virginia.

Though there may be negative remarks about the Pitbull breed of dogs from the media, projecting them as being dangerous to children, anyone with even a little knowledge about dogs will know clearly that the behaviour of any pet dog is largely influenced by the way it is trained and socialized. Pitbulls are actually wonderful companions, especially with children. With strong and muscular looks, these they will also add to your status quo. Kinneman Kennels is undoubtedly the best place for you to get yourself a Pitbull – the ultimate family companion. If you are looking for a Pitbull puppy with over 10 generations of bullies, which has been socialized at an early age itself and has full breeding rights, then we, at Kinneman Kennels have the exact type of dogs for you.

American Bully Forums

If you would like more information on the American Bully Breed, the American Bully Planet offers a great deal of information from breeders and pit bull enthusiasts. This forum is a place where the world’s best bully breeds discuss the breed, and offer in depth inside information on their kennels and dogs. link:http://americanbullyplanet.com