Do Weighted Vests for Pitbulls Work for Muscle Growth?

Pitbulls remain great people dogs with loyal and friendly natures. Originally bred as working animals, American pitbull terriers have been brought into the home as family pets and are loved by many pet owners. They also use their great strength and tenacity to engage in the sports of weight pulling, agility, and obedience.

These dogs require a lot of exercise to stay fit, though. Without it, their energy can manifest itself in unwanted jumping up, chewing things they shouldn’t in the house, digging in the yard, and barking.

Tiring your dog out through exercise is one way to curb their energy and keeping them healthy. However, it can be difficult in this busy, modern era to find the time to exercise a pitbull as much as they require. One good solution to this challenge is to fit your dog with a weighted vest to increase how much exercise they get in a given time, adding muscle mass, improving cardiovascular fitness, and quieting rambunctious natures.

So, what are the advantages of weighted vests for pitbulls, and how do you choose the right one for your dog? Bully Max can provide the answers you’re looking for. 

What Is a Weighted Vest for Pitbulls?pitbull dog

As the name suggests, a weighted vest for pitbulls (and other small and large dogs, such as an American bully or a rottweiler) is an adjustable garment that fits on your dog with straps, containing weights that help your dog stay healthy, burn calories, develop stamina, get stronger, and steady them to counteract high spirits or anxiety. 

If you’re looking to add muscle to your pitbull, you can incorporate a weighted vest in a number of different exercises. This may include during sprints and strength training. 

The Benefits of Weighted Vests for Pitbulls

With its resistance training, a weighted vest can help intensify exercise for a pitbull or other dog breeds, serving to build muscle mass, help with weight loss, use up excited energy, and improve overall health. If your dog tends to get distracted and pull in many directions as you walk, a weighted vest can serve the same calming function as weighted blankets for people, so they have a calmer disposition and are less likely to chase after squirrels or birds.

Some of the benefits of weighted vests for pitbulls include:

  • Helps with dog training. Adding a weighted vest to a dog makes them work harder so that they have to concentrate more on the task at hand. They are less likely to fall prey to other distractions, so they are easier to train.
  • Gives them a purpose. Pitbulls were originally bred as working dogs. Even as family pets, they love to have a purpose and stay true to their roots. Carrying a weighted vest is a job they can enjoy.
  • Adds muscle mass safely. If a weighted vest is properly sized and fitted for the dog, using the right amount of weight, it can provide a safe, effective means of intensifying exercise and help overweight dogs become strong and healthy with lean muscle.

What to Look for in a Weight Vest for Pitbulls

When looking to buy a weighted vest, dog owners obviously want one that comfortably fits their pet and won’t chafe their body with vest straps or break easily because it is constructed of flimsy materials.

Other things to look for in a weighted vest for your pitbull or other dog breeds include:

  • Easily adjustable, non-slip straps
  • The capacity to add and remove weight
  • Lightweight but durable material that is breathable and washable
  • Additional resistance attachment
  • Durability
  • Affordable price

When introducing your pitbull to a weighted vest, it’s a good idea to take things slowly. Don’t add a lot of weight at first, especially as they get used to the feeling of wearing the vest. Add extra weight proportionate to their size as they become accustomed to the feeling of the vest and then progress from short walks to longer ones.

Make sure the fitness vest is also properly centered on the dog’s body, and the adjustment of the straps is enough to prevent sliding but not so tight as to be uncomfortable. The vest needs to be balanced, with the same weight on both sides of the dog’s body.

How to Choose a Weight Vest for Dogs

When choosing a weighted vest for your pitbull, you have a wide variety of designs, sizes, styles, materials, and so on to consider. You need to select the right one for the size and shape of your dog. Will a vest weigh down your dog too much and perhaps threaten them with injury, or will it be too light and not give them enough of a workout?

You also have to ask yourself if a weighted vest is the right choice for your dog. If you have a puppy, the vest may put undue pressure on their growing muscles, joints, and bones, especially their spines. On the other hand, a senior dog might have a fragile bone structure, which could be harmed by the weighted vest. Before using a weighted vest on your dog, consult your veterinarian to make sure your dog is healthy enough to wear one. And of course, bring your dog in to see a vet if you suspect they’ve sustained any injuries.

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Of course, with so many different sizes of weighted vests, fit matters, so you’ll need to measure the dog’s length, girth (specifically the broadest part of your pet’s rib cage), and neck before purchasing. You want to ensure that the vest won’t harm their spinal column or ribs. Depending on your dog’s size, you may need to get a small, medium, large, or extra-large (X-large) vest.

Using adjustable straps, the weighted dog vest should fit well (“like a glove,” some manufacturers claim). Bulky, uncomfortable vests will inhibit your dog’s movement and get in the way of the job they are supposed to do. The vest should evenly distribute the weight over your dog’s body and have padding material that protects them from chafing or injury during exercise. The weighted vest should have sufficient padding across the chest to the dog’s back. The vest should also have pockets that easily enable you to add and remove weight, keeping the vest balanced.

If you like to go for long walks or camping, you can also buy a backpack for your dog, giving them an extra workout when the backpack is loaded and providing you with supplies carried by your pooch. However, be careful how much weight you add so that you don’t injure or overburden your dog. Make sure the load also doesn’t shift to one side during the walk.

Help Your Dog Stay Peak Performance Healthy

A weighted vest can be one good way to keep your dog healthy and active, adding muscle mass, converting obesity to lean, and calming high spirits. You can also turn to Bully Max to support the healthy growth and development of your dog through all stages of their life with our complete line of muscle-building products.

For example, our Pro Series 31/25 High Calorie Dog Food can help build muscle, improve health, and promote growth with 600 protein-packed calories per cup. It also boosts the dog’s strength, endurance, and immunity. It contains 100% natural ingredients, so it won’t affect your dog’s mood or behavior or cause other side effects.

Our Pro Series 11-in-1 Muscle Gain Chews are another great way to add healthy weight to your dog. It contains the world’s highest-quality protein along with vital muscle-building amino acids, adaptogens, and healthy fats to support muscle growth and overall health.

With Bully Max, you can take the weight off your shoulders when it comes to helping your dog look and feel their best.

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Tony on Jun 12, 2023

How old should the dog be before I use a weighted vest?

Bart Damico on May 19, 2023

I always appreciate how you take complex topics and break them down into manageable pieces. Your blog is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to expand their knowledge on a particular subject. Thank you for sharing your expertise with us!

Richard Vitagliano on May 19, 2023

Hi, I have two boys in the Pitbull categories one is about 95 lbs and the other guy is between 110 and 120 we think he has some mastiff or corso in him, the lighter of the two has just turned 6, the other big guy is 4 1/2 , neither is fat but thick is a good word, I know they don’t get enough exercise, cause I came close to death several x from Covid 19 in the very beginning of 2021, now as I am moving forward a bit better with my health I’d like us all to get in better shape together, damn that was a long intro to the subject., lol.
So I would like to know ways I can get them more muscular, they don’t have to be jacked, but slimming down a bit and better health would be great, so maybe you all can advice which or your products might help me in my search, food, exercise etc. thank you very much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon. 🦴