Pit Bull Training
Pit bulls are an extraordinary breed of dog who are fun-loving, very energetic and highly intelligent. Pit bull training is best when they are puppies (like any other dog breed) but are capable of being trained at any age. It is highly recommended to educate yourself with various training information before you attempt the training on your own. If you can’t commit the time you should seek professional services.
The perfect time to start. They are very active with a willingness to learn. Training your pit bull now will save you time and aggravation trying to train an adult pit bull later. Socialization early on will be invaluable. They will be exploring themselves and their surroundings so they should be introduced to appropriate dogs and puppies to match their personalities as well as adults and children.
Pit bull puppies may nip or bite due to teething or simple play. It is right now you want to correct any biting, barking and the like. Playful biting now may not be so playful when they are older and stronger. Check our section on Pit bull obedience training as well as obtaining a guide. It will be the best training for you and your pit to enjoy a long healthy relationship.
Of course it’s always better to start when they are young but sometimes we find ourselves acquiring an adult pit bull through a rescue or other situation. It may be a little harder but pit bulls are an intelligent breed. You can download a mini-course on American Staffordshire Terrier Training here.
Learning obedience training is an invaluable tool for pit bull owners. It can be very expensive so many owners try to learn the training on their own and teach their pit bulls themselves. Pit bull obedience training centers on inserting yourself as the leader and never relinquishing the position. It’s vital to do so to get your pit bull to obey you and follow orders. After you have established yourself in that role you will teach your pit bull basic commands the repetition during exercise feedings and play. Reward good behavior and correct bad behavior. Never use any harsh punishments. What it may solve today will bring on further aggression tomorrow and is exactly the type of pit bull training that gives the breed a bad name. Before adopting your pit bull, consider what type of dog will work best with your family’s lifestyle.
Crate training is best for pit bull puppies. It is possible for older pit bulls but will most likely be more difficult. You may have to use a separate room if they are too large for a crate. Crate training will be essential especially if your pit bull is alone often. They are energetic dogs and may make a mess of your home. Make sure the crate is comfortable with access to water and even a toy. Initially, entering the crate they may resist until they are more familiar with it. Start crate training with short periods and only remove your pit bull when they are calm. If they are whining or excited and you let him out, he will think that’s what he has to do to get out.
This free downloadable pdf House Training a Puppy may make things much easier for you.
Clicker training can be a valuable weapon in your pit bull training arsenal, teaching your pit bull basic commands. It doesn’t take very long to master the training and with a smart dog like a pit bull it will be all the easier. The clicker sound is distinct can be heard over 50 feet away. The idea is to associate the clicker with a desirable behavior. The pit bull wont understand initially what is meant by the clicker but when you appropriate behavior you are looking for and associate it with the clicker and a treat, they will know when they hear the clicker, they did something right and are getting a treat.
Housebreaking a pit bull can seem daunting at first but needn’t be with the right guidance. The crux of the training is about reward. Reward good behavior and let them know about inappropriate behavior. A simple but stern “no” is all you have to say. Yelling will only frighten your pit bull and not teach them anything. Hitting is never acceptable punishment. The best thing you can possibly do is become more aware of their behavior prior to the accident. If you know they have been drinking a lot of water or had just eaten, pay attention to their behavior. If their activity picks up or they look for a quiet place, a walk is in order and don’t forget to reward for a positive outcome.
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