Training is very important if you have or are thinking of getting a Pitbull. Generally Pitbulls aren’t a dominant breed. This means that you don’t have to “show them who’s boss”, because they always strive to please their owner. Pitbulls are not like some other breeds that will challenge family members for dominance.
Pitbulls are sensitive emotionally. I will tell you from personal experience that spanking or physical correction does not work with Pitbulls because they have such an incredible tolerance to pain.
To really cause them any pain you would have to use force so extreme it would be horribly cruel. This also rules out “training collars” or other pain correction devices. I also advise you to not put a heavy chain-like collar on your Pitbull. Some Pitbull owners think this builds strength and makes them look cool but it can damage their spine. Just use regular flat buckle collars. (more…)
You can’t expect a Pitbull to figure out what you would like him to do (or don’t want him to do) unless you show him what your expectations are. And your Pitbull won’t be trained properly or be willing to heed your commands unless you use efficient training methods.
Pitbull training can be started at any age, the sooner the better. You can start simple training with your puppy as soon as he or she has settled into his/her new home. Adult Pit Bulls are as well receptive to training, although several might be less keen or quick to learn than a younger Pitbulls.
Done correctly, pit bull training should be fun, both for you and your pit, as well as exercising his brain and reinforcing the good quality relationship between you.
If you have or plan to get a dog, one of the things that you really need to think about is how best to train your four-legged friend. For example, you may want to use some dog training courses to help train your pup. First, though, you should understand some things about dog training.
The Difference Between Tricks and Training:
You might think that your pup doesn’t need dog training courses. Maybe he or she can already beg, roll over or play dead. What you have to understand, though, is that those are tricks, not serious training. Serious dog training involves things like teaching your dog not to jump on or bite guests or teaching your dog to go to the bathroom outside. One of the biggest things that dog training courses can teach is how to recall, though.
The Pitbull is a breed of dog that often gets a mostly undeserved bad reputation. So, Pitbull breeding is a sensitive subject. In fact, in many places, Pitbulls are banned. That’s why, if you plan to buy a Pitbull, it’s important to get it from a responsible breeder.
Also, if you already have a Pitbull that you’re thinking of breeding, it’s important to be responsible about that, too. So, let’s talk about both issues, starting with finding a great breeder.
What to Look For in a Pitbull Breeder:
There are several things that should set alarm bells off in your head, when you look for a Pitbull breeder. One big thing is aggression. If the breeder seems aggressive or cruel towards the puppies or encourages the puppies to be aggressive and wants them to be fighting dogs, you shouldn’t buy from them. In fact, you should report them to authorities. They are only perpetuating the bad reputation of Pitbulls.
If you’ve ever owned a Pitbull or are thinking of owning one, you know that the terms for different Pitbulls can be very confusing. There are so many terms that are used to describe them. For example, what really is the difference between Blue Pitbulls, White Pitbulls and Red Nose Pitbulls? Well, to explain that, we first need to explore some dog breeds.
You see, the confusion starts with the fact that many dogs are called Pitbulls when they actually aren’t. That was perpetuated by misinformed members of the media and the public. How many Pitbull breeds are there? Well, surprisingly, there’s only one breed with “Pitbull” in it’s title.
You see, when Pitbulls started getting a bad reputation, which, by the way, is mainly undeserved, people started to fear anything that looked even a little like a Pitbull. People also started to confuse the American Pitbull Terrier, or APBT for short, with various other dog breeds. So, dogs that weren’t actually Pitbulls were soon mistaken for them. For example, American Bulldogs, Bull Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers are all confused, on a regular basis, with American Pitbull terriers.
Those are all at least breeds of dogs, though. The confusion was intensified by the addition of descriptive words like “Blue”, “White”, “Red Nose” and more. It’s enough to make anyone dizzy with confusion.
The Pitbull is a dog type or, more accurately, a family of dog types, that often gets a bad reputation. There are many myths and legends surrounding the breed and the vast majority of those are negative. So, let’s dispel some of the top Pitbull myths.
Pitbulls Are a Breed:
This is one of the biggest Pitbull myths. There is actually no breed simply called a Pitbull. There is, however, only one breed with “Pit” in it’s name, The American Pitbull Terrier, or APBT.
However, that doesn’t stop people from confusing APBT dogs with various other breeds and lumping them all into the category of “Pitbull”. A couple of the breeds that are commonly referred to as Pitbulls are the Staffordshire Terrier and the American Bulldog.
When people picture images of mean dogs fighting other animals, including other dogs, or attacking people, they often picture a Pitbull. Generally, that reference is actually about APBT’s. So, let’s look at some more myths surrounding the American Pitbull Terrier.
If you’re a new puppy owner, one of the things you may not be prepared for is puppies biting. All puppies bite, though. It’s a question of how much, how often and why. Let’s look at some of the reasons for puppies biting and also how to control the problem.
Reason 1 – Separated Too Young:
In the litter, puppies learn a lot about biting. They learn what to bite, how hard to bite and when not to bite. Playing with their brothers and sisters and hearing them yelp if they bite too hard teaches puppies when enough is enough. The problem is that, these days, people aren’t careful about when they take a puppy away from its litter. A puppy should ideally be at least ten weeks old before it’s separated from its mother and litter.