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.
If you have a puppy or plan to get one, you need to train it. One of the ways to do so is with a crate. Crate Training Puppies is a subject that’s been up for debate for many years, though. So, before you decide whether or not to crate train, you should really understand what it is, how to use it and what its benefits are.
What Crate Training Puppies Is:
Crate training basically means getting a crate for your puppy. The idea is that you would put your puppy in his or her crate for short periods of time during the training process, such as when you need to leave them unsupervised to go to the store for a few minutes. Another use is to confine the puppy while you are asleep at night and can’t be constantly watching them.
Many people also use Crates as a step in the housebreaking process for their puppy. Puppies don’t like to urinate or defecate where they are sleeping, so, by crating them for certain amounts of time, people can train them to go outside at specific times.
Whether you’ve decided to get a new puppy or already gone out and gotten one, there are a lot of things that you need to know, as new puppy owners. One of those things is how to go about housebreaking a puppy. After all, the vast majority of dogs, at least in the USA, grow and live mainly in the house with people as companions. If your puppy goes anywhere it wants to, it can make living in your house very unpleasant for both you and your pet.
When it comes to housebreaking, what not to do is more important than what to do. One of the common mistakes that people make in house training a puppy is punishment. If you come home to find an accident on the floor, your instinct is to find the dog, shove his or her nose in it and start yelling. Not only is that cruel and useless, even if you catch the dog in the act, but it’s too late if you don’t see the puppy actually have the accident. Puppies have a short attention span and won’t understand what they’re being punished for, even if there’s only a few minutes between accident and punishment.
Your Puppy’s Training Tool:
A much better way to handle accidents in the home is through a system of positive reinforcement. That is, you should ignore the puppy when he or she has accidents, but reward them with something they enjoy when they go to the bathroom outdoors. Each puppy is different. Some puppies like food. Some like squeaky toys. Some like balls or stuffed animals. Once you find something your puppy likes, use that thing as their training tool/reward system.