Activities For Entlebucher Pits

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Introduction

The Entlebucher Pit is a cross between the American Pit Bull Terrier and the Entlebucher Mountain Dog. Many people are wary of owning any type of Pit Bull because of their tragic history of being bred to fight dogs and other animals in rings. However, the breed has since been rehabilitated into a friendly and protective breed.

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog originated in Switzerland over 2,000 years ago as a herding dog that guarded livestock in the steep mountains. The breed was only recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2011.

Because of their history as herding and fighting dogs, Entlebucher Pits have high levels of energy and a stubborn streak. While they get along with children and other pets, they should be supervised during all interactions. The Mountain Dog part of the Entlebucher could enjoy hours of running, but the American Pit Bull genes have lower energy and might not enjoy such a long exercise. Instead, try a few walks or different activities two or three times throughout the day to make sure your pup gets adequate exercise.

Obedience Training

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1 hr
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Entlebucher Pits are known to be friendly, yet stubborn. Given their size and strength, the best way to teach them to follow your commands is with obedience training that uses positive reinforcement. Some professional trainers believe dogs need to be shown that their owner is the alpha and use physical submission to train the dog. That might work, but it’s also much more likely to cause aggression in your dog than teach them anything. Dogs are eager to please by nature, and verbal praise lets them know that they are making their owner happy. That will make them more willing to learn than submitting.

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Find a local training class
When you look for local classes, be sure to find one that uses positive reinforcement and not punishment or submission training. You don’t want to feed the aggression in your dog, but you want your dog to follow your commands to make life easier for both of you. If your pup doesn’t get along with other dogs, you can opt for one-on-one training with a professional trainer.
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Use a clicker to train
Some people use treats to train their pup, but too many treats put your dog in danger of weight gain and obesity. Clicker training is a simple way to get your dog’s attention if there is a distance between you. It’s also a great way to teach your dog their name. Dogs have more sensitive hearing than humans, so they are more likely to respond to the clicker sound than the sound of a person’s voice.
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Practice makes perfect
Practice is a fundamental part of obedience training. It is unrealistic to expect your dog to remember commands between classes without practice. The practice also helps form a bond between you and your dog, making them more likely to obey and respect you. If you have family living with the dog, you need to make sure everyone is on the same page. For example, one person can’t let the dog jump on them and then expect the dog not to jump on another person. Consistency is the key to dog training.
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Trip to the Dog Park

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Free
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1 hr
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Harness
Leash
Treats
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Dog parks are a great place to take your dog to practice their socialization skills. You can even practice training, but it’s not advisable to bring treats into a dog park. Other dogs might also respond to the clicker, but that would give your pup a chance to learn how to interact with other dogs.

Many dog parks require proof of vaccinations before allowing dogs into the park for everyone’s protection. Other parks don’t allow children, which is a good thing because many dogs might mistake running kids as prey and give chase. Be sure to look up any rules and regulations at the dog park you plan to visit before arriving.

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Remove the leash before entering
When you’re walking from the parking lot to the park, keep your dog leashed because you don’t know how they will react to other dogs leaving. When entering the park, be sure to securely lock the gates. Most parks have double gates, so remove the leash from your pup when you’re safely in the second gate. Leashed dogs in a dog park can cause fear and aggression in otherwise friendly dogs.
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Watch your dog at all times
Speaking of friendly dogs, your dog and another dog might be playing fine one minute and in a scuffle the next. That’s why it is important that you keep an eye on your dog. If there are any issues with your dog and another dog, leave immediately. Dog parks aren’t social hours for humans. They are to give dogs a safe place to run and play off-leash. Also, be sure to bring doggy waste bags to pick up after your dog -- not all dog parks supply them.
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Herding

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1 hr
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Half of your dog’s ancestry involved herding cattle and sheep thousands of years ago in the Swiss mountains. If your dog displays any herding instincts, you can find a local farm that offers herding activities. However, your dog could hurt small children by attempting to herd them, so it’s important to supervise any interaction between children and your Entlebucher Pit.

Farms that offer herding activities are usually in the country, which could be quite a drive if you live in the city. The price is a little hefty because of the novelty of herding farms. It’s an activity best done on sunny days.

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Find local herding farm
Finding a local herding farm most likely requires an internet search or word-of-mouth. If you live in the suburbs, it can be quite a trek out to the farmland, but you and your pup would enjoy the peace and quiet. It’s also really cool to watch your dog’s natural instincts come out.
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Let your dog herd livestock
If your dog has shown herding tendencies, they won’t require a lot of additional herding training. If you have family members who do not enjoy being herded, you can train your pup not to herd humans. Some farms have dogs that inadvertently learn to herd without the herding background that your dog has.
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Make it a regular activity
If you take your dog herding and they love it, you should turn it into a monthly activity, if you can afford it. Or you can sell your house and move to a farm so your dog can herd every day. That’s unrealistic, but if you find an activity that your dog absolutely loves, your dog will be happy and well-exercised.
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Tug

Tug-of-war is best played with a long rope toy to keep your hands far away from your dog’s mouth. You can also turn tug-of-war into a game of fetch if your dog seems bored. However, you want to be careful about how you play with your pup. Playing too aggressively can cause your dog to accidentally nip you. If your dog is getting too worked up during playtime, take a time-out. 

Jogging

The Entlebucher Mountain Dog part of your Entlebucher Pit could run for hours without needing to rest. The American Pit Bull Terrier part, on the other hand, isn’t so keen on an endless run. A short jog is a good compromise for your dog. Many pet stores sell special harnesses to use for jogging to keep your dog attached to you, but with enough leeway so you won’t be injured if they take off after a rabbit. Use treats when training your pup to use the jogging harness. Don’t forget the water to keep your pup hydrated.

Conclusion


Despite a sad ancestry of dog-fighting, the American Pit Bull mixed breed known as Entlebucher Pits are cheerful, friendly dogs who love to play. However, because of their stubborn streak, they need obedience training from an early age. Obedience training done with positive reinforcement sets the foundation for all the other activities and earn your dog’s respect.

Other activities you can do with your pup are a trip to the dog park, jogging and a trip to a farm for a day of herding. You can also play classic dog games such as tug or fetch. Your pup doesn’t like to be far from their family and can be protective, and it's important to keep your dog under a watchful eye.