Pitweilers are an increasingly "pawpular" mixed breed that combines the agility and intelligence of the American Pitbull Terrier and Rottweiler breeds into one powerful yet loyal companion. Although this hybrid's parent breeds are known for their strength and intimidating appearance, Pitweilers are affectionate, protective, and kind when it comes to their family members, including children and other household pets. This breed requires a minimum of one hour of daily physical exercise that works both their body and mind.
With sought-after parent breeds, it’s no wonder this combination is so popular. The Rottweiler is known for their guarding abilities, with a confident, bold, and somewhat imposing demeanor. They tend to be headstrong and stubborn, which is why a confident leader and early obedience training are important. The American Pit Bull Terrier is smaller than the Rottweiler but equally as strong, with a playful and tenacious personality. They tend to be wary of unknown dogs, however, so early socialization is crucial. Overall, the resulting combination makes for a powerful companion ready to be entertained!
Obedience training is essential to begin with Pitweilers at a young age because, without it, their stubbornness will grow as they get older. Teaching your pup their place within your family's pack will promote the development of healthy social interactions with both humans and other pets.
Obedience training can be done at home or within a training facility. Whether you decide to involve outside resources is your choice, but it's recommended especially if your Pitweiler is your first pooch. Being a confident, knowledgeable, and strong leader is important when you take on a strong-willed dog. Though Pitweilers are intelligent and receptive to training, it's also important to be consistent so they can maintain the skills throughout their life.
Have you ever tried using a laser pointer to get your Pitweiler's attention? Believe it or not, this tiny tool can be immensely useful in getting your pooch moving. How, you ask? Well, simply shoot the laser pointer around and watch as your pup pursues it. (Never shine the light directly in your pup's eyes, though!)
For this activity, the only tool you need is the laser pointer. Pointers can be found at most pet stores, online or in general stores. It's a good idea to give yourself lots of space when playing so that your Pitweiler can build up momentum when running to chase the laser. The activity is easy to do at home -- you can choose to do a quick workout with the laser for 15 minutes, or really get the heart pumping by playing for up to an hour.
Going for a hike is one way to upgrade your traditional walk with your Pitweiler. With a hike, you have the "oppawtunity" to explore different terrain while taking in the scenic outdoors. Hiking not only builds your pup's endurance, but it gives them access to fresh air and a variety of new stimuli to explore -- plus, it's a good antidote for boredom.
To go for a hike, locate hiking or walking paths nearby and prepare maps of where you would like to visit. The only other materials you need are a leash and waste bags. Water and snacks are recommended if you want to make a day of the activity. Keep in mind this activity can be done in any weather conditions, though it's best to walk on cool days to avoid overheating.
Pitweilers are an intelligent, energetic, and powerful breed that needs extensive physical activity to meet their needs and to stay happy. With the Rottweiler and American Pit Bull Terriers as parents, it's no wonder this pooch tends to be headstrong. Owners of this breed will need to possess strong leadership skills to teach obedience. To establish your Pitweiler's place within the pack, begin your obedience training at a young age. Use operant conditioning and lots of positive reinforcement to get the results you want.
You may also want to encourage your Pitweiler to move by using a laser pointer. Though it's a simple object, it is useful in getting their attention. Long outdoor hikes and agility training are other ways to meet your Pitweiler's physical needs. Finally, visiting the beach is a "grrr-eat" way to exercise and socialize with others.
Take advantage of your Pitweiler's agility, intelligence, and strength by exploring a variety of activities to exercise them daily!