Despite their recent reputation for being vicious and unpredictable, Pit Bulls are quite the opposite. In fact, these amazing dogs are highly intelligent, very protective, and great family dogs. They are easily trained and love to show off how smart they are. While most people want to train their Bullies not to bark, there is nothing wrong with teaching him to bark on command or to let you know about something important. Most Bullies are relatively quiet by nature, so teaching your pup to bark can be a little on the challenging side.
The trick here is that you are taking something that comes naturally to your Pittie and controlling it. In other words, your pup knows how to bark and may at times want to bark for what might seem like no good reason at all. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to train your dog to bark on command. You can use this same training to stop your dog from barking at any other time. This way he should only bark when you let him, or there is an emergency of some type such as an intruder.
Before you try to train your four-legged friend to bark on command, he should have already mastered the four basic commands, 'sit', 'stay', 'come', and 'down'. This shows him who's in charge and at the same time establishes a bond between the two of you. You need a few supplies to make the training sessions go easier and more successfully. These include:
The only other things you need to successfully train your dog to bark are plenty of time for several short training sessions daily and the patience to keep working with your pup until he masters this skill.
I want to train him to bark and when to eat and also how to lay down
Hello Laylanii, Check out the article linked below on teaching Speak: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-speak Down: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-to-lay-down To teach pup when to eat, teach the wait command. Place a treat in your hand and let pup sniff it, tell pup to Wait calmly. When pup gives up on trying to get the treat, tell them Okay and open your hand. Practice this until pup immediately will back off the treat when told Wait. At that point, place the treat on the floor and command wait. Cover it with your foot if pup tries to get it. Tell pup Okay and give it to pup when they are waiting patiently. Practice until pup will back off it and wait without you having to cover it with your foot. At that point, place a small amount of food in pup's bowl, hold the bowl toward pup and command Wait. If pup goes for it, hold the bowl behind your back until pup backs off it again. Repeat until pup waits for permission to eat. When pup is waiting, tell them Okay and give the food. Gradually add more food to the bowl as you practice over the course of several sessions and pup can wait on the food even when a full meal is in it placed on the ground and you step back. If pup already has food aggression, hire a professional trainer to help you. Working around pup's bowl with current food aggression without proper safety measures could lead to a bite in that case. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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