Responsible dog owners embrace this with open arms, because they know the effort will be worth it at the end of the day. A friendly Pit Bull is a joy and a blessing, and something to which the owner can make a material contribution in the way they raise their pup.
Teaching the dog to be friendly means that people can approach without the dog feeling threatened and therefore greet them in an appropriate way.
To do this you will need:
My challenge is him not growing up to be mean. My goal is to be able to take him out because we go on small trips to lakes a hiking trails with people. I need him to be okay with people and other dogs. We do have another dog she’s a golden retriever and does great with these things will he learn from her as an example?
Hello Skylar, I suggest reading the free pdf e-book I have linked below: "AFTER You Get Your Puppy", and really working on the socialization and handling exercises that the book talks about to help him develop a well balanced temperament, including finding a great puppy class for socialization, that carefully moderates the puppy's off-leash play and practices the puppies being gently handled in a fun way with treats. Don't wait to socialize. You can carry your puppy places before he has all of his shots to protect him from disease exposure from other animals and feces and saliva on the ground. You can take him safe places like friends' homes. Enroll in a puppy class that takes precautions to keep young puppies safe, like requiring all pups to be up-to-date on age appropriate vaccines, cleaning the floor with something that kills parvo and distemper right before class, keeping all non-class dogs away from the area, and carrying puppy into the cleaned area so he isn't exposed to the ground where older or unvaccinated dogs have been on the way to class. I am not a Vet, but you can read more recommendations on when to socialize on the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior's site: https://avsab.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Puppy_Socialization_Position_Statement_Download_-_10-3-14.pdf Puppy e-book- AFTER You Get Your Puppy: www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads As far as your older dog helping puppy, she will be a good influence, so having a well socialized older dog is great. She will not be enough though. If pup is not socialized really well in a positive way he could still grow up to have issues despite your older dogs help, but combined with a lot of socialization and help from you, your older dog should assist in helping pup to get along well with others. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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