Your Pit Bull pup seems to spend most of their time bouncing around, following you around the house. Life has been a whirlwind since you bought your puppy home. But the endless enthusiasm and wagging tail puts a smile on your face every day. You don’t like leaving them even for a couple of hours. However, it hasn’t all been without problems. Your Pit Bull does fall short in one area in particular, and that’s walking calmly by your side.
Training your pup to heel will help for a number of reasons. Firstly, you will be able to have those relaxing morning strolls you first envisaged. You also won’t need to worry about them pulling you to the ground and injuring yourself. Because Pit Bulls are strong, training them to heel will also mean you always have control when traffic or other pets are around.
Training any dog to heel is an uphill battle. It’s only natural that they want to sniff and explore everything around them. Fortunately, Pit Bull are fairly intelligent and keen to please. So training will consist of setting some clear boundaries. You will then use verbal commands and positive reinforcement to get them walking to your tune.
If your Pit Bull is particularly switched on and eager to please, then you could see results in just a couple of weeks. But if they are more interested in exploring than learning, then you may need up to a month. Get training right and you’ll never need to worry when you see another dog approaching on the horizon. The control you assert will also help you stamp out other bad habits too. Finally, if your pup can walk calmly, other people will be able to walk him without any problems.
Before you start work, you will need to get your hands on a few bits. A short training leash will be needed. Because Pit Bulls are so strong, you may also want to invest in a body harness. This will increase your control while reducing the strain on the dog's neck.
You don’t need to set aside specific time for training. Instead, you can practice when you are out on your daily walks.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and an optimistic attitude, then you can get to work!