If you have a Pit Bull puppy, you may be aware of a common misconception with the breed. Some Pit Bulls, like other breeds, have been trained to be fighters or otherwise mean dogs. But your Pit Bull is naturally a very loving and gentle dog. You can train him from an early age to listen to you and be a great friend and pet in your family. If you train your Pit Bull puppy now to listen to you, he will always look at you as the leader of his pack and therefore won't be the pup with the bad rap.
Imagine the joy of having such a wonderful dog in your family from a breed filled with misconceptions. You can show the world and your community he is a kind, loving pet with manners and strong obedience to you.
Training your Pit Bull to listen to you will start with teaching him basic obedience commands and manners. While your Pit Bull is still young, another thing you will need to do during your training sessions after he has gotten his initial vaccinations is to socialize him. Getting your Pit Bull puppy around other dogs is crucial to teaching him manners and conditioning him to understand what your expectations are when it comes to his behavior. During socialization and obedience training, you should be teaching him basic commands such as 'sit', 'down', 'come', 'stay', 'watch me', 'wait', and general manners while walking on a leash or expectations when he is out in public.
Starting small with a puppy works wonders in getting him to listen to you. Start by teaching him his name so he knows when you are talking to him. Other training like housebreaking will also leave you in command.
Teaching your little Pit Bull to listen will be an ongoing process. You will want your little guy to be rewarded and learn through positive reinforcement. Avoid any training that requires you to punish your Pit Bull. He will respond more with positive reinforcement and rewards for good behavior and good choices than with punishments. Anytime you can, turn a moment into a learning opportunity and reward him for learning, do so. This will require always having tasty treats on hand.
I’ve had yayo for two weeks now, I wanna train him to be a guard dog for my me and to follow just me when I say his name I would really appreciate if someone can give me some advice/tips on how to train him better!
Hello Jessica, At this age I suggest focusing the most on socialization and basic and intermediate obedience. Socialization will help him learn what is normal human behavior vs. suspicious (You don't want him thinking everyone is suspicious and over-reacting or you won't be able to take him places with you). Intermediate obedience will help him learn to listen and obey around distractions, tuning things other than you out. Basic obedience is just necessary before moving onto intermediate - they build on each other. Look into how Service Dogs are trained. They are very well socialized as puppies. Once they get older they are taught to ignore distractions and focus just on their owners - this is usually done using positive reinforcement for teaching task training and commands, and sometimes fair discipline to modify any bad behaviors. Once pup understands what is normal and can ignore distractions, then work on teaching the specific guarding tasks you want to teach, such as barking at someone suspicious, standing between you and another person, keeping watch, ect... To teach him to follow you, check out the Reel In method from the article linked below. Practice Come and Heel on a long leash, starting in calm areas and gradually practicing in more and more distracting locations as pup improves. Let pup get slightly distracted by something like a smell and move away from them while holding the leash, tell them to Come, and Reel them in with the leash if they ignore you. Reward if they obey and praise as soon as they start to move toward you and when they arrive. Also, during the same training session practice walking away from pup while holding the long leash and if pup comes when you just say their name or don't say anything at all - because they were paying attention to you, give a reward when the arrive. The combination of Come, Heel, and rewarding attention that is given without you having to ask for it can help a dog learn to pay attention to where you are and follow you. Once pup has worked up to doing all of this in a distracting location, practice in lots of different types of locations to really solidify it...outside outdoor shopping areas, parks, outside dog parks (not in them though), in pet stores, and anywhere else he is allowed on a long leash. He must be social and not aggressive toward people to do this in though. Teaching Come - Reel In method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-whippet-to-recall Turns method for teaching the basics of heel first: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Daisy tends to bite me in the face. She hardly uses much force, but I'm afraid she might get accustomed to biting me. Also, she doesn't listen to me. I just got her a day ago
Hello Lauren, Not listening to you right now is completely normal. She has not been trained to understand anything that you are saying yet. Be patient with her and work on teaching her what communication and words mean. I highly suggest enrolling in a Puppy Kindergarten class with her. That will help her learn to be friendly around other people and dogs while she is still young, and not to become suspicious or reactive toward them. For the biting in the face, check out the article that I have linked below. For the face biting, teach her what "Leave It" means using the "Leave It" method found in that article, and after she understands that command and can do it with objects, then tell her to "Leave It" whenever she tries to bite you in the face, and if she disobeys, then use the "Pressure" method to correct her for her disobedience. If she bites at your hands or arms, then you can also use the "Bite Inhibition" method to teach her how to control the pressure of her mouth. This will help her to learn that biting hard hurts and to practice being more gentle, rather than simply stopping completely before learning that. When she approaches four months of age, if she is still mouthing by then, switch everything to the "Leave It" and "Pressure" methods though, to stop all biting. Having lots of opportunities to play with other puppies under the supervision of a trainer or owners who know how to give the puppies breaks when they need it during a puppy class will also help her learn how to control the pressure of her mouth. Look for a puppy kindergarten class that includes some off-leash play time for the puppies. Some training groups and pet stores offer additional puppy play times during the week that are cheap or free also. Here is the link to the article I mentioned. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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We've had Solo since a pup and he's pretty good but at times he's he just doesn't listen. He's been jumping on people when they come into my place. I've been trying to teach him not to do this, but I've had no success. How can I fix this? What is the best approach to train him. He sits stays (somewhat), understands when we say no. But if he gets too excited, I can't get thru to him. Any advice?
Hello Linda, Check out the article that I have linked below. Check out the "Step Toward" method. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-australian-shepherds-to-not-jump Practice the "Step Toward" method with your own family and willing friends. When he no longer jumps on you when you come home, have the stronger members of the family who won't be knocked over practice this method and get him excited while they practice it. You can jump up and down and make silly noises to entice him to jump. When he jumps, step toward him then act boring and firm again. If he resists jumping, reward him with a treat. If he sits, even more treats. You want to practice times of excitement with him before guests arrive. As he improves, you can make the training even more exciting by holding things like treats and toys and moving them around - he only gets them for sitting though. If he jumps for them, he is corrected by stepping into him again to move him out of that space. Practice creative ways to test his resolve not to jump up and reward him for succeeding, so that he can handle guests later. When guests come over you can have willing guests step toward him, you can get between the guest and him and step toward him (which is claiming the person and telling him to respect their space on your behalf), or you can use the "Leash" Method from the I linked above. Instruct guests not to pet him while he is excited or trying to jump. If he sits for them, the guests can drop treats on the floor for him. When he is calm, they can greet him. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Blu has been pretty good in training. He knows his name, he knows sit, stay (somewhat), he even knows give me paw but recently he started peeing in his cage or my floors instead of the pee pee pads, he also chews the pee pee pads. He knows to use the bathroom outside and when inside use the pads but recently he's just not listening. How do i fix this ?
Hello Shakira, First, you need to try to figure out why he is doing it and adjust those things. It could be a couple of things: 1. The pee pads are confusing him. Some puppies will start out fine with pee pads and then start to confuse the pee pads with other soft surfaces at home, like carpet and rugs. The solution here is to get rid of the pee pads and teach him to potty only outside, or if you have to use an indoor toilet to set up an exercise pen in a specific area of the house and put a real grass pad in it and keep him in the exercise pen where he has access to the pad and not the rest of the house at this age, and take him potty outside while you are home - teaching him to only pee on grass through supervision and management. 2. Is he being taken outside often enough/how is the crate set up? If he is refusing to go potty on the pads (which can happen if puppies are confusing them with other things and trying not to potty on them because of the confusion), then he could be having accidents because he is in the crate too long without another place to pee in his mind. At this age the most he can hold it in the crate without being forced to have an accident due to bladder size is 4-5 hours at a time during the day. Any longer than that and he will have an accident. If that's the case you can try setting up an exercise pen with a real-grass pad instead of pee pad, or my suggestion that would be less confusing to him would be to hire a dog walker or friend to take him potty outside midday if you are gone to work 8 hours. Pay attention to his crate set up. Is there anything soft or absorbent in the crate, like a dog bed or towel? If so he is going to associate that absorbent thing with pottying because of the pee pad training, or simply just not be motivated to hold it in there because the soft thing absorbs the accident - many puppies won't potty train in the crate if there is something absorbent in it like a bed - check out www.primopads.com for another non-absorbent bed type option if you need one. Cot type beds are also good for outside the crate - like in an exercise pen. Also, how big is the crate? The crate should only be big enough for him to stand up, turn around, and lie down. If it's so big he can potty on one end and stand in the opposite end away from it to avoid the accident it won't motivate him to hold it in there. 3. He could have a medical issue like a urinary tract infection that would cause him to need to pee a lot. Does he pee often even if you tether him to yourself with a leash - having an accident after just 2 hours or so if you don't take him potty? If so it may be worth a trip to your vet because he would need medication to clear that up and the behavior to improve. Peeing due to a urinary tract infection of other medical issue he would have less control over it so may not make it to the pads or be able to hold it in the crate - I am not a vet though so check with your vet if it sounds like it could be that. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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Bruno jumps up on people a lot, barks at children, and if I leave him out of his crate he chews up EVERYTHING!
Hello Aleesha, First of all, when you cannot supervise him he absolutely should be crated. It is normal for a dog to need to be crated until 1-3 years of age because of chewing. One of the ways you teach good chewing habits that are not destructive is by confining a dog with a safe and interesting chew toy, like a food stuffed Kong, when you cannot supervise them, to prevent long term chewing habits from forming, until they grow out of the natural chewing phase of puppihood and adolescence. Check out the article linked below on chewing for more tips on things you can do to help the process along in the meantime: Chewing: https://www.petful.com/behaviors/train-dog-not-to-chew/ For the jumping, check out the article linked below and follow the "Step Toward" method first. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-australian-shepherds-to-not-jump The barking could be excitement or a lack of socialization. If a lack of socialization, work on pairing the presence of kids with good things like treats when he is being quiet (do not reward him while he is barking, wait until he calms down for at least one second, and quickly reward him then)...also, reward him for staying calm around kids, not reacting badly to begin with when you notice kids are around, and focusing on you. Kids and dogs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n0_27XY3z4 If he is excited, then work on the Quiet command, and work on rewarding calmness and focus on you through exercises like a focused, structured heel in the presence of kids. Use the "Quiet" method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bark Heel article - The turns method: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel Heel Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTiKVc4ZZWo Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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What’s a good place for him to become social or in that type of environment
Hello Daii, Check out the free pdf e-book AFTER You Get Your Puppy that can be downloaded at the link I have included below. That book goes over details on socialization and ideas for how to do it, including a good puppy class with the right safety measures to avoid disease risk while young, friends' homes, public places where you can carry him to prevent disease exposure from the ground. You can take pup almost anywhere dogs are allowed - but before his puppy shots are done you just have to carry him in areas where dogs may have been since most pup diseases are picked up from contact with the ground where other dogs have been. A good puppy class should clean the floors well before class, require pups to be current on shots (even if not finished), and non-class dogs kept out of the area, and pup carried there to avoid the ground on property where other dogs have been. www.lifedogtraining.com/freedownloads American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior's position on socialization and safety: https://avsab.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Puppy_Socialization_Position_Statement_Download_-_10-3-14.pdf Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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