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.
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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