Socializing your Pit Bull will be key to his training and demeanor. Pit Bulls are very intelligent and eager to please. When you train your Pit Bull to give his paw, you can take an opportunity to show others how affectionate and sweet your little guy is. These dogs are friendly with lots of energy, and with motivation and positive reinforcement training, they are eager to learn. After training basic commands, asking your Pit Bull to give you his paw is a great fun trick to teach, so he has a greeting when he meets people outside your family.
If you own a Pit Bull now, you will soon learn if you socialize him from an early age with people as well as other dogs, he is well set up with positive relationships for years to come. These fun tricks, such as giving his paw, are a great way to break the ice and get your Pit socialized.
Positive reinforcement training for Pit Bull is really not any different than it is for other dogs. You are going to teach your Pit a command, what happens when you say the command, and reward him for reaching his goals. You'll want to ensure your little guy knows how to sit first because this trick will always start from a sitting position. If you plan to use a clicker, this is another way to give your pup positive reinforcement training with the rewarding sounds of the click along with the tasty treat as a prize for a job well done. Make sure you're focusing on milestones as your little guy is learning how to give you his paw. This is one of those tricks that build trust between dog and owner so have fun with it. Though you can train your Pit Bull at any age, including rescue dogs, it is easier to train younger pups. If yours is older or a rescue, take your time and be patient. With positive rewards for good behavior, he’ll get it.
Even though this is an incredibly easy trick to teach as well as for your dog to learn, make your training sessions short and focused so your Pit Bull can enjoy the rewards he earns. Grab some tasty treats before each training session so you can reward him with something he'll enjoy. The only other thing you may consider is providing a distraction-free training environment for your short training session so you have his full attention.