Fido is cute and full of life. You know as soon as you open the door your Pit Bull is going to be jumping up and down excited to see you. His excitement is almost uncontrollable, which has led to some rather unpleasant incidents. Fido has ended up biting you and other members of the family. Now it may seem harmless because it is when you are playing, but this type of behavior needs to be tackled swiftly.
In fact, training your Pit Bull to not bite is extremely important for both you and them. Pit Bulls are big and strong so you don’t want this behavior becoming a habit and causing someone serious harm one day. If this does happen, then they may also be at risk of being court ordered to be put down. Stopping their biting also means you can relax when they are around other pets and children.
Training your Pit Bull to not bite can prove fairly challenging. It depends partly on how long the behavior has been going on. The more of a habit it is, the harder it is to break. The first thing you will need to do is introduce a number of deterrence measures to remove the temptation. You will then need to start channeling the dog's energy into something safe and more productive. You will mainly use positive reinforcements to bring their biting under control.
If Fido is just a puppy then the biting could be for any number of reasons and you may get results in just a couple of weeks. However, if your Pit Bull is older and been biting for many years, then you may need several weeks--and possibly the help of a professional trainer--to get a handle on it.
Before you can start training your Pit Bull to not bite, you will need to make sure you have a few essentials. A water spray bottle and a deterrence collar will be needed. You will also need to stock up on treats or break the dog's favorite food into small chunks.
Toys, food puzzles and a clicker will be required for one of the methods below. Set aside 10 minutes or so each day. However, the more you can be around them to react to biting, the sooner you will see results.
Once you have all that, just bring patience and a muzzle, then work can begin!
The other night he tried to attack my cat. My husband popped him on the hip. He came and laid beside me. My husband came in to move him and the dog started growling and acted like he was going to bite him. We love this dog but a little scared of him
Hello Patti, I suggest hiring a professional trainer who specializes in aggression and behavior issues and comes well recommended by previous clients. It sounds like there is probably a combination of fear-aggression as a response to the pop on the hip, but there could also be some other types of aggression going on too. You would need someone to evaluate pup's body language and general demeanor around you and your husband to get an idea of how to proceed. I wouldn't wait to get help. When a dog displays aggression and it gets the dog what they want, they can quickly learn to continue acting aggressive to get what they want in the future. Getting into a direct confrontation with pup isn't a good route to go either though because it will likely lead to a bit. You need someone to help your husband desensitize pup to touch again, reestablish respect through the use of obedience commands, structure, boundaries, and having pup work for what he gets in life by having to preform a command first - like telling pup to Sit before petting him or Down before tossing a ball for example, opposed to physically using force. Some breeds have a strong defense drive, which will lead to them fight back instead of retreating when physically pressure is applied. It better to gain respect from these dogs through the use of intellect and structure. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
Yes, I had a beagle that was never used for hunting, and was an inside dog. Every chance she got to escape to the great outdoors she would take it, and make the classic beagle hunting sounds when "on the trail" of something she smelled. Dogs are not individuals as stand alone beings, they are products of genetic engineering over hundreds of years by humans. Breeds demonstrate traits they were bred for, not a difficult concept to understand, but difficult to accept for those ruled by "emotions" and having been subjected to pit bull propaganda and save them all. Are trainers who suggest one can manage aggressive behavior or even eliminate it willing to accept the consequences and liabilities of these recommendations should the outcome end badly? I think they should be held ACCOUNTABLE, along with the owners should all the "train the meanness" out of them not work out. Most trainers are no more than self proclaimed dog experts and Cesar Milan wannabes who would gladly put dogs before humans, let them suffer the consequences of their recommendations.
Collies have been bred for hundreds of years to herd sheep. If you kick a soccer ball in front of a collie that’s never seen a sheep in its life, it will nonetheless less herd the soccer ball. Pitbulls have been bred for hundreds of years to be catch dogs. This means they were bred to chase down large animals and bite down on them until the hunter arrives to dispatch the poor victim. When a pitbull encounters another living thing, it’s instinct is to bite and kill it with its powerful jaws. Sure, you can train a collie not to herd and a pitbull not to bite and kill, but you always run the risk of the animal reverting back to its breeding-created instincts.
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