The often troublesome and boring aspect of owning a pet pit bull according to many owners is training. Although early obedience training for pit bulls is essential, otherwise they may become disobedient and even aggressive as they get older.
A poorly raised pit bull puppy can ultimately lead to problems down the road. It is also necessary to teach housebreaking to a pit bull when it is still a puppy.
The first thing that a pit bull needs to be trained in is housebreaking. Pit bull puppies tend to have weak bladders, which they may need to eliminate almost every hour. Have specific meal times for the puppy and then take it out 45 minutes after they eat.
It’s no fun to be woken in the middle of a night by a puppy whining to go potty, but it takes endurance in the first few months.
One method to potty training is paper training, where newspaper can be spread at spots within the house. However, paper training is not good as it gives the pit bull the idea that it is okay to use the restroom inside the house.
Pitbulls are athletic dogs and so they need stamina and strength training. The most common way to teach almost all dogs is by playing fetch. A ball and string can be used for this. Show the ball to the pit bull until its curiosity is aroused and then roll the ball on the floor, away from the pit bull. The pit bull will begin chasing after it. Using this tactic, several tricks can be taught to the pit bull.
Pit bulls are very intelligent. They respond to commands. Pit bulls can be trained to understand commands such as go, fetch, heel and they also recall to their names or when you whistle if you use consistency and repetition in training them. Repeating the commands over and over helps the dog to learn faster.
Such obedience training must not be taken lightly as it may sometimes be a lifesaver to the dog, other people and other dogs. Training any dog requires patience and affection on the part of the trainer.
Pit bulls are sensitive and they should never be hit or yelled at when training. This may have an adverse effect and they may not respond to training at all because f it. They thrive on positive reinforcement.
They may also fight back and nip or bite people when not raised or socialized as a puppy properly. A slight reprimand, with a calm and assertive No, or smacking sound is enough to make a pit bull stop any undesirable activity.
I must reiterate, it is important to be consistent in training your puppy. If you train a pit bull for a couple of days and then decide to take a break, then that will only give you little to no results.
However, there are many ways in which pit bull training can be made exciting to both dog and owner and as your bond grows with your dog you will see what works best for you both. Outside play and training also provides some exercise to the owner and goes a long way in making the dog loyal, well behaved, trustworthy and a great companion for you and your family.