How to train a pitbull to be a loving family dog

When the pitbull breed was created, it was originally meant to be a farm dog, loyal to its owners and friendly around children. In spite of the bad reputation given to pitbulls over the years by overzealous and irresponsible owners, the trick of how to train a pitbull is generally no different from that of any other large, friendly breed.

Pitbulls by nature are playful and very active when puppies. When learning how to train a pitbull, always employ three key components: patience, consistency and leadership.

Patience: When learning how to train a pitbull, patience is the biggest key. Puppies are going to make mistakes, because they have yet to acquire learned behavior. It’s important to know that if you lose your patience with your puppy, they in fact become the leader, because you have let them win over a situation rather than being patient and dealing with the behavior in a positive, encouraging fashion.

Consistency: In learning how to train a pitbull, being consistent with commands and correction of bad behavior is of vital importance. Reinforcement of simple one-word commands will instill in your puppy a sense of what is and isn’t expected. Be consistent with the puppy’s daily schedule. Feeding times, walk times, and training times should be scheduled at the same time each day, giving the puppy structure.

Leadership: When learning how to train a pitbull, teach them that you are in fact the leader. The first two components, patience and consistency, will lead to the puppy to understand that you are in fact the leader, and when reinforced in a positive when they exhibit good behavior, they will gladly follow.

Learning how to train a pitbull does not have to lend itself to the notion of today’s belief that pitbulls are ferocious and need to be tamed. Rather, it’s a simple, basic schedule of training sessions that will give your pitbull the resources it needs to be the pet that your family will love for years to come.

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