Pit Bull Basic puppy training techniques to ensure its happy and fulfilling life

Pitbull Puppy Training

Bringing a Pit Bull puppy home for the first time is exciting in any family’s life. In order to look forward to years of happiness with your dog, using the proper puppy training techniques from day one is the biggest key.

Most dogs are able to come to its adopted home at 6-8 weeks of age. Puppy training techniques should start immediately thereafter. Basic techniques start with potty training, crate training, understandable simple commands and learned social behavior.

Repetition and consistency is the key to all puppy training techniques. Without either, you might as well just return the puppy. Set up a daily schedule with your puppy, including feeding times, playtime, regular potty times, rest periods and intervals of training. The puppy will be programmed to learn these times and what to expect.

Pit Bull Puppy training techniques should always include the use of the word “no”. Jumping on furniture, biting objects, excessive barking and running away are behaviors that need to be correct with that one simple word. Dogs understand a lot more than we think, and with firm and consistent one-word commands, especially when correcting bad behavior, is important to a Pit bull  puppy’s training progress.

Pit Bull Puppy training techniques should also use positive reinforcement as a vital component. When a puppy understands that it has responded correctly to a learned command, reward the puppy with a treat and soft, encouraging words. Puppies should always be followers of their leader, you. When following commands correctly, they should always be recognized.

When correcting the puppy’s behavior, avoid using its name. Calling out its name associated with bad behavior will confuse your puppy and they will shy away from you when calling for him.

All Pit Bull puppy training techniques should also include bonding. Taking time with your puppy in playtime, walks and general alone time will give your puppy something to look forward to every time you see them.

How crate training puppies aids in housebreaking

Pitbull Puppy Training

Housebreaking your puppy can be tedious and time-consuming. Oftentimes puppies will make mistakes, and their owners may become impatient in their training, making the housebreaking process that much longer. Crate training puppies is a great alternative method.

Puppies in general need constant supervision. However, because of normal daily activities, this can’t always be achieved. Taking time to cook dinner, bathe the kids, taking a quick ride to the grocery store: you can’t be around your puppy every waking minute. This is where crate training puppies comes in handy.

When crate training puppies, choosing the right size cage is extremely important. As a rule, dogs will not defecate in their beds, because they would then be forced to lie in it. Choose a cage that gives your dog just enough space to lie down. To save money, purchase a cage that will be large enough for your puppy to fit as an adult, and purchase a divider panel as well, so that the panel can be adjusted inside the cage as the puppy grows into an adult.

The whole idea of crate training puppies is to teach it patience. Knowing that it doesn’t want to sleep in its own soil, the puppy will be forced to wait until you are ready to take him outside. The whole idea of making sure the cage is the right size is so the puppy won’t have room to defecate on the side of the bed. This creates a major problem, as in normal walking through the cage, the puppy will track its own soil onto their bedding.

When this is allowed to continue in a crate/cage that’s too large, the puppy’s own instincts of keeping their bedding clean will be forgotten over time, causing even more problems down the road. Crate training puppies must include this key component.

How to train a pitbull to be a loving family dog

Pitbull Puppy Training

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.

Taking the right steps when toilet training puppies

Pitbull Puppy Training

Bringing home a new puppy, especially for families with children, is a fun and exciting time. The kids are excited, the puppy is excited, and then the excitement turns to fear and worry when the puppy starts soiling your carpet. Thus, the tedious process of toilet training puppies begins.

Generally, a puppy is ready to be adopted between the ages of 8-12 weeks. At that age, puppies will need to relieve themselves much more often than an adult dog. The first key to toilet training puppies is patience.

It’s generally advised by many industry experts that puppy owners should plan on taking time off after bringing a puppy home, preferably at least 1-2 weeks. Toilet training puppies involves constant supervision and vigilance, and for that reason, supervision is key.

Puppies will generally need to potty within 5-20 minutes of eating, playing or waking up. Understanding the needs of your puppy goes a long way in the success of toilet training puppies. As soon as your puppy has finished eating, take him outside on a leash, and try to utilize the same spot every time. Don’t allow the puppy to play during this time, as you want the focus to be specifically on the puppy doing his duty.

Reinforcing the learned behavior with a treat and soft words of encouragement is essential in toilet training puppies, as they will respond to your positive words.

When outside with your puppy, keep it tethered to a short leash. It’s important to keep the puppy close, giving it less opportunity to fail. Developing a bond while toilet training puppies is extremely important, as they learn to trust their owners and respond quicker to training.

One very basic thing to remember when toilet training puppies. Be patient! They are after all just puppies, and will occasionally make mistakes. Be firm in your commands without yelling, so as to confuse your puppy or send confusing signals. The positive bond that develops between puppy and owner will allow him to succeed that much quicker.

The great debate over laws concerning pitbull bites

Pitbull Puppy Training

A vast number of cities and states in recent months have adopted laws and ordinances geared towards significantly decreasing or eliminating pitbull bites, either by banning ownership of the breed itself, or by some form of muzzling.

Incidents of pitbull bites have certainly been on the rise, but is it really the fault of the dogs themselves? Consider the case against NFL quarterback Michael Vick and his conviction for sponsoring illegal dog fighting. Of the 51 dogs that were rescued from Vick’s property, many of them pitbulls, 47 of them not only survived, but a vast majority of them have been rehabilitated and adopted by loving families.

Pitbull bites have been on the rise because humans have specifically bred the species to be fighting dogs. Originally, pitbulls were bred to be family farm dogs, and were considered very loving, especially around children. Incidents of pitbull bites were rare then, because the breed had not yet been subjected to the whims of trainers intent on turning them into vicious predators.

The laws that have been enacted in several states concerning pitbull bites are now being challenged on the federal level, as arguments being made that breed-specific legislation is considered unlawful and unconstitutional.

A recent study was conducted by National Geographic, in which pitbull bites was the focus. It tested the theory, or myth, that pitbulls were considered to have the most bite pressure. According to the study, conducted by Dr. Brady Barr, the pitbull had the least amount of bite pressure when compared to German Shepherds and Rottweilers.

While pitbull bites have certainly been in the news, the real news should concern the humans who control them. The thoughtless custody and need to breed the pitbull as an aggressive dog is where the focus should be, and not on the pitbull itself.