Train Your Pit Bull Terrier: Whistle Dog Training

Pit Bulls are an intelligent breed that can be taught nearly anything, as long as they have a good trainer. Having a good trainer doesn’t necessarily mean a trainer that you hired. Many Pit Bull owners are finding that their pets not only are eager to learn, but they also gain much when they opt to train their Pit Bull themselves. Owners who opt to be their dog’s trainer will find that they enjoy spending the extra time with their beloved pet.

Many methods of training exist, and just which type you wish to pursue is totally up to you. Depending on what you wish to accomplish as well as how much time you can devote to the task is just a couple of things you’ll need to factor in when picking a type of training for your pet.

Over the years, one of the training methods which has began to rise in popularity is whistle training. This type of training uses a whistle to give the dog commands rather than using the spoken word. Each task is allotted a certain amount of blows, or pips, on the whistle.

If you’d like to attempt whistle training for your Pit Bull, then the first thing to do is to pick out a good quality whistle with which to give out the commands. Using your own mouth to do the whistling isn’t a good idea. Your pitch would vary, and if you needed to give your Pit Bull a command from a distance, he may not hear you. For these reasons, it’s best to go with a good quality metal whistle.

One whistle command you can teach your dog is to come when called. A good way to do this is to use his feeding time as the starting ground. At mealtime, as you put his food down give two short bursts on the whistle. Continue to do this at every mealtime for about three weeks. Always remember to use the exact number of bursts on the whistle.

Once you have made it for about three weeks with the mealtime whistling, try blowing the same command when your Pit Bull is not expecting a meal. Be sure to have a nice treat for him at the ready, for when he does come you’ll want to reward him with a nice snack and a reassuring rub.

This type of training is useful if take your dog to the park or anywhere in the outdoors. By whistle training your Pit Bull, you’ll know that wherever he is, he can hear you and come at your beck and call.

Breaking Your Pit Bull Terrier’s Jumping Habit: Dog Training Help

As you have probably already learned, Pit Bulls are highly energetic animals. They love to run and play, and get excited easily. One of the more annoying habits they develop at a young age is jumping. Jumping can be particularly annoying when they do it as a way of greeting, especially if it is young child or someone who is afraid of dogs. Teaching your Pit Bull to curb this behavior is not an easy task, but is your responsibility as a Pit Bull owner.

Many people have stopped their Pit Bulls from jumping on them by using treats. When they come inside, they throw some treats on the floor, and then greet their dog while his attention is fixed on the treats. The treats usually work as a good distraction to pull your Pit Bull’s attention away from jumping on you. If you don’t like using treats to train your Pit Bull, or if the method just doesn’t work well for you, then you have to try other ideas to train your Pit Bull not to jump.

One thing you can try is teaching your Pit Bull that it is nicer to sit than jump. Go outside, leaving your Pit Bull inside, then come back in and calmly greet him. If your Pit Bull starts to jump on you, turn your back to him, and ignore him. When your Pit Bull puts all four feet back on the floor, turn back around and pet him. If he starts to jump on you again, turn back around and ignore him. This will teach your Pit Bull that when he jumps, he doesn’t get any attention, but that if he sits nicely you will pet him. This technique may take quite a while for your Pit Bull to learn, especially if he is a very excitable dog. But, if you stick with it long enough, he should learn that jumping is not going to gain him anything other than losing your attention. Once you get your Pit Bull thru this step, try to teach him to sit still for a few moments before you acknowledge him. If he gets up, use the same routine of ignoring him, and then when he sits down, pet him again. This would also be a good time to try to teach him to shake hands when he greets people, rather than jumping on them.

You can also further entice your Pit Bull to not jump by tempting him and then rewarding and praising him for his good behavior. Hold treats up in the air so that your Pit Bull will have to jump to get them. If he jumps, ignore him, and when he is calm try again. When he is able to remain seated, praise him, give him the treats, and some extra attention. He will soon learn that by behaving the way you want him to, he will not only get extra attention, but some extra treats as well, which is double incentive for him to obey.

Another method that tends to work well in teaching your Pit Bull not to jump is to have a designated place for your Pit Bull, and teach him to go there when you need him to, for example, when someone is at the door. To start this training, you will need to pick the spot, and put maybe a bed or blanket and some of his favorite toys there. When the spot is ready, spend some time with him while he is there. Giving him special attention and treats will help him attribute the spot as a good place that he wants to spend time at. As your Pit Bull becomes accustomed to his place, start sending him there occasionally. At first, you will want to be close to the spot, and eventually move farther and farther away from it as your dog learns. Make it a point to give him special attention and treats each time he goes to his spot when you ask him to. Eventually, your Pit Bull will learn that by going to his spot when you ask him to, that you will reward him for it.

The biggest thing you can do to help your Pit Bull learn not to jump is to keep your own greetings calm. I know it is hard when you have been away from him all day not to come in and play and wrestle with him, but this will only get him more excited, and he will expect this same attention from everyone that enters the house. Until you can completely break the jumping habit, it may be best to ignore him for the first few minutes you come home, and then play with him once he settles down. It may take a little time, but your Pit Bull will soon learn how to tone down his excitement.

Handling Aggressive Dogs

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Welcome! In this issue of our newsletter we are going to explore some of the issues that are related to handling aggressive dogs. While it would certainly be hoped that your puppy or adult dog would be quite compliant and well-behaved, the simple fact of the matter is that some dogs have a tendency to be rather aggressive. Read on to find out more!

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There are some instances where a dog may be even more aggressive than the type of dog that we discussed in the previous chapter. The more aggressive dog will go beyond nipping and light biting and will exhibit behavior such as attempting to really bite humans and may even be aggressive with other dogs in public as well.

When handling aggressive dogs, it is important to make sure that you first avoid any triggers that would seem to set off your dog. This is part of the importance of getting to know your dog so that you will understand what might trigger your dog to display an act of aggression.

Behavior that is inappropriate is usually learned. The longer this type of behavior is allowed to continue the more difficult it will be to change. The importance of aborting this type of behavior as soon as it is recognized cannot be overemphasized. While it will take longer to teach an adult dog that this type of behavior will not be tolerated, it can be done. The key is to become committed to working with your dog and sticking with it. Good quality dog training resources can be critical in helping you and your dog work through these types of issues.

One of the most important things you must do when working with an aggressive do is to teach him to defer to you. Your dog must absolutely learn to defer to you in everything that he does. Before your dog is allowed to do anything, whether it is go in or out, eat, play or anything else, your dog must learn that he must defer to you. Whether your dog is an adult or a puppy, this is absolutely critical. Although it may take longer, no dog is too old to learn this principle. This will provide you and your dog the opportunity to have a closer, more trusting relationship and also help you to control your dog as well.

Beginning immediately, your dog must learn that he will need to earn everything that he wants. The way he does this is by deferring to you. When you are working to teach your dog to defer to you, you will need to work with him consistently on a daily basis. As we discussed earlier, your dog has a short attention span, so you do not want to overdo training. Limit your training session to about fifteen or twenty minutes; once or twice per day.

In addition, make sure that you do not hit your dog or scream at him when you are working with him. This is completely unacceptable and will not accomplish anything other than to make your dog fear you and that can actually make aggression much worse.

Before you can actually teach your dog to defer to you, he must know how to sit and stay. Therefore, if he does not already know these commands, you will need to invest some time in teaching him the sit and stay commands.

In our next issue we will continue to look at some of the most important issues related to dog training. You can find out additional information about dog training issues and solutions below. Until next time, all the best!

Sharda Baker

Sharda Baker has published several dog ebook and audios. Click here for more dog training help and advice.

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