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To train a pit bull puppy, make sure it gets plenty of positive human interaction between 8 and 12 weeks old, then introduce the pup to other dogs and animals between 10 and 16 weeks old to complete socialization, which is an important part of pit bull training. Start using a leash between 8 and 16 weeks old and teach your dog simple commands like “Back!” and “Stay.” Remember to consistently use the same commands and shower your pup with verbal praise when it learns new things! For tips on housebreaking a pit bull puppy, read on!
What You Should Know Before Training Your Pitbull Puppy
Let’s start out here by laying a bit of a foundation. Beyond specific techniques and actions, there are a few key factors to understand when learning how to train a pitbull puppy.
One is consistency. If you’re starting a training regimen or setting a rule or boundary, you have to be consistent! Sending mixed messages will confuse your pup, and it will also undermine your own authority. And if you’re not firm when maintaining your rules or boundaries, you will lose dominance in the relationship. It’s important to establish and maintain dominance so that your dog will obey your commands.
Another factor is positive vs negative reinforcement. Never punish your dog. Positive reinforcement is a more effective, compassionate, and enjoyable way to train your dog. Plus, it helps to form a bond between the two of you that should last for years.
Finally, timing is also important. You’ve heard the phrase “can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Well, although starting later in life isn’t necessarily a lost cause, the younger you start training your pitbull, the better.
The recall command is one of the most important commands your pit bull puppy should know, and it can be a lifesaver. Start from a quiet area of your home, such as a hallway. Your helper holds your puppy. With a treat in your hand, lure your puppy and then walk backward toward the opposite end of the hallway while calling your pups name. Tell your helper to let the puppy go as soon as he shows the desire to come to you. Praise and give the treat as soon as your dog arrives.
Note: Make this exercise more challenging by increasing the distance and trying it in increasingly distracting areas.
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