Of all of the dog breeds kept by humans, Pitbulls are often one of the most misunderstood. Many people believe Pitbulls to have a reputation for being aggressive, ill-tempered dog that does not socialize well with other animals. However, this is not the case. Though Pitbulls can be slightly more aggressive than other breeds, this does have a lot to do with the fact that they are fairly protective of the members of their “pack”. Pitbulls are also fairly friendly towards strangers, as long as they are not exhibiting behavior that could be interpreted as threatening. Actually, Pitbulls can be extremely well-mannered, lovable dogs as long as they are trained correctly. Understanding how to train a Pitbull requires that you do a bit of research into the best training method for this breed.
How to Train a Pitbull Puppy
In order for your Pitbull training program to be effective, it is best if you begin training your Pitbull while they are still a puppy. Pitbull puppies are energetic, rambunctious and very playful. To train a Pitbull puppy, begin by choosing a training program. Like most dogs, Pitbull puppies will respond well to a program that provides rewards for positive behavior. This type of training is also sometimes called “positive reinforcement” training. According to many dog behavioral experts, it is the proven most effective method to use when training a dog. Since Pitbull training requires you to pay close attention to your dog’s behavior, positive reinforcement can be used as a very effective training method.
It’s important to socialize your Pitbull puppy as soon as possible. In general, aggressive behavior in dogs is displayed when the dog encounters a new situation, sight, sound or smell. Dogs tend to fear things that they don’t understand, which makes socialization training a Pitbull puppy even more important. In general, socialization simply involves exposing your puppy to as many new experiences as possible. Help your puppy to become familiar with thunderstorms, the sound of passing cars, people with umbrellas, men in hats, small animals, approaching strangers and any other situation you encounter. Sometimes, it may be difficult to predict what type of situation could cause your Pitbull puppy to become afraid. If you wish, you can also enroll your Pitbull puppy in an obedience training class. Due to the importance of correctly training a Pitbull puppy, it can be extremely beneficial for you to seek the services of a professional trainer.
How to Crate Train a Pitbull
To crate train a Pitbull, you need to first start by purchasing a crate. As a general classification, the Pitbull breed of dog is designated as being a “medium sized” breed. At their adult size, a Pitbull will grow to be from 18 to 22 inches tall, with a weight from 35 to 65 pounds. It’s important to keep in mind that the crate that you use to train your Pitbull puppy will most likely be too small for an adult dog. For a puppy crate, you may want to consider purchasing a previously owned crate, since this will help you to save a bit on the expense of your Pitbull’s crate. Previously owned Pitbull crates may be available through your local pet supply store, though it’s recommended that you inquire with the manager of the store first.
Since the size of the crate is relatively important, you need to be cautious when purchasing a crate for your Pitbull. Buy a crate that is just large enough for your Pitbull’s size, since this can be helpful when trying to potty train your Pitbull. You are usually best off purchasing either a wire or plastic crate, since fabric crates are usually not strong enough to hold a Pitbull.
How to House Train a Pitbull
Proper Pitbull training also requires that you find an effective method to house train your Pitbull. House training is very important, and is best done when your Pitbull is still relatively young. The best way to house train a Pitbull is to use a crate. Most Pitbulls will respond well to a house training program that incorporates a crate. However, it’s extremely important that you never use confinement to your Pitbull’s crate as a form of punishment! This can make house training extremely difficult.
Pitbull Training Tips
Pitbulls are a fairly energetic breed, and require a lot of interaction in order for them to remain occupied. A bored Pitbull may resort to destructive behavior, such as digging, chewing or barking. Pitbulls are very loyal to their families, though may develop separation anxiety if left alone for extended periods of time. Due to the high energy level of the Pitbull, owning one requires that you have enough time to give your dog sufficient exercise. Pitbulls also have what is called a “prey drive”, which may cause them to chase small animals if not watched closely.