Whether you are an experience Pit Bull owner or you are new to the breed, it’s important to consider proper obedience training.
Whether you adopt a Pit Bull or you buy from a reputable breeder, obedience training is truly a must.
I know this sounds repetitive, but so many people think they have it under control, but they may not realize that it really does take care when owning a dog, especially one that can prove to be a powerful dog.
Yes, some of the training will be on you, as the owner, but you will also need to make sure that everyone in the house is under the same impression and ideals about dog training and how a dog should behave.
- Everyone in the house needs to keep the same rules with the dog. If the dog shouldn’t be on the couch, no one in the house should let the dog on the couch under any circumstance.
- Start with basic commands, and set your expectations low (to start). If you set your goals too high, you’re setting your dog up to fail. You want to start with a sit/stay with the dog staying for 1 second, then 5, then 10 seconds; don’t put your dog in a sit/stay and try walking away until you know for a fact, he will sit/stay consistently without your walking away.
- End all training sessions before the dog is board and gives up. If you work with the dog longer than his concentration will allow, you can easily backtrack your session.
For the most part, you’ll find that a new dog in the house means you have to retrain the house and everyone in it. Every dog is different, so each dog learns differently. You’ll need to figure out how your new dog learns, and go from there.
Basic obedience is the best way to have control over your dog.