❥ Pitbull puppies – start raising them properly ❥
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have a touch of “magic” with their dogs? Have you ever seen a field dog that is told what to do and does it without any hesitation and the owner does not use any special leash or collar for their dog to do what they ask? Do you think these dogs are smarter than yours? I can tell you that right now they are not smarter than your dog. No … the secret is in how to raise your dogs as puppies.
❥ How are YOU LIVE? ❥
Here’s a day in the life of the average new puppy owner.
- They wake up and their dog has used the bathroom in the house.
- They try and try to train their dog, but unfortunately, the dog is now 3 months old and still goes to the bathroom in the kitchen or on the couch.
- They try to train their puppy on a leash, but the puppy eats through the leash and runs away. They spend the rest of the day chasing their dog and then scolding him for being mean.
- At night, they put the puppy in a “safe” room only to find that it had ripped everything in that room to pieces.
- 5. They feel like they are raising a wild lion cub rather than a domesticated Pit Bull Terrier.
❥ Do any of these sound familiar to you? ❥
If they do, here’s how to stop them and the answers to the questions at the beginning of this article.
You see, it’s not that they train their dogs better or that they know more than you do about dog training. Their success lies in the fact that their dogs respect them. Read that again, it’s so important.
Notice that I did not use the word “love”. Their dogs respect them and this is how they can call their unleashed dog from 200 meters away with a simple whistle or by calling his name.
While the average owner goes to great lengths to train their Pit Bull puppy, these owners have never asked their dogs to sit, much less put them on a leash.
How you live with your puppy is how you create a good relationship for the future. Living with a puppy requires one thing.
❥ Pit Bull puppies and rules ❥
These are the new standard rules for Pit Bull owners that I share with people who are having problems with their new puppies.
These rules are not the “word” or the final solution, but they do help. They help a lot actually.
The puppy is always supervised. I’m amazed at how many people email questions about their puppies and somewhere in the email they always say, “We let the puppies out at night and they go to the bathroom on the floor, how can I stop this?”
The puppy should not be allowed freedom at night. They should be put in a wire cage (not a shipping box) and stay there until you let them out in the morning. Then you strap them on and take them outside. When they have finished using the bathroom and you cannot supervise them, put them back in their wire drawer.
Why? A dog that is always under supervision cannot shit on the floor or urinate in his favourite chair.
Your puppy should always wear a 20-foot cotton leash when out of his crate.
Having them on a 20-foot cotton leash has a double effect.
- It helps them learn to accept the leash for later.
- It gives you control of your puppy at all times.
❥ Establishing rules will eliminate 90% of the problems that new Pit Bull owners face ❥
The puppy feeds on a tight schedule. Free feeding of a puppy is bad news and without this established potty, feeding schedule training will be much more difficult.
Set three times a day to feed your pup and take the bowl when they are ready. If they don’t eat 20 minutes after placing the bowl, pick it up and leave it for the next feeding time.
Love stays last. The needs of a puppy (and even adult dogs) are always the same.
In my book, The Pit Bull Training Manual, I cover this topic a bit more, so here is a shorter explanation.
Your Pitbull puppy needs are:
❥ Note that attention is the last. ❥
Puppies will come to respect you if they respect you, serving their needs in order of greatest importance to least importance. Attention and love, being the last of the bunch. Yes, pit bulls thrive on attention. This is a good thing, however. Too much attention and not enough of the other needs results in poorly behaved dogs. .
❥ These rules are just four of the many that should be established ❥
These four rules are just the beginning. Some people think that these rules are “restrictive” or “harsh.”
They may be restrictive, harsh, not for long. Would you rather have a loving and respectful bond with your puppy or would you rather have your puppy run over you like a wild beast with no manners?
The rules are how you establish yourself as a leader. The MAIN person your puppy should listen to and most importantly respect.
If you raise your puppy by being a fair leader, setting rules and enforcing them without anger or prejudice, your dog will not only respect you, he will love you as well.
Finally, if you think that setting rules for your puppy is “harsh” or too restrictive, the next time you feel frustrated and can’t understand why your puppy pooped all over the carpet even though you just left them outside, think about this article. It was the lack of rules that caused the abundance of poop on the ground.