❥ How old should my dog be before I start training him? ❥
With positive training, a dog can be started as early as 7 weeks of age. However, to teach formal obedience the dog must be older. 4-6 months of age is a good time to begin formal obedience training with positive methods. An important note: for a dog to learn a new behaviour, they must be old enough to understand it.
Teaching a 7-week old puppy would not be good behaviour to teach simply because it takes concentration that a puppy that age does not yet have.
❥ Are Pit Bulls More Difficult To Train Than Other Dogs Due To Their Dominant Nature? ❥
First of all, as a breed Pit Bulls are not Dominant by nature. They are, in general, a submissive breed. Some individuals may be dominant by nature, but for the most part, they are not. To the first part of the question, no, they are not more difficult to train and do not need any special handling (other than proper technique) to train them.
❥ My dog is stubborn and won’t listen to me. What I can do? ❥
First of all, dogs are not stubborn. This is a myth. What we see as stubborn what I call handler errors and dogs do what they have been allowed to do. For example, if your dog doesn’t come to you until the tenth time you call, you could say they’re stubborn.
I would say, you have trained your dog that it is the tenth time they should come and not the first time. So it has nothing to do with being stubborn. It has everything to do with the fact that you didn’t set the standards in command, a reaction, a result. Come, a dog is not coming, go get them. This results in ONE command, ONE reaction (the dog approaches you), and one result (solid recovery).
❥ How do I train my Pitbull at home? ❥
Take them out a lot. Adjust your feeding schedule and wait 20-30 minutes depending on the age of the dog. So take them outside and let them do their thing. Wait until they have used the bathroom before bringing them back. If this takes some time, return them, wait for 2 to 5 minutes, and then remove them.
The idea is to show the dog that going outside is a good thing. Don’t hit, scold, rub their nose, just say NO when you catch them, take them outside and be done with it. If you don’t catch them, clean up the mess and get on with your life.
❥ How do I stop bothersome behaviour problems? ❥
Oddly enough, it has been shown time and again that unless there is a medical or genetic flaw in your dog’s behaviour problems, it is due to:
- Lack of training and discipline.
- Lack of exercise and mental stimulation.
Try taking your dog for long walks (during hot months be careful and drink lots of water more often. Instead of 5 10 minute walks, try two 45-60 minute walks per day. This can only slow down and It has been shown to stop behaviour problems in their tracks.
❥ How do I stop pulling on the strap? ❥
Stop tying by pulling your dog can never be allowed to pull you. If this means that you stop after walking 5 feet and go home, then that is what you need to do. You can use a peg collar but sometimes this doesn’t work because once the collar is removed the dog pulls again. The best method I know of is to change direction a lot. Begin by walking and when your dog is almost at the end of the leash, make a U-turn and walk in the opposite direction. They will correct themselves. As you do so, call out to them in a cheerful voice and pick up your pace until they catch up.
Once your dog is almost at the end of the leash, turn left, turn right, etc. Keep changing direction upward and your dog will eventually start looking at you because they have no idea where they are going. Repeat this a lot. If you’re only 30 feet tall, that’s fine, take them out to the patio and play with them or tug on a spring stick for 20 minutes to start exercising.
❥ Training is a lifetime process, not a one-shot contract. ❥
I’ll end this article with one of the most common questions I get, when can I stop training my dog? My answer, never. Of course, you can stop whenever you want, it’s your dog, your time, etc.
But to keep your dog sharp and dependable throughout their life, you have to constantly reinforce their obedience and give them new behaviours so they learn to keep their mind sharp and their body in tip-top shape.
Training only stops when you or your dog stops.
You don’t have to be a professional and you don’t have to spend hours and hours training your dog. All you need is 5 to 15 minutes a day, a few treats, patience, and proper technique.
With these things, you can easily train your dog and over time they will learn many behaviours and they will be a better companion and you will also be a best friend to them.
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