❥ Raising for a Pitbull Puppies and Starting Basic Training ❥
Raising a Pitbull puppy and building a lifelong bond with them is essential to a successful relationship
From the moment you bring your new puppy home, the “game” begins. This game is the game of teaching your puppy to be a responsible and well-behaved dog that greets and loves you. Note that respect was first in the previous sentence. Why is that?
Of all the questions and problems that I have helped people find the answers to, the number one reason they have problems is that they failed to raise their puppy correctly and respect was not built.
❥ 5 absolute rules for raising a happy and healthy Pit Bull puppy ❥
The puppy should never be left alone in the house or outside. You can’t stop your puppy from chewing on shoes or urinating on the floor if you’re not paying attention.
Observing your puppy at all times when they are running around the house allows you to stop problems before they start.
In other words, if you see your dog getting ready to chew on a shoe, you can say No! and offer him an acceptable chew toy. This is how you stop the chewing problem in its tracks. If they are never allowed to chew shoes, they will not develop the habit.
When out the puppy is always on a 20-25 foot cotton leash.
Again, how can you expect your pup to come to you or pay attention to you if they run away and you have to go chase them? You can not
Having them in a long queue at all times when outside gives you control and the ability to “roll-up” your pup if they are doing something they shouldn’t (dig in the garden).
We are not punishing them for anything, we are limiting their freedom and building leash tolerance for later leash training.
When the puppy cannot be supervised he is raised.
A wire cage from your local pet store will suffice in this situation. You can use this kennel to keep your puppy safe when you cannot supervise him.
Another use for this is toilet training.
❥ Do not leave your puppy in the kennel for more than 3 hours at a time. ❥
YOU and ONLY feed your puppy. This is important.
We are not teaching them to be bad or whatever. We are teaching them that YOU are the provider of all good things and that other people will be able to interact with the puppy after a while as well.
However, they should not feed, treat, or walk your puppy. That’s your job. They shouldn’t be able to play with the puppy without you either.
This goes for the wife, children, husband, friends, etc.
We have to build a bond before we start socializing the puppy.
❥ Pitbull Puppy Basic Training ❥
As puppies, Pit Bulls have extremely short attention spans. I’ve had people email me and wonder why their 8-week old pup isn’t feeling well when other dogs run all over them. Well duh, they are 8 weeks old!
For puppies, I suggest you start with just two basic things.
- Your name. Teaching them their name is a good thing and they should come or look at you when you say it is the first step.
You do this by sitting very close to your puppy and calling his name. When they look at you, treat them and praise them. Repeat this every day. When your puppy is looking at you, take a few steps back and ask them to come to you. Then try and give praise.
❥ This is not the withdrawal or it comes when you call. ❥
What we are teaching the puppy is to pay attention to his name. This will allow you to say their name in the future and when they look, give them the signal you want to give them. Example, puppy! (puppy looks) Sit down!
- focus. Every time your puppy looks at you for some reason you say “Yes!” and treat them. This will also be used later when you begin formal obedience training. It is much easier to teach new behaviours when your dog is looking at you and paying attention.
❥ In summary ❥
Almost all behaviour problems start because owners did not build a healthy bond with their puppy. They hug them a lot, avoid restrictions, and allow them to run without supervision. By applying restraints, observing your puppy at all times, and then showing them love when they have earned it, you are developing your role as your dog’s leader. Your puppy will learn to respect you as his leader and will trust you. This will lead to easier training and a well-behaved partner that you can be proud of.