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Basic Training For My Pitbull

 Basic Training For My Pitbull

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You should begin training your pitbull puppy at a very early age. They are their most impressionable while very young and you will be able to make a greater impact in socializing and training your pitbull if you don’t wait until later in the puppy’s life.

Once your pitbull reaches the age of 8 weeks old you can begin basic obedience training. This would include very simple commands such as sit, heal, stay and walking on a lead. Puppies often get upset when they are attached to a leash for the first few times. Sometimes you are lucky and they are unaffected by it. If however they react negatively to the leash being attached, the easiest way to get the puppy used to having a leash attached, is to attach a very light leash to the puppy’s collar and allow him or her to drag the leash around while being supervised by yourself. Play a game with your puppy so that he doesn’t focus on the leash but on the fun activity you are entertaining him with.

Crate Training

Although it is an often controversial topic, crate training is extremely effective for house training and obedience training. Some will say that you are caging the dog which is unfair, but all it really is, is setting boundaries for your puppy. It is important to set boundaries, as the dog will always need to know that you are the boss – not him. If he is in his early years, confined to a specific area in which he sleeps, eats and plays, he will learn that the rules are set by you and cannot be broken or even bent. In order to effectively house train the puppy, he should be kept in his crate and entertained and fed there. I like to keep the puppy close to me at all times, so he is not feeling neglected. He is confined to his space, but he has constant company and doesn’t get lonely. When he gets restless, or when you are able to see when he wants to relieve himself, pick him up and carry him to a specific spot outside where you can put him down. Almost immediately, he will relieve himself. Once he is done, pick him up and take him back to his crate. It will only take a few times without any accidents before he is completely used to how it works.


Your puppy needs to have lots of toys. Make sure it is a nice variety so that he doesn’t get bored. The key with toys is that your puppy must know that you are the “giver of the toys” and he must respect you for that. Don’t allow the toys to lay around all the time. Not only will this give the dog the belief that he is entitled to the toys at all times, but he will get bored with the toys and look for entertainment by chewing shoes and couches. Every day, make a point of giving one toy to your puppy and at the end of the day, or when play time is over, make a point of taking the toy away. Tomorrow, give him a new toy, but make sure that you are consistent and that your puppy knows that you give and you take away.

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