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Training a Pit Bull Puppy

Pit Bull Puppy
Pit Bull puppies need the same training and socialization as any puppy. There are some additional steps you can add to your training schedule for these energetic powerful dogs. This is a guide about training a Pit Bull puppy.
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May 25, 20073 found this helpful

Concerning the training of "pit bulls" and other stubborn/aggressive breeds: If you've rescued a pit bull (or any terrier breed), it's very important to recognize this dynamic animal's character. They were genetically designed to be robust, strong, and ruthless in the execution of their intended duties. From the Jack-Russel and the American Staff (pit bull) to the seemingly "cute" long and short terrier breeds, you have a natural born killer on your hands.

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When training these dogs, it is paramount that you remain absolutely ruthless in your own right! They need to know who's the boss from the get-go. However difficult, it is necessary to be very stern with your cute little puppy. A loud "NO!", combined with a decisive but gentle pat on the rear end, goes a long way in establishing your dominance.

Don't even think about being violent with your new friend because first, it's cruel, and secondly it will create behavior issues down the road. And heck, this is your little buddy we're talking about here! The key is to establish yourself as the alpha male/female at a very early stage of your pet's development. I know it's hard, but it's imperative for the sake of the pet's mental health as well as your own. In saying that, it's equally important to offer love in ridiculous quantities the rest of the time (very easy).
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By jhorn from Vancouver, B.C.

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December 17, 20151 found this helpful

A special trait of pit bulls is that they are always alert to whether or not everything is okay. Never, EVER swat, pat on the rear, tap on the nose, or otherwise hit a pit bull. They will not learn anything from it because there is no similar disciplinary action among canines. All it will do is make the dog wonder when it is going to come at them from out of nowhere again. In other words it will make your dog unable to trust you. And if your dog can't trust you, then he can't see you as a leader. If your dog doesn't believe you are a leader, eventually he might just prove it.

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May 25, 20070 found this helpful

I think you've overstated the case on ALL terriers. I've had 3, and never had a problem with aggression. They were all born to love. My little Lakeland terrier in particular would roll his eyes in disbelief if he were still here to read your post. (I exaggerate only slightly. Terriers are very smart, as you must know.)

I've been bitten 3 times by a neighbor's black shepherd, and have been charged by the dog 7 times. And the dog has not an ounce of pit bull in her.

But I certainly see your point - pit bull terriers have often been bred to kill, and that is a terrible thing to do to any dog. Good obedience training, done well, is of paramount importance with any dog who exhibits aggressive behavior, pit bull or otherwise. And most aggressive canine behavior can be controlled by a good, caring owner who sees to it that the dog is properly trained.

Our community has an ordinance for wolf hybrids. Owners are required to have a $150,000 insurance policy covering the wolf-dog. I would like to see this raised to $1 million, extended to all "dangerous dogs" (i.e. those who have bitten more than once) and I would also require the owner to have a fenced-in exercise area for the dog that the dog cannot escape from.

It's also worth noting that many property insurance companies will not insure so-called "aggressive" breeds, e.g. pit bulls and German shepherds. Your insurance agent can tell you which breeds your insurer does not cover. And if the dog is initially covered, and bites and bites and bites, the insurance company will eventually cancel their house insurance. Try keeping your mortgage without house insurance. Or try renting with a dog that bites, and see how long the landlord puts up with it. He is liable too, if he allows the dog to be on his premises.

For more info on laws re dog bites, you can check out www.dogbitelaw.com.

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May 27, 20070 found this helpful

I agree that terriers are a strong breed and need a strong leader to follow but as for ruthless and natural born killers i would have to disagree. It is the human animal that turns a dog in to a killer.

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November 20, 20070 found this helpful

Please visit http://www.badrap.org "NILIF" or Nothing In Life Is Free is a very successful method to establish dominance that doesn't involve HITTING your dog. Resorting to violence is never an answer for professional/great trainers. When was the last time you saw a Killer Whale trainer beat Shamu? That's because Pure Positive Methods work! Especially for intelligent animals and the people who work WITH them.

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January 29, 20080 found this helpful

We have a pitbull that wondered into our yard over 8 years ago and he quickly found his place in our pack with 3 other dogs one male (Black Lab) and two females a queensland and queensland mix (All neutered or spayed of course). He is the most submissive and polite dog of the bunch. He loves our neighbor kids and a few times they have fallen asleep with him on his bed. I have worked as a veterinary technician for 11 years and I have seen the occasional pit bull that cant be trusted but more often than not they are one of the most friendly breeds we work with. Their brave and confident nature serves them well in stressful environments where other breeds become aggressive because of thier fear. This actually makes them one of the least likely patients to bite when being handled by strangers in unusal ways. Yes, they can be stubborn and do need you to establish your dominance but that should NEVER require striking them EVER.

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January 3, 2011

I have a 8 week old Pit. Is it OK to put him on his back and hold his mouth till he becomes submissive? Or is it OK to put him on his back and continue staring at him till he looks away? Should I not try these at all?

By Ella from Seattle, WA

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January 4, 20111 found this helpful
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I agree with "looneylulu". A Pit Bull doesn't need "special" training, only regular "good training". Even though they are a naturally aggressive breed, (which could be controlled with proper handling) the bad rep that Pit Bull's get is from obnoxious pet owners that train their dogs to be mean and fight for their lives.

Please check into a local American Kennel Club (AKC) branch or chapter and ask about "Obedience Classes". A reputable club will accept all breeds, mixes and mutts and the skills you and your dog will learn will be a lifetime benefit for both of you.

One other point of advice, Ella. I know what you are talking about by trying to get your dog on his/her back for understanding submission, but this should not be tried without you, the human, being adequately trained in this procedure. Again, a puppy or dog (any breed, mix or mutt) with appropriate obedience training probably does not need this in the first place and doing so unnecessarily, causes excessive stress on the dog. Please don't try to implement this type of "training" without the help of a pet training professional.

Please look into Obedience Classes. You and your pup will learn from and enjoy the experience and they are not very expensive, either. (Mostly they just cover the costs of the club offering the classes.) Take care Ella and puppy! P.S. Your puppy is a cutie pie! Wishing you and the pup the best of a long and happy friendship!

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April 12, 20121 found this helpful

What you are doing is abusive. You need to go to pets mart and get training there. It is free. You are teaching you baby to be aggressive....would you like someone to hold you down like that?...I always treat my dogs as my own babies.

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March 10, 20050 found this helpful

I have a 9 week year old pit bull that I have many questions about. He keeps niping everything, me, my furniture, everything! When he licks my face he sometimes nips. What should I do?

Also i have an adult Sheperd that seems to get along with him but they play fight, should I let this continue.

And the potty training, he's not like any of the dogs I've had, I am having a lot of the problems, he dosent get the point that he shouldnt do that!

Please help me with answearing these questions. Thanks,

Mike from North Carolina

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March 10, 20050 found this helpful

think of the nipping that he does, sort of like when a baby reaches out for you, then grips and pulls(like on your hair) it is motar skills combined with new things to explore. It isn't out of aggression or anything like that. They haven't learned yet how to control their mouths and such. I know those sharp little baby teeth can hurt though, so if he nips to hard, hold him up to your face and possible hold his mouth shut, very gently and say gentle,gentle. That worked with our dog. I wish I could be more help with the potty training thing... 9 weeks is still very very young. Take him out side or on the paper much more than you think he really needs. Say every 20 mins, and when he does go potty give him lots and lots of praise. He should come along as he ages. hope this helps you. enjoy your little fella.

morgan

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March 10, 20050 found this helpful

On the play fighting - this is normal and should continue. The pup is learning and the older dog won't hurt it, unless it oversteps the mark, then she may nip it and the pup may yelp. The older dog is teaching the younger dog the equivalent of good manners. They are pack animals and need to know their place - with you at the top of course!

For the toilet training observation is the key. With my dog I just watched her behaviour. If she was asleep, as soon as she woke up I took her outside and wandered around and waited for her to 'go' after 15 minutes we went back indoors but almost invariably she had passed urine before the 15 minutes was up and she got lots of praise and taken indoors again. If she was awake, and hadn't been to the toilet for a while, I watched her and as soon as she started sniffing around looking as though she was choosing a place to go to the toilet I took her outside. My pup only ever had accidents when I was out, and very few of those. At night she slept on the bed and if she woke up so did I, and took her outside. She was toilet trained in a few weeks but she was 12 weeks old when I got her.

To learn about normal dog behaviour as puppies develop get a book on dogs and dog training.

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Jo

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March 10, 20050 found this helpful

On the play fighting - this is normal and should continue. The pup is learning and the older dog won't hurt it, unless it oversteps the mark, then she may nip it and the pup may yelp. The older dog is teaching the younger dog the equivalent of good manners. They are pack animals and need to know their place - with you at the top of course!

For the toilet training observation is the key. With my dog I just watched her behaviour. If she was asleep, as soon as she woke up I took her outside and wandered around and waited for her to 'go' after 15 minutes we went back indoors but almost invariably she had passed urine before the 15 minutes was up and she got lots of praise and taken indoors again. If she was awake, and hadn't been to the toilet for a while, I watched her and as soon as she started sniffing around looking as though she was choosing a place to go to the toilet I took her outside. My pup only ever had accidents when I was out, and very few of those. At night she slept on the bed and if she woke up so did I, and took her outside. She was toilet trained in a few weeks but she was 12 weeks old when I got her.

To learn about normal dog behaviour as puppies develop get a book on dogs and dog training.

Regards

Jo

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March 11, 20050 found this helpful

I did have i pit bull now & what i did was every hr i took him out side for a bit so he knew that is were he is suppose to go, but ( please don't laugh now ) i did put him in a baby crib with blankets & some chew toys that does help with the nipping so it was a very small place too clean up & in 2 - 3 weeks he was completely trained.

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May 1, 20050 found this helpful

one trick to help house training is when you take the dog outside while he is going to the bathroom use a "key word" like potty or whatever you choose, and give him praise at the same time. After he is done give him a small treat. Repeat this every time you take him out. He will soon accoicate getting a treat with going to the bathroom outside. After a while you can ask him while you are inside if he needs to go potty and you will get a responce from him. It worked with my dog at least.

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January 10, 20070 found this helpful

I have the same problem i.e. the dog is 9 weeks old and nips alot and it hurts i mean she goes to kiss you and actually takes a hard nip at your face ....i can take it but theres little kids around so i feel uneasy ...i didnt see any responses or techniques on solving this problem i tried saying "NO" but she just wags her tail and does it even more ...I tied tapping her in the butt and say no and she just loves it even more i dont kno what to do help!! email: alexcubs20 AT aol.com

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January 11, 20070 found this helpful

---> I disagree (with the play fighting) He may get confused with "play" & "real" fighting. THEN when you want him NOT to "play fight" he may not understand. (like when there is a small child in the room)

* My son has been trying top potty train his pit bull who is ONE YEAR OLD (& who has the sweetest most loving personality) but even though he's done the "crate training" thing & tried everything else (including obedience classes) The dog just goes to the bathroom where he chooses.

I'd try crate training him. You need to take him to the vet for his shots anyway. When you do, talk to the vet about these questions. The vet is REALLY the one you should be asking.

But my advise is stop the play fighting with your hands or body parts, use only a sock or a toy to play with him so he won't get confused with BAD vs. GOOD fighting.

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 7, 20070 found this helpful

My pit bull does that too, but when I got her I got onto a lot of sites about pit bulls. It doesn't say anything about the nipping. With the dog playing, it is ok because it teaches them how to play, as long as when it gets rough she backs off for a minute then she plays again. For her potty training I just cant teach her. I am trying the dog cage right now every night and she is getting better at going out.

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January 8, 20080 found this helpful

I disagree with most of y'all. I've got a Staffordshire Pit Bull/America Pit Bull mix, and I've had her since Christmas eve. Since i got her, I've taught her to sit, come to me, give me a kiss, and shes pretty much potty trained. she knows what the word outside means and knows she cant come back inside until shes used the bathroom. when she needs to use the bathroom she usually whines or sniffs the door till i open it. If I say "outside?", and she needs to use the bathroom, she'll get real happy n hyper. only thing is, she will use the bathroom in the house when I'm asleep. This is only because she is 9 weeks old and cant hold it. Most people don't understand that its really hard for a puppy to hold its pee or poo, and they cant wait for you to wake up.

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By guest (Guest Post)
January 22, 20080 found this helpful

I have a 9 week old pit named Judge. Judge is just beautiful. He is a smart pup. On command judge will sit, lay down, rollover, come and is now working on stay. He will not walk on my carpets he knows that is a no-no. It's all about the time you put into training. I have been fortunate that work is slow so I do have the time. I also agree with the fact that if you bring them out every 20 min he will be potty trained judge will walk to the door to be let out but if no one pays attention he will go on the floor. This is not his fault he is just a pup. Hang in there with your pups. Pits are great pets!

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June 4, 2005

Hi all, I have an 8 week old Pit Bull pup. I love the little guy to death but he's a spritely fella and bites EVERYTHING he puts his mouth on. I made the MISTAKE and gave him a tap on his mouth one day when he was biting my feet. Since then he looks at my hand as the enemy. Also, when I'm bathing him he cries and thinks I'm punishing or harming him. He used to be very responsive, but now when I call him (and he sees my hands gesturing this) he's a bit apprehensive. How do I correct this and rebuild his confidence in me?

Yendor from Trinidad

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June 5, 20050 found this helpful

Do not hit him in any way. You must be firm and consistent in saying NO when he does something wrong and he will learn to respect you, not fear you. You will have to cuddle him and pet him and play with him and maybe over time he will know that you will not hurt him again with your hands. BUT, he is still a baby. Play with him, but if he gets too rough and bites, tell him NO and simply quit playing, walk away from him and ignore him for a short time. That's what another dog would do and he would get the message that he can't play like that. 8 weeks is very young to be away from his mother, so you will have to act like his mother for a while and teach him what's right and wrong. Also, he is probably teething and needs something safe to chew on besides you. His mouth probably hurts from the teething. There are surely some chew toys you could get for teething puppies that he might like. My 8 year old dog still acts like I'm hurting her when I try to give her a bath. She just doesn't like to get wet. Just make sure the water's not too warm and the shampoo doesn't get in his eyes.

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June 5, 20050 found this helpful

Thank you very much for your advice.I did actually go out and buy him some chew toys.So hopefully he sees the toys as a new challenge and stops biting my feet!lol.Thanks again.

Yendor(Trinidad)

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June 7, 20050 found this helpful

I have a 16 month old, 75 pound red nose pit bull. We never hit her with our hand when she was a puppy, we always used a fly swatter. Now when you get the fly swatter to get a fly, she runs and hides. Sometimes we use the broom that is in the kitchen to get after her. The broom that is outside, she plays with it. She knows the difference between the 2 brooms. Pit Bulls can get very aggressive at times also. She started out being my husbands dog with him taking her to work everyday. He does construction work and sometimes if a person got to close to him she would go after that person. After hurricane Ivan, he left her home with me and she is very protective now. She has attacted 2 men already, tearing their pants off but not biting them. She went after my husband one day when he walked by me and popped me on my rear end with his hand. She doesn't like people in uniforms or people that drink! She likes little kids but not the pre-teen aged kids. She has all kind of chew bones and toys. Her favorite toy is the frizbee..she has 7 of them outside. She doesn't like to be left alone so I take her everywhere with me. If I go somewhere where I can't take her or it is too hot to take her my son has to stay home with her. She is very active and very lovable, and she loves her 10 month old kitten. She doesn't like to take a bath but she knows she has to have one. I have 2 part red nose pit bulls (males) in the back yard and she likes to go and play with them When my husband got her, I was mad because I didn't want that kind of dog, but now I wouldn't trade her for anything!! She is my dog now!!! (I don't like dogs in the house..and that tail of hers..I have bruises on my legs from it) Good luck!!

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June 7, 20050 found this helpful

Pit Bulls are becoming banned in Australia and I am a strong supporter of this ! Having worked as a veterinary nurse for years I saw many, when they were new and popular. Consistently they displayed trigger aggressiveness, just the slightest thing would set them off, they are extremely dominant and were highly resistant to discipline. The breed was developed to fight anything that moved, and fight to the death. I see nothing attractive about these dangerous bundles of liability and if your dog continues to show aggression towards you (your hands are part of you) and hold a grudge because you tried to put him back in his place, then for your own sake make a sensible decision about the dogs future before he mauls somebody (you included - frequently they have mauled their owners) and you end up injured or sued!! If they were human they would be diagnosed as psychopaths.

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June 8, 20050 found this helpful

Physical punishment makes dogs mean. Train using positive reinforcement (there are tons of books on the subject). The puppy is probably teething and needs chew toys just like regular babies do.

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June 8, 20050 found this helpful

I don't agree a ban should be done on a whole breed. They aren't all alike. How do you breed to produce a mean dog? You alter the DNA?? I've never seen a mean puppy in my life. Humans don't have that kind of creative power. They aren't born mean. They might have strong personalities in some cases. I have a friend who has 2 that are completely lazy spoiled dogs. They haven't a mean bone in their bodies. And I could come up with tons of other dogs. Just go on-line in search of people who have them. With training & love they can be just as good a dog as any other. The sub-humans who have dog fights have to abuse them to make them mean. That's how it's done.

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June 21, 20050 found this helpful

I'm sorry Vic, but this breed has been responsible for so many injuries in Australia, that it is all that can be done to reduce the number and severity of dog attacks. I say severity because the pit bull has a jaw that can open almost 180 degrees and has immensely thick, strong cheek muscles. They are designed to latch onto something and not let it go. Imagine a childs head in a vice like grip from these dogs and if you can't, pop on down to a hospital casualty ward and ask to see some photos of the damage these dogs have done. There are so many nice breeds of dogs around to choose from, and the safety of other family memers and the public should be the first consideration for anybody choosing a dog. It is interesting to read of other peoples stories on the forum with Pit Bulls, they aren't all good (and I don't think that is a coincidence!)

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June 29, 20050 found this helpful

I also have a 9-week-old pit bull pup named cronus and i love him so so much. He also is having his biting moods. He has a chew bone but sometimes gets tired of it. He sometimes keep it behind a big bag leaning on the wall where he also keeps his ball.

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July 21, 20050 found this helpful

i think if you take on the response abilty of owning a pit bull you should know how to handal apit bull

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January 1, 20060 found this helpful

My husband bought my pit bull last christmas.I wanted a boston terrier.So he comes home with this.I was kind of taken back thinking [what is everyone going to think].Am I able to handle raising a dog like this.WEll I can't begin to brag enough how good she is.I did alot of reading about the breed and I raised her firm but with alot of love. I never left her alone when she was a puppy.I socialized her with other animals ,she loves to make friends, I make other people touch her when she eats so she gets used to that.I had her trained at boot camp[I went away for 2 weeks and instead of leaving her in a kennel I had her trained at boot camp]positive reinforcement. The price to do so was only a little bit more but well worth it. The best advice I can give you is when ever my puppy would bit me all I had to do was scream no really loud and she let go, they hate when you yell at them. Be very loud to get her distracted then give her her toy to play.Ypo my all so cut a piece of a rag,towel and wet it and freeze it good luck""""

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February 2, 20060 found this helpful

theres no bad dogs only owners ,ive been a proud owner for 11 great years never a bad moment , loves the kids lives on a farm with animals not a problem , all we need to do is love them & they will devote to you ,very intelligent animals, owners should be trained to keep these dogs.

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August 19, 20130 found this helpful

I have a 9 week old male Pit Bull and he's very hyper. He bites everything, me, my clothes, furniture, everything and when he bites it hurts! When he does this I tap him on his butt and tell him "no", but this is not working. I also tried holding his mouth shut and telling him "no" but all he does is growl and bark at me. He's been getting way too aggressive and I don't know what to do. Can you please help?

By Emily

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June 26, 20161 found this helpful

Please do not hit a dog or puppy on the nose, you will end up messing up his sense of smell according to my vet. I always tap the rolled up newspaper on a table, or the like, making a loud noise and this seems to work fine. Now if I even pick up the rolled up paper he behaves! :)

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April 18, 2010

What do I need to know in raising a Pit Bull?

By cocoa from Augusta, GA

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April 4, 2008

I am going to get a very young pit bull pup because the mother won't care for it. It's maybe a couple of hours old.

Cesar from Arizona

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April 5, 20080 found this helpful

Here is a good website for caring for orphaned pups.

http://www.vete  mp;C=0&A=576

Buy a good milk replacer instead of trying to make a homemade recipe if possible

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September 28, 20110 found this helpful

My daughter was given a 4 week old Pit Bull puppy. Will he learn from her what to do and not do? I have heard puppies learn a lot from their mothers and siblings. I don't want him to be mean and aggressive.

By Fay

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January 2, 2016

I have a 7 month old Blue Nose Pit Bull puppy. I had just gotten her a few days ago and understand her separation anxiety. Anywhere that I take her, especially when I take her on walks or on a car ride, she whines constantly. The owners that I got her from said she's perfectly fine with car rides when clearly she isn't and the same with bathing, nor is she fine with that. I can tell she is always wanting to play with other people off in the distance or other dogs which is fine, but it's difficult since me and my boyfriend are both disabled veterans. It is also difficult to teach her or train her when her attention is elsewhere and she is whining. Is there any way of getting her to stop whining in a week or would I have to wait another few weeks?

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October 20, 20120 found this helpful

I have a female Pit. I want to know how old she should be before I start training in the basics? Also I was at the park and a male Pit came to visit us. He was 12 weeks old, mine is 10 weeks, but she laid him out flat. I want to know what I should do about this behavior?

By Tiffany

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March 18, 20140 found this helpful

I have a 10 month old Pit Bull that I need to train badly. How do I make her sleep at night in her kennel? How do I make her stop growling/barking at every noise she hears? How to make her stop jumping on me?

By Jordin

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January 3, 20111 found this helpful

Training a Pitbull Puppy
I have a 7 week old blue nose Pit Bull puppy. He likes to sleep, but when he does awake he loves to play. My main concern is that he will grow up to be aggressive. He does bite a lot when I play with him and I shove his toys on his face so he bites that instead of me. When that doesn't work I close his mouth and tell him "no!".

That seems to be working, but I don't want to punish him the wrong way and have him still be aggressive. So how should I train my puppy?

By Erin from Hemet, CA

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Training a Pitbull Puppy

Don't give him a biting substitute (the toy) teach him not to bite, period. It's not mean to shut his mouth and say "no bite" - Say "No Bite" not just "no" so he knows specifically what not to do. If he stops only to try again, repeat the process and then turn your back to him for about ten seconds. It really breaks their hearts to be ignored and they will find a way (learn what you are trying to teach) to make you happy. He really just wants to please you, but you have to be clear about what is and isn't acceptable. If you are consistent, he will learn that biting is not acceptable.

I highly recommend you find a local branch/chapter of the American Kennel Club and ask about their "Puppy Classes". A good chapter will accept all pure breeds, mixes and mutts and will be a great opportunity for you to bond with your puppy and begin the process of socializing him with other dogs and people.

From your posts, you sound very eager to be a wonderful pet parent, but you do seem a little nervous about it. The staff (most are volunteers) at local kennel clubs will be a great support system for you. There are plenty of people on this site with lots of information and advice to share with you so keep coming back when you need help, but there's nothing like actually meeting, mixing and mingling with other fur pets and their skin parents. Good Luck! (11/30/2010)

By KansasCindy

Training a Pitbull Puppy

Thank you so much! This really helps, and I will keep coming back with questions. (11/30/2010)

By Emonster12

Training a Pitbull Puppy

You have a very cute little puppy!

I agree, teach him "no bite!", say it firmly and set him away from you as you do. If he stops, fine, if he comes back and bites again, repeat it,if he does it again, stop playing with him for awhile, he'll get the picture eventually. You may have to hold his muzzle as you tell him no if he keeps pulling his head away and coming back at you. We did this with our dog and she thought she was so smart when she figured it out, she'd stop biting, but very gently take our hand into her mouth and hold it as if to say "see, I'm not biting!"!

Don't give him a 'bite substitute', but he definitely needs something to chew on. Puppies go through teething just like babies and their mouths hurt. They will chew and bite to relieve it and sometimes seem desperate. My dog had 2 favorite toys that were virtually indestructible! Her 'binky'(puppy pacifier) and a piece of bone-shaped black rubber that looked like tire tread. She chewed and chewed and chewed.

Also, when my mom was raising her German Shepard, we learned that with breeds that could have a tendency to be aggressive , you should never encourage games like tug-of-war , 'keep-away'(where you hold a toy out of reach for them to try to get) or anything else that turns it into a struggle/control issue between you and the dog. (12/01/2010)

By lyonpridej

Training a Pitbull Puppy

Kudos to "lyonpridej" for mentioning something I forgot to mention. A puppy definitely needs chew toys but a chew toy should not be used as a "bite substitute." Sorry I didn't say so, too, but I agree that your pup is a cutie pie! (12/01/2010)

By KansasCindy

Training a Pitbull Puppy

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How do I teach my 4 month old Pit Bull obedience?

By Nancy from Holland, MI

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February 27, 20100 found this helpful

I had a female Pit Bull puppy, she was thirteen weeks, I gave her back to her owner because he wanted her back. His sister gave her away and I have come to find out the reason that she did was because he was abusing her. I feel so bad now because I sent her back there. I did get in touch with this girl and she said that she is gonna take her back and bring her back to me. I was suppose to get her either last night or sometime today.

When I get her back, knowing everything she has been through and, I know that it isn't too late for her to learn that she will be safe with me. I just want to be responsible and train her in a way that makes sure she is not aggressive. I also would like some potty training advice. I anyone has any advice, that would be great. Once I get her I'll take a pic and let you guys see her, she is so beautiful, I fell in love with her the moment I saw her.

Thank you.
I feel bad 19 from NH

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Training a Pitbull Puppy

I have a Pit puppy too. She is a 10 week old female Whopper Pit, adorable. Anyway, basically all you need to do is:

  1. Never hit or in any way abuse the animal.
  2. As far as potty training goes, accidents are going to happen and you just have to deal with that until they are trained. Don't rub the dog's nose in it, that's way unsanitary and the animal will just think you're abusing it.

Take them outside as soon as they wake up, after playing, and especially within the first 30 minutes of them eating/drinking if not sooner; you just have to watch them. If they're sniffing around, take them outside. Oh, and pick a word you want to associate with going to the bathroom, like say "potty" or "outside" every time you take them out, and make sure it's to the same spot as last time and you stay with them. If the dog goes to the bathroom outside, reward them. I like the puppy biscuits (like miniature Milkbones), but you can just verbally praise/ play with them. Dogs can sense how you feel towards them just by your tone. Use good, happy words when the animal is behaving.

Use a more strict tone when they misbehave, but always let them know you still love them after. A hug and a kiss on top of the head usually suffices. Chew toys are also a good idea seeing as how Pit Bulls have a natural urge to chew. Kong bones (any pet store would have this or could recommend something of the nature) work really good. I hope you can take something from all this. Please raise your puppy to be a good doggie. Pit Bulls have such a bad rap and it's not their fault.

Any animal is a reflection of its owner. Oh, and make sure to check for any bans or limits where you live. You don't want animal control taking your dog away. I know it's stupid, but other peoples' mistakes with upbringing Pit Bulls has a huge effect on the people who just want a life long friend, like us.

pitmommy 19 from NC (01/15/2010)

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Tips for training a pitpull puppy. Potty training advice and training a pitbull to not be aggressive.

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