Training a Pitbull Puppy

I had a female pitbull 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

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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. If anyone has any advice, that would be great. Once I get her I'll take a picture 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

Answers:

Training a Pitbull Puppy

Lots of love and patience and love and patience. Never strike your puppy, this will only cause

problems in the future and he will probably not know why you hit him anyway. This only causes

confusion.

In one weekend I trained a six week old pup and he has not used the house one time. He will

be six in October. It took all weekend, but every time he started to look for a spot, I would

take him outside and wait for him to do his business. They learn fast, but you must be

consistent. Do not take him out one time ever 3 or 4 hours, he can't hold it that long. Love

the your puppy and he will reward you much later on. (08/24/2006)

By Sue

Training a Pitbull Puppy

Never take a puppy away from their mother before 6 weeks.
This is especially important with pit bulls, because it is so important that you socialize

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them early, and they learn things from their mother and siblings in those first six weeks that

you can't teach them.
Make sure to meet the parents of you dog if at all possible to make sure they have good

temperments.
When you take your puppy home, have your house prepared for him.

  • Have a kennel set up. If it's a wire kennel, drap a towel over it to give it a cozy "den"

    like feel. Put some sort of comfy mat or bed in it, if the puppy chews on it or goes on it,

    remove it immediately and don't give it back until the puppy is completely house broken.

  • Have plenty of toys available. Puppies need to chew and love to play.
  • Have two stainless steel, non-tip bowls ready. Make sure to always have water available,

    and wipe out the bowl and change the water if the puppy gets food in his water bowl. Buy age

    and breed appropriate food.

  • When house training, never scold or "rub his nose in it". Pit bulls are very clever dogs

    and all he will learn from that is to go where you won't find out, and that means stains. If

    he does go in the house, put him outside (on a leash) and clean it up (don't let him see you

    clean it up) use a good carpet cleaner and vinegar and water to neutralize the odor. Dogs like

    to go where they've gone before, and if you get rid of his scent, you'll reduce his urge to go

    in the house.

  • Make the crate a happy place. Train the puppy to go in his crate on command, and never put

    him in his crate as punishment. Keep your puppy in his crate when you can't be watching him,

    because puppies need constant supervision. When leaving him in his crate for extended periods

    (try to keep them as short as possible) be sure to take him outside before hand and leave a

    chew bone in there for him.

  • Neuter or spay. There are too many pit bulls out there with out homes already, we don't

    need anymore. It also helps with temperament and house training, and makes them much less

    likely to run away. Please, do the responsible thing and get all of your pets spayed or

    neutered.

  • Socialize. This is especially important with dogs like pit bulls. When they're young, take

    them for walks to public places and allow people to pet the dog and see that they really are a

    sweet breed. Petco is a great place for this sort of thing. Introduce you puppy to friendly

    dogs in safe situations. Watch you dog carefully when doing this, and if he starts to show

    signs of feeling uncomfortable, take him home. Introduce you puppy to old people, young

    people, cats, dogs, cars, heavy traffic, and as many situations as possible, but make sure

    it's always fun, safe, and he's always comfortable.

  • Teach him. A well-trained dog is a happy dog. The more tricks you teach the dog, the more

    well behaved he will be in general. Only use positive reinforcement and ever scold a dog for

    not doing a trick. Training is a fun time for you and the dog to bond and learn.

  • Take your dog for walks. Puppies are full of energy and if you let him burn it off he will

    be better behaved at home and much healthier too.

  • Play. It bonds you with your dog, it teaches them, it keeps them healthy, and most of all

    it's fun. If at all possible, play fetch with your dog instead of tug-of-war, because it's

    much less aggressive and fetch also teaches the dog the very important command of "drop". If

    you do want to play tug, make sure you win, it helps establish dominance. If the dog gets too

    "into it" tell him to drop it and take it away, replacing it with a calmer toy.

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    Don't play rough and don't allow you puppy to bite you. Puppies love to gnaw on people

    (especially feet) and this is a very bad behavior to encourage, because it can lead to biting

    later on in life, and because of their reputation, if a pit bull shows any signs of

    aggression, it will most likely be put down. If you puppy bites, give a strong "NO!" If they

    persist, flip them over on their back (showing your dominance over the dog), and tell it no

    again. If you really want to, spray your hands with "bitter apple" or any anti-biting/chewing

    spray so they learn that humans tastes bad.

  • Play with you dog's ears, tail, and paws (gently) while it's young. This helps improve the

    dogs patience and temperment and will make nail trimming and ear cleaning much easier down the

    road.

  • Pit bulls are low-maintenance dogs, as far as grooming is concerned. Brush with a soft

    bristle brush, never with a wire brush, it'll hurt the dog. Shampoo only as needed, washing

    the dog too much can deplete it's natural oils and do more harm than good.
    Get the dog used to having it's teeth brushed young, it'll save you lots of money and keep you

    safe from dog breath.

  • Try to "puppy-proof" your home, as well. Keep your dog away from cords, get rid of any

    poisonous plants, move breakable things out of the way, and get some baby-gates to keep your

    dog out of rooms you want to keep nice. It'll pay off in the end.

  • Keep the name short, two syllables is usually best because it's short, but longer than

    most commands (sit, down, no) that could confuse the dog.

There is no actual "pit bull" breed. The most common breed referred to is the American

Staffordshire Terrier

Here are some helpful links:

aspca.org

akc.org

happypitbull.com

If at all possible, please try to rescue a pit bull instead of getting one from a breeder.

There are hundreds available across the country who desperately need homes.

pbrc.net

Have fun with your dog, never hit them, and take them to the vet at least twice a year, and

everything should work out just fine. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me, I'd

be glad to help you out. (02/04/2007)

By sun_dog

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Training a Pitbull Puppy

(Sent in by Email)

You should never hit your puppy this can lead to aggression later on in the dogs life causing

it to fear you instead of obeying you. You should praise it every time it uses the box laid

out for him, but it is better to take the puppy out every time even if it seems a hassle, it

will eventually work out in the long run if you take it out immediately. If you notice the

puppy sniffing around this is a sign of having to go to the bathroom.

After every feeding, when you wake up and right before you go to sleep take the puppy

outside to urinate and poop. When you clean the waste left by the puppy inside of your home,

leave the puppy in another room where it can't see you clean the waste up. Also use vinegar

and cleaning agent to clean floor with to clear the odor or the puppy will sniff out the same

spot to go again. Never scold the puppy just take it outside leave it there if possible for 10

to 15 minutes giving it time to waste outside. If possible train with treats to promote good

potty training habits. If the puppy wastes outside praise it and give it a small treat. Never

yell or scold the puppy for using the bathroom in the house. If you do this it will develop

the thought of going to the bathroom is bad and will look for places to use the bathroom that

you won't catch it. Remember have patience a dog will do only what it knows so train it to do

what you want it to do and don't give up perseverance is the key with puppies.

As for your second questions, yes pitbull puppy breeds are known for their weak bladders

they will urinate frequently for the first 4 to 5 months so taking them to urinate outside if

possible every 1 1/2 to 2 hours would be advisable and also after every meal they consume. It

is best to feed them on a schedule that will be easier for you and healthy for them.

Robert (03/18/2008)

By ThriftyFun

Training a Pitbull Puppy

I have 6 dogs, 2 13 week boy pits, one 5 year old pit mix, and 3 beagles. Thank you for

getting her back. Please watch "Dog Whisperer" with Ceasar Millan. That's my best advice and

with 6 dogs all happy sweet dogs I had a few problems along the way and all stopped when I

watched and learned from that show. It's on National Geographic channel, you will have the

best pitbull ever. I swear it talks about all problems and he has a puppy DVD you can buy, but

I just watch the show. (09/23/2008)

By Sandy

Training a Pitbull Puppy

In training a pitbull; please, please never be aggressive, always be calm yet assertive. These

breeds are very smart and learn very quickly, but patience is a must when training these

little guys. Here is a pic of my little guy, George he is now 10 weeks. (02/18/2009)

By Shana

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Training a Pitbull Puppy

Puppies chew on everything. Any 8, 10, 12 week old puppy will use their teeth to explore their

surroundings. That often seems like biting, but it is more like feeling. However, it is "not"

acceptable since they will eventually have big teeth, so it is important to nip it in the bud.

The best thing to do is 'get back to good" as fast as possible, which means replace your hand,

etc. with a chew toy and then "praise". This way, the puppy is learning not to bite your hand,

but also that it's good to bite chew toys (and not furniture).

Also, for the peeing everywhere, a little puppy needs to be restricted to a small space,

especially when alone. If you're letting your puppy wander all over your house and she is

peeing everywhere, it is because she is overwhelmed by the space and trying to make it

familiar with her scent. The best thing you can do is keep her in one room (with a babygate)

when you're playing with her for a few weeks until she gets used to the smells of the house.

And then slowly introduce her to other rooms. And remember to take her out a lot for a pee

break.

Puppies under 12-16 weeks need to go out every 2-4 hours after sleeping, and every 30

minutes when playing really hard and excited. (they have teeny weeny bladders that actually

cannot hold it in once they have to pee. They will be physically able to hold much longer

after 4 months). That way you will minimize the mess and maximize the praise and cuddles and

love. (02/23/2009)

By Raspy

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