I just got a 12 week old, red nose Pitbull. The potty training has been going well and she is doing very good. My major problem is I cannot get her to stop biting. It does not hurt now but I am afraid that when she gets older it will and I need to get her to stop biting now before it gets any worse.
I went to the vet and they told me that when ever she bites squirt lime juice in her mouth, but this has just got her really mad at the lime juice bottle when she sees it. The vet also told me that when she bites, put her on her back and hold her mouth closed until she relaxes. I have tried this also, but sometimes when I let go she still snaps back. What can I do?
In response to yoshabelle's comment. This dog is the most loving, willing to please, affectionate dog on the planet, hands down! They are eager to please their owners and will do whatever it takes to make them happy, even fight to the death! The only time they are dangerous is when irresponsible and heartless owners train them to kill. They are people-loving dogs, and would prefer a room of people over a room of dogs any day. They are extremely brilliant animals and are very easy to train with positive reinforcement, patience, and overall, consistency.
Yes, unfortunately they do have it in their DNA from decades of breeding to be a bit more aggressive than other dogs. But from a recent study in temperament, the American Pitbull Terrier passed with a better score than the collie and even the Golden Retriever. They are not mindless, dangerous killing machines. If your bully is biting, keep in mind she is a puppy. All pups bite. It feels good on their little teeth. Give her the proper toys, treats, teething tools, etc. to chew on. Ignore her when she bites, letting her know that biting= no more play mate.
It helps to let out a loud high pitched yelp, as a puppy play mate would make if your dog were to bite too hard. Reinforce her good behavior with a treat when she listens to anything you want her to do. Be patient. And overall, be consistent! I trained all my pups at 8 weeks to sit, stay, lay, down, come, roll over, and not to bite within a month. Yes, all of those commands! I am no trainer, just a responsible, patient owner. I am not promising the same results.
Remember, all dogs have different personalities and even more important, different owners. Just remember, Pit Bulls were bred to fight, yes this is unfortunate. But they did it to please their owners. They would fight till they were nearly dead just to make their owners happy. They will do anything to please you. So love and respect them and they will do the same.
Editor's Note: Yosabelle's feedback has been deleted as inappropriate for ThriftyFun. (10/04/2009)
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