Help Training a 9 Week Old Pit Bull

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?

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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.

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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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Anonymous
September 25, 20170 found this helpful

Wrong

Staffordshire terriers are not pit bulls. Pit bulls are the American Pit Bull Terrier

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January 28, 20180 found this helpful

A suggestion for potty training...Hang out with your pup until he starts to go, having an empty liter plastic bottle in your reach, when you see him potty ( works best if pup isnt lookong at you) hit the bottle on the floor making a loud noise then put the bottle down . Not makong eye contact or sayimg anything act like nothing happened.

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A few times of getting the timing down just right, pup will associate the noise pottying in the house. Praise pup outside when he goes and be sure to stand far enough away so pup doesnt associate you with the noise. Its worked on three of my staffies. One male pup potty trained in one day. It takes time and diligence but well worth it in the long run.

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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!

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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.

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

Regards

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.

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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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By Joyce (Guest Post)
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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By Rebecca (Guest Post)
May 1, 20051 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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By alex. (Guest Post)
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, 20071 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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November 29, 20170 found this helpful

I have a now 10 month staffy that was difficult to train until I started using bells on the door. I would take her out every 15 minutes from the time she was 9 weeks old and would ring the bells that hung from the door. She had MANY accidents and at 6 months I was frustrated and then boom all of a sudden she rung the bells, I opened the door and she has not had an accident since. She is crated at night and when I am not home. She is one of 3 rescue dogs.

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Anonymous
December 15, 20170 found this helpful

My PITTBULL is a full blooded Red Nose,and he loves to play fight too but he always takes it a LIL further also.

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By katie (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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By JBliss (Guest Post)
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 CHACHEE513 (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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By alex (Guest Post)
April 15, 20080 found this helpful

People say take out the pup every 20 minutes, am I the only one that thinks that ridiculous? Just cut back on the water, feed it only two times a day and take her out when ever it looks shady like sniffing around or yanking on the leash. I keep my pup leashed at all times and on my lap. When she gets fussy, it's time to go outside.

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By westen (Guest Post)
June 28, 20080 found this helpful

For the nipping, what seems to work for me is a chew rope with pig hooves on it. You can get them at walmart for like 5 dollars or less. Every time he nips at something he shouldn't, I grab his mouth and tell him no, then I give him the chew toy.

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By andrew (Guest Post)
July 7, 20080 found this helpful

I consider myself lucky when i got my little ed nose he immediately picked up on going outside to urinate and such. I just praise him but with my pit he really responds well to a deep voice that says NO, when he nips hard and what worked well is the handing him a toy technique now he knows to go full out on the toy. Not my hands/face. Thanks for a lot of the info. Andrew

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By weazymholla (Guest Post)
August 29, 20080 found this helpful

My pit is only 6 weeks and he pretty much knows he supposed to go outside to poop. I just started taking him outside a lot and there was other dogs out there he must of got the scent or something because it seems like he waits for me to bring him out already. He does pee though indoors sometimes. His names Cash. He's got a dipstick tail black tear drops and all four of his socks. I am so lucky to have him. He is a champion pure bred. He does nip at your face while kissing, so I'm working on teaching him not to.

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