Training a Pitbull Puppy

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, 20112 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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June 13, 20190 found this helpful

I tries to do so but it only made her scared and still she learned nothing. So i changed approach. Lots of love and all the patience in the world goes a long way.


You want you dog to listen out of respect and not fear. It is a longer way but for us very successful. Good luck.

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January 3, 20110 found this helpful

Not sure why you want to do the things you listed. Do have a certain problem with him, or just worried because he's a pit bull. They have a bad rep, which is basically false, you train as you would any other dog. Pit bulls have been inbred so much that certain charateristics have been brought out. If your pup is from a rep breeder or you know the parents I wouldn't worry about him being a pit bull. They are what you make them.

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January 4, 20110 found this helpful

Your training is cruel. Please don't train that way or you will change a perfectly good dog into a nervous unhappy wreck.


Don't treat any animal with cruelty. Bad treatment of animals often leads to bad treatment of humans.

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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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June 17, 20160 found this helpful

I tried both of them with my pit bull and didn't work

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December 13, 20160 found this helpful

Hi Ella,

My dad did that with our pitbull pup when she tried to establish dominance by going for his throat during play time at that age and it worked my dad pinned her down till her tantrum was over she never tried that with my dad again she knew who alpha was and it really worked when showing who the most dominant was however she grew up in a loving home and never attempted to bite anyone she was also fantastic with kids

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