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HAVE FUN TRAINING YOUR PITBULL

Sharing fun time with my pitbulls is something I look forward to everyday. Sadly I can't spend every second with them as I am confident they would like. Other duties and obligations stand in the way. Therefore making the most of the time we spend together is always my goal. To accomplish this, I employ several routines during play time, which we (me and the dogs) both look forward to. I want to make sure that after the training and exercise session is over with, that they are fully tired and ready to retire to their kennel for much deserved rest. I also want to make sure that myself and the dog have a good time too.


THIS IS OUR FAVORITE EXERCISE AND TRAINING ROUTINE

One of the dogs favorites exercise and training routine is the "flirt pole" exercise. If you are not familiar with a flirt pole, the best way I could describe it; it is a carriage whip. Amazon has a number of different FLIRT POLE available to choose from. I pick mine up from Tractor Supply, but the price at Amazon is a lot less. Below, I have a few different options. Make sure you read the reviews to get an idea of how you might want to use the flirt pole.


PITBULL TRAINING WITH A FLIRT POLE

Purchase the longest Flirt pole you can find on Amazon. I prefer one with an overall length about 12 feet including the rod and the rope (whip). Tie something on to the end of the whip. I use any one of a number of rope type of toys. Amazon has some toys made for this. Even a simple rope with a loop for the dog to grab is sufficient. Some will use a piece of leather or animal hide (properly tanned of course). Then all you have to do is spin the whip in a circle just above the reach of the dogs. In time you will develop the technique where you remain stationary while holding the pole upright as you spin the whip in a circle.

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BOTH YOU AND YOUR DOG WILL HAVE FUN

You will not believe the fun you and the dogs will have as you endeavor to keep it just barely out of their reach as they endeavor to be the dog that brings it down. Some dogs never really seem to catch on were as others devise near flawless techniques. In the end, win or lose, all the dogs have a blast trying to catch it.



THIS WILL PUT EVEN THE BEST DOG TRAINER TO THE TEST

Now once they catch it, your ability as a dog handler will be quickly put to the test. As you know, once a Pitbull has something between his teeth, they don't like to let go. Now try it with six or eight dogs and see what happens. The one dog that brings it down has about a ½ of second to enjoy the victory before everyone else grabs hold. Prying the flirt from their mouths after all the excitement and anticipation is next to impossible. Now if you have one dog you can wrestle it out of their mouth. Any more than that and you have your work cut out for you.

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INVEST IN A GOOD QUALITY REMOTE COLLAR

Dogtra Collars are far and away the best training collars for the money. On Amazon you can buy a training collar for under $50; these training collars are glorified toys, and will not hold up to the rigors of dog training. The Dogtra 1900S training collar is an professional grade unit with 3/4 mile range.


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YOU'LL NEED YOUR TRAINING COLLAR

Instead of frustrating yourself and the dogs, this is the approach that works… guaranteed. Take your electronic training collar or as some call it; training collar, and after adjusting it to the individual dog's proper training collar setting, take a single dog out for training and begin the exercise. When the dog catches the flirt, praise him for his endeavor and allow him to enjoy the fruits of his labor for a few seconds. Then instruct the dog with the firm command "Let Go". When he of course refuses, you say "let go" again, and this time you give a little electric stimulation with the pitbull training collar. Within minutes, you will say; "let go" and the flirt will be lying on the ground guaranteed.


A WORD OF CAUTION BEFORE BUYING A REMOTE TRAINING COLLAR

Over the past few years, remote training collars have become hugely popular. This of course has resulted in hundreds of cheaply made overseas collars hitting the market. I recently saw a cheaply made unit selling for around fifty dollars that had a 4.9 rating on Amazon with 70 reviews. This caught my attention. Upon close examination, I noted the unit had only been available for less than 2 weeks and that all the reviews were FAKE. Although the reviews on the surface looked legit, they were simply copied and pasted from real reviews. Don't be fooled, by a cheap price. This is a product that can't afford to be defective and cause injury to your beloved dog.



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TRAIN EVEN STUBBORN DOGS WITH AID OF A TRAINING COLLAR

Do the same with each dog, and after all have been trained, run each through the exercise one more time. Then bring them all out, and determine which dog or dogs under the added excitement of "peer pressure" forgot everything he had just learned and retrain him with the aid of the electric pitbull training collar, with the presence of one or two dogs that need no further training. Once he quickly responds to your commands, bring them all out again.


A LOT OF TRAINING COLLARS TO CHOOSE FROM

Look for an established brand used by professional dog trainers. Such brands will include collars capable of shocking a dog up to a mile a way, which comes in handy in certain hunting scenarios. You don't need that. Therefore one of their lower price models may be sufficient for your needs.



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FLIRT POLE TRAINING LEAVES PITBULLS TIRED AND SATISFIED

I can have six or eight pitbulls participating in the exercise, when one of them catches the flirt I commend and allow about 5 or 10 seconds for the dogs to play with it. Then, I command “Let Go”, and every dog let’s go instantly. I walk over to the flirt pick it up and the dogs position themselves for the next go round. All it takes is about 10 or 15 minutes of play time and your pitbull will be completely tired and satisfied. As a side note: I always make sure that each dog has had the opportunity to get plenty of water before putting them up.


FEATURES WORTH CONSIDERING WHEN PURCHASING A TRAINING COLLAR

You will need to determine the features that are important for you and your dog or dogs. Some training collars can control as many as three or even four dogs. If you have only one dog, don't pay for something you don't need. If your dog is small, the top manufactures have units designed for dogs as small as ten pounds. If you have a dog that is stubborn, you may need a unit with a lot of power. If you have a dog that is aggressive toward other dogs; you will need the extra power. One thing that is not needed is 100 levels of stimulation. My favorite collar had just 7 levels, that was enough for any situation.



On the next page: How to train with a shock collar.

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