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TRAINING QUESTIONS FROM MY MAILBAGIf you want to know how to change a puppy's diapers; sorry!
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Every question is directly from my mailbox. I have selected the best questions and have included them for your review.
That guy who said "you can't teach an old dog a new trick"; hadn't been to Mr Pitbull!
THE ADVICE IS BASED ON MY EXPERIENCE OF TRAINING PITSThe advice below is based on years of my personal experience of owning, training, breeding, whelping and loving dozen of my Pitbull friends. The tips I provide involve my experience with Pitbulls, although the information should translate over to most breeds as well. The questions below are real emails that I have received (the names have been changed to protect the innocent...), and represent the most commonly requested information.
NOT EVERYONE WILL AGREE ON THE BEST TRAINING ROUTINESOne word of caution: When seeking information, you have to be very careful because many who claim to be dog trainers have virtually no real world experience, and have done very little research into complex training issues.
Dear Mr Pitbull, How do I train my Red Nose Pitbull to quit pulling on his leash? When we go for a walk he is continually trying to drag me.
DO NOT TRAIN DOGS AS IF THEY ARE CHILDRENEven though dogs are not kids, I've found that people tend to train dogs similar to the way they train their kids. With that being said, you have to ask yourself (if you are a parent) "what kind of parent am I". If you are the kind of parent that does not believe in discipline, and is often observed repeating over and over; "if I have to tell you again... you're going to get in trouble!" And if your child is one who throws temper tantrums, and when they get a little older start talking back... If that is how you raise your kids; you are not going to be successful in dog training.
DOGS REQUIRE FIRM YET LOVING DISCIPLINEDogs are pack animals and settle matters with their teeth. In the end, only one dog is "leader of the pack". Either you take charge, or they will. When you demonstrates clear, consistent, and deceive discipline, administered with love, your dog will eagerly follow your commands (and yes I did say COMMANDS).
I RECOMMEND REMOTE TRAINING COLLARSIn many training situations, I encourage the use of remote collars. They enable the average person to train a dog faster and better than any other method. If you are someone that knows that loving but firm discipline results in a well trained child that respects authority, then you will benefit by incorporating the electronic collar in teaching your canine friend to do things that most people could never teach a pet otherwise.
One thing that I have found; those who criticize this type of training have never tried it. They assume that it is inhumane. The fact is; the stimulation needed to correct the dog is way below the pain threshold.
TRAINING BEGINS WHEN YOU TAKE THEM FOR A WALKOne of the best ways to begin obedience training is to take Fido for a walk. This is how you establish a baseline, teaching your four legged friend who is in charge. When going for a walk remember; this is YOUR walk! You are not walking the dog. Instead, the dog is accompanying you on your walk. You have to understand that premise first if you expect your dog to understand it. HOW TO TRAIN A DOG TO WALK BESIDE YOU
Dear Mr Pitbull, My dog will not shut up. I Love her to death, and she is wonderful, but she barks all the time. How can I train her to stop barking? My solution was to fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and every time she barks spray her coat. So far it seems to be working, and I thought it was better than using a shock collar. But now I'm wondering if it could have side effects? What do you recommend? I hate to use a shock collar to train her because I do not want to hurt my Ginger.
YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE HOW FAST AND EASY TRAINING CAN BEI highly recommend you check out my this page where I go into detail on how to stop a dog from barking and give suggestions from my experience on which collars to use. STOP YOUR DOG FROM BARKING IN JUST MINUTES
STOPPING A BARKING DOG INVOLVES A LITTLE MILD PERSUASIONDon't think that a bark collar is brutal; it is not. In fact if a dog yelps when receiving correction, the collar is set way too high. Set it so that when they receives correction you simply notice that the dog looks startled, that's all. You will love the results and so will your neighbors.
Dear Mr Pitbull, I need help training my dogs! I have an American Bulldog and two Pitbulls. My problem is the Bulldog wants to fight the two pitbulls. Yesterday he went after one of the pitbulls and I had a whale of a time trying to get them separated. I love my dogs and do not want to get rid of any of them, but I am afraid that next time I will not be able to handle it. Help!
Dear Mr Pitbull, I am adopting my second Pitbull this week. I absolutely love the breed. He is four months old. I also have several other dogs as well. I would like any advice on how to socialize him with my other dogs? Thanks for your help!
OBEDIENCE TRAINING WHEN A RESCUE DOG IS INTRODUCED TO THE PACKJessica, I want to commend you for ADOPTING A PITBULL! And I agree with you, they are a wonderful breed. From experience, an older dog is usually very tolerant of a puppy. Although I would expect the older dog to assert dominance, yet this is normal.
Introduce the dogs in a neutral setting, perhaps a park. The dogs should do well together. If the dogs you currently have get along fine, they will likely get along fine with the new one. This is especially true if you have established yourself as the pack leader.
PACK TRAINING WILL SOLVE MANY ISSUESPitbulls like all dogs are pack animals and will establish a pecking order. Sometimes this is done with their teeth. Therefore it is vital they understand that they are simply members of YOUR pack. If pack structure is clearly defined, issues between dogs will be minimal. Read my article on pack training. PACK STRUCTURE OBEDIENCE TRAINING As the young dog matures however, they may challenge the other dogs to establish their place in the pack. Pack training will solve this.
HOW TO INTRODUCE A RESCUE DOG TO YOUR PACKWhen introducing a new dog into a home with other dogs, to cut down on the likelihood of having a problem, I also recommend that your read my page on how to introduce a rescue dog to your pack. INTRODUCING A RESCUE DOG TO YOUR PACK
Dear Mr Pitbull, My friend has a very aggressive dog. It does not like other dogs and twice that I am aware of attacked other dogs, actually killing one of them. I tried to break it up to no avail and got bit in the process. If it happens again what should I do?
BREAKING UP A FIGHT IS DANGEROUSYou could train your dog effectively not to want to fight, and then have him out for a walk, and another dog could attack him. You should always be prepared and know just what to do if a fight starts.
Breaking up a dog fight is serious business. Severe injuries can occur to yourself in a blink of an eye. Before trying to break up a dog fight, you better be sure you are physically up to the challenge. The amount of energy and strength needed is beyond the ability of many.
Some have foolish thought that if they get bit in the process it would be worth it to save the dogs from injury. If you have seen the extent of some of the injuries as I have, you would never think such. Read my article on how to break up a dog fight. BREAK UP A DOG FIGHT WITHOUT GETTING BIT
#1 RULE OF BREAKING UP A DOG FIGHT: DON'T PANIC!If you think you are up to the task, you need to always have with you two items; a leash and a BREAK STICK. If you are by yourself when a fight occurs, don't panic! Remain calm. And remember; hollering does not work!
Simply take a second to observe and determine if one dog seems to be more of the aggressor. If both seem actively involved, determine which one seems to be the stronger of the two or the one that has the best position. After making the determination, fasten the leash to the underdog and fasten him to something if you can. If you can't, you may not be able to separate two dogs wanting to fight, by yourself.
A GOOD LEASH WILL HELP YOU ESTABLISH CONTROLYou do well to have a POLICE DOG HANDLER TRAINING LEASH which has multiple hooks so that it will hook easily over the back of the collar (so your hand isn't getting under the neck and bitten). What many will do is put the leash around the dogs midsection just behind the hind quarters and then run the hook end through the loop on the handling end. This will give you a slip loop that will hold the dog securely.
Tie the dog off. Then move to the back of the aggressor and firmly grab both back legs and lift the legs up high until his front legs comes off the ground. They will not be able to maintain their grip and will let go. It may take a second, but he will be unable to maintain the grip. Then simply drag him away from the other dog.
If only one dog is the aggressor and the other wants no part of it, you can either grab the back legs of the aggressor and drag him away or use a break stick. The break stick is inserted into the mouth of the aggressor and with a simple twist and a little leverage the mouth is opened. Make sure you have a good grip on his collar and pull him away.
BE PREPARED AND DON'T PANIC!The keys to remember: 1) Be prepared, 2) Don't panic, 3) Don't scream and shout, 4) Don't put your hand near the action, 5) Don't lose your cool. Using these techniques I have broke up fights with as many as 5 dogs involved.
Mr Pitbull, My name is Sue, my husband and I just got a new puppy, he is adorable. I already have 2 females at home, one is a 90 pound Rednose named Sugar, and a Pit mix named Mia. Sugar is not taking to the puppy very well, and I am worried. Is there any way you could email me some tips on how to handle this domination thing she has going on? Even when the little dude wants to eat, she will run over to his bowl and block him from eating. I am going to start feeding him separately from now on. I would really appreciate any advice you can give.
PACK STRUCTURE IS KEYWith the e-collar method of training you will have her trained in nothing flat. I don't think it will take much. She has to learn that in the end, the only ones in the house that has territorial rights is you and your husband. Once all the dogs understand that you are the ones that sets forth the limits, and controls who eats and when, you will not have any further problems.
OBEDIENCE TRAINING DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A BATTLESadly, many people have battled with their dog for years to no avail. Believe me; you can teach an old dog a new trick. If you follow my suggestions, you will have all of your beloved pets in-line quickly and easily. If after reading my training pages, you have any more questions, please email.
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