In the next few sections I will go over several different methods of training for your pit bull / pit bull puppies. Some of the training methods I exercise on my yard may not be methods you choose to use on your yard due to the nature of training. Some dogs respond to different methods than others, but for the most part if you follow these basic pointers you should have pretty consistent results if practiced correctly.
Please remember to NOT over punish or over praise your pit bull / pit bull puppies. If you over punish your pit bull / pit bull puppies it will lead to your pit bull cowering when you give a command. Pit bulls naturally aim to please their master. If you constantly punish your pit bull it will be so concerned with upsetting its master that the commands you are teaching will not sink in. Be stern with you commands and most important of all be patient. Over praising your pit bull can lead to your pit bull being ecstatic all the time always looking for a reward. Over praising takes away from the boundaries you must set owning a pit bull. If you do not set boundaries for your pit bull, you could have big problems in the future. Just like children there has to be a minimum level of acceptable performance. Meaning if you expect your pit bull to be extremely obedient you must exercise obedience regularly. Remember this is your friend and your pit bull will naturally want to please you. So treat them with love and be stern with your commands. Your pit bull must understand you are the boss and you mean business otherwise your pit bull will push its boundaries.
In some of these exercises you will see I am telling you to do certain motions with your hands while giving commands. This is because just like humans some pit bulls are visual learners while others learn from what they hear. I can tell my pit bull / pit bulls to come and sit next to me without saying a word simply snapping and pointing and they know what to do.
When it comes time to start leash training your new pit bull/pit bull puppy you will first need to start out getting the pit bull puppy used to his or her collar. When your pit bull is out of the crate I would encourage that you put a collar on your pit bull. Wearing a collar at all times while out of the crate could make or break a situation that could arise when owning a pit bull. Collars are a great way to gain control or restrain your pit bull if needed.
Your pit bull will probably scratch at the collar and I have seen some cases where the pit bull doesn’t even mind the collar. No worries the scratching will go away once your pit bull is used to the collar. When you feel your pit bull is comfortable wearing the collar put a leash on your pit bull and go for a walk. I have heard some cases where trainers let the dog drag the leash around the yard but I do not practice this with my pit bulls. When you put a leash and collar on your pit bull that means you control the pace NOT the pit bull.
When walking your pit bull take the same route everyday while you and your pit bull are getting comfortable leash training. 9 times out of 10 the pit bull is going to turn flips on the leash. Just keep walking your chosen route at a medium paced walk encouraging your pit bull to come on repeating (come on boy, come on girl, etc.). Eventually your pit bull will figure out it’s much easier to follow suit than getting dragged.
When you see your pit bull starting to get off track give the leash a tug letting the pit bull know “this is the direction we are going”. No worries in time your pit bull will get so excited about going on walks. When you feel comfortable walking your pit bull with little resistance from your pit bull then you need to start controlling the pace. Better sooner than later because once your pit bull grows to size they can be extremely strong, much stronger than you in some situations.
Controlling the pace can be as easy as when your pit bull starts walking in front of you be sure to remind your pit bull with a slight tug to walk beside you. Remember you guide the pit bull even if that means keeping your pit bull on a short lead until he or she understands to walk with you not ahead of you. Please remember that your pit bull works for you.
I would not encourage misusing the power, strength and agility your pit bull possess. This could result in you or someone else getting seriously injured. Pit bulls are creatures where pride sometimes gets the best of them it is up to you as the pit bulls master to control this undesired behavior.