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How To Train A Pitbull- The Secret To Raising A Gentle Pitbull

When “Rocco”, our 8 month old Pitbull started getting out of control, we wished that we knew how to train a Pitbull. Unfortunately, my wife laura and I had waited until “Rocco” was close to full grown, to begin out Pitbull puppy training. Luckily, we took the advice of a professional Pitbull, and we applied the secret to raising a gentle Pitbull.

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When I say that “Rocco” was out of control, I don’t mean he was vicious. In fact, “Rocco” was more likely to “kill” a person with “kindness”, than any other method.

When Laura or I would return home from work, “Rocco” would almost knock us over in his delight! And, at over 80 lbs, “Rocco” was our worst nightmare with his habit of jumping.

“Rocco” had also developed a chronic barking habit. He would bark at just about any, or everything. He would even bark at people INSIDE their cars. And cats? Forget about it!

“Rocco” would go nuts!

Frankly, Laura and I were clueless about how to train a Pitbull. The problem became so severe that we were strongly considering putting “Rocco” up for adoption.

Luckily, we ran across some information written by a professional Pitbull handler. We uncovered the reasons for Rocco’s behavior, and what we could do to change it. Basically, we learned about 4 strategies for raising a gentle Pitbull:

1) Begin the training process at the youngest possible age- one word commands can begin at 8-10 weeks.

2) Give your Pitbull puppy PLENTY of exercise.

3) Don’t isolate your Pitbull for long periods of time.

4) Give your Pitbull puppy ample opportunities to socialize with other dogs/people.

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American Pit Bull Terrier – Facts You Must Know Before Adopting An American Pit bull Terrier

The American Pittbull terrier Bull Terrier is a mid-sized, solidly built breed in the terrier group. They weigh 30-60 pounds, with the height of 18-22 inches. They have proportional brick-shaped head, round eyes, with neck sloping down to a broad chest and muscular legs.

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Coat

The typical American Pit Bull Terrier has a smooth, shiny single coat that needs minimum care. Their hair is short, thick, and stiff to touch. Any color is acceptable except merle, and is usually solid.

Activity

The American Pit Bull Terrier is a breed that needs a lot of exercise. They are energetic, and if not given enough activity, they tend to be restless and destructive. Known to be intelligent and athletic dogs, they excel in numerous dog sports such as fly ball, lure coursing, weight pulling, and advanced obedience contest.

Temperament

Contrary to what they have been reputed to be, they are very loyal, friendly, and goofy. A truly great companion, they are good-natured, affectionate, and extremely loyal breed. The American Pit Bull Terrier is highly intelligent, with sound nerve and character. They make an excellent family dog, and pet.

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The American Pit Bull Terrier’s temperament slowly matures. They usually get fully-developed from 2-4 years. As young dogs, they are loving, curious, playful, and active. Although they love playing with children, supervision is still required as they do not know what they are capable of, and could knock the children down.

Overview

Noted for having the alertness of a Terrier, the American Pit Bull Terrier also has the strength and athletic abilities of a bulldog. This kind of breed is versatile, making them the favorite of ranchers and farmers for their courage, agility, grace, and strength. Their exceptionally gentle traits to those they love make them an ideal household pet.

Care

An average shedder, their coats should be brushed regularly with a firm bristle brush. Bathing is suggested with dry shampoo only when necessary. The American Pit Bull Terrier is prone to hip dysplasia, congenital heart disease, hereditary cataracts, and allergies to grass.

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Training

The American Pit Bull Terrier has the eagerness to please, and is very obedient. Socialization and obedience training should be done as early as possible. They are not responsive to rough and harsh methods of training You can find many books and materials on sale or at a low price to help with training if you are having trouble. A lot of patience, praise, respect, firmness, fairness, and consistency are needed.

Proper handling, with sufficient exercise and a consistent pack leader will produce a calm and obedient dog. As with any breed, socialization is very crucial. This will minimize their hostile tendencies. It is also important to make sure that they are under control at all times, especially when other dogs are around. This kind of breed is not advisable for most people, as some don’t know how to properly raise a dog.

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Character

The typical American Pit Bull Terrier is medium-sized, solidly built, powerful, and muscular. They are often referred to as great warriors, exhibiting great strength, agility, and grace. Known to be fearless, they will take on anything that is a threat to them and to their family.

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Pitbull Myth


 

 

Misunderstood Breeds

There are many stereotypes about pit bulls in today’s society, but how many
of them are actually true? Are they really the “vicious” dogs people
make them out to be? The media seems to only focus on “attacks”
committed by dogs perceived to be Pit Bulls. It’s really a terrible
stereotype that hurts pit bulls. According to the ASPCA 1.2 million dog
in shelters are euthanized each year. Different studies show that
800,000 to 1 million of these are pit bulls. A Pit Bull isn’t a breed,
but a classification of 25+ breeds/mixes based on similar physical
characteristics.

Why are there so many odds against pitbulls? To start off, hundreds of jurisdictions across the country ban
or otherwise restrict ownership of these dogs – which leads to people
not being able to adopt these dogs from shelters or rescues if they live
in a certain jurisdiction.This also results in pit bulls being taken
away from their families if they live in a jurisdiction that doesn’t
allow pit bulls.When someone is moving, housing and apartment complexes
make it very difficult to have a pit bull there. It is getting crazy how they are treating the whole breed because of a few people not training there dogs correctly and the negligent owners.

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Banning an entire breed. Taking away peoples long time four legged friends which to most are like a part of their family, removing the dog from their houses and banning them in states like Colorado is just wrong in my opinion. What are your thoughts on this?

-WJ

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10 Facts about pit bulls

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1. Pit Bulls are commonly used as therapy dogs. Whether
they are visiting a senior care facility or helping someone recover from an
emotional accident, Pit Bulls are making a mark as outstanding therapy dogs.

2. Pit Bulls are used in Search and Rescue work. One
example of well known SAR Pit Bulls is Kris Crawford and her dogs. Kris
and her dogs have helped save the lives of many people during their
efforts. http://www.ForPitsSake.org

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3. Pit Bulls serve as narcotic and bomb sniffing dogs.
One Pit Bull, Popsicle (named that because he was found in an old freezer)
has the largest recorded single drug find in Texas history.
Read more about Popsicle here. Including how he found over 3,000 lbs of cocaine in Hildago, Texas.

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4. Pit Bulls are great with kids. They weren’t referred
to as the “nanny’s dog” for nothing that’s for sure.

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5. Pit Bulls are not human aggressive.
The American Pit Bull Terrier as a breed is not human aggressive. In fact,
quite the opposite is true of the breed. They are gentle and loving dogs.
Like any dog individuals can be unsound and have behavior problems.

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6. The Pit Bull was so popular in the early 1900’s
they were our mascot not only in World War One, but World War Two as well.
They were featured on recruiting and propoganda posters during this time period.

7. Sgt. Stubby. A Pit Bull war hero. Stubby was
wounded in action twice, he saved his entire platoon by warning them
of a poison gas attack and he single handedly captured a German spy.

8. Pete the Pup on the orginal Little Rascals was a Pit Bull.

9. Pit Bulls score an 83.4% passing rate with the
American Temperament Test Society. That’s better than the popular Border
Collie (a breed who scores 79.6%).
View the ATTS stats here.

10. They are dogs not killing machines.

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