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Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by ejsmom06, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. ejsmom06

    ejsmom06 Puppy

    Hi there all, my name is Verna and I've been a member for a little while now but I wanted to get the feel for the site before posting. I'm a new Pit mommy. I rescued a Pit/Lab/Unknown mix from Chicago's Animal Care and Control in March (weird considering that I live in the middle of nowhere Wisconsin :lol: ). She's 14 months now and super hyper. Poor girl was caught by ACC at about 6 months of age and so hasn't had any training. It took nearly 3 months to get her to learn sit. I'm currently trying to get her to learn stay and heel so that when I take her for walks she's not wrapping the leash around my legs or pulling so hard that she breaks the leash or her collar again. Can anyone offer any suggestions on how to train her to stay and heel? I'm looking for places that offer dog training but most are either a 2 -3 hour drive or won't accept a Pit mix, so I definitely have to be able to train her myself. Also my 5 year old son recently suffered a brain injury and is now afraid that she's going to knock him down and hurt his head. Any suggestions as to how to keep her calm when my son is in the room with her and how to help him not be so afraid of her? He wasn't afraid of her till he was hurt (by a person not our pup).
  2. JoeBingo

    JoeBingo Banned

    Welcome !!!
  3. mlewis

    mlewis Puppy

    Obedience training will fix most of your issues and is SOOOOO worth the investment. If it's still too far to travel, there are many obedience books available at the pet stores or online. My findings have been that there is no substitute for the hands on, face-to-face attention and direction that comes from an in-person obedience program.
    As for the hyper, lots and lots of exercise will probably help.
    I would question (and boycott) ANY obedience training program that specifically omits pits and pit mixes. This, in my opinion, is the same kind of uninformed misguided thinking that leads to BSL......and sends obvious messages as to the program originators/director's heartset and mindset (read QUALIFICATIONS). It's obvious this group has little or no interest in dogs....probably doing it for the money.....ugh
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 9, 2011
  4. Team Peanut

    Team Peanut GRCH Dog

    welcome to the forum! I am glad you have decided to post :). Obedience will help a lot. If you can't find a formal trainer near by you you may want to see if there is a group in your area that has people get together and help each other work on obedience with each others dogs. I would also strongly suggest you make a thread in the "Training and Behavior" section of the forum so that you get more helpful responses, that way more members that have experience can help you out. Another thing is if you get stuck on any one thing you can make a thread about it and I am sure you will get many tips and tricks to get passed your training road block. Just work with her everyday and you will progress.
    As far as how I trained heel, I held a treat for my boy he loves bits of carrots on my hip so that he would stay right there and every so often I would give him the treat. I would do that until he became solid on his heel and he was able to walk next to me with out pulling of crossing in front of me and he no longer requires a treat to heel. This took about 1 week of daily training.
    As mentioned for the hyper or keeping her calm around your son I would suggest playing with her not around him and let her burn off her extra energy thru exercise then when she is tired then let her visit with your son.

    Again, welcome to the forum and feel free to ask questions, we are here to help :)
  5. Prophecy

    Prophecy Good Dog

    Welcome to PBC.I think you will get much more answers to your training question here in the training section of our forum so I moved your post.
  6. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    You can get some good practice ideas from Youtube. Sometimes it's easier when you can "see" it as opposed to reading it; or it's just nice to get an alternate media method of getting information.

    Here's an example of a couple of videos teaching "stay"


    I prefer using positive reinforcement for training.

    I recommend you google a bit and read about training philospophies; because there are different methods. You want to form your own opinions and not be impressionable because as you go along you will get lots of different methods, techniques and philosophies thrown at you.

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