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Training and Socializing Puppies

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Puppy Discussions' started by Patch O' Pits, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. ~BullyPom~

    ~BullyPom~ Little Dog

    Awesome info, just wanted to add a quick think for potty training:

    The easiest way to potty train a puppy is to put a leash on the puppy and keep him/her tethered to you, this way you can keep track of your puppy better and can see if he/she wanders off. Chai is 6months old and this is the method I used for her, she hasnt had and accident since she was 6 weeks old, I also make it a rule when I have a puppy to take them out every 30mins, if they have an accident before the time is up, every 10mins, as the puppy gets older I increase the time, if they have an accident, decrease the time.
    (I have foster MANY puppies for local shelters, this is what I used with them and some would have one or to accidents, some had NO accidents)
    Accidents do happen, if you dont see your puppy do it, dont discipline them and NEVER rub the puppies nose in it, this can have a puppy hide to use the restroom.
    Another good idea I've used with all my dogs is to ask them "Do you have to go outside?", when they are young, ask this and immediatly take them out, now when I ask the question if anyone has to go they jump up and run to a door, some dogs bark, others dont.
    Despite that Chai IS potty trained now and can be trusted loose (other than the fact she steals water bottles... some full) I still keep her tethered to me, this has given me a bonus in training her, she follows me because thats what shes used to, for flyball we play a game called COME! everyone gets in a circle with Chai in the middle, everyone has a handful of treats and one at a time will tell her come, recently we started having other dogs in the circle to teach her to focus and throwing toys around. She has an EXCELLENT come and (I believe its from keeping her ethered to me) she uses me as a default, if people stop telling her to come (not keeping her busy) she automatically sits by me
    Just some tips if anyone wants to try it out, like I said, I've used this with a LOT of dogs, its helped

    ---------- Post added at 03:13 AM ---------- Previous post was at 03:08 AM ----------

    Flyball quick tip that I was taught (saw someone mention tug) make the tug the most AWESOME thing in the world, run around the house with it, give treats for playing with the tug, make it a FUN thing for your dog.
    I use the tug for flyball, I throw a ball and when she starts to bring it back I start running, dragging the tug behind me, helps increase her speed and she loves flyball al the more for it
    If she sees the tug come out she runs and grabs a ball =)
    Also with tugs, do what your dog enjoys doing if that the reward, some dogs simply want to tug for a bit, some want to be spun around, Chai likes to be dragged (she gets a lot of baths because of this)
  2. Buck

    Buck Puppy

    Very good basic information that summarizes a lot. Thanks, I have a 12 week old rescue pup and was concerned about his shyness and play biting...no more, he is having a blast after two weeks and has fit right into our family. He loves to play then crash in front of the fire place and snore :) lol Thanks
  3. Ive been working with my pup with the play biting. Ive tried the "No" command and redirected her to a toy. But it doesnt seem to be working. Any other suggestions?
  4. PeytonLove

    PeytonLove Good Dog

    Lyssa: Have you tried ignoring your puppy? That worked best for my guy. I tried the yelping/OUCH/NO which somewhat worked but only startled him, then he'd be back to being a nutcase. Ignoring his bad behaviors has worked the best, and only rewarding him when he's good. If he started to get mouthy when excited (ie: saying hello as i come in the door, play time gets too rough etc) I just get up and ignore him completely for a few, then praise him when he's being quiet and licking (dog has a hard time controlling his mouth, so when he goes from mouthing to licking I praise, I don't mind licking so it works for me).

    You can also try using some deterrant spray such as Grannick's Bitter Apple, spray onto objects or directly into thier mouth when they aren't really paying attention to your vocal commands. This also was super important for us during Peyton's younger puppy stages. Helped stop alot of bad behaviors that he tried to do. Now if even thinks about doing something dumb and has his "male selective hearing" going on, I just show him the bottle and he immediately stops and goes somewhere to lay down with a sad/guilty look on his face lol.
  5. gaston-sep30

    gaston-sep30 Puppy

    is it necessary to take a pup to socializing class gaston gets along just fine with my pit lab and neighbors dogs kinda since they only see him for a few minutes a day when i take him out to the front lawn to smell the grass since its a bit fresh outside at times...

    does any1 know if GASTON needs all vaccines before taking any classes or is it ok ?
    is 8 weeks for $110 and 2 days a week a good price for socializing pup class?

    and is i believe $110 for 8 weeks and 4 days a week a good price for obediance training good?
  6. Patch O' Pits

    Patch O' Pits Good Dog

    Pups with higher drive are more of a challenge , it takes persistence and time, it won't happen quickly for some. Thus can be a little frustrating for the owner at times. LOL How old is the pup. How long did you try? Believe me I know the needle teeth aren't fun, but be consistent and it shall pass...

    Older pups may need some different strategies added that is why I'm asking the age.

    ---------- Post added at 07:21 AM ---------- Previous post was at 07:18 AM ----------

    Classes can be helpful, but definitely are not necessary. I personally don't like very many of the puppy type classes I've seen because many don't teach much of anything and I do not allow my dogs to play with strange dogs any way.

    If the class is only doing socialization and not starting obedience than I wouldn't take it. Just my opinion though.

    It depends on how many weeks the class is, the qualification of the trainer and what is being taught, if it is worth it. I've taken classes that were more but also ones that were less. LOL

    Yes, the pup should be vaccinated before classes. Most places require it. I wouldn't go if they didn't as the pup is put at risk.
  7. gaston-sep30

    gaston-sep30 Puppy

    yea its only for pups that are 14 months and less than 4 months and i guess after the socializing its obediance class after.. the price for socializing was $100 for 6 weeks and obediance 110 for 8 weeks
  8. Patch O' Pits

    Patch O' Pits Good Dog

    I'd ask them exactly what is covered in the class.
  9. loudmnz4ever

    loudmnz4ever Puppy

    great post!!! its only been 1 week and Buddah seems to be picking up on the "come" command already! thanks!
  10. Patch O' Pits

    Patch O' Pits Good Dog

    What a cutie too!!! Good work!:sonn_u11:
  11. Yvonne

    Yvonne Puppy

    New puppy

    Thank you so much for posting this thread I'm a first time bully owner and my last and only other dog was a shitzu rescue who was so sweet and loving that my parents took him too keep them company any way I'm very excited about my new family member he's a mix and I wonder where I can take him to play if I should avoid the dog park are there bully play groups
  12. Tiffseagles

    Tiffseagles GRCH Dog Premium Member

    Try a group obedience class.
  13. Patch O' Pits

    Patch O' Pits Good Dog

    I agree!:sonn_u11:
  14. Hello, I have a 7month apbt. She has always been around my 8yr old st.bernard/german shepard mix since she was 4days old. The issue is now...that she loves all people..but other dogs she is not sure of. She will run up to them..about 10ft away and just bark and kick her legs... I have tried getting her used to my friends dogs who are all different breeds..age and size..but My dog is just too protective or jealous of me.. Can anyone help?
  15. rguerra

    rguerra Big Dog

    No. That is an APBT for you. Dog aggression is a normal thing for this breed. Read this sticky The ABPT and Aggression.
  16. madden

    madden Little Dog

    How do i go about finding canine clubs in a local area?? Militia will have her rabies shot and a few other screenings tomorrow. Also has the most recent vaccine that she needs for now. I'm just looking into socializing her as much as possible. she's met tons of kids already, along with people of all diff tallness's and beards/ hats. all that. just wanna cover the fondness of other dogs as well. I've researched, but maybe i'm missing something in my "investigation". any pointers would be great!
  17. adjecyca

    adjecyca Good Dog

    good advise!
  18. voice4mypit

    voice4mypit Puppy

    very nice post thank you so much, i recently got a 6 week old puppy so this is very helpful :D
  19. ChocoJax

    ChocoJax Little Dog

    Thank you for this information, i just rescued a 4 month old APBT. he is awesome. He does chew on my hands a little when hes real active and wants to play. I just tell him no and give him a toy and praise him. if he continues i yelp and get up and walk away. He also just started to hump a little bit. i tell him no and put him on the ground. So far does not use the bathroom in the house, does not chew on anything in the house, and knows his home (crate ) when we leave. And i do have a doggy door for now that he uses, i was wondering if it was bad to use for a bully breed?
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