Preparing to bring a new puppy home is an exciting time. However, before you consider bringing home a pitbull puppy, you need to start scheduling large blocks of time for training your puppy. Pitbulls are people-loving dogs, but often they do not know their own strength. Patient and persistent reward-based training works wonders on any dog, including pitbulls.
Never hit your puppy. This only teaches the puppy to be frightened of you. Frightened puppies and dogs tend to bite in order to protect themselves from whatever is scaring them.
Stop Biting Before It Starts
Pitbulls are unfairly vilified in popular media, but they do have very strong jaws. Dogs and puppies normally bite as a form of play. What is normal play for dogs can be too rough for people. Whenever a puppy’s tooth touches your skin, simply cry out as if you were in pain. This cry mimics the alarm call of a puppy’s littermates when they are playing. The cry lets the puppy know that the bite was too rough. This is a natural way to teach bite inhibition to your puppy.
Purchase plenty of puppy chew toys before bring home any pitbull puppies for sale. Leave some in every room of the house, in the yard and in the car. Once a puppy stops biting, chewing or mouthing your skin, tell the puppy that he or she is a good dog and reward with giving the chew toy. This redirects the puppy’s energy to more suitable chewing material than your skin.
Puppies have small bladders and so need to urinate frequently. Puppies need to go outside or to their designated toilet area after they eat, when they wake up from a sound sleep, after vigorous exercise and every couple of hours throughout the day. By the time a puppy is six months old, he or she should be able to hold it throughout the night. Some puppies can do this at an even younger age. Each puppy learns housetraining at his or her own pace.
Start things off on the right foot by picking out a toilet area before you bring the puppy home. When you get the puppy out of the car, plop him or her directly onto this toilet area. Keep the puppy around that area until he or she urinates or defecates. Puppies usually need to urinate after a car ride. Praise the puppy when he or she performs. Throughout the day, watch out for the puppy scratching the floor or walking in small circles, sniffing the floor. The puppy needs to go outside. Immediately take the puppy to the designated toilet area and praise the puppy for going at the right spot.