How to train a one year old male pitbull
by Earline Bower
I am looking for advice on how to train a one year old male pitbull. He is a rescue dog. He was found by some neighbors, I ask them if they did not locate the owner to please bring him back to me.
I also have a 4 yr old boxer. They became friends right off the bat. He loved my kids and took to my home as it was his own. I did turn him over to the shelter to do the right thing. waited the allotted time. No one claimed him. we got him back.
Of all the dog breeds I have had there are only 2 I have never raised and this is one. He is so far well mannered. when we walk him he walks with you.
My concerns are:
1. How do you control the rough play he has? I know he is playing, but he is aggressive.. When I stop him, it hurts his feelings he goes away then he comes back and like nudges me to like say I am sorry.
2. Jumping on people? How to control it? So far it is only on family, i just want to get it now before he gets too comfortable.
It sounds like you've rescued a wonderful pitbull who really wants to please you. I think a little basic obedience will go a long way in covering the concerns you've expressed.
Even if you only teach him to respond to the "sit" command--obeying the command would be incompatible with both rough play and jumping up. And, you get to reward him for obeying the sit rather than scolding him for undesirable behavior. Here's an article on teaching your dog to sit with a clicker.
And, here's another article specific to your question about jumping up.
Training can be a lot of fun for you and your dogs. If you want to extend your dog's obedience repertoire, look for an obedience class based on positive reinforcement. Alternatively, if you'd rather train at home I recommend Canis Clicker Training as a comprehensive home study course.
Good luck. Feel free to post back here if you have other questions.
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