How to Raise a Pit bull
Some people think these dogs are violent, but if they receive proper training at a young age, they turn out to be very calm, caring, and protective. Pitbulls are labeled as Potentially Dangerous Dogs (PDD), that means they require training on a regular basis.
Pit bulls have picked up a reputation for being aggressive. Due to this breed’s genetics and past, these dogs require a special kind of training. If you’re thinking about adopting a dog and you like this breed, then look at these tips about raising one.
What you need to know about raising a Pit bull
The first thing you need to know is that a Pit bull, just like any other dog, needs training as of puppy-hood. It’s best to adopt a puppy because you can mold them around your needs. Here are the things you should take into consideration:
Give it a place in your home
When your Pit bull is still a puppy, make sure he has his special place in the house. That will help him feel like a part of your family, being loved and respected, without anyone invading his personal space.
This area needs to be located in place where he can run away from anything that scares him, somewhere he can rest. The place should have good lighting and heating. It should never be completely set apart from the rest of the family. That’s the best way for your Pit bull to get used to being around a calm group of people.
Socialization is an important step in the development and growth of any dog. Let your Pit bull spend time with other dogs. Let your guest pet your dog and play with him. Don’t stop your dog from playing with other pets. Ask your friends who have pets and if they don’t mind you bringing your Pit bull over to help it get used to being around other animals.
Teach it when to eat
Establishing the rules and setting schedules is really important when raising a Pit bull. Your dog needs to know that it can only eat when you allow it to. This should take place after the rest of the family has eaten.
While you eat, your Pit bull should stay away from the table. Don’t let your dog bother your guests and beg for food. Only give him food at the proper moment and take his bowl away once he has finished. Don’t leave the bowl on the floor even if he hasn’t eaten everything.
You’re the alpha
Pit bulls, just like other dogs, are genetically wired to be dominant dogs. A big part of raising a Pit bull is not letting him command you.
You’re probably wondering how to do that. Here are some tips:
- Always go through the door first.
- Never let him eat before you or your family.
- Don’t allow him to jump on furniture.
- Make sure he doesn’t growls at you while he eats. Never allow him to do that. Place your hand between him and the food. If he growls or tries to bite you, you’ll need to work on stopping him from behaving in this manner.
- Don’t allow him to it urinate on you. This probably sounds ridiculous, but this is how dogs mark their territory. If he tries to do so, it’s because he thinks you’re his property and he can do whatever he wants to you. So, don’t let him.
Make sure he uses up energy
Pit bulls are naturally active dogs, and they mature quickly, which can sometimes cause aggressive behavior. A good way to prevent this from happening is by having him exercise on a regular basis. That helps him get rid of his adrenaline and built up tension.
Follow this advice and you’ll see: it’s not the breed, it’s the training. Why not let a Pit bull be part of your life!