Dog training basics
Any dog of any size will need appropriate training . Failure to provide this training will usually result in a poor companion animal. A poor companion animal is a danger to itself or to other creatures-human and animal. Training for the APBT and Am Staff is an important consideration enough to make it an absolute.
Don't own an untrained Am Staff or Pitbull.
If a dog wont be trained he will take command and train you. You may think that a untrained adult just is bad , or that you were cheated on purchase , when the dog gets to be an adult. but none of these assumptions are true. Because the nature hates vacuum the dog will take control. Sad outcomes like this will be avoided by early good training
Training is as important as any other aspect of pet ownership. To neglect training , especially of a powerful animal like an AmStaff or an Pitbull, is foolish.
Concrete training tips at bottom of page (Sit , Stay , Come , Heel , Down)
The popular misconception of the pitbull breeds is that they are not trainable. They are thought by some to be "killer guard dogs and nothing else". Nothing could be further from the truth. The Am Staff / APBT are usually extremely bright , very trainable dogs that really want to please their owners.
Like socialization , training for an APBT / Am Staff it must come early There are some breeds where experts suggest training begin at several months of age . knowledgeable APBT / Am Staff people assert that for their pets, it´s weeks and not months !
Training can almost not be begun to early. one of the best ways to continue socialization into training is to take the still young puppy out into the world to expose it to sounds , smells noises , and other stimuli that it certainly will encounter later. By safely controlling the pup´s introduction to sometimes frightening stimuli , the owner can reassure the young animal and let it know that no harm is coming it´s way . a puppy given the right exposure and reinforcement while still a young puppy will be easier to train and handle as an adult.
One significant and sometimes controversial method of working with APBT / Am Staff involves the area of animal aggression . Many experts in these breeds stress that aggressive action on the part of a puppy toward another dog simply cannot be tolerated ! A fairly common approach to handling this cardinal sin for the Pitbull / Amstaff breeds is to snatch up the puppy immediately , really making a strong impression on it´s young mind. the puppy is abruptly lifted off the ground by the owner and is held eye-to-eye with it´s master for mistress . A strong toungelashing follows and the puppy is made to understand in no uncertain terms that aggressive behavior cannot and will not be tolerated / allowed.
As one breeder stated " you have to make the punishment so unpleasantly memorable to the puppy that it will never forget what brought that punishment on" !!
There is no reason to ever strike the puppy . The rude pickup , the eye-to-eye contact challenge , the angry demeanor , and the harsh words should be enough. Many breeders report that one such encounter is all a puppy needs to set in it´s mental processes that aggression towards other dogs will result in real trouble with the boss .
This tough and immediate response may seem harsh , but it is in keeping with training methods used by the first and best trainer any dog could have-- it´s mother !!
Here is tips on ways to train the five key commands
Before you begin training:
Just like a drill sergeant about to train some new soldiers , you need to have a command voice to best get your orders across. Before you begin you will need to develop such a voice to differentiate from you as a trainer and from you as the pup´s pal. Practice the following verbal skills.
give one-wordcommands in a clear voice to your dog always using the dog´s name before each command to get it´s attention:
"Bobby , sit" .......with the the tone on sit
Be firm and buissneslike. Don´t talk babytalk or use pet nicknames. Playtime is later This is training time.
This is very important. Use the same tone on your voice each and every time so the your tone as well as your voice will reinforce the seriousness of this training time.
Be specific- don't use a string of several commands at the same time:
"Bobby, come here and sit down"
This will only confuse the dog. Each command shall be a single , specific word pronounced the same way and in the same tone every time.
Again, use the mother model:
Remember that the puppy´s first training came from a real expert, it´s mother. Follow her example and:
1. Correct misbehavior immediately.
2. Be consistent.
3. Never lose your temper.
4. Reward with enthusiastic praise.
5. Always be patient.