Pit Bull Training Techniques

Discover the best way to train Pit Bulls and which training techniques your Pit Bull will respond to.

By | Posted: September 13, 2012, 10 a.m. EDT

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American Pit Bull Terrier enthusiasts have definite opinions about what type of training the Pit Bull responds best to. "Pit Bulls need positive reinforcement — and of course food,” says Carol Gaines, an American Pit Bull Terrier breeder and judge from Battle Ground, Washington.

In other words, bribery goes a long way with Pit Bulls. A tasty treat provides a powerful incentive for these confident dogs to perform as requested. Of course, treats aren’t the only reinforcement that Pit Bulls respond to. Affectionate petting or stroking and verbal expressions of praise help, too.

Jerianne Brown, a breeder from Windber, Pennsylvania, believes that while positive reinforcement during training is effective for Pit Bulls, corrections for misbehavior are necessary, too. She suggests using a slip collar that is made from a metal chain.

"Hold the collar so it forms a P and place it over the Pit Bull’s head,” Brown says. "The ring should be situated behind the dog’s right ear, and the collar should sit right behind the jaw. A correction is issued by giving a quick, sharp tug on the leash and then releasing. A verbal correction is also helpful while training (No, out, leave it, etc). The chain type [of collar] works better [than fabric] because the Pit Bull is able to hear the ‘click’ of the collar, which acts as a warning. Remember that slip collars should be worn only when training or participating in conformation events.”

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Excerpt from the Popular Puppies Series magabook American Pit Bull Terriers with permission from its publisher, BowTie magazines, a division of BowTie Inc. Purchase American Pit Bull Terriers here. 

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Yianaliz   Meriden, CT

9/22/2014 6:55:19 AM

I am having problems potty train my 3 month old blue nose pit. I am ready to get it back to the owner.

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William - 219577   San Francisco, CA

9/4/2014 7:59:21 PM

I have had better luck with my pit bull by going easy on the training. As he gets older, he acts better wher he does not need more training t present. I am pleased with my dog and how he acts now.

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melba   Cambridge, Maryland

8/20/2014 12:50:37 AM

rescued a female white and brindle ABT/boxer....4 years old...beautiful...in a kennel for 7 months waiting for a home. we bonded. i have a large fenced in back yard...she loves it...gradually dropping some of her wildness...house trained...loves the car. i MUST buy a cage or kennel for her for when i go to the doctor...you see i am 84 years old and she can't always go with me because of the weather. could use some advice on that. also, she is reticent on coming immediately when called. she is unimpressed with the clicker. likes treats, must use a Sporn vest harness on her as she is learning about a leash. could use some help there too.

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Tina   Litchfield Park, Arizona

2/13/2014 6:07:03 AM

I have I brought a pitbull home from petsmart. he is two years old and still acts like a puppy with my other two dogs by jumping on them and he heards them around. They can't go outside to do their chores with him around because he nips at them and pokes them with his nose. Help?

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