There seems to be a pervasive belief that you must physically dominate and punish powerful breeds in order to handle them as adults. This is especially true when it comes to Pit Bulls. In numerous conversations, people with problem dogs disclose that the breeder, friends or family have told them that physically punishing the dog was necessary to show the dog "who is boss". This usually comes at a high cost to both the dog and owner.
The sad reality is that aggressive training will only cause aggression in any of our canine friends. A University of Pennsylvania survey published last year found that using confrontational or aversive training techniques cause aggression in dogs.
Instead, using reward based motivational training techniques can create a bond based on trust instead of fear. Whether you are training a Pit Bull or Rottweiler, powerful breeds respond much better to positive training. Find out what motivates your dog. It may be food, toys, playing or a good petting.
If your dog loves to play fetch, teach him to sit and wait for you to throw the ball. Once they are sitting and waiting, throw the ball as their reward. Teach them to sit and wait for their food. When you go for a walk does your dog like to sniff at everything and anything? Use that as the reward for walking nicely. Stop and let them sniff for a job well done. In this video a ball is used to teach Sugar, a Pit Bull, how to sit. Play Training Sugar
For more information regarding Pit Bulls join the Humane Society of Greater Akron for "Don't Believe the Bull... Adopt a Pit" Education Day and Adopt-a-thon this Saturday, October 23rd at their new location in Twinsburg. In Honor of National Pit Bull Awareness Day, this event will highlight not only the Pit Bulls waiting for adoption but also all the other great cats and dogs waiting for their forever homes.
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