Would you like to learn how to get a Pit Bull to stop biting? Or potty train a Doberman or Rottweiler puppy? How about raise a Pit Bull to be friendly?
This module presents some key tips and insights on how to train three breeds that require more direction and guidance from their owners.
If you have or are considering a Pit Bull, you must go to extra lengths to make sure they understand your leadership. This breed requires a strong leader who is consistent and fair. In this context, “strong” does not mean physically strong, but rather persistent and devoted.
Pit Bulls are loyal dogs but not necessarily friendly to others. Positive reinforcement works best when potty training them and teaching them basic commands, but you must not let them have any say in decision making. These dogs are very stubborn and will constantly test you from the age of three months to two years old.
Vigilance is required so that they learn not to bite in their puppyhood. You must control when this breed eats, and, if possible, also control when your dog goes outside and where. This leadership method works very well with Pit Bulls.
Rottweilers have been trained for police work, service and therapy as well as duty in the armed forces. While these dogs have willful personalities, they are also intelligent and enjoy learning, which is a key factor in training them. When properly socialized, a Rottweiler puppy can become very friendly and playful.
In addition, Rottweilers require more intellectual stimulation than physical activity. They quickly get bored with the same game over and over, which means you have to mix things up when training them. Otherwise, they will soon defy your leadership.
Dobermans are highly intelligent and the most loyal of all dogs. Whether you have a puppy or older dog, this breed needs a lot of human contact and will follow you everywhere you go. Dobermans are very sensitive, so no aggressive or physical correction should be used. They will outsmart you if you let them, so you must always be consistent with your commands.
They are protective of the entire family and mistrust all strangers. They need a lot of intellectual stimulation and love having a job to do, which further strengthens their bond with you. Contrary to popular belief, they can be raised in an apartment, but require an hour of outdoor exercise every day.