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The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Pit Bull Terrier

By on July 13, 2013

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Over the years I’ve had many encounters with Pit Bull owners. As the owner of I am asked thousands of questions on a regular basis and one of those questions is, “What is the best thing I can do for my Pit Bull?”

My answer is always the same. Training. Training gives you the freedom to know your dog is going to behave in most any situation. I say most any situation because despite what some folks may have you believe there really isn’t a 100% reliable dog out there. Eventually something will happen to make the dog break or do something out of sorts. However, if you can get your dog comfortable and reliable in most any situation this opens up the door to many things you would not have been able to do with your dog.

A trained Pit Bull Terrier is wonderful. With that said there are many ways to train your dog. Some are better than others and some well, some could be put into the trash and forgotten about. Which method you choose to use depends largely on your ability to understand the method as well as your dogs ability to understand what it is you want them to do. As I said before there are many ways to train your dog. Though over the last 12 years I’ve used many of the methods out there finally settling on reward based training.

Reward based training doesn’t mean you have to give your dog food treats all the time either. Anything your dog sees as a reward can be used. If your dog loves to go outside use going outside as a reward for your training. If your dog loves to play fetch, use fetch as the reward for good behavior.

I will say that using food rewards to teach a new behavior then moving to another reward like fetch to strengthen that behavior is something I encourage everyone to do. Weaning the dog off food treats isn’t that difficult but you want to make sure you do it gradually because if you suddenly remove the food reward before the dog “gets it” your dog will stop performing the behavior altogether.

Reward based training works so well with Pit Bull Terriers because they love to please us. They are inherent clowns simply wanting to make you happy. Giving them rewards for their behavior is by far the best way to get them to listen. More importantly reward based training is nearly impossible for us (that’s the human element) to screw up.

Next time you’re trying to teach your Pit Bull a behavior try starting out with some good food rewards then moving them to rewards like ball, tug, or life rewards like going outside. I’m sure you’ll see for yourself how effective it is.

Until Next Time,
Jason Mann

About Jason Mann

Jason Mann is the founder of and retired professional dog trainer. He retired from Dog training in 2013 so he could devote more attention to and helping Pit Bull owners around the world learn how to live a more peaceful life with their dogs as well as educate the general public about the true nature of these incredible canines.