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Old 02-01-2014, 01:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Question How to control my pitbull?

So I was walking my dog today and lots of people were out. When ever we walk by someone or another dog she tends to pull towards the person or dog while I try to pull her in the other direction. She doesn't pull aggressively nor does she bark at all or even sneer. But it is like she wants to go up to the person and meet them. I know most people arn't to fund of pitbulls, that is why when walking if I see someone I will go in the opposite direction, but when I do this she will pull towards them which makes it seem like I am trying to hold back a vicious pitbull thats out to attack everyone. I do not want to put anyone in a position that they would not want to be in by having a pitbull walk next to them. Also the people who have asked to pet her and such, she is very well behaved towards them, she just walks around and sniffs them, and when people try to pet her head she will sit down and let them will no protest. So I know she would not do anything to anybody or any dog, but...

My question is how do I get my dog to stop pulling towards people (and dogs) on walks? How can I get her to behave like there nothing there.

And please do not just tell me to get a trainer or go to obedience classes....
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Old 02-01-2014, 01:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am not going to tell you to go to an OB class. But I will tell you that your dog does need some degree of training. Lucky for you its an easy fix so long as you are willing to work on the behavior problem.

What you need to do is make YOU the number one interest of your dog. This means carry high value items with you (favorite toy, treats, food). When your dog starts to pull you, STOP. Do not move, no matter how much your dog tries to pull you in another direction. Pull out that high valued item and distract your dog with it. Once your dog is distracted put them in a sit beside you. Continue this until your dog pays only attention to you and then continue the walk. IF you take two steps and they start pulling again, repeat. Eventually your dog will realize that you are more interesting than the lady across the street or the Dachshund hiking its leg.

Oh and this is only easy to do, so long as you want to put in the time and effort.

OH I want to Add: Threshold is very very important. Know how close to the trigger you can be before you get a reaction. If being a couple feet away from the trigger does not peek interest in your dog, cool. If they have to be a couple feet father from the target to get no reaction from the trigger so be it. Know your dog.

(There is nothing bad about an Obedience class; A good class will teach you how to bond with your dog so you can know what triggers it and how to work with your dog to fix them)

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Thank you so much, I have been to many forum asking this question, but you are the first person to actually give me some good training advice.
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Old 02-01-2014, 02:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I am currently doing Obedience training with my pup. This is something my trainer told me to do. Also getting a good harness and clipping the leash in the front will discourage pulling.
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How to control my pitbull?

yeah you can let your dog focus on anything but you for a extended period of time. Getting a trainer is needed if you have no clue how to read your dog, and by that I mean knowing what he is going to do before he is going to do it. There will be signs you should be able to see when your dog is going to go over the threshold and react. We cant tell you when to catch your dog since all dogs display different "tells" and an experienced trainer could help you see your specific to help guide you. Why are you anti trainer?

Start training your dog "look" indoors. If your dog cant keep his attention on you 100% while inside, he would never be able to when you are outside. My dog reacts so fast I could not give a "look" command, I retrained him when I say his name I expect him to look at me, so it saves the few seconds which can be crucial in keeping your dog below threshold. The key with training is to NEVER repeat commands to your dog. I see people ALL the time telling their dogs to sit, then they say sit again. then they say FIDO SIT and then the dog realizes ohh they have a treat I am gonna sit, and then they are rewarded for sitting. that's teaching a dog they do not need to listen to you when YOU tell them something, but they can do it when THEY are ready and be rewarded.

Do you use a clicker to train? How do you currently redirect your dog to get his attention back? Do you use a training collar or a regular flat buckle collar? What kind of training do you think you would like to do? We have TONS of threads and advice on this in the training section. Do some searches. The different styles are positive reinforcement training, Corrective training or a combination of the 2. so if you tell me which you are interested in I can give you some likes to online tutorials that may help.

Also number one mistake is thinking your dog would never cause harm to any human or another animal. They are dogs. Dogs have teeth and dogs can bite. I get what you are trying to convey, but in reality any dog with teeth can bite.
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My boy is DR, I have no interest in finding out if he has DA by allowing him near other dogs. I do the same thing you do but we practice it religiously. This also helps with loose leash training. I use a freedom harness it clips if front of his chest and at his shoulder blades. I also have an additional leash attached to his collar. In case the harness breaks or I have to move him swiftly away if another dog charges him. My leash has a yellow ribbon attached to it (it represents in the dog world, I need space). My boy will stand on his haunches if he see's another dog and yowl. I know his body language. His ears will perk up and he will focus, before he reaches his threshhold, I say come and turn and go the opposite way. I carry biscuits with me (his favorite high value food) once he turns and looks at me it's "good boy" and we move on. I personally muzzle him (I did all my dogs) not because I think he could hurt anyone, it's for his protection from people who might try to say my dog bit them. I also do not allow people to pet him, once again personal choice. If someone tries to reach out to pet him I step in front of him and say, no thank you, we don't allow people to pet him. He has never showed aggression to people and I have no interest in placing him in a position to fail either. Our walks are leisurely and a time for us to bond and enjoy ourselves. It's our 1:1 time. Like Ames said, when people ask does your dog bite, my answer is does he have teeth? I'm not trying to be harsh to people; I'm trying to protect my boy from failure.
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