Pre Training
Basics


Before you begin the formal training lessons with a pitbull of any age, please plan to follow these keys to success: Don’t lose your temper if your pit bull doesn’t “get it” right away, or appears to be ignoring you. Please do not punish your pit bull for not learning quickly enough. As a matter of fact, don’t punish your pit bull at all. (We’ll be teaching you effective ways to stop or prevent inappropriate behavior—without punishment.)

Most Important Tips


     Be patient. Each pit bull is unique, and can only learn at his own pace. Some pit bulls learn quickly; others take more time. Patience is indeed a virtue when it comes to effective pit bull training!


     Be kind. This goes hand-in-paw if you have a young puppy, we recommend that you wait until he’s at least 8 weeks old to begin formal training


     Be flexible. If your pit bull is struggling to learn, be willing to change your training routine. The location may be too distracting. The time of day may be too close (or far from) feeding time. The length of your training session may be too long (or too short). The training exercises may need to be broken down into smaller, simpler steps. Remember, each pit bull is unique. Be flexible and willing to do whatever you can to help your pit bull succeed.


     Be generous. Be generous with your rewards and your time. Always reward your pit bull’s correct responses generously. Don’t be stingy with the treats—he’s worked hard and deserves a generous reward! And commit ample time to your training lessons. We’re all busy these days, but this is “quality time” for you and your pit bull. You’ll both enjoy and benefit from the lessons, so make sure your schedule is adjusted accordingly!



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