November 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm #14500
My pitty is about 3 to 4 mts old and we are working on his training but he is really hyper and wont focus when i have the treats hes jumping and stuff but ever know and then he will listen but its HARD to get him to. So what can i do to get him calmer?November 8, 2010 at 3:37 am #16177arm11679Participant
In my ecperience with my two(witch mind very well) training was easy.
i got lucky…. my friend who saw how easily mine learned got a male and he had me train him.. well i realized veryfast i just got lucky.
but after a week of 30 min a day of continuos training he got better. i find that being firm in your command. and not rewarding at all when command isnt done made a large difference.
Example i said sit and said it firm. dog sat and he recieved treat and happy reaction. did this while i held treat at my chin level so he could see but not reach it. when he did not sit i put treat in pocket and walked away. when he followed i let him smell treat and repeated command firmly, he sat i gave treats and lots of love worked well. some pits are very hyper and need more time like childern, dont give upNovember 8, 2010 at 5:25 pm #16180
well he knows the commands its just getinf him to focus hes very hyper…like when i tell him to sit he does it but b4 i can give him a treat he wiggles and moves.November 8, 2010 at 7:36 pm #16181amberc922Participant
When working with young puppies you have to be quick. They have short attenion spans. Waiting patiently will come with time. Yes he should sit long enough to get a treat but I was taught that you only treat them when first training. Once they got the command down then stop using treats and just praise. That might work better for you too. Also be very very firm in your voice when giving commands. NEVER keep repeating commands. If you say it once and they don’t do it start over. Don’t keep saying sit sit sit sit until they do. That is not the idea behind manners. They need to know what to do the first time. Pits are typically hyper, high energy, and stubborn thanks to the terrier in them. When Kira was in puppy kindergarden she was a star and did amazing. Then when we got to obedience and CGC she was going through her adolecents and thought she could decided when and what she wanted to do. It can be frustrating but when you start to get mad at them stop and take a deep breath then start over. Also make them tired before you train with them. Throw toys and stuff to let them burn off energy. Training a tired pit is much much easier. Good Luck
AmberNovember 9, 2010 at 12:47 am #16183
he sit on the 1st time he just has so much energy im gonna try playing with him to get him wore down be four tranning.November 12, 2010 at 1:24 am #16201joneskjParticipant
mine was the same way at first…Exercise was the key for her…wear them out so they aren’t as hyper and they’ll focus more.
Now at 1 year old my Nina knows:Sit, Lay Down, Roll Over, Shake, High Five, and my favorite…Play Dead…we say “Bang” and she rolls over on her back and will stay that way anywhere between 5-30 seconds depending on the hyper level that day.
It’s just a processNovember 12, 2010 at 2:05 am #16202
yeah i tryed geting him to run b4 i tyed working on the traning and im useing the clicker it seams to work toNovember 12, 2010 at 5:09 pm #16204makayla2408Participant
if you want him calmer make him run!!!!!!
* take him on a bike run
* run with him
their is lots of ways i tought my pit to let me tie him to the bike and go for a run that way but your have to teach them went they are young or they will be diffacult.November 12, 2010 at 6:04 pm #16206
he now has a BAD barking problem he barks for no reason when he sees some one he barks when some one walks in the house he barks when you stand next to him he barks and barks and barks…lolNovember 15, 2010 at 2:11 pm #16216
I have decided to get him fixedNovember 16, 2010 at 5:08 pm #16218aschlaufParticipant
Don’t get him fixed now!!! He is only four months old. You have to wait until they are at least six months old.November 16, 2010 at 6:24 pm #16219amberc922Participant
Getting him fixed is not going to solve your behavior problems. I don’t know if you have ever owned pits before but from my experiences with them and my two they are extremely high energy dogs. They get crazy when they are not exercising enough. Mine have adjusted to their schedules now and are relaxing. My mom’s pit is 10months and she bounces off the walls if she’s not exercised. The barking and misbehaving is an attention getter. Like a screaming child. When you react to the screaming they pick up on that so they know if they scream then you will pay attention to them. So turn that to the dog and he is getting your attention every time even though it is to correct him it works. I seen someone mentioned bike runs but if he is not well trained with a leash that could be a bad idea. Also I have read somewhere I don’t remember where now but biking with them is not recommened for puppies they need to be almost a year old before you do that with them. It could cause long term damage. You want to exercise them to make them tired but you don’t want to push them to do something they are not physically ready for. He’s your dog so you can do what you want obviously but in my experience with all dogs its not always a good idea to over do it. Also try daycare. Sounds crazy maybe but he will be able to play with other dogs and I garuntee when you pick him up he will be beat.November 19, 2010 at 1:58 am #16232
im going to wait to get him fix till hes ready,, im not doing to to solve his prob im doing it b/c i don’t want him to breedNovember 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm #16245graycastleParticipant
I have a 7 month old who’s similar in that he’s very hyper, and that sometimes (especially on walks) it can be hard to get him to focus – he’ll even turn down his favourite treats if he’s busy watching a squirrel or wants to eat some sidewalk trash. What I’ve found to be a HUGE help is clicker training – if he sits and then wiggles away before you can give him food and reward his behaviour, the clicker will help you keep up with him. I really recommend reading some articles (there are lots about clicker training) before starting, but the gist of it is, you “load” the clicker by going click-treat click-treat click-treat many times over a few days, until your dog knows that a click means a reward. Then you can start using the clicker to “mark” the good behaviour – so the moment he hear the click, he thinks, TREAT! That way you can click the moment he sits, the moment he’s walking nicely by your side, the moment he looks up at you for direction. Seriously it’s made a big difference in my guy after only a few weeks – now he works for the click rather than for the treat. The important thing is to never ever click without treating: the click is a promise of a reward.
The other thing I’ve found that really helps is always having a variety of treats; my guy gets bored really easily and loves new things. So I used to go out with just Zuke’s training treats or just jerky . . . now I go out with little bits of cheese, little bits of hot dog, Zuke’s, jerky, even a squeeze tube full of pumpkin sometimes (he loooooves pumpkin). That way he never knows what he’s going to get, and it keeps him interested and more focused on me. I take my clicker too, and when he’s doing the right thing it’s click-reward click-reward click-reward over and over, and no clicks for running ahead or pulling or barking at people. I do click-reward him for NOT barking at people, NOT chasing squirrels, etc. Now when he sees a squirrel or a person he wants to go up to, he’ll pull a bit and then sit down and stare at them – which isn’t perfect, but is certainly better than barking and jumping at them! So I click-reward him for having a little impulse control. Small steps!
The other thing to remember is that your puppy is a puppy – he doesn’t have much of an attention span yet. Just keep being patient, make sure you reinforce the good behaviour and don’t reinforce the bad behaviour, and you’ll get there. Pitties tend to be REALLY smart, so if you reward a bad behaviour (with attention etc.) even once it can have terrible consequences (I have found!). But by the same token, they will learn quickly if you’re consistent and patient.November 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm #16248
yea hes doing might better…
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