The more training you do with your dog, in general, the better behaved your dog will be. Training can accomplish many things such as strengthening your bond with your dog, making your dog more manageable in various situations, facilitating “communication” between you and your dog, and of course, creating a wonderful breed ambassador.
But, choosing the right trainer and the appropriate form of training is incredibly important. Good training and proper training practices can have a significantly positive impact on your dog, while at the same time, inappropriate training can do serious, sometimes irreversible damage.
Pit bull type dogs respond best to positive, reward-based training. Negative training (such as Caesar Milan methods) can seem to work at first, but is almost always followed by a relapse in progress and can damage your relationship with your dog. When choosing a trainer, be sure to ask a lot of questions. Positive trainers should not be using harsh punishments, prong collars, choke collars, shock collars, or any other techniques which use pain as a way to “teach”.
There are more effective and evolved methods of training which use soft, confidence building methods.
Please contact us if you would like help finding a trainer. We’d be happy to work with you to find someone wonderful in your area!