American Pit Bull Terrier Training Profile

American Pit Bull Terrier dog breed fully grown.

Weight: 30 to 90 pounds

Height: 17 to 19 inches

Lifespan: 12 to 14 years

American Pit Bull Terrier Temperament and History

An American Pit Bull Terrier is a mix between a terrier and an English bulldog. The history of the breed can be traced back to the United Kingdom in the 1800s.

Originally, they were raised as farm dogs, which is why they have a strong urge to pursue prey.

However, this breed is in no way innately aggressive toward humans, and they tend to be extremely loving toward kids. That being said, it’s critical for owners to always supervise any interactions that take place between American Pit Bull Terriers and children.

If trained properly, they can get along well with other animals as well.

American Pit Bull Terriers do well on leashes. They should be kept on leashes when they’re taken to a dog park in order to prevent aggressive behavior toward other dogs.

They typically display aggressive behavior by lunging and biting, and they may get particularly aggressive around dogs of the same sex. But it’s also common for them to get along with other canines — as long as they are about the same size.

American Pit Bull Terrier owners should be cautious about bringing their dogs around smaller animals, such as cats, as they may mistake them for prey.

American Pit Bull Terrier Training

To prevent these dogs from being aggressive, it’s critical to start training as soon as possible. In most cases, you can sign up your American Pit Bull Terrier puppy for training lessons when they’re only between 10 and 12 weeks old. Owners who opt to train their puppies that soon stand a much better chance of raising a calm obedient adult.

Waiting to train dogs of this breed only makes it more difficult to correct their behavior. If you start seeing signs of aggressive behavior, you should seek out an experienced aggression trainer immediately.

In addition, allowing them to engage with other dogs at a young age can help them become socialized adults.

Another thing to note about American Pit Bull Terriers is that they thrive off receiving positive feedback from people. However, you shouldn’t be too lax; aim to be firm or else your dog could become overly assertive.

By |2018-11-01T16:53:38+00:00August 23rd, 2018|Dog Breed Training Profiles|

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