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Posted by: Michelle | 2011/02/18

Pitbull dont listen

We have got ''n 4 year old dog(small) that listen and dont mess in the house. Now we recieve a bitbull now 6month old that dont listen and mess in the house. How do you train sush a dog and is it ok to raise him in the house with us and the small dog???

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Hi Michelle, firstly, i believe it is a good idea to have dogs in the house. They perceive us to be part of their pack and are much happier around us humans. With the toilet training, go right back to the beginning and start again. Keep an eye for normal elimination patterns and additionally take the dog out to eliminate after meals, after waking, after playing. Make a big deal out of it - "yea, weewees' or similar wording and as soon as the dog eliminates, reward with praise and a treat. You have to be consistent about this. If the dog does make a mistake in the house, dont reprimand in any way -paying attention and making a fuss of a situation such as this will just reward the dog further - attention is attention to a dog, whether negative or positive. Dont clean any past or current mistakes with ordinary household cleaners, rather use a product designed for this or 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 water. Most household cleaners contain amonia which smells like a toilet to a dog. With regard to the not listening, you need to bring in basic House rules and i would suggest finding a good obedience school in your area to help. This is especially important with the breed - the more socialization your Pit bull receives the better. Good luck and let me know how you go, thanks Scotty

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Posted by: Dog Behaviour Expert | 2011/02/18

Hi Michelle, firstly, i believe it is a good idea to have dogs in the house. They perceive us to be part of their pack and are much happier around us humans. With the toilet training, go right back to the beginning and start again. Keep an eye for normal elimination patterns and additionally take the dog out to eliminate after meals, after waking, after playing. Make a big deal out of it - "yea, weewees' or similar wording and as soon as the dog eliminates, reward with praise and a treat. You have to be consistent about this. If the dog does make a mistake in the house, dont reprimand in any way -paying attention and making a fuss of a situation such as this will just reward the dog further - attention is attention to a dog, whether negative or positive. Dont clean any past or current mistakes with ordinary household cleaners, rather use a product designed for this or 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 water. Most household cleaners contain amonia which smells like a toilet to a dog. With regard to the not listening, you need to bring in basic House rules and i would suggest finding a good obedience school in your area to help. This is especially important with the breed - the more socialization your Pit bull receives the better. Good luck and let me know how you go, thanks Scotty

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