A well-trained and socialized pit bull is a great family companion and a beloved pet. This breed is incredible intelligent and eager to learn. They also crave leadership, but if they aren’t given the direction they need from their pack leader (you, the pet owner,) pit pulls will become dominate and may develop some undesirable traits.
With the right training, a pit bull will be an outstanding addition to your family, providing lots of love and companionship. When teaching your four-legged friend, not only should you teach him commands (sit, stay, etc,) but you must also socialize him. Socialization is the key to have a pit bull that interacts well with other people and other animals.
How do you go about socializing your pit bull? Let’s look at some smart ways to socialize your pit bull.
Early and Positive Interaction
The earlier your pit bull puppy has interactions with other dogs, and the more positive those interactions are, the better he’ll be socialized. During the first 12-16 weeks of his life is when you want to socialize them the most. These interactions should be very controlled and very positive. Introduce him to other animals and people in fun, yet controlled environment. Allow other people and dogs to meet your pit bull, but remain within close proximity during introductions. Should a concerning interaction arise, you will be able to effectively handle your pup’s reaction, ensuring his safety and the safety of those he is meeting. Additionally, if you, his master, are close by during introductions, your pit bull will feel more confident and secure.
Provide Opportunities for Safe Interactions
Make sure your puppy interacts only with safe dogs if he hasn’t been given his shots. Dog parks and public parks aren’t safe. Getting your dog together with another vaccinated dog in your backyard is a good first start situation.
Smart socializing means your dog has only positive interactions. With all positive interactions, your dog is more likely to develop and maintain good behavior throughout life.
Dog parks are very bad places for positive dog interactions. Your dog will come up against many other types of dogs and breeds, some of which will be aggressive, poorly trained, or too hyped up. You want your dog to avoid any bad situations so he has a good attitude toward other dogs throughout life. You want your dog to have positive feelings toward everyone. You don’t instill that with a string of bad and unpleasant experiences.
Keep Your Pit Bull Social Throughout His life
Early socialization is important, but socialization throughout life is just as important. Remember to allow your dog to have opportunities to interact with other animals and people throughout his life.
Teach Your Dog Commands
Before introducing your pit bull to other animals and people, make sure that he knows a few basic commands. Take him to a training class where you can learn how to become the leader of the pack and give proper commands (sit, stay, etc) and he can learn how to follow those commands.
It also helps to make sure your pit bull has a proper diet setup before training them as it will help them train better if they feel better themselves.