There are plenty of myths and stories about the behavioural traits of pitbulls, which means that some dog owners may be put off from bringing a pitbull puppy into the household. In this introductory guide to how to raise a pitbull puppy, we aim to look at the issues of aggression and basic training to show that you can train your new pup to be good natured with the right approach.
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Dealing with the problem of aggression
The biggest concern for many dog owners that take on a cute pitbull puppy is that they will grow up to be tough, destructive monsters with the attitude problems of their ancestors. It can be difficult to fight this if the puppy has been the subject of bad breeding, but one from healthy stock can been trained to become a loving, sociable and good-natured dog. Tests on breed temperament have shown that the breed can actually be one of the most loving and tolerant breeds, but owners have to put the work in. This means training from an early age, the right care and attention and neutering males to avoid the risk of aggression as they mature. Aggression comes in two form, both of which can be easily managed.
The primary concern here is that a pitbull will work on some innate drive to harm, or even kill other animals. So what happens when you take them to the dog park or if you have other animals in the house? The key here is socialisation from an early age. Gradually ensure that your puppy gets used to interacting with other dogs and people, either by talking them to the park or having dogs and relatives visit the house. It is important that this is carried out in a controlled environment with the eventual goal of being able to let a dog off a leash and see them play with others in a calm, friendly manner. Doing this on a leash to start with is a must because you can easy reign them in and correct their behaviour if they get too aggressive.