I know my pups should have went to obedience school, but we aren't financially able to take them. The other thing is, that all we would end up doing is tring to keep them off of other people.
These dogs are driving us crazy lately!!! They don't listen, they run through the house like wild dogs knocking over stuff and slamming into things(at 80 lbs Mac tears stuff up). And we still have problems with them jumping on people and scratching horribly. We are working on their jumping problem by putting them in their crate everytime someone comes over, but we can't let them out until they leave b/c they will still jump all over the person if we do. If they were 5lb dogs that wouldn't be a problem, but Mac could knock someone over quickly.
Anyway my question is, what can we do to work with these quys to get them to listen. They are 8 month old now and are absolute terrors when it comes to behaving. I know more exercise would help their rowdiness, but we can only walk them so far b/c we are right outside of a town with a "no pit ordinance" and they get car sick when we drive them the the hiking trail.
Sounds like you need to call the dog whisperer, or buy his book cesar's way! We watch his show on friday night's, it's very informative it's on the National Geographic Channel at 8:00 p.m. friday nights. If you go to the website there is a place where you can go to tell cesar your problem, I think you click on the light bulb, he really is an awesome trainer.
With society today, when you own pit bulls, you MUST take them to obedience class. They MUST obey you. Or you will find yourself and your dogs in alot of trouble. It's part of the responsibility of owning a pit bull, or any dog for that matter. You need to nip this in the butt now.
As far as jumping on people, put them on leash when someone comes over. When they go to jump pull them back and make them sit, then have the person pet them. They'll take a hint adventually.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 4/28/2006 10:09:00 AM*** Reason: add
Keep them on a prong collar and leash at all times, so whenever they misbehave in the house, you can pop the leash. Then put them in a sit/stay and praise them for being quiet, even if its for only a couple minutes. Dont give them any petting or attention unless they are behaving.
They are 8 months old and this is the time they are the most energetic and crazy. It will get better.
There's a few things you can do now. The first thing you need to do is keep leashes and collars on both dogs when they are in the house. This will give you an easy way to control them when they start getting rambunctious. My dogs both know that it's unacceptable to play rough in the house, they have to go outside for that. If they start ripping an tearing through the house, I either correct it or I make them go out.
Regarding the jumping behavior.. start working individually with each dog on the leash, teaching them the 'sit' command. Make them sit for *EVERYTHING*. Sit before being fed. Sit before being petted. SIt before going out. When you are training them to sit, you give the 'Sit' command one time, and only one time. Then you can either hold a treat above the dog's head (this is why you need to start out teaching it seperately, so the other dog isn't jumping on you to get the first dog's treat) and move it forward toward the dog. If you keep it high enough over the dog's head, the dog will sit automatically to follow it. Some dogs require a little more help via pushing down on the rump. Reward them as soon as their butts hit the ground in the 'sit' position with treats and praise. Practice all the time.. keep treats in your pockets. Don't ask the dog to sit multiple times. Like I see manypeople say , "Sit. Sit.. sit sit sit sit.." and then the dog finally sits and they say "Good boy!" Well theyve just taught the dog that the command to sit isn't "Sit." It's "Sitsitsitsitsitsit.." You see what I'm saying?
I can't stand jumping dogs.. I know some people don't mind it but I have big dogs and a small child, and thus jumping dogs can't be tolerated at all. And most dogs don't get that while it's ok to jump on family, it's not ok to jump on everyone. I'm pretty harsh with correcting it too, knees in the jumping dog's chest, stepping on the back paws, hip/body checks etc. All of these will deter jumping dogs if *EVERYONE* does it consistently. It's either all or nothing IMHO.
When guests come over, again only release 1 dog at a time to visit the guests, keep it on the leash so you have control. Make the dog sit (hold the rump down physically) as you need to. If the dog starts to get up jerk the leash straight up over its head and make it sit again. Ask the guests to totally ignore the dog during the greetings, so that the dog doesn't think the people are coming to visit him. When the dog is calm and seated, *THEN* the guests may casually greet the dog, and perhaps give a treat to the dog. Only give treats when the dog is sitting, at no other time.
pitbabies- the collars and leashes in the house is a great way to get them to obey. My dogs (huskies) whey they were younger and jumped I would put my knee out and they would bump their brisket on it. A couple times of hard bumping and they learned not to jump, because of course, they were hurting themselves by doing it. Choke collars work great when trying to train dogs. Buy some books and collars and read....read....read.... it is not that hard to train a dog yourself if you have the right knowledge. When I was younger and living at home, I went to obedience class with my mom and dad and their golden...i learned a lot and when I got married and got my own dogs I remembered what was learned there and used it on my own huskies. they are very behaved dogs. Good luck to you!
Thanks for the feed back. Some of the tips we have tried. Our dog do sit for everything. Food, to go out, we even make them sit and stay for treats. It just seems like it goes out the door when we have visitors. We are working on putting them on a leash and bringing one dog at a time to greet visitors, but they get sooo excited that they don't even sit still long enough for someone to pet them. I call it the "wiggle worms". The knee technique is a joke to these two, it absolutely doesn't work. I think I will try the leash in the house, we have never done it before, but I think it would help some. As long as I don't get an arm pulled out of socket. LOL Once again thanks for your advice.