I have a 1yr.3month old Rednose Fawn Pitbull. She is very energetic and can't keep still. But she has no attitude problem butI would like to make her listen to my comands more.I'm not tryingt o say that "Maka" is stupid, shes not!I just want tips on training an older dog. <Kanani>
I just got my pit mix at 1 year 4 months and he knew nothing. Ive had him for 3 months and he listens to my every word. Its never to late. Just keep it going 24/7 and keep it positive. Never get mad at your dog. Its not there fault. Were asking them to do the unnorm. We want them to almost be a person. Keep in mind that dogs bark, they run around, they dig holes, the chew there toys...there dogs. And stay calm. Reward at the right time. And dont punish your dog for something it has done 15 mins. earlyer. Make sure your catch her red handed. Thats all i really can say. Its worked for me and Tito. Hope it helps a little bit!
Also Tito is very energenic! He gets about 40 mins of free running 5 days of the week plus his two 30 min walks. and yesterday i got off work early and we played fetch for 2 hours! Im not even kidding. We played with two balls so once he comes back with one hes already going for the other ball. So that was 2 hours of pure running. And sad to say he wanted more but i needed to stop. Keep your pit busy too. Tito is very smart and when he gets bored thats when he does stuff i dont want him to. I make a couple kongs on Sunday and put them in the freezer so i have them ready for the rest of the week when ever i need a little break from his energy. I put treats some of his food, apples, beef broth and what ever else i see laying around in the kongs. He loves it! I get diffrent shaped ones too. Its like a puzzle for him. he loves it.
Of course you can. :) 1 year and 3 months is still puppy-ish and when they are energetic fuzz balls it is hard. You just have to keep training all of time. You do it automatically. Just a simple "no" is telling them something, right? You have to keep that type of all-of-the-time training in the right mindset. Don't give her any more freedom than she needs. Do you crate her? Crating while your gone and at night is a good idea. :) Do you let her on your furniture? If you do then you probably want to teach her to only use the furniture when you allow her too. Just everyday things like that will help her listen to you. Keep treats in your pocket so you can reward her when she does get off the couch, or go in a crate. Cheerios work well as training treats. :) They are small, inexpensive, and not at all bad if not really good for them plus they don't have a strong smell. After she figures out how to learn what's right and wrong it tends to be easier to teach obedience skills. :) Also, with pit bulls, I think you want to be as positive as possible (treats, and PRAISE! =D) but when you actually say something to them you want to say it in a serious, but not loud, tone.
She sounds like my lab, she gets so happy over you simply looking at her that she can't sit still but I think she has the best personality because she is always happy and she thrives to please you.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. - Josh Billings
I would feel another safe bet would be to find a trainer in your area that has knowledge about the breed.
I have found that my local humane society has an excellant & affordable training program for my bully and I continue to to take her every couple of months just for fun & socialization. Depending on how well your bully does you may be able to register for the therapy dog program or even agility classes. Good luck!
Your dog is still young and highly trainable. Not sure why you think the dog is old, she is a puppy.
Take her to obedience class, it sounds like no one ever worked with her.
Pits are some of the most awesome dogs in the world. We have a Pit / Shar pei mix and she is the nicest dog we have ever had. Very loving and kind, just watch out for that tail when she is happy, it is like a whip.