As we have already discussed, the Pit Bull breed can be prone to dog aggression because they were often bred as fighting dogs. It’s important to learn about socializing your pet when understanding how to raise a Pit Bull puppy healthily and safely.
With the correct upbringing and a commitment to socializing your pup, you will end up with a well-mannered and friendly dog, which is key to a good relationship.
Socializing a Pit Bull with adults.
As soon as your Pit Bull puppy arrives home, the chances are that your friends will be clamouring at the chance to visit. This can be a great way to begin socializing, but make any rules clear with your friends. If you don’t want your dog to jump up for example, let your friends know to gently push him off of them to discourage the behaviour.
Socializing a Pit Bull with kids.
Unlike your adult friends, children are less able to control their excitement around puppies. By first introducing them through the door of a crate or a puppy gate, this will allow both sides to calm down before meeting in the open for the first time.
Kids will be kids, but make sure to use positive reinforcement with the children who visit with your dog. By letting them know what games he likes to play and the rules of the house, they’ll likely have a great playtime with your Fido.
Socializing a Pit Bull with other animals.
When learning how to raise a Pit Bull puppy, it’s important that you understand the proper way to socializing your pet with other dogs and cats.
Even if you don’t have other pets at home, you never know when you may bump into another dog at the vet’s office, in a dog park, on the street or when visiting friends and family.
You want your new Pit Bull puppy’s first experience with other canines and cats to be a positive one. If you have a multi-dog or multi-pet household, introduce each dog individually. Begin with the most dog friendly and calm dog first.
If you’re not lucky enough to have your very own pack of pooches, ask a friend with a well behaved dog if they would consider meeting up for some socialization training.