How to Walk a Pitbull

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It is extremely important for pit bull owners to train their dog to walk on a leash. The pit bull is an extremely active breed, which requires long walks on a daily basis. This dog breed also has a reputation for being dog-aggressive and this is due to the fact that the breed was first developed for the purpose of dog fighting. Because of this the pit bull should always be kept on a leash when outside the home. Leash training can also enable the responsible owner to socialize the dog at a young age by exposing him to a variety of new people and dogs.

Things You'll Need

  • Collar
  • Leash
  • Treats
  • Introduce the collar and leash to your pit bull. Allow her to sniff the collar and then place it around the dog's neck with the leash attached. Give the dog some time to get used to the collar if she has never worn one before. Supervise the dog as she walks around dragging the leash. Make sure the leash does not catch on anything.

  • Take your pit bull to the backyard to practice walking on the leash before you go out into the neighborhood. Begin walking and praise your pit bull by rewarding her with a special treat such as a small piece of cheese or chicken whenever they follow you. The dog should always walk slightly behind you, as this will encourage him to see you as his pack leader.

  • Wait until your pit bull is completely relaxed before walking out the front door to go on a walk. Walk out the door first instead of allowing the dog to lead you. Continue to praise your pit bull for walking in the correct position and keep the leash relaxed by holding your hand down by your side. Correct her if she pulls by giving a quick sideways tug on the leash or by turning to walk in the opposite direction. At the end of the walk make the pit bull enter the house last to reinforce that you are the pack leader.

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