Pit Bulls are some of the most fun-loving and enthusiastic dogs I have ever met and could warm even the coldest of hearts. They can be excitable and vocal in their play with other dogs and sweet, gentle giants with children. Sadly, Pit Bulls have been unfairly demonized which has caused all kinds of problems, but times are a-changin and I think/hope pitties will once again be “America’s favorite dog.”
lovelyloisss asks: My puppy bites people when she gets all amped up, playing or not. Not viciously but it hurts most of the time. How do we get her to stop?
I'm so glad you asked this question, lovelyloisss! Puppy mouthing is a very normal and natural behavior. Not only is it normal, it's also very important. Before I give you advice on how to stop it, I want to explain to you why it's happening in the first place.
Half the battle of having a well-behaved dog is finding the right type of dog for you and your family. As trainers who provide professional dog training in Los Angeles (and now San Diego!), we cannot stress the importance of knowing your breeds and doing your research!
Figuring out what you want from your dog is important: Every breed of dog was engineered for a different purpose! If you hate physical exercise and you bring home a husky, you might have a few problems…
German Shepherd training, in my experience, can either be very difficult or a breeze, it all depends on how well they were socialized as puppies. Socializing a German Shepherd is extremely important and if done properly, these dogs typically do well in most situations. A lack of early socialization can cause German Shepherds to suffer from serious and crippling anxiety and some issues that could develop include leash aggression, aggression with strangers, separation anxiety, and resource guarding.