Easy Technique To Stop Pitbull Jumping
The sight of a blue nose pitbull jumping on another human being is cause for alarm. To have a pitbull jumping on you is the equivalent of having a lion pounce on you at the circus while sitting in the audience. The dog may just be acting friendly, but it really doesn’t matter.
The average adult pitbull weighs in at a hefty 80 pounds and can easily knock you down. If your untrained blue nose pitbull decides to jump on a child, the results could be deadly. I’m going to show you how to stop your blue nose pitbull jumping on you and on other people.
Are You The Alpha or The Beta?
Like human beings, the blue nose pitbull is a social creature. The alpha dog is at the top of the hierarchy. The pack is always lead by the leader, the Alpha dog. Then there is the Beta. The Beta is just beneath the Alpha dog but above all the rest of the pack.
Lastly, there’s the Omega. The Omega is submissive to all dogs in the pack. Before you can hope to achieve success in stopping pitbull jumping, you have to establish yourself as the Alpha .
Consistency is key to success in dog training. Here’s where many pitbull owners fail. If you want your dog to learn never to jump on you, then you have to give him a correction every single time he jumps on you.
If you fail to correct him every single time he jumps on you, he’ll get mixed messages. He’ll continue to assume that it’s okay to jump on you.
The Two Learning Phases of Dogs
Dogs learn in two phases. The first phase is when they are actually learning the desired behavior. The dog is learning what is expected of him. The second phase is called the proofing phase.
This phase is when the dog knows what is expected of him, but he tests you to see if you will enforce your requests consistently.
Using A Pinch Collar To Stop Pitbull Jumping
Keep in mind that in addition to being unpleasant, the correction must be made immediately after your dog has transgressed. If you wait too long to give the correction, your dog will not associate the correction with the bad deed done.
The pinch collar works wonders for blue nose pitbulls. The pinch is just like the pinch on the neck a pup’s mother would give if she were to give a correction. The pinch collar also simulates the way the alpha dog corrects a member of the pack. It gives a small nip on the neck.
Obviously, you’re not going to bite your dog’s neck. The next best thing to sinking your teeth into your dog’s neck would be to buy a pinch collar. The pinch collar was designed to produce the same effect. Depending on whether you use it correctly, the prong collar produces amazing results.
Let me just give a caveat. All training collars are not made the same. The kind of training collar I would use on a Chihuahua is not the same one I would use on a blue nose pitbull! You should buy a dog collar based on your dog’s breed, size, personality and temperament.
Buy The Right Size Pinch Collar
The most common mistake made by dog owners is purchasing the wrong size prong collar. Another mistake dog owners make when purchasing a collar is that they erroneously believe that the size of the collar is determined by the number of prongs. The size of the collar is determined by the size of the prongs themselves.
Fitting The Pinch Collar
When fitting your dog for his pinch collar, you should be able to put between one half finger space to one finger space between the end of the prong and the skin of the dog’s neck. If you have to jam your fingers beneath the prong, that means your prong is too tight.
Pay close attention to your dog’s reaction once you put the collar on in order to determine the problem.
If the prong is too loose, it ends up rubbing against the dog’s neck, causing irritation. Or, worse, the prongs themselves slam against the dog’s neck when given a correction.
A proper fit should allow the collar to ride on your dog’s neck comfortably. Also, be aware that your dog may not like the feel of metal against his neck initially. In a few days, he’ll get used to it.
When To Use The Pinch Collar
For the first few months of training, and especially trying to stop your pitbull jumping on you and others, your dog should wear the pinch collar anytime you interact with him. Just like his pack leader would always have his teeth and mouth on hand to correct him if he gets out of line, you need to be able to give a quick correction when necessary.
Avoid Collar Smart Pitbulls
Some pitbulls become “collar smart.” That means, they know to be complete angels when the collar is on. But when the collar comes off, they behave badly. That’s why it’s important to keep the collar on consistently within the first few months of training.
Remember, only keep the collar on when you’re interacting with the dog to avoid accidental choking. The pinch collar is an excellent remedy to stop pitbull jumping behavior.