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Training your pit bull terrier on the “off” dog training command.

Training your pit bull terrier on the “off” dog training command.

In this article we will look at a very basic dog training command known as “Off” or “Down”. If you have a pit bull that likes to jump up in company and doesn’t know the meaning of Down, this article is for you. “Off” or “Down” just tells your dog “no touch”.

The “Off” command is usually used to command your dog not to jump on house guests or even on himself. Everyone has experienced the unruly dog ‚Äč‚Äčthat jumps up and makes a mess of your clothing when you try to pet it.

Situations like this are what you will teach your dog not to do with the “Off” command. You can start this dog behavior training practice by showing your dog a treat and then watching him jump up to grab it. At this point, you’ll just give it the command “Turn off” in a firm voice. If your Pete won’t listen to you, just bring one knee up to your chest and he’ll obey. The point of this isn’t to knee your Pit in the face, you just want to hit him in the chest and that will knock him back onto all fours.

As soon as your pit bull is back on all fours on the ground, praise him excitedly. This will reward him and show him that his actions are appreciated. Using positive reinforcement for dog training is the most effective means available for teaching your dog right from wrong.

Now, this is the main way you will teach your pit bull terrier the “Off” or “Down” command, the key now is repetition. You have to practice this over and over and over.

You can also start anticipating his jumping. If you notice him getting ready to take off, just give him the “Leave” command. No need to wait…

In time, your pit bull will refrain from jumping on others, and as you can see, the whole training process is really very simple. Enjoy!

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