Through the years, bull terriers have gotten the impression of being too aggressive. But they are a delightful dog breed to have. With the help of proper training, they can be a loyal companion to be with. Training the breed is also a must to prevent behavioural problems that can cause a big headache down the road. Remember that this breed has a lot of energy and they may easily get into trouble. If you do not know about proper bull terrier training, just follow the tips below:
- The first step is to help your pet release his energy by offering lots of exercises. There’s a big chance that the dog might get too aggressive if he can’t find a way to release his energy. You do not have to be running the whole day with him; rather offer a schedule for walks. If you have a big yard then you can let him play around. It is helpful to spend even two hours a day with your dog to give him the attention he needs. The rule is to walk your dog as often as possible. After all, dog breeders believe that a well-exercised dog is surely a happy dog.
- Bull terrier obedience training is easy because of their intelligent nature. In fact, many pet owners agree that they can house train the dog during the first few months of its stay. But like with other breeds, accidents may happen so be forgiving yet consistent to your goals.
- One of the first things to teach the dog is to go to a den every morning to eliminate. All throughout the day, you can bring the dog to his spot to eliminate and reward him with praises. In times when he encounters an accident, stay calm and bring him to the appropriate area where you want him to be.
- Just like with other dog breeds, the bull terrier also needs a place that he can call as his own. Offer a crate or a small area where he can stay. Remember not to use the crate as a punishment, rather make it a place where the dog can rest and stay. Offer a tag and collar so you can easily find him when lost. In fact, it is even a wise move to get a microchip so you can easily trace the dog’s location.
- Consistency is the key towards successfully training a bull terrier puppy. It is also important to check that the whole family is on the same page when training the dog. Because if you prevent him from going into the couch but another member of the family actually allows him, then the dog will not understand what you really want him to do.
Do not give reward during a poor behaviour. For example, do not allow him to get out of his den when he barks because you will give him an impression that it is actually fine to whine in order to get what he wants. Training bull terriers may be hard but with the dog’s intelligence, you are bound to go through it well.