Spike has come to dog training camp for general obedience and he is doing a great job of it so far. Spike is an adorable Pit Bull who loves people. Like many Pit Bulls when shown the right training they do really well and are very sweet.
Early training is key with this breed simply because they are big and strong, as well as there is a reason they are described as a “bully breed”! They are sort of like football players, they just bust threw the front line to get to whatever has their attention. Might be a ball, might be a leaf blowing across the street, or a new person they’d like to get some attention from.
This is true of any breed really, except for the fact that some aren’t as muscle bound and have a different make up for strength. For this reason teaching Spike to walk nicely on a leash without pulling to get at anything makes it possible for him to get the exercise he needs as well as the companionship he desires.
Much of what I’ve done with Spike is teaching him how to walk calmly without pulling so that he can make that one of his jobs. Within that job he also is learning “spot”, which means to sit on something I’ve targeted for him and hold it, no matter what kind of distraction comes along.
Amazingly enough this exercise actually uses a lot of energy and for a young dog like Spike its a good way to burn all the energy he has. It’s work for a dog to hold a spot in distraction. They have to put their brain to it, and they have to physically do it. The combination directs energy in a very constructive way.
Spike is doing so awesome at K9 Coach Dog Training Camp. He’s been all around the Encinitas, Cardiff, and Carlsbad area doing all kinds of activities. From beach to trails he’s doing really well.