Monday, October 24, 2011

UPDATE: Kennel Training

Trip's kennel training is going EXCELLENT!! For a dog who has never had to try to 'hold it' for a day while we are gone he has more than exceeded our expectations. From day one, he has had no accidents. We put a blanket to keep him comfortable in the bottom, and a bone to keep him company while in his box. He has not attempted to charge the door, or whine while he is in it, he has had no accidents, and gently exits when we open the door when we get home. What could be better than that. Again, Trip is officially the easiest and most trainable dog ever. Could this be his pitbull genes? I am afraid that I will have to say yes it is. Our close friends have a pit bull and he learns quickly as well, even for being 3 years old now. As long as you are stern with these dogs, they are more than willing to listen. Any dog is intimidated by its owners eye contact, and that is the key. But, the eye contact works for the owner, they dont always respect strangers giving them orders.

Video of the Week:
He was jumping high in the air to catch his rope, but he is not a cat, and does not always land on his feet. And to emphasize how high he can jump, let me include that he can jump a chain linked fence, and a 6 foot wooden fence. Dont worry, he doesnt attempt it unless we try to leave him, hence the decision to kennel train him. But this video is just another example of how easy it is to train Pit Bulls. He can sit and catch anything, as long as your good at aiming (which I lack).

To reward him for his excellent behavior we took him to the playground. Unfortunately, it was full of kiddos until about 15 minutes until the sun went down. So I ran on the playground to see if he would follow me down, and of course he did. And he is very excited about his new find, THE SLIDE! He was unsure after his first time thrusting himself down the slippery slope, if he liked it or not. But after the second time, he realized that slides are AMAZING!!!

So, to conclude today's lesson, Pit bulls are easy to train and LOVE playgrounds with Slides. YOUR WELCOME!! :)


Anonymous said...

This video is too cute!

Kimberley said...


Oskar said...

What great fun & congratulations on the training!

Nubbin wiggles,

jen said...

What a great video!
Trip sounds like an amazing dog!!

Furry Bottoms said...

I'm so glad you're working on reimaging the pit bull. They can be the biggest sweetheart EVER. I have never had one, but I've had friends who do and they're super strong, super sweet and very very eager to please.

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Kimberley said...

Thank you all. I am glad that you have the courage to jump on board with reimaging the pitbull. I look forward to getting to know you and your pets. :)

meowmeowmans said...

That is so cool about Trip's crate training! He's obviously a smart guy, so we know it will continue to go well. LOVE that jumping video ... WOW! :)

Kimberley said...

Yes. We have been blessed for sure. And he loves to Jump. He would make a fantastic show dog.

Busted with Brutus said...

I have to agree with you when you say pit bulls are easy to train. I love training Brutus.
I have tried training 2 beagles,and a German shepherd and come to find out the pit bull is the easiest of all the dogs. haha

Miley said...

Way to go on the training, love the video!

Your newest followers,
Miley and Maggie

Kirsten (peacefuldog) said...

Yay--pitties are SO trainable! That's what makes them so rewarding to take on as foster dogs--you can train them up and get them ready for a new home.

I try not to be too stern with them, but to use all motivations and rewards. They adore our training sessions!

Bailey Be Good! said...

I saw your blog on PBU -- what a cutie you are! I just LOVE your ears! Floppy is the best! :)

I'm a new follower! :)

Woofs & hugs, <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Kimberley said...

Yes, I have tried training a lab and she was so hyper that she couldnt sit still long enough to learn very much. Trip on the other hand is very easy to teach. Our new trick is testing his ability to stay. We try balancing a treat on his nose until we say that he can have it. Although, he sees that as torture and eats the treat! :) Thank you all so much on your comments. Feel free to leave links to your blogs so I can return the commenting favor!!

And thanks Bailey, I think that floppy ears are the best too. Just the way that God made him!! :)