How to Train a Pit Bull-Labrador Mix Puppy

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Training a Labrador and pit bull mix puppy is a joy because pit bulls are eager to please and Labradors are some of the most intelligent dogs around. This makes for a puppy who can learn quickly and easily, but only if you use positive training methods.

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The appearance of pit bulls and Labrador mixes can vary quite a bit.
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Whether you call them pitadors or Labrabulls, your pit bull and Labrador mix puppy will exhibit a combination of various characteristics from both breeds. Your pup may have the helpful nature of a Labrador or the stubbornness of a pit bull breed. No matter what her personality, if you use praise and rewards to reinforce training, your pup should be learning new skills in no time.

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Training a pit bull mix puppy

One of the keys to training a pit bull mix puppy (and all types of puppies) is to discourage biting. Puppies can be mouthy when they are young, so you should always redirect your puppy's biting of things around the home onto acceptable items like sturdy chew toys. If during play your puppy nibbles on you, immediately say, "Ow!" stop playing with your puppy, and ignore him for a minute. This teaches your little one that the fun stops when he bites.

Socializing your pit bull-Labrador puppy

Both Labradors and pit bulls are inquisitive and active.

All types of dogs, including pit bull mixes, should be properly socialized with other dogs and lots of different people as a puppy. When training your pit bull puppy mix, expose her to other dog-friendly pups while you supervise the interactions. And always reward your pup for being calm and playful around other dogs.

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Puppy training classes are another great way to socialize your Labrabull to other dogs or arrange for puppy playdates with trusted friends whose dogs you know are friendly. This ensures all of your pup's early interactions are positive.

Teaching your puppy the basics

When training your pit bull-Labrador puppy on the basics, start with commands like "sit," "stay," "come," and "leave it." All of these commands benefit you in case your dog runs off or gets ahold of something she shouldn't.

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When teaching your dog these commands, say the word once, ensure your dog performs the behavior, and reward your dog with a treat. For example, when teaching your dog to sit, say "Sit," hold a treat above your dog's nose until her bottom hits the floor, and then give your dog a treat with some lavish praise.

Potty training Labrador-pit bull puppies

In addition to your pup learning basic manners, you'll need to potty train your pooch. Whether they're black, golden, or chocolate Lab and pit bull mix puppies, little ones should catch on to potty training relatively quickly if you consistently take them out for potty breaks every one to two hours and once at night for at least the first few weeks of training.

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A vital part of potty training involves crate training. Not only does a crate encourage your dog to hold his bladder between potty breaks, but it also gives him a safe space to relax within. Plus, a crate can prevent your pit bull mix puppy from chewing up items in your home when you aren't around to supervise.

Leash training Labrabull puppies

Pit bulls are known for their muscular builds and Labradors are high-energy dogs. For this reason, you'll need to train your mixed-breed pup to walk properly on a leash without dragging you along for a run around the neighborhood every time you head outside.

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Training is a lifelong process.

When walking your dog, stop moving each time she starts pulling on her leash. Give your dog the "come" command and if your dog comes over to your side, give her a treat. Pretty soon, your dog will learn not to pull and will want to walk by your side. You'll also want to give your dog plenty of exercise to satisfy his energetic personality, which will reduce his desire to pull on the leash during walks.

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