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Tips to Train an American Bully

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. October 9, 2016
Tips to Train an American Bully
American Bully

Animal file: American Bully

The American Bully is an impressive dog that adapts very well to family life. Before adopting one, you must also be aware that they are very active dogs. Therefore, you should consider whether you have time to provide the exercise they require.

If you have recently adopted this dog, you'll know that it is an affectionate and sociable breed. As in the case of all other dogs, it is recommended to start by teaching your American Bully the basic rules of behavior; this will make family life much easier.

This AnimalWised article will tell you all about the main characteristics of this breed, as well as give you the best tips to train an American Bully.

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  1. Characteristics of the American Bully
  2. Training an American Bully puppy
  3. Basic training commands
  4. Advanced commands
  5. Exercise, swimming and games

Characteristics of the American Bully

The American Bully is not an ancient breed. In fact, it is the result of selective breeding and came about in the 1990s. Different dog breeds were crossed, including the American Pit Bull terrier, the American Staffordshire Terrier, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the English bulldog.

This intended to achieve a loyal, quiet and very robust dog. The result was ideal, because the American Bully is very balanced and gets along well with children and the whole family. They are muscular, medium-sized and very active. They are very intelligent dogs that, with proper training, are capable of to carrying out many activities.

Tips to Train an American Bully - Characteristics of the American Bully

Training an American Bully puppy

From the moment the American Bully puppy arrives home you must establish wanted behaviors and habits in order to gradually educate them. You should never spoil your puppy or allow any unwanted behaviors such as jumping on the couch, biting your shoes, and so on. If you live with other people, you should establish what you want to teach your dog so that nobody gives contradictory orders.

Always use positive reinforcement. Positive reinforcement involves rewarding positive behaviors, while a simple "no" is enough when they do something you do not approve of. Don't shout and never be violent towards your puppy.

It is important to let your puppy go though the socialization process with other animals, people and even the environment itself. This is the basis of their education as it will make your dog a stable, sociable and fearless adult. If another dog at home is educated and balanced, they can help you to teach the house rules.

Play with your puppy and make them walk and run once it has had its first vaccinations. This way, they will gradually gain stamina and grow strong and healthy. After a few months, you will be able to start training. Start with basic obedience commands. Puppies under 4 months old should only worry about playing and growing, and they don't require formal training or learning tricks.

Tips to Train an American Bully - Training an American Bully puppy

Basic training commands

Training a dog is not just about teaching them to give you a paw to shake. You must educate your pet to behave properly at all times. Behaving well inside the house, on walks or during car journeys will make life more comfortable and enjoyable for your dog and the whole family.

You must make your American Bully feel like one of the family. Your pet has to feel useful and wanted. You have to spend time with them, especially when they are growing.

You can read our article on basic commands for dogs; here you will find all the commands and basic tricks for any breed of dog. Responding to their name and sitting are basic commands every dog should know. Carry out training sessions with your dog between 5 and 10 minutes each day. It is also important to teach them to walk beside you and not to pull on the lead. If you don't deal with these unwanted behaviors as a puppy, they are difficult to rectify later on.

The American Bully is a very intelligent dog. If you spend time with them and make training sessions enjoyable and fun, your dog will learn quickly. Be patient and consistent.

Tips to Train an American Bully - Basic training commands

Advanced commands

Once you've taught your American Bully basic behavioral commands, you will be able to introduce other ones. Teaching them tricks like playing dead or barking when you say "speak" are examples of advanced commands you can teach your dog. The commands don't have to be specific, as the variety of activities depends on your imagination.

The American Bully is a very active dog, and they will love any outdoor activity you do with them. Teach your dog how to run alongside you when you go for a job or a bike ride.

Tips to Train an American Bully - Advanced commands

Exercise, swimming and games

A strong and fit American Bully needs to exercise. Besides the usual walks and outings, you can incorporate activities that your dog will enjoy.

  • Swimming is an all-round exercise and most dogs love it. Let your dog swim and play in the water, but always be aware of their stamina. Let it get out of the water when they want to.
  • Dog agility is an ideal thing to train, as it combines obedience and physical activity. It involves a circuit of different obstacles that the dog must jump, dodge or cross. The master always goes by their side, which makes it very rewarding for the animal.
Tips to Train an American Bully - Exercise, swimming and games

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Aimee bartholomew
can i feed my x bully puppy doggy chocolate
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Hi Aimee,

The answer to your question is a strong ‘no’. Chocolate contains an alkaloid known as theobromine which is toxic to dogs, even in small amounts. Never give a dog chocolate. We hope this helps.
Rene Garcia
Teach the puppy not to bite when you teddy him and that they don't pull when you walking him
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