Welcome to Staffordshire Bull Terrier Training. I’ve put together this dog training advice site to share some of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier training knowledge I’ve gained from my experience training a Staffordshire Bull Terrier dog.
If you’re looking for Staffordshire Bull Terrier training tips and advice, you’re in the right place. So read on and you’ll have your Staffordshire Bull Terrier under control in no time!
I hope you find Staffordshire Bull Terrier Training useful, it’s great to have you here!
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Info
About Staffordshire Bull Terriers
Staffordshire Bull Terriers are descendants of nineteenth century fighting dogs called “Bulldog Terriers”, which in turn are descended from bull fighting dogs.
When dog fighting was banned in 1835, the breeding focused on making the breed more sociable so they would be more suitable as a pet. Staffordshire Bull Terriers were officially recognised as a breed by the Kennel Club in 1935.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers have kept the courage and determination inherited from their ancestors, but are now affectionate and loving, rather than aggressive dogs. They love human company and are very sociable, have great stamina and are very sporty.
Staffords normally live for about twelve to fourteen years. They mature quite late mentally at about two years, but will remain active both physically and mentally until late in their life.
Choosing A Staffordshire Bull Terrier Puppy
Your Staffordshire Bull Terrier training will be more effective if you begin when your Staffie is a puppy. Notice I said more EFFECTIVE, not EASIER: training a Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy will still require a lot of time and effort!
But if you do decide to get an older Staffie, maybe a rescue dog, I certainly won’t dissuade you from doing this as there are a lot of unfortunate Staffordshire Bull Terriers that could use your help. Just be aware that he may already have issues from his previous life that you must be willing to work through with him.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Breeders
Make sure you buy from a good Staffordshire Bull Terrier breeder. There are many dishonest dog breeders who care very little for the dog’s welfare. Do not support them.
Any saving you make on the price of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy will cost you many times more on vet bills as they will often develop serious health problems, both mental and physical. Ask your vet for advice on reputable Staffordshire Bull Terrier breeders near you.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Puppy Training
Training Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppies requires a lot of patience. It is important to be consistent when training pups, especially Staffordshire Bull Terrier pups.
Catching bad habits young is key. Many dog problems can be avoided by imagining your Staffie exhibiting the same behaviour when fully grown.
For example: he may be a cute little puppy dog jumping up at you now, but do you want him doing this when he’s fully grown and covered in mud? I made this mistake, and it took me a LOOOOONG time to reverse it!
Start puppy potty training as soon as possible and remember to be patient with your Stafford, no matter how much mess he makes over your nice new carpet…
(another Staffordshire Bull Terrier training tip learnt from experience: don’t get a new carpet just before starting puppy housetraining. Especially not a cream one.)
Staffordshire Bull Terrier Training Basics
How To Train A Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Try to reward good behaviour and ignore bad. If it is something that cannot be ignored, a stern look and a verbal “No” will normally be enough.
To physically stop your Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy doing something, grab him by the scruff of the neck: this is how his mother would have kept him in line previously. A quick touch that surprises him will often make him forget what he was doing too.
Always reward or scold in the moment, never after. Even a delay of just a few seconds is likely to be enough for him not to make the connection with what he was doing.
Dog Training Club Or Residential Dog Training?
It is unlikely you’ll need a professional dog trainer if you put in the time and effort with your Staffordshire Bull Terrier training.
Joining a local dog training club is recommended though as this will allow your Staffie to socialise with other dogs. He is likely to learn a lot from his classmates about how he should behave when interacting with dogs.
Of course, if your Staffordshire Bull Terrier is aggressive you should immediately contact a private dog trainer.
Dog Training Guides
To ensure your Staffordshire Bull Terrier training is successful, it is essential to have a good dog training guide as a reference. I’ve tried many, many guides and books, but by far the best one, in my opinion, is Secrets To Dog Training.
It covers every aspect of dog training, starting with the basics like puppy toilet training and teaching your dog to sit, right through to advanced tricks like climbing ladders.
There are detailed sections on all the different dog training techniques, such as dog whispering, clicker training, reward training, leash training etc, plus an online dog training team available to personally help with any part of your Staffordshire Bull Terrier training that you’re still struggling with.
Having a good dog training guide (and using it!) will ensure that you’re not that helpless, embarrassed person with the out of control Staffie.