An American Bully is courageous, robust, and a dominant dog with an innate guarding instinct. The Bully is famous for its athletic physical build that is muscular and well-defined, displaying its agility and strength. Bullys, also known as Bully Pits are flexible working dogs, with the capability of doving, hunting, and herding.
Today, most Americans keep the Bullys as pets for their affection and tenderness to children, making them the perfect family dogs. Besides being family pets, the Bully Pits can play the role of watchdogs. The Bully is extremely intelligent and a good choice for a guard dog. Courageous, but not aggressive, the Bully breed possesses an amicably pleasant temperament.
However, the guarding instincts of an American Bully may steer them to do more than scaring an intruder. The American Bully has four different breed types: Standard, Pocket, Classic, and Extra Large. The difference between the four lays in their appearance and characteristics. Nonetheless, the notable difference is size.
It’s important to understand the difference between a watchdog and a guard dog. As a guard dog, an American Bully should be capable of warning, and if need be, physically challenging to an intruder. On the other hand, as a watchdog, intelligence and alertness are key characteristics as well as the ability to warn their owners of an intruder. The good thing is that through training, you can shape your American Bully for the preferred protection purpose. Besides, the American Bully has a relatively high pain tolerance; they are not afraid to challenge intruders and win the battle. The American Bully is a low maintenance pet.
If you want a flexible Bully to guard property, provide them with healthy dry dog foods, but do not overfeed them since they are prone to obesity. Like all pets, training a Bully Breed dog requires determination and patient from its owner. More so, it is much difficult to train an adult Bully as compared to a Bully puppy.
The first part of training an American Bully, for personal or property protection is teaching your dog basic obedience. Your dog should respond to all your obedience commands. For example, he should lie down, sit and come to you always, when called. More so, you should train him to respond to commands such as “bark” and “stop.” The good this is that the American Bully is also extremely loyal to their owners and highly trustworthy.
The second important thing is to socialize your dog by taking them for a walk. During the walk let your dog recognize and differentiate between ordinary and strange objects and people. Also, encourage your Bully to bark at any unusual situations. A Bully, capable of barking at a stranger is more effective than one that attacks without barking. Another important aspect in training your Bully for personal protection is to help him learn when to back off. The Bully must be capable of protecting you, threatening an intruder, but must not physically attack. As soon as the Bully has its teeth on the intruder, it should be given a command to “leave it” and praised for obedience. If an American Bully Pit cannot back at strangers or attacks intruders even after the “leave it” command, it is not suitable to train as a personal or property protection dog.
Finally, a reward should be part of training a Bully dog. If the Pit Bully obeys its owner’s commands, it should receive a treat. The more you reward the Bully, the higher the chances of more positive responses to your commands. However, do not use punishment, particularly physical ones as a reward for negative behavior. Do not use the training time as a means of merely instilling control and discipline over the Bully Pit dog, make this time a bonding time between you and the dog