Dog Aggression

Submitted by jadedgemini61387 on Mon, 05/03/2010 - 19:52

I have a 9mo Pit ofcourse and he has developed aggression toward my other male and my moms male dogs he grew up with them.. He has been around my other mix breed male dog since he was 6 weeks old he use to do everything with him sleep eat play all that an now hes attacking him viscously and it stressed me out having to pull him off another dog every day... I need some help. I plan on getting him fixed as soon as i get the money to do so. If anyone has had this happened or has any advice to offer please do so.


He should have been neutered months ago. Why did you have him at 6 weeks old? Taking a dog from its mother too early can most certainly cause behavioral problems such as this.

Get him Neutered. Keep the dogs separated. Have ALL of your dogs spayed and neutered.

I had him at 6 weeks old one because some dumb idiot dumped him and his brothers and sisters in a box in a ditch. And two they were eating and drinking on their own at 6 weeks many puppies can be on there own at 6 weeks. When I first got him I was told they were unsure of his breed but I wanted to give him a home. As he got bigger I could tell he was a pit bull and theres no doubt about it. My Vet suggested I wait till he is 1yrs old to do the surgery he told me in bulldog breeds (pits, american and boxers.) Will not have a defined Masculinity if u neuter them too early. I plan on getting him neutered asap now that he is showing aggression issues. I was just listening to my vet.

He should have been fixed months ago, shes right. Thats where the aggression is coming from, its not easy to fix when the dog is intact past a certain age. He should lose a lot of the dog aggression once he's fixed. It is SOOOO important to spay and neuter your dogs, ESPECIALLY pits. They're the most highly populated dog in this country, and the #1 dog that is euthanized in shelters. PLEASE get your dog fixed.

Hey Jade,
If money is a problem research the internet in your area for free pitbull neutering and if your area doesn't have free call SNAP! I believe getting him fix will help with his agression and behavioral issues. Please make sure you separate these dogs when you are not home. I purchased a kids baby gate to separate my two pits when i am at work. My pitties love each other but it only takes one toy that they both want and if i am not there to supervise... well you get the hint! I can't risk that! Good luck to you.

Neutering is always a good idea for the overall health of a male canine. Bear in mind, though, that keeping the dogs separated is a temporary solution, at best. The aggressive behavior won't fix itself without commitment and work on your part. Real balance in your "pack" can't be achieved until you've established yourself as the leader, gained the trust of every dog in the household to control the situation, and properly rehabilitated the dog aggressive behavior. If you've never checked out Cesar Millan ("The Dog Whisperer" on the National Geographic Channel) before, now is the time to do so. He's a genius when it comes to understanding the psychology of a dog, which is so vastly different than that of a human.

Good luck with your boys, Gemini!

Pit bulls ROCK! :)

sounds to me like you dont have an aggression issue but have a dominace issue. if it was a real aggression issue he would go after all dogs not just males. if thats the case it should go away when you have him fixed.

My aggression issues were not caused by my 1 1/2 y/o pitty it was by my 8 y/o mastiff. I felt it was a dominance issue showing my pitty who was the leader. One day I couldn't separate them fast enough and my mastiff ended up with 12 staples and my pitty received minor head wounds. What I found in my home that has worked great is the crate and rotate method. Everyone gets time and everyone is safe.
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I also have a dog aggressive APBT, but he is only aggressive to dogs outside of our pack. He's been neutered since the day we got him at 3months old, but he still developed aggression issues around the age of 3yrs old. I'm currently looking for a trainer in my area to help me break him of this aggression because I just want him to be able to feel calm around other dogs and now so defensive and tense. He is perfectly fine with our toy poodle, Max, running the house hold, and he grew up with a border collie also, who was his best friend & we NEVER have problems with him and our other dogs. But, I don't think neutering your dog is going to 100% fix his aggression. You'll probably have to either get a trainer, or dedicate to training him yourself.

We also use the crate & rotate method in our household, which has worked VERY well. My female Pit doesn't get along with an older rescue dog we have, so we have to keep them separated. The 2 Pitties we own are from the same litter and verrrrry protective of each other, so the older dog gets torn up if we don't break it up soon enough (or at least keep the Pits from shaking their heads and seriously hurting her until we can get them separated). So now we usually have the older dog (Cherry) in my brother's bedroom, and keep the Pits with us at all times. When it's Cherry's time to play outside, eat, etc (a.k.a her "downstairs time" lol), we put the Pits in our bedroom.

Also, the website is PBRC.NET :) Great resource.

Ours is 1 year old and he is fine with our chihuahua and other pitbull, but he FREAKS out at the vet. We have to sit outside with him in the back of the truck until he is called in because he howels and cries every time another dog walks by. He is not aggressive towards other dogs at the vet, mainly because we don't let him get very much slack on the leash or near other dogs, but he just howels and howels so loud it makes people afraid of him. We try to laugh it off so other people don't think he is a mean pit, because he is not, but we are getting him fixed soon and hopefully it will help a little.

My pit recently got out the door when my boys opened it and attacked two dogs hurt them pretty bad, and the owner got bit of course because she stuck her hand in between three dogs fighting, dog warden said my pit is the one that did the biting but I don't believe that one of her dogs was every pit the size of my pit but not sure the breed looked something like a husky they said it was a eskimo something..well anyways our pit is very good with our chihuhua we have (we have had them both since babies) and we now have a pit/boxer mix that she is good with and treats as if she is her baby. Dog warden is telling me I need to put her down cause "she WILL turn on my children" in my heart I don't believe this she is very good with my boys (ages 6, 3 and 9 months) they had my talked into putting her down which I was gonna do tuesday but my husband and I have been crying so much I have decided I WILL NOT let them brainwash me into putting her down. Dog warden is telling me I could face, 500 in fines, 30 days in jail and two years community service, but if I put Kya to sleep all charges will be dropped, I feel like she is trying to scare me. Anyone have any advice? Again my pit is GREAT with our other dogs just does NOT do well with strange dogs. Does this mean she will harm my children? I DO NOT want to put my baby down I love her like a child, someone help please....

NO she will not turn on you! If she is the one that bit the lady it is because the lady got inbetween the fight. Dog fights happen, all we can do is try to control it. If you can afford the fines and the jail time, then Do what you must to save your dog. The animal control are saying that because in most states it is the law to put an animal to sleep that has bit a human or attacked another dog. This has nothing to do with you or your children. Pits are very loyal and although all dogs can turn, it does not mean that yours will. In the end it is your choice on what you will do with your dog. If you do not want to put her down, but want to get rid of her out of fear, then ask the animal control if you can take her to a no kill shelter or to a rescue, most of the time these places are happy to take in an animal than to let it die for stupidity.

wow thats rough, sorry to hear that. first off you have to work something out with the kids or u will be forced to put her down. is the dog going to bite kids because it bit a couple dogs that made her bug out? apples and oranges, dog aggression is a pits trait, human aggression is not or they would never have been able to fix injured fighters or pull them off dogs in the middle of the fight. she loves ur kids,,,just not trusting of other strange dogs around the house nd you guys.
the dogs lived, take care of the owner however u can and No u are not going to jail..they want 500$ just hand it over and have a trainer work with the dogs to keep a good distance from the door of say 7 feet when it opens,, tough to keep kids consistent. work on the dog as well and u will have a better chance. in the blink of an eye it will happen again, solve the root of the problem. next time you will not have an option.

Thanks so much for the advice, someone even suggested keeping a leash on her for when she goes to head towards the door to grab her I usually keep her outside (we have a fenced in back yard) during the day but that day I decided to bring her in and bam the door gets opened and she takes off after those dogs, I honestly believe she thought those dogs were going to harm the boys and it was as if she was protecting them. I love her and in my heart I DO NOT believe she would ever try to harm my children. My baby is a pit so of course she should be "put down" well so says the "dog warden" but I'm not doing it she at first had me convinced it was the best thing to do for the "sake of my children", but I think she just wants me to put her down to have one less pit in Ohio well not gonna happen (unless the judge would order it) but I will make sure that this never happens again cause I don't want to have to go through this again.

First off being stressed is not helping the situation. Your dog(s) can sense this. Be calm about it and handle it assertively without getting tense or fearful because that will only heighten the situation.

Secondly, definitely get him neutered ASAP. This is important and thirdly, how often do you walk the dogs? How much exercise are they getting etc?

He's had his surgery now. I honestly don't think it is My Pit starting it. I have watched them closely and my begal mix (sp?) Is the one who growls first which starts my pit up... Im getting my other dog fixed as soon as I get paid this go round to see if it helps...because I had my pit in the cage/crate thing when my mom brought my other dog back to me and he sniffed Kota (pit) and instantly started growling... and of course made kota mad...Its hard having to have them live 2 separate lives when they used to sleep,eat and play together all the time...Its driving me nuts... I don't want to get rid of either they are both like my children esp my pit he sleeps,eats, and cuddles with me since my husband has been deployed with out him i dont think i could make it thru this deployment...

I would try a training class together. that way they are in a controled environment and you can work with the trainer to address the issues they are having with one another. Exercise also helps a tired pit is a good pit. If you have someone else that can help you take the 2 of them for walks together. dont give them time to get aggressive just walk at a fast pace so they get used to each other but you have to do this on a regular basis and eventually with some work you can have 2 dogs that get along. I have 6 and I've hhad some problems but I never let it get to the point that they actually start fighting. If you watch myou can pick up signals from them and prevent stuff before it happens. but a calm assertive approach is needed. If you are nervous and fearful they will pick up on it.

Growling isn't necessary a bad thing though. Generally it's just a warning to back off. If he attacks after the growl then he is definitely starting something.

Has anything changed in the environment since the dogs stopped getting along?

Umm my husband came home for 2 weeks for R&R...thats about the only thing i can think of but i dont see a reason that would mess anything up.

I disagree. Having someone introduced to the environment who is not normally around is a HUGE change for a dog. It can confuse them, especially if they're accustomed to having most of the attention and that attention is now focused elsewhere.

My pit is awesome with my children and my 2 yr old rides her like a horse. However, when we take her out to the vet, groomer, etc. she gets very aggressive. We are pretty sure that she only wants to play, but her vocals give people a different impression. We are doing the best we can to work with her, but it doesn't seem to be enough. We do not take her anywhere without a harness, but I want to be able to walk with her without feeling like I went to the gym for an intense upper body workout. Please help me!

Diligence is the answer. At first the crate n rotate method bothered me a great deal but it has made everyone safe and a lot less vet visits. You may also want to invest in a break stick (only to be used on pits)in case a fight does break out. Learn how to use it properly. IMO Ceasar Milan is an idiot, he reminds me of a power hitter. I do not train my dog obiedence through fear. I am the pack leader in the house and I taught it by positive reinforcement. Once they are fixed the aggression MAY subside due to his age and is never guarenteed. Train thru positive reinforcement, crate n rotate, exercise, exercise and never leave an animal alone with children or other animals without supervision. You leave the room, so does the dog. As far as the yowling, mine does the same, it is just a part of the pits makeup. is a great resource

As many have mentioned, same sex aggression can usually be fixed by a spay/neuter. However, in some cases it doesn't do the trick. In this case you are going to have to put in work and desensitize the dogs to one another and be sure they know that YOU are the pack leader and that it's your den. You merely share it with them. If you are uncomfortable desensitizing the dogs on your own I recommend that you seek professional help with it.

Three easy steps to pack leadership:

1) Schedule your dogs feeding. The pack leader determines when the pack eats in nature. Not to mention: What comes in on a schedule comes out on a schedule.

2) Never let your dogs go through your front door (or any other door that leads in or out of the building before you). This shows your dogs that you are going to look out for them and make sure the area is safe.

3) Take your dogs spot. This shows both your dogs that YOU are the pack leader. If they are on your couch, make them move and then sit down in the spot they were in, and then invite them back up. Also, if they are asleep on the ground, wake them up and make them move.

Once you have established yourself as the pack leader, if the aggression continues begin the desensitization process. I recommend a baby gate. One dog gets one side of the house, the other dog gets the other. Gradually let them get used to smelling each other. Once they can smell each other at the gate without growls and barks or hair erection, then let them mingle for 5 minutes, then once they have been okay at 5 minutes for awhile, move it to 15, so on. *WARNING* Desensitization is a very slow process.

Also, were the dogs introduced on neutral territory?

I have a problem with my male APBT. He is great with my Pomeranian. But is very aggressive with ANY other dog. He is neutered. I live in an apartment and have to wait and make sure no one else is out with their dogs before I take him out. I would love to be able to take him to the dog park to play but it is impossible. Any suggestions?????

I do not think that this is dog aggression, it is dominance. The dog seems to be showing that he is large and in charge. The only way to fix this is work. You have to put a lot of time and effort into the problem or he will keep this behavior.

I don't know the background on your dog, but it sounds a lot like he is protecting you from other dogs. This is common in many dogs, not just APBTs. Does he instigate the aggression or does it happen after the two dogs have sniffed one another? If it happens after the two have sniffed it could merely be that you have too much tension on the leash, and he is sensing that something is wrong. If it is before the problem may be a little more deeply rooted. Desensitization is probably your best option, but you're going to have to find a trainer to do it for you, as i doubt there are many of your neighbors willing to let you use their dogs for the process. Until then, manage the situation, as a responsible pet owner. Purchase a muzzle for when you are in public.

Another option is static correction training - this is what it was original intended for, but i would still exhaust all other options first. When you are out in public, if you see the glint in your dogs eye that he is going to start the behavior use the appropriate level of static correction. Remember to use the collar appropriately and responsibly. Never leave it on him when you're at home, and never use it if it's not warranted.

When Rascal was about 8 months old he was attacked by another pitty. Since that time he began showing the aggression. If given the chance he will attack any other dog other than our Pomeranian. I use a prong collar on him to keep him from dragging me down if he sees another dog. I hate using it but has turned to be my only option. He weighs 95 pounds.

Where I live we have no one that will work with and help with pit bulls.

same here,not fair they deserve the same training as the rest of the dogs ,my bullie has to wear one to and a muzzle everytime we go outside,but other dogs at the dog park don't and they are the ones who are always trying to attack and bite her,not fair they should he wearing muzzles and prong collar to just like her.tired of them trying to hurt my baby she was getting along with other dogs again now she doesn't want anything to do with them, if they lunge she lunges and she gets the blame not the dog who did the lunging,and she has to wear her muzzle in dog park no other dog has to like i said not fair,they can attack her and how is she supposed to protect herself other then having me there to do it for her.

I don't muzzle him. But I don't take him to the dog park either. Because I know how he will act. On the other hand he loves people. His only problem is dog aggression. He obeys all commands but he is hard to control around other dogs.

my pit is 1 1/2 yrs. I had him since very little, around 5 weeks old. I saw this man at walmart who was selling it and i worried about someone buying for fighting purposes, so i decided to stay with him.

he has always been very sweet, specially with my kids (4) they do to him whatever they want and he would not even dare to complain.

the thing is that around 5-6 months ago he started to get very aggressive with anyone who would dare to ring the door bell in my house. he even try to bite someone already.

i had made an app. around three months ago to get him fixed, he just got fixed yesterday.

when am i going to see a difference in his aggression problem?

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