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Have you tried walking her before going to the vet? It sounds like she has a lot of pint of energy that she’s trying to release. How often do you walk her and for how long?June 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm in reply to: Brand new red nose puppy, i am a new owner to pitbulls #15421
I would actually avoid a harness because it does nothing for control. For a leash, just get her a collar or even a training leash/collar duo that sits right behind her ears. Get a medium sized leash that’s not too long but also not too short that you can’t hold her loosely. This works best for corrections on the walk and during training. 🙂
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.
We recently adopted another male Pit and at first our female Pit wanted nothing to do with him. They didn’t fight or anything like that, but she didn’t want anything to do with him and would avoid him. After awhile she got over it and accepted him into the pack and now they’re awesome friends, etc.
The first thing I would recommend if you do get another Pit is to walk them right off the bat. That will establish a connection with them. That’s what we did with our Pits and even though she wanted nothing to do with him, she wasn’t aggressive at all.
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?
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?
I am a 5’2, 98lb girl and I consistently walk a 45lb pit, 55lb pit, and a 40lb border collie with no issues on tugging. All I can say is that once I started doing what Cesar Millan suggested, the tugging stopped.
I make sure that I am the first one out the door and that the dogs wait for me to close the door before we go on our walk and I ensure that they are walking beside me or behind me at all times.
It is possible, it just takes a lot of patience with training the dogs to recognize who the pack leader really is.
I was just about to say the same thing, lol. I don’t have problems with my dogs jumping on me, they understand their position and do not not disrespect me by attempting to jump on me. My husband, however is another issue. He’s such soft heart that it’s so hard for him to be firm with them. I keep telling them he just needs to be calm and assertive and not back down and they will get it, but he doesn’t have the patience to do it and it’s beyond frustrating. 🙁
Thank you for the tips. I will definitely have to try this with my two dogs because I have the same issue. I did know about the eyes being a form of communication and that using a sound rather than a word works best, but I wasn’t sure how to communicate that they should not move unless beckoned when my back was turn. SO thank you for the info/tips. 🙂