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EXCELLENT post Marty! Thanks for the links, I have another I’d like to share: http://ourpack.org/dogparks.html
NOT taking my dog to the dog park is NOT the end of the world, it does NOT mean she is not socialized, and it does NOT make people think she is “vicious!” I don’t know where some people get that stuff from, but none of it is true!
Dog parks are NOT a place for socialization.
And as one person pointed out, they are “Terriers” who “need” to chase things – EXACTLY – That’s why they should NOT go to dog parks because of their prey drive! Please do some more research.
Pit Bulls are just not dog park dogs.
Thanks, Taana. You are right, your Pittie doesn’t have to START a fight, but he’ll finish it! The Pittie will ALWAYS be blamed, no matter what. Your dog is SO handsome by the way! 🙂
Well hi there “CG.”
As I have told you many, many times (even after you insulted me) Pit Bulls do NOT belong at dog parks! They are NOT dog park material.
I provided you with many links to prove my point. Did you even bother to read them?
Stop by Pitbullforum.com, and pitbull-chat.com and they will tell you exactly what I have told you.
A lot of people are suggesting crappy food.
Taste of the Wild
Do not buy anything from a grocery store, or drug store. Anything from Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Purina, etc are junk.
Neutering does not stop aggression. Your dog needs professional help, either from a qualified trainer or Behaviorist. This is NOT something to take lightly.
Dog aggression in the APBT is NORMAL, however, HUMAN aggression is NOT and should NOT be tolerated.
Pit Bulls do NOT belong at dog parks! Especially muzzled! Do not bring your Pit Bull to the dog park. End of story. There’s plenty of other things to do with your dog.
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 would get a trainer for this, but have you tried a Halti? Or the type that goes around the dogs nose to stop him from pulling – Head Halti I think it’s called.
I would recommend a prong collar, but I only do so with EXPERIENCED owners, someone who really knows how to use one, and properly fit one.
Besides that, use high value treats only on walks, and continue with the stopping each time the dog pulls. And the Head Halti!
No offense, that is really not the way to “punish” a dog – It shouldn’t be done at all. You cannot punish a dog AFTER the fact, he has no idea what he’s done. I would also be careful with leaving him alone unattended with another dog, or your parents dog as you stated.
I would have him tested for a urinary problem first. Do you leave food or water in the crate? What is his routine? How many times a day does he go out?
I do NOT recommend physical force, as the above poster suggested. Do not put your hands on your dogs neck.
Have her on leash when people come over, or keep her in another room, in a crate, or use a baby gate or ex-pen to keep her secured.
A “friend” for him is not the answer. Try Kongs, TV, radio, music, etc.
Sounds as though this dog is more bored than anything. How much DAILY exercise do you give him?