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Unfortunately this is an innate behavior that some dogs have and most likely will always have. The male is trying to insert his dominance in their little pack. It may become better once your female realizes and accepts his dominance but you cannot rely on that happening, as you can never if or when it will actually happen that way. Its better to fix it before one or both dogs, or even you, gets hurt. We went through the same thing when we rescued our 2nd female. She was a stray and was very food aggressive. She attacked our 1st female on more than one occasion over food. Some tips that helped us: we never give them food out of the same bowl (it took us many months to feel comfortable given them water out of the same bowl), we feed them on separate sides of the room (in an extreme case, I suggest even feeding them in completely separate rooms), in the beginning we would always be in the room with them while they were eating, and we consulted a trainer about it. We also began feeding our 1st female, the less dominant one, first to show patience to our 2nd one, to upset the dominance roles and to show that I ultimately decide who gets fed first and when you get fed. Who eats first is a big role and dominance influencer in doggie world. BUT…I am not a professional and even though we all love our pits we got to remember that they are pit bulls, a very strong breed that is not to be taken lightly. I strongly suggest that you talk to or meet with a trainer, especially where it seems this aggressive behavior is relatively new. They may be able to give you better guidance and tips on controlling the situation or even reversing your male’s aggressive behavior. But in the meantime, I hope my tips help you out. They did do wonders for us, although our 2nd female is still aggressive with some food and treats.
It sounds like he might have some confidence issues. Confidence is just as big, if not bigger, with dogs as it is with people. A lot of praise when he does good and nothing negative will help. Having people, even yourself, throw a treat or give a toy when they come into the room will begin to show that people are ok and are not scary. Taking him to a trainer will definitely help because they’ll be able to give you the tools that are best suited for his needs. We kind of dealt with the same issue with both of our pits. Our first was frightened of some people, but it was more of a nervous issue. So it was lot of socializing, play time and treats before she was able to be comfortable with new people. Our second was afraid of objects, literally anything and everything. So again that was a lot of treats, praise and play if she walked near, sniffed, nibbled and eventually got to the point of being next to something. Its going to take alot of patience and work, but I’m sure it’ll work out for you. Good luck!
No dog should be left out in the cold (or heat) regardless of it being a pit bull or not. How would you like sitting out in the cold (or heat) all day, not being able to go inside? You wouldn’t…neither would a dog. You said that you have a crate for him? Why not use that? Keep him crated while you’re not home if yor’re worried about him getting in to anything. I have 2 dogs and they are crated when we are not home and they’re fine. Warm and happy.
I like this quote because it just shows how useless breed bans are…”What has been accomplished by Ontario’s pit bull ban is that the government has been allowed to avoid the more difficult task of regulating human behaviour and finding the resources to educate the public in a meaningful way.” – Clayton C. Ruby, Lawyer for the legal challenge against the Ontario goverment.
And this one may not be about pitties but its so true but giving it the context of this amazing breed makes it an even greater truth…
“Nothing in this world that’s worth having comes easy”
– Bob Kelso, character on “Scrubs”
I have two female pitties that are both rescues. I was worried about getting a second female dog, regardless of it being a pit or not, for the same reason. Our girl Rose was an only dog in the house for about 2 years and she had made the space hers already. Knowing from experience that, having two females or even two males in a house you are going to have dominance issues regardless of the breed. Its a natural thing that is going to occur. Heck, it even happens with people! You just need to be patient, allow them to become adjusted to living together at their own pace. But be aware of their body language at all times. Spend as much time with each dog one on one in different situations so that you can completely understand each dogs body language. Our girls did get into their scuffs but no one was really hurt and it was mainly them working out who the boss was going to be. They’re still working it out and its been 9months. So expect and be prepared for some arguments between the two. My suggestion to you, is to not feed them out of the same bowl (even water), do not leave them alone together until they are fully comfortable with each other, give treats and toys seperately until you are certain that there is no food or toy aggression. Just let them take their time. Be patient and have fun!! But also remember…you’re the ultimate boss!!! Good luck!
Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately the closest tractor supply store is actually farther away from me than any Petco. I did end up getting the Harmony Hills Chicken and Rice formula. I began the switch the other day and even though they aren’t getting more than a handful combined with their old food, so far its been good. No complaints, issues, upset tummys which is good. I’m sure the real test is when the switch is complete and its like week 2 of being on the new food full time, but I’ll deal with that when it comes!!