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August 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm in reply to: can you keep a pittbull nd a chihuahua mixed with a pomeranian in the same house #18043
It’s a good idea to socialize pittys with all types of dogs and people. If the dog you currently have is trained there should be no issues. Let them meet and get to know each other, but don’t let any aggressive behavior start from either dog. Your dad may know what that looks like.
For multiple dog families, it’s usually easier if the dogs are of the opposite sex. It may also help if one is older. If the one you have has been in the house a while, he/she can actually help “train” the new pup.
I would have to ask this: Have you or your spouse reprimanded her for going near your son in the past? How old is the dog? Most pits are curious dogs but if you’ve made the “mom noise” (I hope you know what that is) at them, not yelling or anything, they normally know from then on that behavior won’t be tolerated. Mine has learned the word “Stop”. He knows that whatever he’s doing at the time, he’ll stop and crouch down on the floor. Usually his tail’s still going, but he’s waiting to see what we want him to do next.
If you’ve been hesitant to let her near your son when he was younger, she knows that and will steer clear of him, even if she doesn’t know why. I watched a video of a pit walking up to a baby. The dog went to lick the baby’s face and the person/owner with the camera made the “mom noise” at him. The dog immediately walked away from the baby. Every other scene after that the baby was walking up to the dog and the dog would walk away so as not to get in trouble. As long as the reprimand wasn’t too harsh, she should figure out pretty quick that you will allow her to be around the baby as long as she’s cautious.
You probably don’t want the dog licking the baby’s face because she will think that’s acceptable, so if you’ve stopped that behavior before, she remembers. Though normally, dogs think of the children in the family as their pack mates, it’s most important that the pit understands all the humans rank above them.
I realize by now you may have found another solution, but I’ll post this anyway. Making the crate comfortable and “their own space” is a good start but she needs to be rewarded for going in. Ours only has to see us walking towards the treats to run into his now. If we have to say, “go to bed” he’s like a cartoon character scrambling (hardwood floors) to get into his crate. He gets a treat and close the door. The first few nights he whined for a while, but after no reaction from the humans, he stopped. Now he only whines when he needs to go out, when the other dog has eaten his food or he wants to play. I’ve started leaving one of his Nylabones in the crate with him so he doesn’t get bored and chew up another bed. They are intelligent dogs but it takes time for them to get used to your routine and to learn what you expect.