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I have a 14 month old male shepherd who is not neutered and my 8 month old pitbull who is neutered. They wrestle and chase eachother all the time. When we brought home Raisin he had to be crated due to his kennel cough and medications so that is how the spent the first week just checking eachother out through the crate. Now when one leaves the other crys and paces looking for their buddy. The SPCA trainer said they have different play styles which may cause problems but so far I guess I’m lucky.
My thoughts is to just keep taking Raisin to as many places as I can. We visit Petsmart then PetCo even if not shopping just so he can see people and other dogs. And he pulls sometimes at other dogs. I just redirect his attention with treats and I say “friend” when people or unknown dogs are around. Who knows if it helps but doesnt hurt to try right? = )
Perhaps one of the shepherds challenged your pit by a look or body movement. Often times behaviour is subtle where we as humans don’t notice. A good excercise might be to see if you and your neighbor can go on walks with your dogs together. Another option when your dog see’s other dogs give lots of treats so he see’s other dogs as a positive thing.
Whatever you do don’t give up. Keep walking your dog in public and letting people see your dog is a wonderful pittie. I have a German Shepherd and my pittie and I do the same as you. When people walk by I have my dogs sit and wait paitently for them to pass. When people make comments I smile and I think to myself how they are so unlucky to miss out on a wonderful breed based on stereotypes and horror stories.
The best way to promote good pittie’s is to be a great owner. Maybe try your local SPCA. Ours has obidience classes which might be fun to go to just to meet new people and since alot of pitties are put up for adoption might meet some great owners doing the right thing like yourself.
Good luck and don’t let those people let you down. Often when people try to debate me on why I own such vicious type dogs I smile. Then I politely reply, ” I refuse to argue with you on this topic because no matter what I say or my argument you are to narrow minded to look outside your viewpoint.” then I wish them a good day and move on.
What ever you do don’t let their judgment affect you . = )
I have my lil guy on Taste of the Wild. He seems to do well on it and continues to gain weight and still keeps a lean athletic look. When I adopted him he had mites and some type of skin infection. He has been on antibiotics for 3 wks. But he still seems to have dry skin and his coat not as shiny as I would like. The SPCA trainer recommended a probiotic supplement for dogs sold at WholeFoods. I have not had the chance to try it yet but I have also read plain yogurt is an option as well. Has anyone tried yogurt? If so please let me know. Please update how the olive oil works out.
Hi! I can only say from my experience I was turned down by several insurance companies when I said my dog was a Pitbull Mix. Luckily my insurance agent only put what we believed he was mixed with to get me insurance. I’m not sure what the extra amount was since it was added to my homeowners. I carried the maximum allowed (although I never had to use it).
I haven’t added Raisin to my policy yet but I keep my dog in the house and crated when I am not home and he is never off leash exept when I let him in the backyard.
I love my lil Pitty mixes. This is my 2nd and my parents have one as well. Key to them Socialize, Socialize, Socialize with people and pets. The key is to be a responsible owner.
You most likely will encounter people who do not want yer Pitty near them. To them I respect their feelings and move on. I always have my dogs contained and well behaved so there is no reason to complain about them.
Good luck in your search for the perfect Pitty. And kudos to you on doing your research!!! Many people don’t and regret it later.