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amp23 04-21-2013 08:38 PM

I don't know what to try anymore! Pitbull problems -.-
I found my pitbull mix pup as a stray about a year and a half ago, we believe she's currently about 2. When we first introduced her to my parents dogs, we did not have any issues with her, if anything she was the underdog. She has shown an aggression toward new dogs lately, sometimes actually snapping at them rather than just letting a little growl out (never actually biting them though).

I have socialized her a lot and she gets along well with dogs she has been around a little while and gets to know, but I am at a loss as to what methods I should try when introducing her to a new dog. I take her to the beach a lot since I live 5 mins away, and while I have a leash on her around people/dogs, I leave her loose as long as it's pretty empty. I always trust her to run back to me when I call and not run after another dog if one shows up, but sometimes loose ones run up to us.

Any advice would be appreciated! If there's anything I left out that may give someone an idea of what I should do please let me know.

CowboyBob 04-21-2013 08:50 PM

I don't know if you have seen him but oh shoot whats his name "the dog wisperer" I have seen a few of she shows and I really like him I would look at what he is able to do with dogs.

amp23 04-21-2013 08:58 PM

I will look into that! Are there any channels on tv with training shows like there are for horses? We have dish tv if anyone would know of some channels.

Sharpie 04-21-2013 09:32 PM

If you're worried, you could always get a basket muzzle for her to wear while you get everything straightened out. Looks bad, but better than having one of her 'snapping' at another dog escalate to biting or hurting another dog. If she's only two, she's nearing social maturity, and I would expect her to get worse/less tolerant of other dogs until she's three or four. No knock on you, but some lines of pitties have been bred to the point where they're never really trustworthy around strange/new dogs.

Working with a trainer who has well-behaved stranger dogs to practice introductions with may be a huge help for the both of you, and even a few lessons would give you the tools to work with it further on your own. One of mine can be iffy with strange dogs, and working with a trainer was a wonderful way to help improve our odds and him getting along with others rather than fighting, and I still use the tricks I was taught when we have to meet other new dogs.

amp23 04-22-2013 12:55 AM

I actually just ordered a muzzle for her, although it looks bad I'd rather be on the safe side and almost have it as a warning for people with loose dogs that they can't keep by them on the beach! I 100% trust her not to go after another dog but if they come to us we have problems.

The only training we have in town that I know of is Petco. Do they have a good reputation for dog training?

Ill definitely also be looking up information online to see if there's anything I can do.

Having no idea of her past and since we're pretty sure that she was most likely abused makes things that much harder on me. :/ she's very overly sensitive to emotion or any hint of physical harm to her and she is quick to do something I say if disobeying means upset (with the exception of the growling/snapping).

That does make me feel better that there is the thought that its just her breeding/nature. I've always believed the owner makes the biggest difference in the world, and although she's come a long way since I've had her I'm really bothered by this new problem.

Icrazyaboutu 04-22-2013 01:04 AM

Does she just get snappy at home or does she do it while on walks too?
If its just at home, she may just be protecting her family and her house.
My pit mix is like that. She gets very excited when new dogs show up at our house and definitely barks/growls to make them leave. However, when we're out on walks or at the dog park, she is friendly and plays with any dog.
If it isn't the location, you should definitely check out craigslist or somewhere for dog trainers to help you teach her how to meet new dogs correctly. And maybe keep her on the leash at the beach... Just incase there are other dogs running around. Even if she doesn't start the fight, she could very well end it.

Khainon 04-22-2013 04:47 AM

i have a muzzle for my i got him from the pound when he was a puppy and i dont know his "mean" as it sounds..he is muzzled when in the house..we have other animals..and i dont trust him he will growl at times..and has snapped more than a few times before i got the muzzle..hes small animal aggressive..the muzzle is helping him to realize that small animals are not food..nor toys or prey

amp23 04-22-2013 10:46 AM

Icrazyaboutu, we have not brought new dogs into the house, so I don't know how she will do with that. My roommate's parents are coming in town next week though with one of their dogs so I am kinda curious to see how that goes. When it comes to the beach- she's usually more aggressive on the leash rather than off. She may just be overprotective of me? Like I said, I only take her off the leash when it's empty, though some people have dogs they can't keep near them. :-|

Khainon, I may only keep the muzzle on her at home if I know someone new would be coming over. It'll take a while to get her used to it, she doesn't like even a hand around her muzzle for very long. At home, she does respect the older dogs if they snap just to tell her to back off because they don't want to play, so I trust her at home with the 2 older dogs.

WSArabians 04-22-2013 05:42 PM

This isn't a "Pittbull Problem". It's a training problem.
Is there a local dog trainer that is reputable that you could take her and you too for lessons?

Sereno 04-22-2013 06:14 PM


Originally Posted by WSArabians (Post 2312361)
This isn't a "Pittbull Problem". It's a training problem.
Is there a local dog trainer that is reputable that you could take her and you too for lessons?

Not sure how to answer this. Training problem yes. Breed problem is a yes also. Where I am EVERYONE has dogs protecting their homes but are contained. Some are not.

While my man was riding one morning a Pittbull came out of no where and attacked my horse. My man tried to fight the dog off but the horse went down pinning the rider. If it were not for others running up and chase the dog off. I'm sure that horse and rider would have been in big trouble....... or dead.

Rider and house limped home and police, doctors and vets called. My horse had over a dozen bites with some ripping his skin open. My man was sore and very upset.

Our man didn't want to ride again. It was 6 months to get him back in the saddle just in the work out areas. The horse is now skiddish with dogs around even though we have 4 that our his buddies. But we still ride and we WORK at gaining confidence. I believe that animals should be under control and trained and that is the owners obligation and responsibility. Some owners can not do it and some animals are difficult to train.

The police did nothing even thou we know who owns the dog. They also know that I carry a legal 9mm and that I will shoot the dog on sight.

(some things are a little different where I live.)

In my opinion; train the dog or get rid of it.

Sorry for my little rant, old horse wound opened. I wish you all the best.

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