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A Few Questions (I'm New Here Not Sure if this is in the Right Area)

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by Cameo Francesca, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. Hi everyone,

    I have a 1.5 year old pit bull who was recently attacked by another pit bull - it was quite traumatic for him (and us!) he had 2 staples in his ear as well as some on his shoulder/neck. That was about 3 weeks ago and I'm just wondering if you have any advice on how best to handle this situation/ if you have any general advice.

    Our main concern is that he will not be the same after the fight. He has never shown any signs of aggression towards my husband or me, but the other day i tried to get him off of the couch and he growled quite loudly at us (granted I did try to pull him off gently by both of his front arms) and then today I was trying to put ear drops in his ears and clean them out because he has an ear infection, and he growled at me a few times and also nipped at my hand twice (very gently, and licked my hand after he did it) but still.

    He also has bad food allergies, and so his skin bothers him quite a bit too which I know can be painful so that could be why hes acting up.

    I'm wondering if this is just normal dog behavior, or if it sounds like maybe he is developing some aggression post-fight? I am wondering if maybe you guys have had some kind of experience with this or could lend us any advice on the matter.

    Thank you so much,

    Cameo.
     
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  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Did your dog fight back? How did you break up the fight?
     
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  3. It was a friends dog, they were getting along great for about 45 minutes until they went for the same toy - and she attacked my dog, I believe at first he tried to defend himself but you could tell he quickly gave up when she was latched onto his neck and wouldn't let go. I did probably the last thing I should have done and managed to grab him by the collar, and our neighbor used a hose to get them apart.
     
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  4. ETRaven2

    ETRaven2 Little Dog

    Get a couple of parting sticks and learn how to use them. I'd encourage your friend to do the same. Parting sticks are the most effective way of getting a bull dog to release it's grip. You basically use it like a pry bar. Even if your dog never latches another dog, it's good to know how to use and can come in handy if another dog latches on to yours.
     
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  5. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Moved to the Training and Behavior forum
     
  6. LeighAnn

    LeighAnn Little Dog Premium Member

    What was the age of the other pit that attacked yours?

    I feel the same way about once a dog fights, they sort of 'change' with other dogs. but I'm not sure if there are actual stats on this assumption?? In regards to your dog communicating to you through growling.. I wouldn't think his reaction should change towards you though. My parents have a Patterdale Terrier and at a young age, the neighbors dog acted aggressively towards him, so he reacted back.. and now, this dog constantly keeps his guard up when meeting new dogs.

    He met Millie, my bully -mix, for the first time since all her weight gain and confidence building.. I could see where he was intimidated by her and had his guard up.. hackles raised, stiff tail, licking lips and slanting eyes over.. but he was not out right aggressive because she did not give any indication of aggression.. but he was prepared to do so.. so maybe your dog will change when meeting new dogs in the future and be more tense.. but as far as it goes with the growling at you post-fight.. I can't say that would be related, unless it was hours after and he was still wired up and excited.. in his zone.. but a week or two later, I would think it would be something else.
     
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