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Aggressive puppy help

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Kalani

Puppy
I've got a four-month-old pitbull female that's food aggressive and just aggressive. Need to know or ideas and how to stop this behavior. We got we have a two-year-old male that's not aggressive and they been together since day one she was a rescue puppy mama wasn't feeding her so we took her in and fed her and took care of her so we're not sure what's going on or how to stop this


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BCdogs

Good Dog
Super Moderator
Moving to Training & Behaviour.

Can you elaborate on "just aggressive"? To people? Dogs? How?
 
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NobodyHere

Guest
Aggressive with our other dog always try to start a fight

Then separate the dogs. Problem solved. Anyone who owns an APBT should be prepared to do this at any time, anyway, so this advice shouldn't come as a surprise.
 

_unoriginal

Cow Dog
If you can provide more details regarding the circumstances around the fights, we may be able to help you better manage your dogs.
 

Tiffseagles

GRCH Dog
Premium Member
Have you consulted a professional?

Here's a video with exercises on how to work on food aggression.

[video=youtube;i60q52DqIuc]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i60q52DqIuc[/video]
 

Kalani

Puppy
She is more aggressive when she is eating or having a treat. If we try and come near her wether it be us or our other dog she growls. Or she just walks up to sylvester our other pit and egg him on to a fight. I'm more worried about the food aggression and how no one can come near her


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Tiffseagles

GRCH Dog
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Start hand feeding her (she gets no food unless it is coming out of your hand) and consult a professional to learn how to manage and address the behavior further.
 
My pup growls and barks when my other dog gets near her bowl. I just separate them. When we first got our bully our other dog would take her food so we have always separated them. We tried to feed them together again and the pup started this. So we just keep them clear of each other.


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Cosmic Charlie

Good Dog
She is more aggressive when she is eating or having a treat. If we try and come near her wether it be us or our other dog she growls. Or she just walks up to sylvester our other pit and egg him on to a fight. I'm more worried about the food aggression and how no one can come near her


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Obviously you need to stop allowing the dogs to interact and IF you do (you shouldn't!) then you must supervise every second of their interaction. Either way, a DA bull dog will be DA and there's nothing you can do about that. Dog aggression is a genetic trait of bull breed dogs, due to many decades of selective breeding the perfect fighting specimen. Since the bull dog has a genetic disposition towards being dog aggressive, once a bull dog displays DA the owner must begin to manage those actions. At first it may seem hard or frustrating to enact a full crate and rotate lifestyle and all that comes with owning a DA dog, but the truth is before you know it, you wont think twice about it and it will become the daily routine just as you have your routine now. By leaving a DA dog out with another dog will only leave you with a large vet bill and potentially a dead dog(s). Trust me you don't want to be breaking up or cleaning up after such an incident. You need to be a responsible owner and be proactive with you actions while dealing with these issues.
Obviously your dog is more DA driven around high value items, such as food, treats, bones, important toys, beds, water, crates etc. That should be an obvious solution to you... in case you're not picking up my subtle hints, you should obviously stop feeding them together and you should not leave around food, toys, treats, bones and any other item known to trigger the aggressive behavior.
Since you ignored a few of the other members helpful responses and only re-asked your same question of "how to stop the dog aggression" I will repeat it again, you cannot untrain or unlearn dog aggression as it's a genetic trait of bull breeds. Genetic traits, unlike learned traits cannot be trained away and instead must be managed. Separation of the dogs and other precautionary measures will keep your dogs safe and you relatively vet bill free (surgery from scraps are no joke). There are endless threads on this topic and also on how to deal with food aggression.

I must ask, is this dog aggressive towards humans in any way? Or is this dog only triggered from other animals?
 

leilaquinn

Good Dog
Regarding the resource guarding with people, I recommend the book Mine! By Jean Donaldson ( I think! The title is definitely right). It can take a lot of work but mild to moderate resource guarding ( especially when not accompanied by any other aggression towards humans) can be very manageable with the right techniques. I agree I would be separating her from your other dog other than times when you can closely supervise and maybe not even then if she is picking serious fights for no reason. At 4 months are you sure she isn't just initiating play on a rude way?


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Kalani

Puppy
I'm sorry I didn't mean to ignore I lost my phone and just now got a new one. My opologies


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Kalani

Puppy
Just tonight my 2yr old bully was just laying down and she got in her attack bared her teeth and charged him. I got them broke up but not before she bit my arm and broke skin


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Lillie May

Good Dog
Please go back and reread Cosmic Charlie's post. You're going to have to keep them separated before you end up with a dead dog. DA is dog aggression.
 
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