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Concerning behavior or rambunctious

Discussion in 'Pit Bull Puppy Discussions' started by Ambeer, Jun 21, 2017.

  1. Ambeer

    Ambeer Puppy

    I have a staffordshire terrier mix who's 5 months old that lives with my boyfriend and I. My boyfriend's mom got him for us when we told her we were buying a house. She ended up raising him until he was 4 months old and when we finally moved into our house he came to live with us.

    For a 5 month old puppy he's huge, he weighs close to 70 pounds and stands a little over 2 feet tall. He's got a very dominate personality.

    The teething phase wasn't too bad but he had a bad habit of lunging at me and latching onto my arm. I'd push him off but he kept coming at me. I tell him no, firmly, but nothing gets through to him. He would just continuously lunge or bark and growl.

    He goes through random moments now, usually when my boyfriend is still at work (We work the same shift but a lot of the time he has to work longer hours) where he randomly starts attacking. To me it's terrifying because he can't be dissuaded no matter what I do. After a lot of holding my ground and letting him keep lunging, barking, and growling he'll get bored and I'll put him outside until my boyfriend comes home.

    The problem is he's now trying to break through the window every time we put him outside. He's starting to really scare me but I'm being told by co workers who haven't met or seen his behavior that I'm over reacting

    I know this seems like an odd question but has anyone seen behavior like this?
    Is it typical?
    What should I do?
  2. Derek1

    Derek1 Big Dog

    If he makes you nervous leave him crated till your boyfriend gets home. You might want to try to find a really good trainer who can teach you how to be more in control. It might just be very rude puppy behavior because he is really young, that's just a huge puppy and is very intimidating. If he has you on the run he knows it and it could become a game/really bad habit as he tries to find his place in the family. You don't want him thinking he's incharge or this behavior is ok at all.
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  3. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Where did you get the dog from?
  4. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    Agreed with Derek. If he is 70 pounds at 5 months he is going to be HUGE! At 5 months old he is still a puppy and testing the limits. NOW is the time to teach him proper behavior since he doesn't seem to know it. If you don't have a crate, I suggest you get one so you can crate him when necessary.
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  5. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Ours is new and he still does that. I always tell my husband not to shove him away because that is what they do when they play. I yell, "no bite!" When he grabs my upper arm like that. You definitely need to teach him that that behavior is unacceptable. There is a class on the Leerburg site on being a pack leader. I want to take it.

    He is trying to play and you need to redirect that energy, but you don't want to teach him that in order to get to do something he likes he has to dive at you, etc. Does he sit and stay for you? You could crate him just for a few min. After he does that just until he settles down. Then you can praise him and take him out and try to play tug or something. But you want to teach him not to dive at the rope and to release when you want him to, etc. NILIF Training
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  6. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    Are you providing him with exercise? Walks, flirt pole, etc.? Sounds like a dog which needs to be exercised to burn off his energy. Good bonding also.
  7. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I had a boxer puppy that used to do all of that and he slammed against the patio door when I walked away...made me so mad.

    I would try to change up your routine when you get home so that he doesn't get into this pattern of slamming into you when you get home from work. Can you leash him and walk him when you get home? It does not have to be a full walk, just something to wear him out mentally a little bit. Maybe walk and do basic obedience while you are going around your block?
  8. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Or, take him out to go potty and then give him a chew and let him chew inside or outside, wherever you can keep an eye on him.
  9. Mgnoob

    Mgnoob Puppy

    5 months is a little old.( not really)
    Personally, id wrestle him down and chew on his head for 2 hours a day.
    @that weight the time frame may have passed for the bonding i'd want.
    Biting or nipping should never be allowed. You have to firmly yell "gentle" maybe after letting out an "iap!" To indicate your being hurt.

    Your the boss not the dog, if you dont get that established soon your in trouble. You need to instill confidence, not fear of your dog.

    Id say let you BF handle it , but if you don't establish your authority the dog will walk all over you.

    Its funny i always joke "daddy's all buisness, and mommy is all play"
    But the truth is my GF demands instant obedience, while i like to ask nicely.

    If you double your efforts im sure youll be fine.your in a crutial phase of training. The more effort you put in the better of a dog you'll have. Discuss it with you boyfriend,work together to make the dog act right....assuming the dog doesn't act like this with your boyfriend. If you two can't figure it out seek professionaltraining/classes. You just cant have a large disobedient animal.

    Good luck
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  10. RichJack

    RichJack Puppy

    My friend had a very similar situation I think. (not sure because you havent mentioned to what degree youre involved with the pup)
    He would train the dog, give it treats...the dog obeyed.
    His wife on the other hand, never took the time to train and only wanted to give commands that her husband trained the dog to do.

    The dog soon realized...theres nothing in it for me...screw it, Im gonna go nuts...until dad comes home, then I'll be on my best behavior. She then started participating in training the dog with her husband and then eventually on her own, took the dogs out for walks, took turns giving food and treats....the dog soon started to listen to her.

    May not work but definitely worth a shot if its a similar case here.
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  11. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I just saw that you've only had him for a month too?J

    How old was he when your boyfriend's mom got him?
  12. Madge

    Madge Puppy

    Hi I am new to the forum, I have a pit x greyhound puppy she is nearly 5 months old & very active , I also had issues with her mouthing my arms & lunging at me , I walk her daily for around 2 hours , what I am now doing is letting her mooch in the undergrowth & periodically call her back to me which she is pretty good at.

    She also has 3 or 4 runs around during the 2 hour walks as she is still growing I have discouraged a lot of wild running about as that wont stimulate & tire her mentally .

    Today I picked blackberry's while she mooched about , I called her back to me every now & then & made sure she was in sight all the time & didn't wander off to far , I then put her back on the slip lead & did some walking exercise with her until we got home .

    She slept on the sun lounger in the garden all afternoon, I then crate her for my 3 hour work shift at 4 pm.... when I get home after my shift I use a soft bristle broom like a flirt pole I move it up & down & side to side & she tries to catch it, if she latches on to it I allow a few seconds '' tugging '' then i lower it to the floor & stand on the wooden part until she '' releases'' ..

    I usually do this for 15 mins or so & its enough to take the edge of her '' hyperactive behaviour'' .... I was ready for throwing in the towel a month or so back , but I seem to be slowly moving forwards with Madge . I was one of the people who thought letting the dog run about like a loony was going to make her easy to live with ... I was wrong , if it means me getting up of my arse 4 or 5 times a day to '' stimulate her mentally'' then thats what I will do .

    In the last few weeks she has become a much easier dog to live along side with , I walk morning in the week & do the other stuff afternoons & evenings .. weekends I switch it round so she is walked later , so she dont get bored

    I hope this helps
  13. Nigayias

    Nigayias Puppy

    Dogs can sense your emotions and you FEARING them is a very strong emotion.
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  14. TWadeJ

    TWadeJ Big Dog

    My personal opinion is that unless in confined places (or literally in "bum fuck Egypt" with no people, dogs or vehicles around for miles) Bully Breeds should be on leashes at all times.
  15. Worg

    Worg Little Dog

    I typically don't use a prong on a dog before 8 months or so, but in cases like this when you can't physically handle the dog, a prong with a short leash so you can easily correct the pup is an option.

    A trainer to come evaluate your dog in person would be ideal, one that is familiar with Bully breeds especially.
  16. GK1

    GK1 Puppy

    If my pup tried to bite with me true aggression for no-good reason, he would experience temporary double vision. However, strong confident pup with dominant personality is highly desirable for some, especially if you’re intent is to professionally train the dog for protection work or need the dog as property guardian.

    Professionally trained being the operant phrase. The pup needs daily obedience training, something to do, and daily exercise (like at least an hour). My 7 month old Malinois gets up to two hours at varied intensities, and he usually has fuel left in the tank.

    Post a picture. Depending on the mix, I think bully/pit/staf crosses can be highly functional dogs. Good thread.

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