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Fights after initial sniff? Seems to happen often...

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by smokelite, Dec 19, 2018.

  1. smokelite

    smokelite Puppy

    This is my first post so I have a lot to say and ask from this forum but I think I’ll start with something that happened today. Forgive me if I’m not doing this right.

    My dog Smokey today was supposed to go on a play date with my sibling’s girlfriend’s dog and it didn’t go so well. First off I told them that he doesn’t do well with dogs (he’s overall rude, and over aroused), and little dogs especially don’t like him. So they take him and I thought they were going to meet at a park but they put them in the same car toegether. Yikes! It wasn’t 5 minutes before he was back in the house. I was told that they were sniffing eachother and it quickly led to a rumble and he threw the little dog across the car (inside). Both dogs are fine.

    But I don’t know what to think of this. He’s never really posed a danger to other dogs and he’s only bit another dog when the other dog bit him. But this seems to have happened before, not to this extent, but dogs will usually come up to him and sniff and then THEY start barking and growling, and then that’s when he gets riled up. Which I would bet happened in this situation. But, why is this? He seems to be over dominant. I think that might be a better word than aggressive. He gets right in their faces, he chases them, and he likes to roughhouse. Because of that I no longer take him the park and I do my best to avoid other dogs.

    So he seems to really have a problem with getting overexcited with these dogs, and being too “dominant”. He doesn’t usually bark when we see dogs and walks but he constantly looks back as we walk by.
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  2. Mister

    Mister Little Dog

    How old is he? He sounds like a young dog coming of age. I’d recommend you finding a local training class, explain your situation and how he acts etc. And sign up for some classes. They should be able to teach you how to distract his attention from other dogs and how to handle him.
    I most definitely recommend you quickly invest in a breaking stick ASAP and learn how to use it. And on every walk keep it with you, Just in case one of those squabbles turns into a serious scrap.
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  3. brindle

    brindle Little Dog

  4. smokelite

    smokelite Puppy

    He’s just little over a year now. That’s what I believe also, I think he’s not aware of the proper etiquette. I’m trying to educate myself on it so I can do the same for him.
  5. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    How old was he when he was taken away from his littermates?
  6. Mister

    Mister Little Dog

    Etiquette for dogs is more a human thing imo. He’s around the age some come into themselves. Like I said find a training class nearby and they should be able to give you the pointers to help your situation.
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  7. smokelite

    smokelite Puppy

    I’m not sure. It might’ve been 8 weeks?
  8. smokelite

    smokelite Puppy

    Would you advise against introducing him in baby steps to a well behaved dog? A lot of the things I’ve read state slowly introducing/interacting dogs like this to someone’s well mannered dog. Someone has an older well mannered dog, and thought maybe letting them be in the same area and then slowly move them closer as he calms.
  9. brindle

    brindle Little Dog

    Remember the breed does not always like other dogs and your dog is young. He'll probably want to play rough and many dogs don't like that.

    Since he is young, if you want to try letting him meet a young female dog that is friendly and big, you can try it and see how it goes. Keep the first meeting short, let them sniff and check each other out on leash for a few minutes, then leave. Next time let them see each other on leash a bit longer and see how they act.

    Most young pit bulls will play very rough and slam into the other dog to the point that often the other dog does not like this. You need to watch the dogs to read how they react. My 6 month pup was playing with a much bigger dog and slamming her all over and after a few minutes I could see the other dog was getting pissed so I stopped it and that was it, both dogs were leashed up and done with the romp.

    Pit bulls often do not have an "off" button and they'll push it till the other dog gets mad and snaps at them, then you have a fight… Dog parks and such are a bad idea with these dogs.
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  10. Mister

    Mister Little Dog

    My way of introducing young and mature dogs is to go for a few long walks with them and see how they act towards each other on the walks and take it from there. Depends on the size of area and what breed and how obedient the other dog is, a placid lab or golden retriever ain’t to bad. Another Pit even one well behaved I wouldn’t attempt it in to small an area, as it could lead to a fight.

    Most of the stuff you’ll read on the internet and in books, about training and introducing dogs etc is usually based on other breeds behaviour. Very little of it relates to the apbt as it’s natural behaviour often falls outside most authors idea of accepted canine behaviour.

    I still think your best bet is a good training class where you yourself can watch and see other dogs and learn a little about dogs body language. Plus you should learn about the handling techniques to control him and distract him when walking him in public. Plus you may even get to meet people with dogs that will allow your dog to interact and play with theirs.

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