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Hello! Found this place as I'm in need of advice.

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Petitsok, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. Petitsok

    Petitsok Puppy


    I'm new.
    Also new to Pitties. We have had a shy chihuahua previously, but found the sweetest Pittie girl at the shelter last week and adopted her. She's a 11month old surrender - seems to be kept in the backyard, yet good with pets and kids. We took her out for a bit and she was playful, didn't mind touching (we didn't push too much) and wanted to play with a dog on the other side of the fence. In the cage she looked shy and uncomfortable (she had been there for 4 days only) - outside she warmed up fast.

    So, she's a cute meatball of a teen? (11mos).
    I don't have much info on her, don't have any bigger dog handling skills (will sign up for obedience classes- but can't the first week).

    I have all the things from bed to tons of toys to clicker and treats (she's probably not house trained).
    We have calm reasonable 11 and 14 yo kids.

    We have a chill 2 yo siamese (crate-trained).

    I will get our Meatball in 2 days - how to handle it all? How to make sure she knows she's safe with me (a d make sure we're safe with her while we figure things out)? How to introduce the kids? (I have a slow plan for the cat).
    ... what to pay attention to - I need it all!
    (Oh and she "doesn't like car rides" per notes, no more info).
    ... walk me through, pease!

    (And we have a leather martingale collar, padded mouth strap, waist leash ... planning on lots of long walks).

    I really appreciate all the help!

    Thank you!
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  2. Petitsok

    Petitsok Puppy

    So, i've read quite bit of the posts here and realize my post did come off quite naive.

    I bet she is not purebred.
    So, her being friendly and dog-curious might not mean anything in the future.
    I would not let her play with other dogs anyway, but the posts here have been really insightful and I feel adequately inadequate.
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  3. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

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  4. leavesofjoy

    leavesofjoy Big Dog Premium Member

    We have all been there- "what the heck do I do to raise this dog I just got!". You're already ahead of the game in thinking and caring about doing it right!

    A good start is the "two week shutdown" protocol, I think there are posts about it on here, or you can google it. It's a great method for integrating a new dog into your home slowly and with success. The other thing I believe is the owner's first job with a new pet is to teach that pet that you are awesome, and being with you is the best thing ever. Before training, before discipline, anything else- bond with her and have fun.

    Also, because eventually someone will bug you about it- post pictures of her when you can! It seems to be a requirement here. :))
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  5. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog


    a 2ft. training leash might be better than the waist leash at first. you want to keep her by your side, nice and close to you.

    i dont have advice about car rides. mine have all loved riding in the car.
  6. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    i want to add that bully breeds love food! yours might try to eat your cats' food if you leave it out. also, mine was able to pick up a chicken bone very fast on a walk!
  7. steve07

    steve07 Good Dog Premium Member

    Can’t stress enough about the 2 week shut down. Also not sure if u plan on crate training (worked great for me) never put them in for punishment make it a calm and comfort zone
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  8. Petitsok

    Petitsok Puppy

    Thank you all for taking the time to reply!

    Turns out we got scared we would mess her up :-S
    After sitting down at home, trying to figure out the details (we wanted a bigger dog anyway, but weren't set on a pittie until we saw her [she won my heart]) - we both felt we might've overestimated our adequacy for a pup like her. Just little big things like getting out of the backyard, letting the kids lead the walks (later on), dog beach (nearby) ... I'm too afraid I won't remain in control and will show my lack of confidence and not measure up.

    We feel like we shod start with a calmer big dog type first and as the kids get even older and we will be more comfortable and experienced with a larger pet, we will look for pitbulls again as we adore those social sweet dogs.

    Thanks so much!
  9. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    some are very calm. 11 mos. can require some training though. i admire your honesty and decision.
  10. oldman

    oldman Little Dog

    Thank you for making the right decision. Many people do not and we see what happens.
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