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Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by zkaiser, Apr 2, 2015.

  1. zkaiser

    zkaiser Puppy

    What is the best way to introduce my 1 1/2 year old pit bull to other dogs?
  2. NobodyHere

    NobodyHere Guest

    This doesn't belong in raw food diets, so I moved it to training and behavior.

    You left out some important information. What other dogs do you need to introduce your dog to? How old is the dog, how long have you had it, and is he or she dog aggressive or reactive?
  3. zkaiser

    zkaiser Puppy

    My mistake i meant to put it in training and behavior. The dogs that we are trying to introduce her to is a german shepard (9 months old) and an English bulldog (4 1/2 years old). Our dog is 1 1/2 years old, we have had her for about a month. She was agressive when we tried to introduce her yesterday. She was barking, but her tail was wagging also.
  4. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Tail wagging does not = a happy or friendly dog. My dog wags his tail when he sees another dog but he is very DA. The best way to introduce them would be to take them for a walk in a neutral area where neither will feel territorial. After they are tired and used to being near each other you can try to slowly let them greet. Always on leash and heavily controlled.

    That said, if your dog is DA and doesn't want to get along with others dogs, there's nothing you can do about that, so don't force the interaction.
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  5. leilaquinn

    leilaquinn Good Dog

    Tail wagging definitely is not always friendly, it can also just be a sign that the dog is very stimulated. Position while wagging can be a clue with some dogs, a high stiff wag is often a sign of tension or challenge, a low fast wag (not tucked under) with a full body wiggle and otherwise soft face and body language is almost always friendly. Also, barking is not necessarily aggressive, but can also just be a clue that a dog is excited, although some dogs don't appreciate being barked at even by a dog that is trying to say let's play. There are so many subtleties that I get anxiety just thinking about anyone introducing any dogs anywhere ever, lol, working at a doggie daycare helped me read some things better, but also made me even more paranoid because I saw so many mismatched dogs get into fights that neither of them were necessarily looking for because they misread each other's signals.

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  6. zkaiser

    zkaiser Puppy

    Im sorry but i am not familiar with the term "DA". Also, thank you both for the information and advice.
  7. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Dog aggression. It's a genetic trait that APBTs have been selectively bred for, so it also pops up frequently in bull breed mixes. It can't be trained or loved out, only managed by keeping the dog separate from other dogs/animals if necessary.
  8. Lillie May

    Lillie May Good Dog

    I wouldn't risk any introductions until you've had her longer. Learn her body language and allow her more time to get adjusted to your environment. Maybe after a few months you can try walking on neutral turf. Even that doesn't guarantee a fight won't break out once you get back to your house, or their's if you went there. DA is a known trait as BC said, you need to learn how and what to do should a fight break out. It's not a bad thing, many other breeds have the same trait. It varies from dog to dog, some have no tolerance for other dogs/small animals while others show very little DA/AA.

    Think of it as being no different than a herding dog herds and retrievers retrieving, it's genetics. To that I'll add these dogs are known for their love of people, it's wrong to think a dog is mean because it may not like other dogs or animals.
  9. bull_dog_lover_71

    bull_dog_lover_71 Little Dog

    I never introduce my apbt's to any dog ever.... It has never went well
  10. Gina Busch

    Gina Busch Puppy

    So we just got Rocky yesterday and my son who lives 3 hrs away has a lab mix dog who he has always brought with him when he comes so that he is not left alone and he would have to get a dog sitter. What is the best way to introduce the two of them? I had assumed outside not in the house in his turf and on leash. Do we let them near each other? Sniff? What is the best way?
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  11. oldman

    oldman Little Dog

    How much experience do you have in breaking up a dog fight? If Rocky is a pit bull I would advise you keep the dogs separate until you get to know the dog better.
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  12. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I only let my two walk together for a couple of months. Otherwise, I crated and rotated. I had one in a crate in my living room and one allowed to roam in my living room every waking hour for about two months. At some point my new guy tried chewing my bulldog mix out of her crate. That is when I started to think they would get along. lol

    At night time my new dog was crated/is crated and my female is free to roam throughout the house.

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