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Need help with my Pit being aggressive when it comes to other animals.

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by judyosborne5530, Aug 17, 2015.

  1. I took in a Pit that I think is around 2yrs when he sees another dog he goes straight into attack mode and he goes he goes to kill. Help me please [​IMG]

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  2. NobodyHere

    NobodyHere Guest

    APBTs are terriers. They're also a breed that was selectively bred to fight other dogs. You should have known that before you got one. Keep the dog away from other animals, problem solved.
  3. MandaPanda

    MandaPanda Little Dog

    You could possibly look into a behaviorist and see if they can offer you any help..it could be from breeding or just he was never socialized and reacts that way..being he is more than likely a mutt I would highly leave it to bad breeding and would suggest he be kept on a tight lead if out in a social event possibly even have him in a caged muzzle.. (not the vet strapped one) owned a aussie who HAD to be in a muzzle anytime she was out in a social environment...Not shaming on rescuing the dog as all of my dogs are pure mutts other than my pure bred aussie who was a nut.

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  4. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Being genetically DA has nothing to do with "bad breeding". It's just a genetic trait. Often times the best APBT temperaments include DA and animal aggression. It's part of the breed.

    And I would never suggest muzzling in public. If the dog is such a spaz around other dogs, then he shouldn't be taken around other dogs, period. Muzzling often only exacerbates existing issues and can result in barrier aggression and extreme frustration.
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  5. MandaPanda

    MandaPanda Little Dog

    Understandable it was what my behaviorist told me to use for the Aussie she seemed better with the muzzle but I never put her in extreme social events..
    I would still say seek a behaviorist about possibly figuring out the issue...could be something super easy to fix best wishes.

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  6. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Personally, I wouldn't waste my time or money on a behaviorist. DA is an expected breed trait among all bull breeds and mixes. It's so normal, in fact, that it's in the breed standard.
  7. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

  8. QO72

    QO72 Puppy

    My 13 month old Amstaff is exactly the same so we just don't take him places where there are lots of dogs. Problem solved really.

    In fact I have found so many better and scenic places to walk its really not an issue.
  9. ETRaven

    ETRaven Little Dog

    I'm sorry, I usually try not to call people out, but this is BAD, potentially deadly advice.

    Dog aggression is a NORMAL bull breed trait. So common, it is in the breed standard.

    IT IS NOT something that can be "fixed" or solved with love. Telling noobies that is bad juju.

    I suggest that you read up on the breed standard, and get to know the breed traits yourself. It will help you to become a better bull breed/bull-mutt breed owner....because remember...dog and animal aggression shows up in mixes too. My headstrong mutt puppy is already showing some signs of dog selectivity.
  10. MandaPanda

    MandaPanda Little Dog

    I am sorry i offered my suggestion but I do not feel I am 100% in the wrong..I have owned bully mutt high energy type dogs just about all my life..and in my defense it was a simple offer of perhaps look into a muzzle and a behaviorist as I had a high energy high prey drive dog..but I will refrain from offering this suggestion again..Best wishes to Op.

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  11. ETRaven

    ETRaven Little Dog

    What worked on an Aussie, will not always work on a terrier/mastiff type breed.

    To say that reactivity can be solved with a "super easy fix" is potentially dangerous advice to any new person reading this forum, with a dog having a similar issue. They could throw a muzzle on said dog and possibly exacerbate reactivity, then what? You never mentioned that one must first introduce a muzzle before using it in a situation where the dog will already be stressed.

    I feel it better to understand the breed traits and manage accordingly, and give advice accordingly as well.
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  12. MandaPanda

    MandaPanda Little Dog

    Again I apologize and will refrain from using it feel free to remove any and all post with me stating to use a muzzle as I said I will refrain from use of muzzle and with that being said I understand I was in the wrong so please I hope you understand I am not responding rudely but as a person who has accepted a mistake no need to rub my nose in it so to speak.

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  13. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    See and while I don't at all agree with the advice given, I think you're overreacting just a hair regarding what you bolded. Muzzling to take a DA dog around other dogs is a terrible idea. Going to a behaviorist, while not good advice isn't what I would call dangerous or deadly.

    Any behaviorist worth their salt (and you would want one that's certified and experienced with bull breeds) would be able to tell you that DA is normal. One that wouldn't, wouldn't be a very good behaviorist. It's just a huge waste of money. I mean I've looked into behaviorists in my area and I'd be looking at $600 for a consultation. I don't have that to spend but maybe the OP or Manda does.
  14. ETRaven

    ETRaven Little Dog

    I was taking issue with Manda calling this a potentially "super easy fix"...I think that language is dangerous. The behaviorist, eh, yeah, spend the money if you want, but you're right, they're just going to tell you what we did here. DA is normal.
  15. ETRaven

    ETRaven Little Dog

    Nope, not my intention to "rub your nose" in anything. Just trying to explain to you (and others) why the advice you gave could go south.

    Seems like I really hurt your feelings, not my intention either. I get called out too, no one is perfect. We are all here to learn from one another and hopefully change the mind of the uneducated masses about bulls breeds.
  16. MandaPanda

    MandaPanda Little Dog

    No it is compleatly understandable and I do appreciate the responce I was defensive but honestly if you are not learning something every day why live why join a group if you are going to keep to your own opinion and I do thank you.

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  17. ETRaven

    ETRaven Little Dog

    Right? Cheers to ya Manda!

    And um, where is OP anyway? Hopefully reading up on ways to manage a DA dog.

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