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new pittie mom! (lost)

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by jesslahti, Jul 23, 2020.

  1. jesslahti

    jesslahti Puppy

    hi guys!

    i just adopted bella, a 2 year old pit, 2 weeks ago. she is a total sweetheart, is fine with people. i am in contact with a trainer in a couple of weeks from now.

    she makes me very nervous around other dogs, she was choking on her collar trying to get to another dog. i’m not sure if she wants to meet them, or hurt them. are mohawks a dangerous sign? now i only take her in less busy suburban areas. any advice about this? i recently bought a prong collar.

    we also have 2 cats, every day bella gets better with them as long as i stand by bella and my elder cat. the younger one will be a challenge.

    i’m just feeling a bit overwhelmed since this is my first dog that i’ve trained and is all mine (and my boyfriends.)

    any advice is appreciated! thank you! :)
  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

  3. AGK

    AGK Scratch Kingz Staff Member Administrator Super Moderator

    Hair raised on the back can mean several things, aroused, fearful, startled, stimulated or excited in some way. My guess would be aroused and stimulated. Fearful or startled the dog probably wouldn't pull towards the other dog. It sounds like it wants to engage the other dog. These dogs don't need playmates, the real versions rarely tolerate other animals so even water down versions of them can still harbor the dog aggression trait. Be very careful when other dogs are around since you aren't sure how the dog will react when it can actually make contact with another. I'd keep a very close eye on those cats too. Leaving them alone together could end up tragic.
  4. jesslahti

    jesslahti Puppy

    Yes, we always keep her leash on and avoid other dogs whenever possible. I wouldn't want to make other dog owners uncomfortable. Bella likes to chase the cats, but they sure can hiss at her! I have been and will continue to watch all 3! Thank you.
    Michele and AGK like this.

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