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wimpy dog?

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by klownstorm31, Dec 24, 2007.

  1. klownstorm31

    klownstorm31 Puppy

    I have a two year old american pitbull terrier named tybalt. He is a great dog, very friendly to both people as well as other animals. which brings me to my problem. a few months ago I was walking tybalt when another older pitbull got out of his yard and came straight at my dog. the other dog was growling and snapping at my dog, who did nothing but hang his head down and sat there not wanting to move. I do not by any means want my dog to be one of those dogs that you have to watch everytime he is around another dog cause he tries to fight. But on the other hand, I would like him to at least stand up for himself if another dog tries to hurt him. Have I oversocialized him around other dogs? if thats even possible. or maybe his age, or the fact that I have 3 kids he has grown up around since he was 7 weeks old? I have never roughhoused with him either. is he just a wimpy dog? or can something be done to help him learn to stand up for himself? he is very muscular and very athletic, so I have to admit, it is kind of embarassing that he let that other dog push him around like that. thank you for any advice anyone might have
  2. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Doesn't Staff Member Super Moderator

    Consider yourself lucky that your dog is 'wimpy', or submissive.

    If your dog were to attempt to 'stand up' for himself, and display the body language and behavior that comes with it, you could find yourself in the midst of a nasty fight.

    If he is submissive (and it sounds like he is), most - not all - but most other dog will accept that he is not a threat to them, and will back off.

    And there won't be bloodshed and injury.

    You're not trying to raise a human child that you want to know how to stand up for himself/herself, when a bully antagonizes.

    You are dealing with a canine, whose essential temperament is set by virtue of his genetic make-up.

    In the event of another unprovoked 'approach'/attack, it is your job to keep him (and yourself) safe.
  3. fearlessknight

    fearlessknight Good Dog

    As was already said...consider yourself "lucky" for the moment anyways....
    If your dog is only 2 yrs...please do not think that it will never happen, because it is almost a given with this breed, some will "turn on" 12 months and some not until 4 yrs....just depends on the dog...please do not think that he will not.
    hen he MAY never do it, but IMO it is unlikely and would be careful and keep your eyes open and alert when walking him!
    There is nothing wrong with him now the way that he is, but also will not be anything wrong with him when he does turn on, it is in the nature of this breed.
  4. Drgnrdr

    Drgnrdr Big Dog

    Yes...just wanted to add mho, your dog did the right thing, he did stand up for himself...
    Dogs know alpha when they see it, they react...they do freeze,flight,fight or submit.
    Your dog actualy was better socialized because he gave off as many calming signals, appeasement gestures:
    as he could in the fast situation, the dog running at him gave threatening gestures, running straight at him and making noise (very rude in the dog world), your dog gave off, sitting, less threatening, turn head away, avoidance to not look directly in the approaching dogs eyes, and freezing, trying to tell the other dog he didn't want trouble and he may have did something like lick his lips, or his eyes may have not dialated, or his face got soft with ears pulled back, did you notice any of that? If the other dog did not attack he got the message from your dog.. so your dog did a good job to diffuse the situation, I agree if the other dog does it again it will be up to you to make sure they don't come at your dog, use an umbrella when you walk, one of those pop out ones that pop fast, to put it between your dog you and the other, get your dog use to the action, you don't want to spook him with it.
    I'd give him a big ole' loving pat on the head, and tell him GOOD DOG! If it happens again and he diffuses the situation so he knows that's the behavior you want.
    I do agree that he may turn on at a later date, maybe, and if the dog had actually attacked him, I don't know what your dog would have done? Do you? So don't sell him short, he did what he was suppose to do, on leash (I assume), as a dog trying to communicate in a surprise situation. I hope this helps.

    PNWPBR Good Dog

    Great explanation!!!!!

    Take the advice given and count your blessings that your dog did the right thing in the situation he was in. Have you ever broken up a Pit Bull fight? If you have you would never, ever want to again!
  6. monkeys23

    monkeys23 GRCH Dog

    I agree!:)

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