I have a 7 week old blue Pit Bull female. I have had her since she was 5 weeks old. When I let her out to play, she likes to bite, snap, and growl sometimes when I pet her, and she's even like that with kids. I'm trying to break her out of that, but she is very hard headed.
I tried popping her on her nose with a newspaper. I tried holding her mouth and saying "no bite". Is it common for them to be so aggressive that young? So I want to know different methods to use to break her from biting and snapping rather me popping her on her nose.
By Wallace from Houston, TX
I don't know if you are aware, but the blue pits are known to be the most aggressive and normally are quite hard to deal with. I am not a pit bull hater, my son having had a beautiful female, and raised a male pup from the only litter he let her have, (12 pups). He said all the people he knows who have children will not keep a blue nose in their family, as they just don't trust them. All pups nip and chew when they are teething, but the snarling and snapping are not the normal "need to cut teeth". It might be better to change horses mid stream than to have lots of problems later.
Definitely do not hit the dog. That is teaching them to be aggressive. Instead try buying puppy teething rings. When the pup growls at you, in a low tone voice say "no" and do not give any attention to the pup after that because any attention is positive attention to the pup right now. You can also try a water bottle, it's not abusive and it's effective. When the pup does something wrong, spray them with the water bottle and say no in a deep voice. It's been very effective for many people. If nothing works, I hate to say but you may need to get rid of the dog for the safety of your kids. Good luck!
I have two American Bulldogs. When they were pups and tried to nip or chew on us, we squeezed their lower mouth just hard enough for them to not like it. Several times of doing this and they stopped.
Please call a trainer and take your fur baby to puppy class. In this class he/she will learn all the obedience he/she needs. Also, Hitting your dog, ie: even a small tap is animal abuse and you are teaching your dog to be aggressive. When you hit him he will react in a negative way because he will start to protect himself from you, thinking you are trying to hurt him. Good luck.
I have found the best way to train any puppy that bites. When they take a nip I just make a sound like a hurt puppy." Aiye" in a very shrill voice. They stop to look and usually very slowly try another bite. I repeat. Then they usually lick instead and I pet them and praise them. I never have to repeat more than 3 times.
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