I have a 10 month old pit bull. When we play she wants to put her mouth around my waist. Why does she do that?
By Tina from Carson, CA
It's because Pitty's are a breed that are naturally defensive/aggressive. It sounds to me as if you should have training done before this behavior gets out of hand. :-(
Deeli is absolutely right. But it sounds to me that not only does the pup need training, but you, Tina, also need training on handling a Pit. Not every dog breed is right for every person. With certain breeds, especially the naturally aggressive ones like Pits, Rotts, Shepherds, among many others it takes someone with the right temperament themselves to be able to handle them.
I'm sure by this time you love your pup, but you need to learn how to handle him, as well as getting him trained to become a welcome member of your family.
Check around for someplace that will not only work with your dog, but will also work with you. It may cost more, but in the long run you and your dog will be much happier together.
Please, please, please, consult a professional or another responsible terrier owner. Shelters are full of this breed because of people who do not train them properly, then dump them when things get out of hand. I am not saying you are one of those people, but I do feel that not everyone can handle this breed without help and education. This may seem like no big deal now, but small problems can quickly turn to bigger ones. They are adorable and way too plentiful as pups (because of so people many breeding them) but they can quickly become a problem as they grow. Your dog needs training, socialization w/ people and other dogs, and much exercise, pits are the athletes of the dog world!
Please read up on the breed, and don't hesitate to contact someone, they may even be able to put you in touch with someone in your area. Look for rescue and rehab people, not breeders. The rescue people are used to working with problem dogs, and will know better how to help you.This doesn't have to cost a lot of money, especially now before it becomes a bigger problem. If you love your dog, and are committed to her life until her last days, this is something you must do.
Here are some great educational websites which also have contact information for those who need advice or help. Let them know what is going on with your dog, what she is doing.
Bad Rap has some new stuff about the Vick dogs, and believe me, if those dogs can be rehabilitated and made into loving pets, then any dog can if one tries hard enough! Pits are extremely loyal and eager to please their owners - this, combined with their athleticism, is what makes it so easy for them to be trained to fight, not because they are inherently mean. So, training them, even past the pup stage, is easier than one might think, because they live to please their humans. And of course they are very bright!
For the amazing history of the breed, including such cool stories of pits in the American armed services and how they were the most popular dog in America at the turn of last century, do a search for "Stubby" and pit history. There should also be contact info on this site.
I feel that as pit owners, it is up to us to train our dogs properly, and to educate the rest of the world about this loyal, wonderful breed. The media and illegal use of these awesome dogs has really hurt their reputation, we need to change that!
Good luck to you, and please don't hesitate to message me if you need any more information.
Contact Cesar Millan, you will get the answer for sure.
I would ask you if I were there with you if he he hurting you or mouthing you. There is a difference.
There are techniques to use with this age of a puppy. I would look at leerburg.com.
The problem here is knowing what the behavior is, if it is play or what. You can deal with play one way and with other behaviors the other way.
Write me back by clicking on the contact button on this post and tell me more about it or go to leerburg.com and look on that site and it could answer your questions.
I have not seen one dog that acts perfect without being corrected somewhat. I would start with clicker training, which you can see videos on at leerburg.com and also no free lunches.
Throughout the day the dog sees that you go first out doors, when it gets over to see you it has to sit before getting petted, the half leash helps you hand over hand teach that sometimes without even saying much.
Just as a general help with training, I keep a small amount of a leash, which is just a f cut off leash with no loop attached to the dog at all times.
This is just for a teaching handle, and it is easier than trying to help a dog sit without it...and if he runs off you can grab it and help him into a sit.
I would look at the podcasts on the leerburg.com site that deal with whatever problems you are having...
Good Luck. I love pibbles!
I would say it barely touches the ground on a puppy. When it is time to eat, help it to sit, and when it is time to go out, hold it by that lead and help it to sit. Clicker training will teach it to sit with hot dogs cut up really small for treats.
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