By Dellylah from Las Vegas, NV
I have a now 2 year old pit bull that was not scared but was aggressive towards strangers as a baby. A leash was our best friend. I think that people really need to learn not to just walk up and try to pet a strange dog, but as a pit owner the dog has to be taught to sit and accept other people. I taught my dog this by keeping her on a leash when introducing her to new people and letting them give her a treat. I also taught her that when I say "okay" it means that the person is alright for her to be friendly towards. She has also been taught "enough" dogs sometimes get worried by some people and there is nothing to be done about it, but if it someone that is going to be in their life they must learn not to growl. When she is told "enough" she will stop growling and lay down. Pits are bred to be protective and usually, all they are doing is looking out for their people.
I had a pit bull puppy and he and she did the same thing don't let them be around people that aren't regularly going to be around! If someone does come over that is a friend or someone that just stopped by but the puppy in another room or in a cage don't let just anyone touch her or pet her pit bulls are protective!
She sounds scared to me. Don't just train your dog, train the strangers. How do strangers approach her? There are a few things that some people do and don't realize that it can be a sign of aggression from the person.
Don't waste your time with obedience classes, they don't do a lot of good. Better to go to leerburg.com and in my opinion, strangers don't really have any business petting your dog. The dog is scared. I would keep treats on your and when someone comes up to the dog like family.....or friends. I would let the person drop the treat at first no matter what the dog does, and then later only drop when the dog is behaving nicely.
Sometimes, dogs don't see strangers as a pleasant experience and they really have no business coming up and handling your dog. I would tell them please don't pet the dog, it bites.(whether it does or not...)
If it is a family member have them marker train the dog by calling and dropping a treat. Marker training is covered in leerburg.com and you should have a lot of success with it.
If the pup thinks you are not protecting it from others, it will not see you as trustworthy and not respect or see you as the (kind yet firm) leader. Love and kisses to the pup and go to leerburg and look at the articles, podcasts and ebooks. They are free. Remember when playing with the dog not to get it overexcited. Also have fun with marker training, and clicker training. I make the click sound with my mouth. I like to train the first clicker training session to target my hand. This is done by calling the dog and when it comes to you then let it touch your palm of your hand with its nose, or if it does not do this gently put your palm on its nose and say yes at the moment it is done and one second later no more no less, drop a piece of the 20 pieces of treat cut into little pieces that you have on you. :) Repeat about twenty times or so.
The treat should be a piece of soft jerky like treat that the dog can eat in a hurry, cut into about twenty or more pieces that you can drop and the dog can snarf in a second or two. Whenever Shadow my GSD gets in trouble he knows to run to me and put his nose on my hand. Since he runs to me and targets my hand, then I praise him for it since he abandoned the previous bad behavior. He was a slightly scared rescue too, as far as German shepherds go. Pit bulls are really sweet, but all dogs have their own personality and we can train around those. Feel free to write me for any more comments or concerns.
Time to get a trainer for your dog and you. These behaviours must be nipped in the bud ( pardon the pun) Speak to your Vet read dog books but correct it now while he's a pup. Remember a well trained dog is a dog you can be proud of and take places with you. An untrained dog is a liability.
I have a seven and half week old blue pit puppy and today he started growling at me. So I turned him up side down to show him that I'm alpha and he got more mad and tried to bite. How do I prevent this?
Dale from Colorado
By Beth - MA
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By Telisa m
Telisa from Imperial, MO
It stars Victoria Stilwell, who uses positive reinforcement (giving treats, etc.) to help calm aggressive dogs. She's turned some absolutely psycho dogs into model pets, without resorting to the "alpha roll" that Cesar often uses.
Honestly, I would not attempt doing the "alpha roll" on a Pit Bull, or any dog, for that matter. "Dog Whisperer" often carries the disclaimer, "Do not attempt these techniques without consulting a professional" and for good reason. "It's Me Or The Dog" carries no such disclaimer, because Victoria's methods are much more low-key, and safer.
So watch both these shows, and you'll see what I'm talking about. Hopefully you'll find something to help your Pit Bull calm down and relax. (09/14/2008)
First you really need to objectively look at the times the dog growls at you. Is his favorite person gone? Do you have food in your hands? Praising the other dog? You get the idea. Often, growling problems are more fear based than an attempt to gain dominance. You have to look carefully and get another candid opinion if needed. Then listen to the opinion even if they tell you something like you need to be less afraid.
The other dog should also be spayed. Many people think they might make money by breeding or may want a puppy in the future, but you have no idea how much work and expense is involved or how to pick a good stud. Keep them both as pets and don't become a backtard (bad) breeder.
He's obviously "not" at the point to take him to a dog park and just throw a stick around. Letting him into a yard by himself doesn't do it either.
Use control when walking the dog. You need to lead, period. If he pulls, simply but firmly change directions and move assuredly. You may need to give a sharp noise to distract him when you do this. Forget about what anyone might think of you when going through the training. Go a good 5 feet or so and then turn around again and continue where you want to go.
Repeat every time he pulls. Don't give up. It won't take long for him to learn "if" you stay committed.
Go through the basics with sit, stay, down, all that. I prefer "quiet" as the command to stop making any noise. I hold my ground, keep my arms folded and simply don't back down. Once you get the confidence; it really comes easily and the dogs will respond.
If he growls when he has something in his mouth; you really need to teach the "drop" command. You can do this by saying "drop" when he's about to naturally drop something and immediately praise/reward when it happens. Repeat relentlessly and soon he will learn to drop whatever he has for the treat. "No" is too general and quickly becomes overused and the dog isn't sure what you mean at a point.
Don't allow the dogs on your bed or furniture. It puts them on an equal importance level with you and they should not be. "Off" and treats work great to solve this one. Separate doggie beds should also be added if you don't have them.
It has "nothing" to do with the breed. I know people are lazy and feed off the mob mentality of what's spoonfed to them off TV; but all 4 breeds of"Pitbull" are long noted to be "great family dogs". If you're afraid of high strung dogs; stay away from all small breeds, Spaniels and Labs because all you're getting is puppymilled/backyard bred problems. (09/15/2008)
By Shelter Worker
Make him think if he bites too hard or plays rough you will not play with him. Teach him to drop it and fetch. Play with him with a toy and then put the toy away until you want to play again. He will love that toy and you and will do anything for you and that toy.
Pits were bred not to give up easily. But alpha rolls make them frustrated and it does not make them submissive. Do not try what Cesar does, he is a expert and is working with dogs that sometimes want to kill him or other dogs not puppies.
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