Causes of Aggression in Dogs

My neighbor just got a 6 week old Pit Bull puppy. He is now 7 weeks. She has to work 10 hour days and I'm concerned that the pup will grown up aggressive. Am I way off base thinking this? I try to visit with him at least 1 or 2 times a week. She lets me bring him over to play with him, but I doubt he will remember that when he gets older and stronger.


She doesn't have a fenced in yard so I'm worried he will be coming in our yard when he is older and may have issues if he's not around people enough at this stage.

Thanks for your help.

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May 31, 20191 found this helpful
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It is good hearted of you to be concerned. Do you and your neighbor have a good relationship where you can help her out and work with the pup?

When socializing a pup, he/she needs consistent direction and guidance so if she trains the pup to sit one way and you train another, the pup is going to be confused. It is important to have one line of training--meaning all done the same way.

While it is not ideal to keep a pup crated for long periods of time, I know from experience when I got one of my pups, I was single at the time and was working 10-12 hour days for her first 8-9 months of our time together. She was fine and never had accidents and she was VERY gentle and happy and lived to be 17 1/2 years old.


I am curious if your concern is more because she is a "bully breed dog".

Having been around dogs and owned dogs most of my life I know that there can be aggression in any breed. Most is because of how the dog was raised. There can also be aggression that manifests if they are sick. We have a dog who bit my hubby once, when the pup was very ill. When he recovered he went back to his gentle and loving self. Any dogs (even the most gentle) can react with aggression if they are in a threatening situation.

None of that aggression is breed specific. I always feel that the "bully breeds" get a bad rap. Any ones we have known have been very gentle souls. They do need direction and most dogs do, but that is something that is not breed specific...dogs need to learn how to live in our homes--just like kids need to learn right from wrong.

I hope you and your neighbor pup can have a nice relationship. Post back with updates. Blessings to all!

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May 31, 20190 found this helpful

Thank you for your comments.
When i visit with him it's not for training puposes. I belive any dog needs socialization and exercise.


In complete honesty, it is not Breed Specific and i would feel this way with any dog although i also believe that any strong dog needs extra socialization.
And because there is no fence between us, i am very concerned that any dog (esp string dogs) can come into the yard when myself, hubby or company are outside and if it has pent uo energy or nervous issues from stress of being alone all the time, someone could get hurt.
He is soo adorable and cute right now but will be intimidating when he gets bigger esp if he hasnt not had one on one time much.
My neighbor and i have not been neighbors long but we get along fine so far.

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May 31, 20190 found this helpful

Sorry my typing was such a mess on my reply.
I really hope with all my heart he feels loved and friendly when he's grown.
I agree, it's not a dogs fault when things go wrong and I would hate to see him pay the price if he isnt. That breaks my heart just to think about it.


I haven't been able to visit him for about a week now. She hasnt left door unlocked or he's had diarrhea or something. Hope he hasn't forgotten me already .
Im also more concerned that the breeder is a back yard dont care breeder. Sounds like he is selling them for bad reasons. Place was a mess and he's selling them a 6 weeks old which is too early!
Again, thank you for your response .

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May 31, 20190 found this helpful

Prayers for all that the pup continues to grow happy and healthy and well socialized!! I hope you are able to help be the pup's "G-d parent" so to speak...the loving non family member who pitches in to help!! Post updates when you get them!!

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May 30, 20191 found this helpful

Dogs need socialization at an early age in order to get along with people. You are doing the right thing.

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May 30, 20191 found this helpful

She works long hours and to leave a puppy alone that long isn't good.


Hopefully she has a plan like this:

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May 31, 20190 found this helpful

Those treat giving cameras are amazing.
I know she wants him to get used to being alone but that is such a huge stretch of time for such a young dog.

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May 31, 20191 found this helpful

You are making a very unselfish difference in that puppies life. Blessings to you.

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