Puppy Fears His Owner

Should a Pit Bull puppy fear his owner? Should he be yelping out as if his owner is seriously hurting him? Should he be shaking in his owner's presence and hold his head low?


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October 7, 20080 found this helpful
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This dog has been abused. Extra care and attention will be needed to bring him back. We have adopted many dogs and have seen this in 1 or 2. He will come around if loved hard, but may become a 1 person dog if you aren't careful. Pitbulls are not really bad agressive dogs, the owners create this trait. The sweetest dog I have ever owned was a Pit, I just put her down last year at 17 years old and still really miss her.


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By Jessica (Guest Post)
October 8, 20080 found this helpful

Is this your own puppy or do you see this happening with a neighbor's dog? If this is someone else's dog and they are the original owners, I agree with Bob that this pup is being abused and urge you to call the authorities.


Your animal shelter or police can help, and you can remain anonymous.

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By claire (Guest Post)
October 9, 20080 found this helpful

I agree with Bob, this dog was definitely abused but Pittys are the sweetest dogs when raised to be that way. Pay extra attention to her, praise her, and give her treats. She can come around with some love and work.

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October 9, 20080 found this helpful

If the puppy only acts this way around his owner - the owner probably abused him.

If he acts this way around his owner AND others (especially the same gender); he may have been abused by the owner or someone else of the same gender.

If he reacts this way toward everyone, he may have been abused by humans or even other animals. An acquaintance of mine noticed his Great Dane puppy started acting fearful of him and his family and was litteraly jumping at shadows.


He watched closely for a couple of days and found out that some hunting dogs in the neighborhood had been bullying the puppy. I took the puppy off his hands and he gradually lost his fear when he realized he wasn't going to be hurt unexpectedly for no reason; but, it did take a couple of months for him to trust us and even longer to trust other humans and other animals.

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August 3, 20090 found this helpful

I don't think this is normal. This dog fears his owner.

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January 11, 20120 found this helpful

We have a pup that was dropped off on us, and he too was skittish when we first found him on our property. We brought him in and he would run when we picked up a broom or pulled out a trash bag or any kind of rattling paper he would cower or run and hide.


In August we will have him for a year. He is such a beautiful dog. He is a Vizsla breed. Reading up on him, it says that he is a pointer retriever and some call his breed garden dogs and they also earn the name velcro dogs because they become attached to the owners more so than other dogs. He is so loving and affectionate. I feel that we are blessed to have him, and he fills our day with laughs as he plays with our other furbabies. He is a golden copper color. If you look his breed up, the picture there is exactly what he looks like.

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