How to Prevent Your Pit Bull From Fighting
Human pups like to live in packs, play with squeaky toys, eat from bowls and nuzzle their 'handlers'. Ahead of a new documentary, Spot. The consequent close ties between people and their pups are the result of it's important to know how to handle the situation IF the family pets aren't playing. Boy playing with puppy on steps outdoors life without ever meeting a child, it's important that you work on managing your dog's fear. Many people have pets before they have children. Does Your Dog Hate the Vet?.
Specifically, teach your puppy to enjoy being touched and handled in a variety of "hot spots," namely, around his collar, muzzle, ears, paws, tail, and rear end. Teach your puppy to enjoy giving up valued objects when requested, especially her food bowl, bones, balls, chewtoys, garbage, and paper tissues. Socialization with People Teach Your Puppy to Like and Respect People Compensate for your puppy's temporary but necessary social vacuum during his first month at home by introducing him to as many people as possible in the safety of his own home.
Initial impressions are important, so make sure your puppy's first meetings with people are pleasant and enjoyable. Have every guest handfeed your puppy a couple of pieces of kibble. Puppies that enjoy the company of people grow up into adult dogs that enjoy the company of people.
And dogs that enjoy the company of people are less likely to be frightened or bite. Make sure to invite a number of different people to your home each day. It is not sufficient for your pup to meet the same people over and over again. Your puppy needs to grow accustomed to meeting strangers — at least three a day. Maintain routine hygiene at all times; have guests leave outdoor shoes outside and wash their hands before handling your puppy.
Training Treats To prevent your puppy from porking out on junk food treats, use your pup's daily ration of kibble as training treats.
To prevent your puppy from being overfed by members of the family, measure your puppy's daily diet of kibble plus treats into a separate container first thing in the morning. Thus at any time of the day, if any kibble or treats remain in the container, they may be fed to the puppy as a snack, as a meal, or individually handfed as rewards when training.
Invite many people to meet your puppy. Show every guest how to teach your puppy to come, sit, lie down, stand and rollover. If your puppy is regularly handfed dinner by guests in this manner, he will soon learn to enjoy the company of people and to approach happily and sit automatically when greeting them. And, of course, as an added bonus you will have successfully trained your family and friends to help you train your puppy.
Children The actions and antics of children can be extremely scary to adult dogs that are not socialized with children during puppyhood. Even well-socialized adult dogs may get into trouble, since much that children do excites dogs and incites them to play and chase.
Puppies and children must be taught how to behave around each other. This is easy and fun to do, so let's do it. For puppy owners with children, the next few months present a bit of a challenge. It is infinitely worthwhile, however, because puppies successfully socialized with children generally develop exceedingly sound temperaments — they have to — and once they mature there is little in life that can surprise or upset them.
However, to maximize the relationship between dogs and children and to ensure the dog's good nature and solid disposition, parents must educate their children as well as the pup. Teach your children how to act around the pup, and teach your pup how to act around children.
Puppy owners without children have a different kind of challenge. You must invite children to your home to meet your puppy, now! However, unless your child-training skills exceed your puppy-training skills, initially invite over children only in small numbers. To start with, invite only a single child. One child is marvelous.
But usually, three children plus a puppy quickly reach critical mass and emit levels of energy unmeasurable by any known scientific instrument. And, after all, we are trying to teach the puppy and the children to be calm and mannerly. First, invite over only well-trained children. Supervise the children at all times.
I repeat, supervise the children at all times. Later on, puppy classes will offer a wonderful source of children who have been trained how to act around puppies and who have been trained how to train puppies. Second, invite over your friends' and relatives' children — children your puppy is likely to meet regularly or even occasionally as an adult.
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Third, invite over neighborhood children. Remember, it is usually neighborhood kids who terrorize your dog through the garden fence, exciting him and inciting him to bark, growl, snap, and lunge. Then, of course, it is the children's parents, your neighbors, who complain because your dog is barking and harassing their kids. Dogs are less likely to bark at children they know and like, so give your puppy ample opportunity to get to know and like neighborhood children.
Similarly, children are less likely to tease a dog they know and like, owned by people they know and like, so give the neighborhood kids ample opportunity to get to know and like you and your puppy. Give children tasty treats such as freeze-dried liver as well as kibble to use as lures and rewards during handling and training exercises.
Thus, your puppy will quickly learn to love the presence, and presents, of children. For the first week, make sure your puppy's interactions with children are carefully controlled and calm.
Thereafter, however, it is important for puppy parties to be festive. Balloons, streamers, and music set the stage, and treats for the puppies plus presents, noise-makers, and costumes for the children set the scene. It is so important that your puppy be very young when he first encounters and becomes thoroughly accustomed to the noise and activity of children. If your dog is already an adolescent before he sees his first child running and screaming in the park, generally you will be in for trouble because the dog will want to give chase.
However, for the lucky puppy who has hosted numerous puppy parties with children or adults laughing, screaming, running, skipping, and falling over… well, that's just old hat. Been there, done that! After just a couple of occasions partying with children, it is unlikely anything in real life will be as weird as what has become the snoring-boring, established status quo during puppy parties. Have the children sit in chairs in a big circle.
The first child calls the puppy and has him lie down and sit up three times in succession before sending him to the next child in the circle — "Rover, Go to Jamie," whereupon Jamie calls the puppy to come and perform three puppy push-ups, and so on.
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This is a wonderful exercise to practice prompt recalls and lightning-fast control commands — sits and downs. In subsequent puppy parties, Biscuit Balance and Drop Dead Dog competitions are the name of the game. Give each child praise and a prize, but give special praise and special prizes to the children who can get their dog to balance a dog biscuit on his nose for the longest time — the longest sit-stay, or to get their dog to lie down and play dead for the longest time — the longest down-stay.
As a rule of thumb, before your puppy is three months old he should have been handled and trained to come, sit, lie down, and roll over by at least twenty children. Men Many adult dogs are more fearful of men than they are of women. So invite over as many men as possible to handle and gentle your puppy. It is especially important to invite men to socialize with your puppy if no men are living in the household.
Add a few extra tasty treats to each male visitor's bag of training kibble so that your puppy forms a fond and loving bond with men.
Strangers Young puppies tend to be universally accepting and tolerant of all people, but, unless taught otherwise, adolescent and adult dogs predictably develop a natural wariness of people they do not know. Introducing your puppy to a hundred people before he is three months old will help make him more accepting of strangers as an adolescent. To remain continually accepting of strangers, however, your adult dog needs to continually meet strangers.
Meeting the same people over and over just won't do it. Your adult dog needs to meet at least three new people each day, so you must maintain your newly improved social life at home or walk your dog regularly.
Willing Compliance When a puppydog approaches promptly and happily, it is a sure sign that he is people-friendly. Sitting and lying down in close proximity to people further shows that your dog likes them. Using food lures and rewards in training is the best possible way to teach your dog to like children and strangers.
A puppy that has been taught by a range of people to lie down and roll over will have learned to show friendly appeasement and deference upon request.
Most important, by coming, sitting, lying down, and rolling over on request, your dog shows respect for the person issuing instructions. Melissa Hayes I am a veterinarian who has sewn up the wounds inflicted upon other dogs by pit bulls.
But I had the displeasure of breaking up a fight between two pit bulls that had been left under the care of a twelve-year-old girl, their sole source of supervision. These two dogs had lived together for seven years. I heard that poor girl screaming hysterically at the fighting dogs. There was no way that I would have been able to stop them from fighting any other way. One dog was badly injured: When the mother arrived, she yelled at ME for using pepper spray against her dogs, even though it likely saved the life of one of them and kept her daughter from being injured while breaking up a dog fight.
Typical pit bull owner. Ove the course of my nearly twenty years in practice, I have encountered many pit bulls.
The vast majority have been easy to handle. Not with another dog, a cat, and certainly not a child. In the United States, pit bulls comprise less than six percent of the canine population yet make up sixty percent of the dogs relinquished to shelters. Shelters are overrun by pit bulls, and shelter personnel are burnt out by the number of euthanasia they must perform on these unwanted pit bulls. For these reasons, I believe that the breeding of pit bulls should be banned, until this crisis has been resolved.
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All dogs have teeth which means all dogs can fight, this is true, but few can do the damage that a pit bull can do. What drives someone to own such a dog? Brit How are you a vet???
Pit bulls are beautiful loving loyal and unique! It takes time discipline and patients! Originally pits were child sitters before fighters …. Glad your not my pits vet!
When word got around that his office was a pit bull free environment, he experienced a significant rise in the number of clients who brought their animals to him. People and their pets feel safe in his office. NNC9 I agree with the Vet that Pit Bulls should be banned from breeding, for the mere fact that the dog shelters are full of these poor animals. I love mine, half Staffordshire Terrier, who I just happened to find abandoned as a puppy, but all my life I have had dogs and this is the only dog I have ever had that attacks smaller dogs for a mere crumb of food, sometimes but not always.
Just unpredictable, so I am careful with food for the protection of the other dogs. I love him too much to get rid of him, he has a forever home with us, but I now realize why there are so many at the shelter. If he were my only pet he would be the best dog ever. To those hating on the Vet, she is entitled to her opinion whether you agree with her or not. A true APBT should be lean and at the very very most 55lbs.
They are human friendly and animal aggressive. Jenn If you knew anything about an American pitbull terrier you would know that they are truly a breed between an ol English bulldog and Staffordshire. That is where th brindle color comes from… Jenn Either way they came from mixing dog breeds but they were finally recongonized as a purebred breed of their own.
If one pitty bites they are all killers, thats just ridiculous. Thanks Britt who commented before me, my sentiments exactly! What did the vet say that was incorrect? These dogs are capable of causing terrible damage to both people and other pets. The number of family pets they maim and kill is in the thousands. I too question why anyone would choose this type of dog when there are so many other breeds and crosses to choose from that are safe. Raine Atohi Pit bulls killed over 38, pets and farm animals in So I ended up buying a puppy instead — a normal breed, not a pit.
Colby Lee The fact is the breed is not for everybody, just like various other breeds. Like somebody previously stated these dogs used to be nanny dogs. These dogs have also saved lives not just taken them. A pitbull is for committed owners who have proper knowledge on not just the breed but dogs in general. They are high maintenance but they are not evil, nor are they untrustworthy wee You own ONE dog. She deals with dogs on a daily basis, and has a far larger sample size of dealing with pitbulls than you.
And this is coming from the owner of a pitbull. They are great dogs, but are more aggressive by nature. This aggressiveness can be taken care of by a good owner, but not everyone is a good owner. Most people, by definition, are average or below average owners. And because bad owners cant handle them, they are euthanized more. Hannahoneybee She is allowed not to trust pit bulls.
Why are you calling her stupid? Christal Prout Aww this makes me feel sad to read this — especially from a vet. I have had several types of dogs. But I truly have to tell you that my little blue nose pit, is such a lovey wigglebutt. My husband and I take her in to Lowes and Home Depot and other places that will allow it. She is the best with people, females, males, and especially children! The run up to her and her tail just wags and she kisses them.
She will then drop to the floor right in the middle of the store, and expose her belly for belly rubs.People With A Fear Of Birds Get Surprised With Ducklings
People just love her. She also is a pure pit bull. I think unless you have one, you cannot understand how special they are.
They adopted her about a year and a half ago, have one other pit-cross and before that, my daughter had her own pit-cross. Raine Atohi You are a selfish fool for taking your pit bull into these places!
You are the reason places like Petsmart and dog parks are less and less frequented by people with normal dogs. Soon Petsmart and Petco will go out of business and all dog parks in cities without pit bull bans will be only pit bull parks — because idiots like you want to bring your maulers there and put every one else in danger.
Those who survive are left with terrible disabilities and scars that can cost millions of dollars in order to treat. I get that you love your dog but I love mine too and my dog deserves to be safe from yours. I also loved the little dog I had that was mortally injured in the jaws of an unmuzzled pit bull.
Zu and Ratchet love us very much and they are suosu loyal to my wife and I. Rich My brother in law has a Blue nose he recused. He does not like other dogs at all an will try to kill them. When they lock on very very difficult to break up so I hope you never have to encounter that.
Read up on it. A true APBT should not exceed 55 lbs max. Hannah Murphy Seems that your breed identification skills are lacking. Not every bull breed is a Pit Bull, and when incidents occur there is no proof of breed required before it goes into the report.
Whenever it happened, it seems to be a result of the cat following the rodents, snakes and other pests that gathered around civilization where man was stockpiling food supplies. Initially cats were tolerated by humans because they killed these pests, and although full domestication and companionship status followed, domestic cats have an entirely different outlook on their relationship with people than dogs. How They Get Along The tired old saying, "fighting like cats and dogs" tends to be rooted in fact.
After all, where there's smoke, there's fire, right? Yet, we have also seen examples of a dog-cat kinship that is as tender and loving as any friendship. The most recent statistics from the American Veterinary Medical Association report that 44 percent of U. Since this combination is the most likely, it's important to know how to handle the situation IF the family pets aren't playing well together. Liz Palika, an award-winning author of pet-care and behavior books that range from dogs and cats to reptiles and birds, provides insight into dog-cat relationships that spell trouble.
The owner needs to learn how to teach the dog and the dog needs to learn self control A dog must never be allowed to chase a cat. In my house, this always works. The dogs are very well trained and no excuses are allowed.
The dogs will not chase the cats - period. If it's not working, the dog needs to go back for some refreshed obedience training. When it comes to dog-cat relationships, he says the main problem is simply that the owners wish their dogs and cats got along better - rather than like the two distinctly different species that they are.
Also a cat that is fearful and aggressive and a dog that does not know how to react. Landsberg indicated that this is probably a situation calling for a complete assessment and consultation as to what is the problem and what is the best resolution considering the pets, the household, the owners and their schedules.