APBT-How do I gain submission from my adopted dog?
My name is Jason and I recently adopted a 9 month old neutered male American Pit Bull Terrier, named Duke, from the SPCA. He is awesome, but I am having some troubles with him.
Trouble enough to consider paying $700 for professional training.
1. Separation Anxiety? Anytime I am home and more than 10 feet away or not in his line of sight, he howls until I appear. If I am home, he has to be with me, but due to his other issues, he is mostly baby-gated to the back room.
2. Tail Up, Ears Up. Classic dominant stance? He's always dominant around me, not that I intentionally let him, I'm obviously doing something (very) wrong. He walks like a champ, tail down, ears down. But when we are home and he's with me, his tail is up. I've been reading and reading and watching ceasar ;) But I'm just not getting what exactly I have to do to become the pack leader.
3. He steals my stuff and chews it, my shoes, stuff on my desk... getting quite old really. I think if he respected me, he wouldn't do it