Have a seven week old blue female pit that is starting to become agressive. What can I do????
on Nov 20th 2012
in Behavior & Training
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She is a BABY at 7 weeks!! That is NOT AGRESSION!!
Please educate yourself on training and raising your puppy. Here are two free books you can read www.dogstardaily.com to help you with your puppy.
Obi answered on 11/20/12. Helpful? / 1
Could just be puppy play. If you're concerned, contact a behaviorist for a professional evaluation.
Jasmine answered on 11/20/12. Helpful? / 0
you need to stop playing with her and ignore her if she becomes overly agitated (aggressive) during play, her age doesn't excuse her from the behavior. never reward her for making noise. except when she needs to potty or alarm at the door. my lab/boxer mix (our female dog hali)was the same way when we get her. but she was 60 pounds and 9 months old. and we broke her of it. starting as young as your puppy is shouldn't be hard to break the habit....question for you...is she aggressive out of being afraid of something( when someone/dog/cat/something approaches) that's offensive aggressive or fear aggression..simply exposing her to a numeber of things in a controlled situation would work. a group training class is usually the way to go..puppies can start as young as 10 weeks if they have at least thier second set of booster shots. I've found it very helpful in my current situation and in the past. I always do group obedience training. that way its controlled and they aren't set up to fail.
Mellow answered on 11/20/12. Helpful? / 1
At seven weeks she should still be with her mother and littermates!!! This is a critical period in a puppy's development and it is when they learn proper bite inhibition and behavior from the mother and the littermates. She should not have been removed from her Mom until she is at least 8 weeks old, in fact it is state law in many, many states that they NOT leave until they reach 8 weeks of age.
She is NOT aggressive... puppies learn and explore with their mouths and it is up to you since she is NOT with her mom/litter mates to teach her how to react and behave to the whole new world she has found herself in. If you react aggressively, she will BECOME aggressive, it is best to enroll yourself and her in a good puppy training class. Check with your veterinarian for ones in your area. Hopefully these classes will also offer socialization time.
Obi has great suggestions for raising a puppy right, please do read the references he has listed.
She should be with her mother, since is 7 weeks old. A puppy that young cannot become aggressive. I would suggest that you research more on how to raise dogs.
Asking this question is a great step in the right direction. That's like saying a human six month old is aggressive. Your puppy is a baby. She wants to play! So play with her and snuggle her and love her and clean up after her like any other puppy. Then get yourself a nice puppy class in a couple of months and talk to someone knowledgeable about dog development. Please! Because you want as much knowledge and support and as many resources as possible when you raise this lovely girl. Pit bulls are wonderful, loyal, loving dogs and the vast majority of them are never human aggressive.
Libby answered on 11/21/12. Helpful? / 0