How can I stop other animal aggression in my Ratchet (Pitbull/Bull Mastiff)?
We were driving into Chik-Fil-A the other day and he was trying to get to the cow-shaped bush. And one day, my husband was driving home and there was a deer statue in a yard, and Ratchet was trying to get the statue! Cats, other dogs, gophers.... you name it.... he tries to go after it. He has never been attacked.
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In both cases he may have been very curious. He sounds like a smart dog. The shape is animal, but it doesn't smell act or move like animal. His dog sense tells him it's weird, maybe scary and needs to be checked out.
How is he with real animals?
Pepper answered on 6/5/13. Helpful? / 0
You have a mix of two breeds known for having these tendencies. He is now maturing. Some private training could help. Without seeing it, it is impossible to say whether it is fear, aggression, curiosity. A certified behaviorist could answer that & give you specific advice on how to proceed.
Various reasons for his actions...
Curiosity, trying/thinking to protect you.
Just keep in mind, that dogs can't differentiate between good and bad (as you see it), they just know do, or don't do. Every time you scold/prevent a dog from taking actions which it thinks is for your benefit, you are reducing the instance where when you DO need his protection, he may not respond.
Ichabod answered on 6/6/13. Helpful? / 0
Don't socialize him with other animals, if he's aggressive with other animals, he's aggressive with other animals. There's nothing you can do about it.
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Howard answered on 6/15/13. Helpful? / 0