How to have a good dog meeting tomorrow?
I have an older, fixed, pit bull. He has had other dogs around, no problems (female wiener dogs, male terrier.) We considered getting another female pitbull, but he was aggressive towards her when they met at the pound.
Tomorrow, he is meeting a female, young (11 months) husky, and we want it to go well so we can bring her home too. Any tips? Maybe tiring him out beforehand? Should he wear a muzzle? He will be on a leash/harness.
on Nov 25th 2012
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I would try to not stress too much. If you are stresses and tense your dog will sense that and he may be more stressed as a result. I would suggest against a muzzle. That will also only cause your dog to stress more as well.
Angel answered on 11/26/12. Helpful? / 0
If you are at all concerned about him being aggressive, he should be muzzled for the safety of the other dog as well as the handlers (who often get bit trying to separate fighting dogs).
They should meet either on neutral ground (a park or neighbors house, etc) or on the husky's turf; a dog will always be more aggressive in "their" territory.
Try letting the dogs meet through a chain link fence if possible, and asses how they behave towards each other. Make sure you can tell playful behavior from aggressive behavior, and be aware that tail wagging doesn't always mean the dog is happy or playful.
When the dogs meet with no barriers, if you are able, have the pit lying down (even hold him down until he's calm if you feel safe doing so) when the husky approaches, if you're sure the husky will behave itself. This will put the pit in a less aggressive state of mind. However, don't try this if you don't feel confident or don't trust the dogs. Ultimately, not all dogs get along.
Leo answered on 11/27/12. Helpful? / 0