|Barked: Fri Jul 27, '12 1:22am PST |
|alright, so me and my bf recently acquired a pit from the side of the road, (dumb, i know.) he was about 3 months old when got him, skinny as hell, infested with all sorts of parasites and COVERED in all manners of dirt, mud, and just yuck. well he was brought home to receive a slightly rude greeting from our other dog and our room mates dogs. (4 in total - Sooner, mini Dachshund, Houdini, GIANT lab, and ours Harmony, Lab/whippet/GSD/German Shorthaired pointer) about 6 months old and now him and the other dogs get along fine, and with people amazingly when introduced (he doesnt like strangers) but his issues are now as follows:
1) hit and miss on potty training, sometimes whines to be let out sometimes just pees where he stands
2 words: Crate training.
2) slightly territorial when the house is passed by people, kids, ect. and when across the street neighbors come home/leave
This will need to be curbed ASAP. If he bites ANYONE, for ANY reason, it reflects badly on the breed. Socialization is going to be your lifesaver. Start by getting friends to come over-- or take him to petsmart or something. Let people give him treats, make everything a positive experience for him!!
3) submissive peeing when in trouble for even the smallest thing. (like not wanting him on bed at that moment)
He'll grow out of it. My girl was the same way. Lure with treats and lots of baby talk!
4) kinda daft at tricks, he sits, lays, and waits at doorways to be let out/in and wait until OK for eating but thats IT
Some dogs take more repetition to learn tricks. Persistence is key-- that, and delicious noms!
5) the immediate neighborhood loves him but anywhere outside of the cul-de-sac and its immediate evil eyes from all sorts of people (not all but most).
Grow a thick skin. This breed isn't going to gain you many fans in the neighborhood, but you may end up changing some minds. Just train him well and he'll have a good reputation that will speak for itself.
6) with the other dogs i have trained they all required kind of a strong hand and slight punishment for bad things (like eating bras,shoes,and pants) but one "no" to him and he acts like ive beat him and starts to cower and pee. ive been gentle and ive been rough. ive ignored it too. nothing works.
Never be rough! Keep things he isn't supposed to chew/eat up and away from him for now. Reward good behavior, ignore bad behavior.
my question is.....
whats the best way to raise this pup to be a member of this pack and a excellent breed ambassador? and how to correct these problems ive had without crushing his spirit?
Raise it the same as you would any other dog-- but you need to remember to remain in control. *If* your boy is a purebred (which I doubt, seeing as you found him, and even still-- likely to have been produced by a BYB at best) the things you need to watch for is mental instability-- Human aggression is not natural in this breed, and most APBT people I know say it should not be tolerated for any reason because it is too much of a liability.
Also, do not be surprised if he develops dog aggression as he matures. DA is normal in the breed. Be prepared to live a crate and rotate lifestyle if it develops. I'm sure I'm being rather vague but I'm sleepy lol... will come back tomorrow and see if I missed anything...
Edited by author Tue Jul 24, '12 4:11pm PST
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