|Barked: Sun Aug 18, '13 11:04pm PST |
|I know it's not what you want to hear but... your mom's rule is valid. It's her home, her dogs come first. She is well aware of her dog's aggression issues, and for a dog as big as a Rottie it's going to be trouble. She sees the disaster waiting to happen and she has a life-long commitment to keep her dog happy and safe.
This is not a problem you would be able to fix in two weeks (or at all, if it is same sex aggression). You'll have to keep them separate at all times. Because if a fight breaks out, there's going to be A LOT of damage to both dogs. Introductions should happen slowly and at a distance, with a gate in between or both dogs on leash. Short intervals, both dogs getting treats for calm behavior around the other. Gaaah... it's kind of risky though... seeing a behaviorist or a trainer with experience in aggression would be your best bet.
Honestly, I would try to see if one of your friends would mind taking your dog until you are able to move out. And... Sabi is right, you're going to have a really tough time getting an apartment in the future with a pitbull, and a near impossible time finding one with two pitties (unless you have a pretty sizable income). Don't get me wrong, they're really lovely dogs and don't deserve their reputation, but many apartments/rental houses have bans on certain breeds if they allow dogs at all, and pitbulls are always on that list.
That's why I picked a smaller, uncommon breed of dog, because I'm only 24 and there will be many rentals in my future.
If you JUST got Knockout and are going to be living with your parents while you're in college... I'd re-home him. Chevy is plenty of dog for a busy college student who also works. I worry you won't have the time to take on this kind of challenge, and it would take your mother's time and cooperation as well to manage them both during training. Knockout might develop other behavior issues too if he is terrified of Buddy all the time, and it could affect his perception of new dogs he meets in the future. Sorry... there really isn't a quick-fix for this sort of thing...
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