A month ago my husband brought me home a 4 week old pit bull mix. I have never owned a pit bull before because of the contraversy over them and I have never wanted to own an overly aggressive dog. I wasnt too happy at first but if we hadnt taken the puppy he would have been out down. So now I have this almost 8 week old pit bull (who I have now fallen in love with) puppy and I dont know what to do. I have always had dogs that werent too agressive, like chocolate labs, boston terriers, and chows. I want to express my authority over him but I dont want to make him aggressive. He has already growled at me, but I put him on his back and showed authority. Our roomate has a 12 week old chow lab pit mix that he plays with constantly and when she (the mix) makes my dog mad he goes for her neck, and I am afraid that he will hurt her. We dont have any kids so thats not a problem. But I would aprieciate any advice on how to train him without bringing out his aggressive side.
Go to this breed specific forum specifically for the APBT. It's called pitbullforumindex. There's a lot of stickeys on training and all topics you'll eventually need to know about this breed. My one question is though ,why would you get a puppy at only 4 weeks old? This puppy needed another 4 to 6 weeks of socialization with it's litter mates and mom.The most crucial time in it's young life.
Puppies will growl and test their boundaries. Make sure you're the one to set the boundaries. NOW. Not next week or next month. From 8 weeks to 12 weeks are very formative for ANY puppy. Socialization is a must at this time. A "pit bull" mix doesn't have any more aggressive tendancies than the pit/lab/chow mix or many other breeds. Each breed has it's own idiosyncrasies (sp?). Do you know what your babies mix is? or what bully type makes it a "pit bull"? Just curious. I have a friend with a bully mix. He's Bull Terrier and Lab. Looks a great deal "pit bull" acts totally Lab. My Siberians are a year old and still play very hard with each other. They continually go for each others necks. It part of what dogs do. It doesn't mean they grab hard enough to draw blood, just enough for the other to "give". Biggest thing is to love and enjoy the puppy antics. They are over far to quickly.
I know exactly how you feel. My first pit was given to me by my husband as well and I was unsure just like you. Harly is 5 now and we have another Kiya she is his mate. We didn't do anything differenty than we would with any other pup. Show your authority but more importantly show him lots of love. Make him a part of your family. Most important is socialization. It's good for him to be around other dogs. Teach him how to play nice. My dogs have not yet attacked another dog, though my boy did bite another dog after he attacked my mother-in-laws GS(german shepard) He broke when we told him to and only proceeded to fight after the chow mix that was attacking bit my husband. Then we really had to yell at him to stop. but that is what he should have done he was protecting his owner from another dog intent to do him harm. My husband still carries a big scar from that chow and if Harly hadn't been there I believe it would have been much worse. It is not the breed that makes a good dog it is the owner. To learn more try some of these links.
Those are two off the top of my head but there are many more. Good luck to you and your new pittie. Brought up well he will live up to my mantra about this breed.
Mina Netis Loyal protector, trusted friend.
Also keep him safe by making sure he is always on a leash when he goes outside and I also recommend kennel training. It gives them their own domain, a place of comfort where he can go and not be bothered. It's also great when you have company who may be afraid of dogs. Then he can be put out of the way without making him feel like he's being segregated from the family.
I understand how you feel because pitbull do have a bad wrap....but I think it's all in how you train and treat them.....my best friend had a full blooded pitbull for 9 years and he was the sweetest dog ever but they are protective of their ppl.
Good luck with the new puppy I hope everything works out..:-)
In my opinion, pit bulls are great! They just have a bad reputation because of those evil people that decide to use them as fighting dogs or make them aggressive in general. The media is certainly to blame for the misconception that Pit bulls are innately aggressive dogs. Dogs are only as aggressive as their owners allow them to be.
I'm pretty sure one of my dogs has pit in her and I won't lie, she can be aggressive towards my younger dog when provoked. She is extremely protective of me, which I view as a good thing. But in general, she is a wonderful sweet loving dog. Every pit bull I have come in contact with have been nothing but sweet, very intelligent dogs. On the contrary, I have had much worse experiences with breeds that are known as "great family pets." When I worked at a kennel I was badly bit by a cocker spaniel, and these dogs are never referred to as aggressive. This goes to show it's not the breed, but the owner and poor training that results in aggressive behavior.
This said, there are breeds that are known for being "dominant" and I think pits fit this description, so to make sure the dog remains in control and well-behaved it needs to be trained properly from the start.