Hi I have a 6 month old male pit bull. He is the best dog, so far, that I've had. But he was at a friends house the other day when I was out of town and he growled at her. I know that she's afraid of dogs... would this have contributed to his sign of aggression? I'm not sure if this is relevant, but she is african-american and we've never socialized him with any african-americans. Could this be part of the problem?
Socialize, socialize, and then do it some more!!! Have your dog nuetured, too. Enroll him in an odedience class and take him out in public every chance you get. This is a critical age for dogs. When a dog growls ...I suggest putting him in a down stay to make him be submissive.
I think that could be a problem. I had a Samoyed that was afraid of African American's because the first time she met our friend, he snuck up on her and scared her. She lived to be 14 years old, and she never forgot that. She didn't like men either. Hmmmm...... Anyway, I agree, just get your pup around as many people (and other animals) as you can so that he/she gets used to being around all kinds of people. Just an opinion, I would have thought is sounded silly, but it did happen to me too. He never snuck up on her again though :)
Our pit showed up the same day that our chihuahua died. He was curled up in our driveway in below freezing temperatures when we got home from the store. He was probably 5 or 6 weeks old then. He was tiny and we didn't really know what he was. We tried every house in our neighborhood and nobody claimed him... so we took him in. Up till now he's been great with every person that he's met. And he is the laziest dog I've ever had. He won't even play rough. He just wants to be loved, so when I heard about the growling episode... I couldn't believe it.
first of all, why would you leave him with someone who is afraid of dogs? and you can't say he is aggressive just because he gralled at someone who he may not know very well,and he was in a unfimilar suronding, right, just be sure to take him out alot, and only leave him with people he knows well and if at all possible, leave him at your house he would be more at ease there
pitbull luv has a great point. I have found it much easier on my dogs as well as my piece of mind to have someone come house/dog sit while I'm gone. It not only has the benefit of having someone watch my house, but someone with the dogs on a regular basis that they know, and doesn't disrupt their routine. My husband has a friend who just had to move in with his inlaws (I mean his wife and two kids, not just him) due to some financial difficulties. This was hard for them as well has his inlaws, so when we went to Vegas in March they came and stayed at our house for a week. It worked out great for everybody. They were happy to have some privacy and we got our house and dogs looked after (and the bunnies and fish) and they didn't even want to be paid, said it was like a vacation for them. Just something to think about next time. I've boarded my dogs a few times and trust my vet completely, but it's just not the same as being at home.
LOL I just remember something. My husband and I always get up early, feed the dogs, and let them outside to do their business and play for a while. When my Samoyed was about 5 a friend of mine came to dogsit. She isn't afraid of anything, even when she should be. She didn't get up early enough to suit Bo (my Samoyed) and Bo went in the bedroom and barked and growled at her. My friend threw her pillow at her and quit right away. Of course she got up and fed her and let her out right after that, and before it comes up, I wasn't mad because she didn't hit her and knew the pillow wouldn't hurt the dog. It was just funny. Maybe it's one of those that you had to be there for, but this just reminded me of that. A dog will know if someone is afraid of it, and if they try to intimidate and the person's not scared, watch out for flying pillows! LOL
I am the proud owner of 5 pit bulls. If your dog is only 6 months old and you left it at a strangers house for the first time around a person that is afraid of dogs no less, this is going to make the poor thing scared and nervous in the first place. It growled because it didn't know this person, it was unsure of it's surroundings because nothing was familiar to him. Think of how you would feel when you were a child if someone dropped you off at a strangers house by yourself and you didn't recognise anything and didn't know the people that were taking care of you, and you could sense that they didn't like you or were scared of you. This would make you afraid and nervous. A puppy needs security, if you're going to have this person pup sit for you, make sure you bring them over to your house quite often to socialize with your dog to make it feel at home and comfortable around that person and then start taking him over to that persons house with you present.
I agree with a couple of points . The strange place ,and a strange person. Now I also think it was because your friend is AA. The reason being my dogs to the same thing to Mexicans,AA, Perto Ricans. My sons friend a couple of years ago came to our house to get a ride with me to work. Sadie was out side, and he's he's AA. When she seen him she crouched,ears back , and just growled,and wouldn't stop. I had to put her in. It was because he was AA. She's never seen any one who's AA.When I take Piper and Tigger out,they both act like that to people who are adifferent skin color,they act different.A guy at a gas station was putting gas in my car,he was Indian,orIslam or something,my dogs went nuts.It's the skin color. My sons girl friend is AA,and the dogs treat her differently then a white person.