So my boyfriend said my 5 mo old aus shepherd needed a friend and I agreed. He told me he wanted a pit bull puppy. I said a puppy would be ok since he would grow with my aussie. Well he came home with a 9 month old pitbull!!!! The "puppy" is already 45 pounds and my dooney is only 25!!!! He is upset that I will not allow his dog the same house set up as Dooney has (which is a crate that has the door up to the doggy door so she can come inside if she gets hot. He thinks I am being unreasonable. However, the puppy although only playing is far too rough for my aussie. What do I do????????? When I put him in a crate he body slams against it and squeals like a pig! My boyfriend is convinced they just have to get used to each other. But I dont think I will be ok with them playing EVER. MAYBE when she is full grown but even then she would not be used to growing with his size!!! He steals her toys out of her mouth and wants to play 24/7. He unknowingly thros her around and I am very uncomfortable. However, my dog cannot be crated either. After 3 months and her not stopping screaming in the crate she is finally happy with the compromise I created for her. I need help... I don't even know what I am specifically asking. I just need... I dont know...
Unbunch your panties BrittANDDooney. Sounds like the problem lies with both you AND boyfriend. You should have been together on the new "puppy". The fact that he just brings whatever he wants home, seems kind of strange as you are living together. A new addition to the household should be something both parties agree too and both agree on the puppy/dog, before bringing into the home. This is another example of why dogs end up in the shelter. You have already set your mind that you do not like the new dog. I can not see the situation lasting too long. And am i to understand that you have the crate pushed up to the doggie door ? Is that so that he can not come in the house ? Its not fair for the existing dog to be chewed on and mauled by the new one. Neither is it fair for the new dog to be brought into a home where he is not wanted.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
you people are rediculous. These forums are nto to condemn people. They are too help. The new dog is not unwanted. And you lack comprehension skills. Whyw ould I have a crate up to a doggy door to not let them outside. Its so my dog can go both in and outside.
Dusty has a good point. As everyone on here know, I am all for helping someone, I do not bash or call names (excpet onece..lol).
It seems to me by reading your post that you have already made up your mind on the pit pup, and you favor the other pup. For the pits sake (seeing as I own 6) if you have no intentions of giving the puppy plenty of love and attention, not to mention socialize the puppy, please return the pup so someone who understands and knows this breed can adopt. Getting a 10 month old pit was not the smartest thing to do, especially with a 5 month old puppy already.
Ok Here goes You need to stop being defense and wait for answers not jump on people especially when you are new here. Take a step back and read what people are telling you , take in the info and pick what you feel is useful in your situation. Every dog is different and so is every home so not all things will work for everyone.
I will gladly help you out and so will others
Having two pups in general so close in age is not something I recommend for inexperienced homes which it appears yours is. Especially with an APBT and Aussie which are both very active high energy breeds who need to be trained and kept busy to be happy IMO.
Crate training is honestly your best bet for both
APBT pups play hard and need tons of exercise
I suggest you work them in obedience, walks and also give them play time one on one with you and your BF and limited their supervised play together until you are more comfortable. No matter what the breed dogs do not always get along and sometimes personalities conflict. Since you both took on these pups you really have two choices either do the training and really work with the situation or find a good home for one of the dogs before the situations gets worse and more stressful for all involved. It honestly sounds as if you have just gotten in a little far over your head
You should look into finding classes ASAP and also using NILIF training
If you have specific questions please post them
***Edited By: patchopits on 7/24/2007 1:11:27 PM*** Reason: fixing a typo boo boo LOL
Patch O' Pits , Home to Greatly Loved Ch GRCH, Therapy, & Agility APBTs "When it Rains Play in the mud"
I think that the 2 dogs are close enough in age to adjust and grow together. Both dogs are considered high energy with the pit bull being a little higher yet. First of all now is the time to establish the hierarchy in your house which will be you and your boyfriend. The pit bull will more than likely try to take over as pack leader, but you will have to set him straight. Make him work for is rewards such as attention, treats, and food.
Next, both dogs are going to need lots of exercise. There's a saying, a happy pit bull is a tired pit bull. All that rough play with Dooney is re-directed unspent energy. Try exercising them together if you can handle them or separately if you can't. Your B.F should be assisting in this since he initially wanted the ther dog.
I assume the dogs are of opposite sex which helps greatly. And it goes without saying, spay and neuter. With some effort you should have a happy household. I always feel tha 2 dogs are better than 1.
It seems you are afraid of the pitty. my suggestion return it to the breed and ask for a puppy from the next litter instead. would be better for you to raise a baby with your dog for YOUR situation. you do not seem to have the right copeing skills for this. if you are stressed out the dogs will stress and that can lead to something bad happening. Its not that you are a bad owners its that you area newbie and you really should start with a puppy and learn togeather.
Thank you Patch O pits. I was actually hoping you'd help since you are a breeder. I was totally misled in thinking you should raise diff breeds together since youth. My aussie is actually an odd one and NOT very high energy at all which is what seems to be the problem. He doesnt seem to know when shes done playing. Dooney(Aussie) would not take to crating. I tried it for months and it got worse and not better. I then got her a wire crate and put it up to the doggy door and have no problem with getting her to go in since. Except when I tried taking away the doggy door that lets her go outside. Then she would not go in anymore. But back up to the doggy door-back to her going in. She would not stop screaming until I let her out.. and I would not let her out until she stopped screaming. The longest was 5 hours that she did not even take a breath from yelping!!! Diesel(Pit) takesto it somewhat better. He Yells the whole first hour. But he is also 9 mo. After the first hour he whines but the yelling stops. I feel awful. I'd love for them to have one another while we are away but Im scared of the unsupervised play.
and I actually adore the new puppy. He is beautiful. And Smart. And VERY obedient. We did not have to fight for alpha status at all. I am just simply stressed in the situation and worried for the safety of my aussie and the happiness of the new addition
BrittANDDooney. No need for nasty comments refering to my honest reply to your post. I was in no way putting you down.Go back and read your original post. You do not have one good thing to say about the new puppy and even go on to say that you will never feel comfortable with them playing together. It really comes accross that you are not happy that your boyfriend picked out the dog that he did. As far as the reason dogs end up in shelters comment. it is exactly one of the reasons why they do. When two people share one household, be it room mates, friends, or bf/gf , they have to compromise with each other before bringing an animal into the situation. your bf went out and got the dog, when you both should have done that together, so that it was something that was agreed on prior to actually getting the dog. In your case where you already had a dog, you have to think of that existing dog when choosing another. Now you have a situation that you are frustrated with. So many people, and i am not saying you, prefer to get rid of the dog , rather than deal with the situation. All shelter dogs, unless they were born there, were someones dog to begin with. Alot of the dogs are there because the owners didnt make getting the dog a decision that included the entire family.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
Honestly Britt if you are afraid to leave them alone together or play together no matter how much you love the new one. It would probably be best to return him and a puppy you can raise to play and train right from the get go. its been my experience if an owner is NOt comfortable from the start they never will be and the animals Do read this and they will react on it. Both dogs deserve to be able to run free during the day. For your dog it would probably be better for him at 9 months to go to an experienced home. this is an age of testing boundries and an experienced owner will know how to deal with him.
Hello, I am an aussie breeder and if the pit is just playing they will get along. It will take time. An aussie is very loyal and highly intelligent. Just relax and try to show the same amount of attention to both dogs. Don't favor one over the other. The only thing that might be of concern is how is the pit played with rough or easy. You can call the breeder of the pit and ask if the mother or father of the pit has shown aggression in the past and why?
jkkseurodobermans,with respect, I think you're wrong in saying that Britt should'nt be worried about leaving the 2 dogs unsupervised, at the moment. The bigger dog could easily injure the smaller one, at this point, and I would never leave them both alone unsupervised at this age.Britt has already stated that she really does like Diesel, she's just worried about Dooney's safety at the moment, as she should be. Just my opinion.