Me and my boyfriend just got a 6 month old lab/pit mix puppy named ebony, off craigslist. The people kind of just dumped her with us and left quickly... what I originally thought was just the inital new owner hyper episode, has now turned into a crazy uncontrolable pup. My boyfriend has only had her for one night and is already saying we are getting rid of her if she doesn't change. We have another pit that is two... he is also hyper but knows how to calm down when my boyfriend is around. I refuse to give up on my new baby girl. She is a beautiful dog and I think she has the potential to be an amazing companion... I have read that pits are very smart and i know that labs are great family dogs... I just need some advice...
behavioural problems: Does not listen to commands well Whines Jumps on everything Jumps on people Pulls on the leash Baby bites
Good things: Loves to cuddle loves to give kisses Friendly with other dogs always looks happy...
My boyfriend is more aggresive with her then I would like... Any tips on how to train her is a positive way that will satisfy both me and my boyfriend
Your boyfriend is too quick to throw out the baby with the bathwater. You have only had the dog one night and already he is warning that if the dog does not calm down, then the dog has to go? Ask him if he thinks this will happen on it's own?
Structured Behavioral Training. Your new dog will learn what is right, what is not, how to behave, and how to listen. However, you must both be committed to the dog and the program for it to work.
Sorry to point out this next off topic observation but this may be too much trouble and bother for your boyfriend if his only suggestion was to get rid of the dog. This may also be indicative of a character issue. You would do well to reevaluate what future you want with a man that finds it so easy to give up on something.
You can't win if you don't play the game -- Me!
All cruelty springs from weakness -- Seneca
Sometimes a dog is as good as any man -- Bell/Houser
Oh, Sarah. You have your work cut out for you, Girl. Boyfriend needs to realize the pup is just that, a pup. A well-behaved dog is made little-by-little, not born that way. Try puppy classes, socializing, NILIF program (Google it).
Unfortunately, you also need to consider rehoming if "...boyfriend is more aggresive with her then [you] would like...." Punishing the pup for unlearned behavior doesn't usually work out so well and is hard on the pup's mentality; nobody wants to end up with a fearful dog. Has he ever had a dog before?
Is the pup spayed? That would be a first move to help her calm down and her behaviour. She is only 6 months old and can take more than just a few nights to teach her commands and proper leash walking. My pup is 13 months old and she is still a work in progress. Bully breads are just that.. bullies. They can be wonderful pets and well behaved with the proper training, exercise and attention however, they are very stubborn and will bully you around unless you show her that you are the boss.
To help with leash pulling, use a harness that clips on the front of her chest as well as a durable nylon short leash. When she pulls it pulls her center of gravity and will not let her pull as hard. Also, if she pulls take the leash and lead her in the opposite direction for about 5 paces. You may walk in circles until your head spins but eventually she'll get the idea that she doesn't get to go where she wants if she pulls.
I hope this helps with the leash pulling. A great show my fiancÚ and i watch that has helped us with training tips is "It's Me or the Dog" on Animal Planet. If you have the time or DVR try catching an episode or two. It's a great show as well as my dog seems to enjoy watching it with me as well!
The boyfriend sounds like a real piece of work. Tell him, NEVER to be harsh with a pit. Positive reinforcement is best. First establish the rules of the house wnd then start teaching the rules to the pup. Dogs, like kids do best in a structured environment. Eventually she will learn the rules, but it WILL take time. Puppies are naturally active, not hyper-they have to run excess energy off. I would say find a home for the puppy if he isn't willing to give her a chance. It could take her many months to relax with you. I think if I were you I would keep her with you, and away from him till she matures a little.