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Old 04-28-2011, 02:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Need Help! Do dogs remember each other if seperated for a year?

Here is my situation, i have a friend that needs to move in with me for about 2 weeks. He has a Bully that is about 13mo. old, my pit is going to be 16mo. old. He use to live near me before going to california for about 10mo. and is now moving back. Both his dog and mine when puppies were best friends, they ate together, napped together, went on walks, pretty much everyday they were stuck at the hip.

So my question is will they remember each other? My dog is getting some what DA (just very dominate not barking and trying to kill other dogs). I would hate for a fight to start between the two.

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Old 04-28-2011, 02:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Introduce with caution and if it doesn't work out then crate and rotate.
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I was planning on introducing them on nutral grounds. My dog doesnt put up with other dogs on his property that he doesnt know.

Crating is not a option either, my dog has never been crated, he is a great inside dog. He currently spends his time outside in the back when we are not home and inside when we are. Never had a reason to crate him. My friends dog has never been crated either, just lived in his back yard.
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Always expect a fight. Given your dog is reaching maturity and has started showing signs of DA, i wouldnt take that chance of stressing him out to full on DA prematurely. I would buy a break stick if you dont already own one (i believe any apbt/bull and terrier owner should own some) and learn how to use it properly and effectively. I would also minimize their involvement with each other for a while (crate and rotate) and slowly introduce each other. The rest is up to you but its only a matter of time before your dog is DA, given what youve said i dont believe it would be smart to allow them to play together.
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If you're dog is showing DA and is very territorial about the yard then I imagine a fight WILL break out. Even if it goes well the first day, I wouldn't leave them alone together at all if ur kind of iffy about your dog and other dogs. They are much older now and doesn't mean they will tolerate eachother like they did as puppies. Do you know how your friend's dog is with other dogs?? Or his personality? Is he also dominant as well??
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I was planning on introducing them on nutral grounds. My dog doesnt put up with other dogs on his property that he doesnt know.

Crating is not a option either, my dog has never been crated, he is a great inside dog. He currently spends his time outside in the back when we are not home and inside when we are. Never had a reason to crate him. My friends dog has never been crated either, just lived in his back yard.
Now you have a reason to crate. Better safe than sorry.

Start introducing a crate to him now in a positive manner. Give him treats & allow him to go in & out at his leisure. Also make sure it's a sturdy crate he can't break out of, always anticipate the unexpected with any dog. Especially with a strong as steel breed like this one.

Crating doesn't mean your dog is bad, it's for their safety alone. Also, if it were me, I wouldn't leave my dog outside alone while gone, no matter how sturdy the fence may be. Always have to worry about trespassers of any kind, animal or human as well as the possibility of your dog discovering he can dig his way out.

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From what my friend stated, his dog just likes to play with other dogs. He just jumps and play's, but that is what he say's.

My dog is very friendly with other dogs as long as he knows them, as well as with any female dogs. But when it comes to other males he has never meet before he is very dominate.
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From what my friend stated, his dog just likes to play with other dogs. He just jumps and play's, but that is what he say's.

My dog is very friendly with other dogs as long as he knows them, as well as with any female dogs. But when it comes to other males he has never meet before he is very dominate.
More than likely your dog won't remember his. Even if he does instincts take over, they're animals

There's nothing wrong with that, you just have to anticipate & be ready for anything. It's the same with any dog, just pitbulls are a very strong breed. It's normal for them to get along with familiar animals they know on a daily basis in the fam. It's another with a strange animal.

You guys will be fine as long as you take proper precautions. Having the dogs meet each other on neutral grounds is smart - then go from there. But it's your dogs space the other will be occupying - keep that in mind as well as toys & feeding time. You'll learn quite a bit more about your dogs behavior in this experience just stay precautious.
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Always expect a fight. Given your dog is reaching maturity and has started showing signs of DA, i wouldnt take that chance of stressing him out to full on DA prematurely. I would buy a break stick if you dont already own one (i believe any apbt/bull and terrier owner should own some) and learn how to use it properly and effectively. I would also minimize their involvement with each other for a while (crate and rotate) and slowly introduce each other. The rest is up to you but its only a matter of time before your dog is DA, given what youve said i dont believe it would be smart to allow them to play together.
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Now you have a reason to crate. Better safe than sorry.

Start introducing a crate to him now in a positive manner. Give him treats & allow him to go in & out at his leisure. Also make sure it's a sturdy crate he can't break out of, always anticipate the unexpected with any dog. Especially with a strong as steel breed like this one.

Crating doesn't mean your dog is bad, it's for their safety alone.
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Start introducing them both to crates right now. This is the only way you are going to ensure there will not be a fight when you aren't looking. The neutral territory introduction would be a good place to start when introducing them, but have a break stick ready. Here's an excellent video of how to use one

From what you said about your friends dog always wanting to jump and play, I think that's going to be an accident waiting to happen since you said your dog is showing DA. DA dogs can take jumping and playing the wrong way, and decide that it's a reason to go after the other dog, from what I've seen.

I would say start on neutral territory, if all goes well, bring them together to your house, and bring them inside together. No matter what happens though, I would introduce them both to crates and keep them crated or crate and rotate when you're not around, because you never know what will happen when you're not around and you don't want to come home to a massacre. In case you don't already know, crate-and-rotate means that one dog is crated while the other one is out, and rotate them around in that fashion so they both get time in and out of the crate without being in reach of each other. If I had to do that, I would have one dog crated and in another room so they don't try to get at each other through the crate.
Most dogs will love the crate if introduced to it properly. Here's a good thread on crate training
How to Crate train This thread is mostly geared towards puppies, but the same can go for an adult dog.
Like Lex'sGuardian said, crate training is for their safety alone.
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More than likely your dog won't remember his. Even if he does instincts take over, they're animals

There's nothing wrong with that, you just have to anticipate & be ready for anything. It's the same with any dog, just pitbulls are a very strong breed. It's normal for them to get along with familiar animals they know on a daily basis in the fam. It's another with a strange animal.

You guys will be fine as long as you take proper precautions. Having the dogs meet each other on neutral grounds is smart - then go from there. But it's your dogs space the other will be occupying - keep that in mind as well as toys & feeding time. You'll learn quite a bit more about your dogs behavior in this experience just stay precautious.
didn't catch that one before I posted.
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Thank you everyone for the help! One thing i will stick with though is that Crating my dog is NOT an option.

I will try to introduce them and go from there.
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^^^ yep she's right. IF your dog is very dominate he may take his playful ways very wrong. I had a very dominate Pit bull and she would play with my other pit bull but she did not like being jumped on and a big fight broke out she was all over my other dog in seconds and she was only 7 months old. Since then playtime ended and the other dogs would not play with her because they sensed her dominance.
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Introduce with caution and if it doesn't work out then crate and rotate.
I would just keep them separate and crate and rotate it's only for 2 weeks both dogs will live

Dogs do remember other dogs for long periods of time. Vixen LOVES her son Ruckus and it may be years that they have not seen each other but she can pick him out of a crowd of dogs and drag me to him.
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If they are both intact males beware......99% of the time the end result is a fight and if its been a year since they have seen eachother I wouldn't think they will take to kindly to one another. I would crate and rotate. JMO
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Has anyone else had a dog that remembered an old friend dog? just curious.
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