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Old 03-13-2016, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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My dog (Hulk) barks at all dogs walking by

I am a 1st time pet owner. Looking for any advice or help. I have read through multiple post and topics. I haven't really found the answer I been looking for. I have a 10 month male pit bull. Not neututred yet. My concern is that he barks at every dog that passes by. Doesn't matter if it's a male or female or size of the dog. I can get his attention by calling him but he doesn't stop barking untill I go and get right next to him then he stops and is just fixed on the other dog. I know partly is that it the breed. But is it normal to even bark at females alswell. He has even growled at some female dogs when I have stopped to talk to my neighbors. He is great with ppl never shows any aggression. Great with kids doesn't play rough or knock them over. He is smart and a quick learner. Can be stubborn at times. I got him at 6-7 months. The previous owners had to give him up because one of their kids was allergic to his fur. They had rescued him from other ppl who tryed cutting his tale but were unable to. Not sure of his breeding or bloodlines.

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My dogs bark at any dogs (no matter size/sex) that go by, as well as deer, cats, raccoons, goats, cows, (we're rural), coyotes, people, etc., - it's what dogs do. They guard their territory and warn others (like the mailman or trash collector or another dog) off of it. It's self-rewarding because those people/dogs usually leave, which reinforces the behavior. Is your dog in the house barking, or is he out in the yard? One method of controlling barking is to actually teach the dog to bark on command, the idea being you also give them an 'off' switch to stop barking. If he's outside, well, tell him enough and bring him in.

My dogs are my alarm system and I can tell if they're just barking, because, hey, look at the deer in the pasture across the road; or if a dog/person/critter has come onto our property and they require my presence. I will go out, call them and praise them for barking, and check out what they're barking at. If it's deer, or some critter not on the property, I tell them enough. If it's one of my neighbor's stupid dogs, (who they let run loose and it comes over to fence fight with mine), I'll send a few rocks its way and chase it home. If it's people, those folks rarely approach the house (unless it's a friend who knows the dogs), and they usually stop at the second gate near the barn, or will definitely stop at the gate to the house.

As far as growling at another dog while you're talking to a neighbor - is this when you're walking him? Is it your neighbor's dog? Loose dog? Dog in another yard? You know bully breeds tend to be DA, so I wouldn't be putting him in that position (near another dog). If it's a dog in a yard, teach your dog to 'watch me' as you walk by, which means look at my face until I say otherwise. It takes awhile to teach (plenty of treats and praise when he looks at you when you ask, even if it's for a split second.) You will gradually ask for longer periods of time and eventually he will look at you until you release him. Don't forget to give him the release word, every time! Otherwise, he will be deciding when to look away, not you.

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Old 03-13-2016, 05:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I am a 1st time pet owner. Looking for any advice or help. I have read through multiple post and topics. I haven't really found the answer I been looking for. I have a 10 month male pit bull. Not neututred yet. My concern is that he barks at every dog that passes by. Doesn't matter if it's a male or female or size of the dog.

I got him at 6-7 months. The previous owners had to give him up because one of their kids was allergic to his fur. They had rescued him from other ppl who tryed cutting his tale but were unable to. Not sure of his breeding or bloodlines.

Thank you in advance.
Ok, you're a first time pet owner, so also a first time "pitbull" owner.

To ApBT's, the sex of the dog means nothing. Fixing them changes nothing either.
I can understand barking, but growling? ApBT's don't growl. Growling is a threat display. Non-pit dogs like to show teeth to scare other dog.
They also raise the hair on their back in an attempt to look bigger.
I'm guessing, based on your description, that he is a mix breed.
True ApBT's will bark from a distance, but once up close they want to get another dog, and are quiet, not showing teeth.

As for possible bloodline, I can tell you he is unregistered already. (Again, I think he is a back yard bred mix)
Nobody will pay money for a dog and then try and cut the tail off. No good breeder will intentionally sell to idiots like the first owners.
The tail should never be cut on ApBT's. Anyone who does or says that is a fool and has no business owning one.
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Old 03-13-2016, 08:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
 

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My dogs bark at any dogs (no matter size/sex) that go by, as well as deer, cats, raccoons, goats, cows, (we're rural), coyotes, people, etc., - it's what dogs do. They guard their territory and warn others (like the mailman or trash collector or another dog) off of it. It's self-rewarding because those people/dogs usually leave, which reinforces the behavior. Is your dog in the house barking, or is he out in the yard? One method of controlling barking is to actually teach the dog to bark on command, the idea being you also give them an 'off' switch to stop barking. If he's outside, well, tell him enough and bring him in.

My dogs are my alarm system and I can tell if they're just barking, because, hey, look at the deer in the pasture across the road; or if a dog/person/critter has come onto our property and they require my presence. I will go out, call them and praise them for barking, and check out what they're barking at. If it's deer, or some critter not on the property, I tell them enough. If it's one of my neighbor's stupid dogs, (who they let run loose and it comes over to fence fight with mine), I'll send a few rocks its way and chase it home. If it's people, those folks rarely approach the house (unless it's a friend who knows the dogs), and they usually stop at the second gate near the barn, or will definitely stop at the gate to the house.

As far as growling at another dog while you're talking to a neighbor - is this when you're walking him? Is it your neighbor's dog? Loose dog? Dog in another yard? You know bully breeds tend to be DA, so I wouldn't be putting him in that position (near another dog). If it's a dog in a yard, teach your dog to 'watch me' as you walk by, which means look at my face until I say otherwise. It takes awhile to teach (plenty of treats and praise when he looks at you when you ask, even if it's for a split second.) You will gradually ask for longer periods of time and eventually he will look at you until you release him. Don't forget to give him the release word, every time! Otherwise, he will be deciding when to look away, not you.

He does have different barks. There's time he'll just peek his his head out the doggie door. Other times he'll run up to the gate. When there is another animal in the yard he won't bark or nothing. He'll creep up and the. Chase it out. No barn or nothing. Il will work on him with "look" I saw that somewhere else aswell.



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Ok, you're a first time pet owner, so also a first time "pitbull" owner.

To ApBT's, the sex of the dog means nothing. Fixing them changes nothing either.
I can understand barking, but growling? ApBT's don't growl. Growling is a threat display. Non-pit dogs like to show teeth to scare other dog.
They also raise the hair on their back in an attempt to look bigger.
I'm guessing, based on your description, that he is a mix breed.
True ApBT's will bark from a distance, but once up close they want to get another dog, and are quiet, not showing teeth.

As for possible bloodline, I can tell you he is unregistered already. (Again, I think he is a back yard bred mix)
Nobody will pay money for a dog and then try and cut the tail off. No good breeder will intentionally sell to idiots like the first owners.
The tail should never be cut on ApBT's. Anyone who does or says that is a fool and has no business owning one.

He has only growled one time. Has not done it any other time. Other than he'll yelp and squeal. Not sure if it's out of exitement or anxiety. At this point the bloodline doesn't matter to me. He is a good dog. I am a 1st time owner. I did research on what dog to get for my family. (My wife, 5 year old boy, another boy on the way). This breed seems like a good fit. I did read on the DA part of their breed which to me only meant I have to be more aware and careful about his socialization if any with other dogs. I didn't know if gender mattered so that is new to me. When I got him he was with another dog at the previous owner. (Pit/lab mix). He was fine with him. So he might be able to be with other dogs. I would like to get another dog later if possible. Which is why I'm trying to get a handle on this if possible.

The tail being cut is a shame on who ever tryed it. He has a lumped curved tail where they tried.
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Oh okay. That makes more sense.

Just remember, even if he is a mix, the pitbull in him will allow him to overcome other breeds and hurt them more badly, if they go off.
You have to remember this even if you think he is cool with other dogs.
All it takes in one other dog to start it and that's it. You'll be to blame too! (By others, that is.)

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Oh okay. That makes more sense.

Just remember, even if he is a mix, the pitbull in him will allow him to overcome other breeds and hurt them more badly, if they go off.
You have to remember this even if you think he is cool with other dogs.
All it takes in one other dog to start it and that's it. You'll be to blame too! (By others, that is.)

There is a good principle to follow in life: better safe than sorry.
Yes that is very true. Which is why I have always kept him on leash when other dogs are around. Even when they come into my yard between bars in the fence. I'll get mine before he sees him. When I do am ready for another dog. Should I look for a female? Or is it best to just have him on his own.
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Yes that is very true. Which is why I have always kept him on leash when other dogs are around. Even when they come into my yard between bars in the fence. I'll get mine before he sees him. When I do am ready for another dog. Should I look for a female? Or is it best to just have him on his own.
Why do you want another? If it is to keep company so the dog isn't alone, you're only thinking of yourself, not the dog.
Too many people today think of dogs as if they are humans.

You already know he doesn't like other dogs. If it is TRUE dog aggression, sex doesn't matter what the sex is.

A littermate to one of my dogs cannot even be around a bitch in heat. He may never be able to breed.

No pun intended, but if you have trouble with one, you don't need another.
Also, when not around, you'll need to keep them separate.
Much easier to work with one dog then two.

All my dogs are individuals....cannot be together. They are fine with it, too.

JMO...do as you like, but if it has anything to do with not wanting the dog to be alone, you'll be asking for trouble. You are thinking in a humanistic way, not a canine.
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Oh, and if he is a true ApBT, fixing him will not change anything.
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