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Old 05-10-2016, 02:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Do your dogs do this? Personality typical of APBT?

So this is my first APBT, he is now a year and a couple months. I posted another thread before about him not quite having an off switch yet. Got some good advice and been adding in just a bit more excersise right around the times he would start getting a little antsy and it seems to be helping.

One thing I notice people always commenting on how gentle their APBT is and wonder if mine is much different. He can be gentle at times, when he's tired lol, he's very cuddly and affectionate. But when he is not, he is rather rough and doesn't have any sense of personal space. When he tries to give affection at these times it's almost like he's a bull ramming his body into me or trying to climb up on me...and I always got to watch that he doesn't head butt me. I usually puch him off and say enough when he starts getting this way as I don't like to encourage it...he can get kind of aroused/over excited. He's getting better with his sense of strength so to speak compared to when he was a younger puppy but he still can get rough in his affection. He just seems to have an intense personality like he puts in 100% of everything he does, he plays rough, loves rough, etc. Does that make sense? Anybody can relate and give any advice on how to tone down the roughness a bit?

I also have a hard time trying to figure out what to do when we go on vacation, I have another dog that my parents usually watch but to be honest I don't don't trust many people with him or feel they know how to handle him best if you know what I mean?
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He's still a pup. You may have a dominate dog so make sure your in charge and and be stern and firm when training and try not to exite him when training. Some dogs training can't be all fun and games. Work with him everyday if you can with focus on letting the dog know who's the leader. As he matures with the right training he'll settle down...maybe around year and half or two.
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I also have a hard time trying to figure out what to do when we go on vacation, I have another dog that my parents usually watch but to be honest I don't don't trust many people with him or feel they know how to handle him best if you know what I mean?
Honestly, I would find a good boarding kennel, and have the dog spend an overnight before you go. Show him everything's fine and that you will return.

I don't know that I would saddle a good situation (your parents taking care of ONE dog) with TWO, one of which may be too much for them.
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Michaela is kind of like your boy. Her nickname at barn hunt practice is 'Mack Attack', not because she's mean, but because she tries to fling herself at people to be petted. At 70 lbs, that's a lot of fling. I usually have her on leash and ask her to sit for being petted, rather than leaping up. It's a work in progress. We're also working on 'easy' and 'enough' (used when she's being a pest). 'Enough' just worked, she's now at my feet, working on a cow horn instead of pawing at me for attention.

If your vacation is already planned and you can't take him, I agree with Blossom about finding a good boarding kennel. Look for reviews, talk to the people at the kennel to find out if they have experience with APBTs.

I prefer to take Michaela and Riley with me on vacation, I specifically look for a dog-friendly beach house/beach. She went for the first time with Riley last year and we'll go again this year. It does curtail some things (no all day excursions), but I like having the dogs with me.
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