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Old 02-04-2019, 12:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Aggression question...

Hey all, brand new to the forum so if this is the wrong place for this please excuse me.

Last week I adopted an approximately 4-5 yeah old pitbull. He is 85 lbs and a complete sweetheart. I wasn't looking for a dog but fell in love with his story from a local shelter and than his personality when i went to see him. He was used for breeding and chained up outside his whole life.

Today I took him to the vet for a new dog check up...in the waiting lobby he was lunging and growling at a bunch of the other dogs. Surprising because the shelter said he had no issues with other animals, and has shown no signs of being an aggressive pup, nothing but love and laid back personality.

Should I be concerned? Is it just the leash? I walk him twice a day where we see other dogs and he pulls like he wants to see them and play, but has never lunged or growled like he has today, that was completely terrifying and embarrassing.

Any input would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 02-04-2019, 01:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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At 85 lbs your dog is likely a bully mix. Aggression towards other dogs is common in any bull breed mix. Stay away from dog parks and locations where there a lot of other dogs. Work on obedience and a focus command. DA cannot be trained out but can be managed. It’s all part of being a responsible owner to a BBM. Love to see pics of your big boy.


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Old 02-04-2019, 01:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
 

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Thanks for the reply Dynamic. It is weird because walking into the vet he was encountered by another pitbull and all he did was sniff him from behind. No aggression or growling, even though they did not ever get face to face. It is weird because he was chained up with another dog, and the officer who handled his case and rescued him said he was good with other animals. What would you suggest doing with going to the vet, because I am not going to put him in that situation again.

I will post a pic of him soon. He's a beautiful boy, blue and white, with a bowling ball of a head...but so sweet with people.
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Old 02-05-2019, 12:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
 

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Could it be that maybe the other dogs put off a sign of aggression towards him? Sometimes you don't hear another dog growl but they hear it, or a look from the other dogs to him when they look at each other. Sometimes you could be so focused on what your dog is doing you may not notice what other dogs are displaying.

I have a Great Dane mix Bella(half Dane, the other half is lab, golden & collie), and now a little pit bull (maybe mix, not sure) he was dumped in our yard a few weeks ago at 12 weeks old. Anyway, a year ago our male Dane passed away but he would take cues from Bella. If she didn't want him to lay somewhere or to get a certain toy or whatever, you wouldn't hear any sounds from her, she'd give him some kinda of look or sign to ward him off, and being Zeus was so calm & laid back, he did what she told him to do. Zeus was a Therapy Dog, we visited hospitals, Alzheimer's center & even Ronald McDonald house. Miss that big sweet boy!
Now we have the little pitbull who was dumped, don't understand why people get a dog if they don't plan to take care of it. Loki is sweet & smart, but can be obnoxious & stubborn. Having a hard time potty training the stinker, but we'll get there. Have to say girl pups are easier to house train! Lol
Good luck with your new pup, I'm sure everything will be fine, training is a must for all dogs in my opinion and maybe be cautious around other dogs. Any dog can get aggressive, even those you think are the sweetest & would never be. Watch how he reacts to things to learn his signs, then maybe you can prevent a bad situation from happening if you notice him getting nervous or if you see other dogs signs of being nervous or uncomfortable around him. Like my Bella doesn't appreciate other dogs putting their faces in hers (she tolerates the puppy doing it, but maybe that's because he's a puppy), other dogs she'd put up with it for a minute then she tells them to back off.
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Old 02-05-2019, 02:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
 

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Thanks for the reply Bella Loki. Not sure if that was the case or not. The whole situation kind of threw me for a loop and stressed me out. I've read a lot about bringing a rescue dog home, and everyone says don't introduce them many people or animals for at least a month until they get comfortable in their new home and build a bond with their new dominant owner. Unfortunately the county shelter I adopted him from made it mandatory to see a vet within 5 days of adopting.
I can't get mad at him knowing his past and not knowing what he went through. Im sure the anxiety he has been feeling leaving the shelter and trying to settle into a new home than going into a vet with many smells and dog definitely did not help...but shouldn't be a cause to lash out the way he did.
Im trying to work with him more on a leash while avoiding other animals for now, and working on building his confidence, as I think that is a big issue with him. Being approx. 5 years old, and never having any command and being told no, it is definitely going to take some work. But I fell in love with his sweet personality, and inside the house he is just the kindest boy and so loving.
But thanks again for the reply, and good luck with the potty training, I'm right there with ya and experiencing the stubbornness and difficulty, even when i think he has it under control lol.
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Thanks for the reply Dynamic. It is weird because walking into the vet he was encountered by another pitbull and all he did was sniff him from behind. No aggression or growling, even though they did not ever get face to face. It is weird because he was chained up with another dog, and the officer who handled his case and rescued him said he was good with other animals. What would you suggest doing with going to the vet, because I am not going to put him in that situation again.



I will post a pic of him soon. He's a beautiful boy, blue and white, with a bowling ball of a head...but so sweet with people.


Unfortunately DA can rear it’s head at any age. One day your dog can be fine and the next he hates everyone else (dog wise). Some dogs are also only selectively DA - they’re fine with some dogs and not so good with others.

Honestly, I would either talk to the vet about keeping him outside until it was his turn and then going in a side door. The other option is a muzzle. A good basket muzzle is a safe option for dog and owner. Really depends on what you’re comfortable with but I would speak to your vet about it. A good vet should already have a plan for dealing with dogs with dog and other animal aggression.


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