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Old 04-06-2020, 07:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Pitbull Advice / Solution

Advice/Thoughts needed: I'm the owner of a very sweet Pitbull named Kimmy. I've had dogs all my life, but never a Pitbull. She is 4 years old, and lives with me alone. I'm a 57 year old male. She's only 45 pounds, so I'm guessing she has another breed in her, but she looks all Pitbull to me.

I got her 2 years ago from the Humane Society, and have loved her ever since. I was told she was abused, but no details.

She is very friendly and sweet with me, but very aggressive towards other animals and men. I fenced my yard and have kept her in my house 80% of the time, and outside 20% of the time. She seems content. Because she's aggressive, I've kept her in my house and in my yard 100% of the time. I take her on walks regularly on a leash. When doing that, she is not aggressive toward men walking at the same time, but is possessed when she see's other dogs, cats, crows, squirrels, etc...

I've never worried about it because I keep her away from those situations. But my worry has changed now. She recently attacked two small neighborhood dogs, almost killing one of them. She was in my house and I was in my garage. I opened the garage door, and walked around the side of my house. I didn't realize I left the door open from my house to the garage. The neighbor walked by with her dogs on a leash, and Kimmy ran out the door and attacked. This is the second time this has happened, and i realize it's my careless fault. When she attacks, I have to grab her by the collar, and pull her away as she still tries to attack. Possessed.

She also got loose from her cable and attacked a maintenance man that was walking by. That attack wasn't vicious, but she definitely tried to bite him, and scarred him with her paws.

Online, there are hundred of people who suggest I put her down and not take any chances of what she would do if she got out again. I see their point, but I don't want to have to do that. I love her.

I don't believe she can just be trained to be different. Am I wrong?

I've been told getting a second dog would would keep her mind off of getting aggressive, but I don't see how that can be, and I travel for work and only use Rover for house sitters.

I'm asking for your advice, as you all have had similar situations before and experience in dealing with them.

Thank you.

BHB
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Old 04-06-2020, 08:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Welcome to the forum B H Brown, Sorry to hear you're having problems with Kimmy. Lots of things going on here. First, getting another dog right now is not a good idea at all and would just exasperate the situation.
Kimmy is experiencing high prey drive and also is exhibiting dog aggression. These are both characteristic of the bully breeds and cannot be trained out. They can however be managed and in her case need to be. If she hasn't gone to one, a basic command training class would be a good place to start. She needs to know the "leave it" command or whatever verbiage you elect to use. You need to learn to read her body language to the point where you can squash any situation before it gets there or she gets too intense to obey your commands.
Now that she has exhibited her dog aggression it is important that you are diligent in not putting her in situation where she is bound to get in trouble. In short, always keep her away from other dogs and never leave her alone with another dog. These dogs do not need the company of another dog. They would much rather just be with their people.
As far as her going after a maintenance man I'm guessing she was being protective of her property or you. The fact that she didn't bite him makes me think that she felt threatened and was warning the person to stay away. Again, with training that can be managed. The fact that you travel and that you use a service for the dog means that the service also has to know handle these situations also.
I see no reason to have the girl put down but her and you both need to do some learning and training. All part of owning any breed of dog but especially a bully.
Hopefully, others will chime in and lend their suggestions too.
Meanwhile, we would enjoy seeing some pictures of Kimmy and are happy to help with any questions you can't find the answer to using the search feature here.

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Old 04-07-2020, 07:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
 

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Thank you jttar; I'm already committed to keep her close and not allowing her to trick me and get out. I have a secure house and fence. It's only when I'm not paying attention and leave some door open that she can escape. My fault in all situations she's had. You answered a few of my most important questions. Should I get another dog to keep her company? No. Can I get the right trainer and change her disposition with other animals. No. Should I commit to making sure she is kept in control and away from situations she can't handle. Yes.

And I'll find the right trainer to help me with basic commands. Kimmy is predicable, so I'll also better understand what to watch for.

You're right about the maintenance man. He was on the edge of my property and Kimmy didn't like him being that close. If he'd been on the other side of the street, she wouldn't have done anything but bark. She's been good about that. I've never let her run free, even in my front yard. When I first got her, she learned how to get over my 6 foot fence by using a picnic table I had too close to it. I would find her sitting by my front door. Fixed my fence, and that's not been a problem since.

I've owned a number of German Shepherds in my life. All were great with other animals. I got spoiled. I also was mistaken thinking that Kimmy would bark and growl, but never attack. Learned my lesson.

I've read through many posts on this sight, and almost each one said that owning Kimmy comes with extra responsibility. I'll wake up and take it seriously, and continue to have her by my side. I love her.
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Really happy to read your response and it sounds like you are well on the way to becoming a responsible and knowledgeable bully owner.

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I'll certainly try to be. Thanks to this site, I've leaned not to scold Kimmy when she acts like she wants to be aggressive, but I get her to respond to other things like snacks, or just coming to sit by me. I've kept her on a 25 foot lightweight cable when in my front yard, and am working with her when other dogs or people walk by. When the hair stands up on her back, I calmly walk over and divert her to small chicken jerky she loves, and some hugs. Am I doing the right thing?

How do I post a picture of Kimmy on this site? I'm not good with computers, but have good pictures on my phone.

Thanks again for your advice, thoughts and help. Much appreciated.

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Just a random suggestion, you could get a baby gate and put it at the door or stairs that leads to your garage if thats the one you are forgetful of. It will make you think twice to assure you are closing it.. and if you dont it can be your backup.

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I'll certainly try to be. Thanks to this site, I've leaned not to scold Kimmy when she acts like she wants to be aggressive, but I get her to respond to other things like snacks, or just coming to sit by me. I've kept her on a 25 foot lightweight cable when in my front yard, and am working with her when other dogs or people walk by. When the hair stands up on her back, I calmly walk over and divert her to small chicken jerky she loves, and some hugs. Am I doing the right thing?

How do I post a picture of Kimmy on this site? I'm not good with computers, but have good pictures on my phone.

Thanks again for your advice, thoughts and help. Much appreciated.

BHB
Giving her a treat and diverting her attention is good along with the "LEAVE IT" command. Teaching her the leave it command will work with other dogs, people, squirrels or other things. These dogs get fixated on something and it usually takes a sharp tone, nudge or a treat to snap them out of it.

To post pictures first, the picture will have to be hosted online. some of us use Imgur.com or some other free picture hosting site. Go to the site where the picture is hosted (Imgur, Google etc.) and open the picture. Now, mouse over the URL address, right click and select copy from the drop down box.
Next, come back to this forum and open a response box or start a new thread. Place the cursor where you want the picture to display and click on the "Insert Image" icon from the top of the response box (it's the yellow one).
This will open a box that will ask you to enter the URL of your picture. Backspace off the http:// and right click in the address line. Then select paste and the pictures URL will be in the line. Click "OK" and the picture will show in your message after you submit reply.
It may sound difficult but after a few times it will become very fast.

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