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Old 08-12-2013, 11:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Sudden Child Agression

I have a two-year-old male, whom I have had since he was six weeks old. He has been nothing less than a loving member of our family. I have kids living in the home, the youngest being six. So Noah—my pit—has more than been conditioned for children. He has never bit anyone, and until recently, had never shown aggression towards anything other than lawn mowers and tractors. However, he has recently been showing aggression towards children. He never bites—just snaps and gets very vocal. I'm not certain why this has come about, and I'm not sure what to do about it. The last thing I want is for him to hurt a child. I love this dog dearly and want to do nothing but the best him. Any help with this matter would much appreciated.


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Old 08-13-2013, 12:45 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Personally, I first would crate the Noah while the children are around until I could get him checked out at the vet. To find out any underlying conditions that would cause him to all of a sudden react this way. He may be in pain somewhere and is reacting to this especially since I know kids love to touch dogs. Is he neutered, if not get him. He is becoming mature at 2 so you will be seeing things or he will start to test authority and see what he can get away with. When my boy turned 2 he started mounting the kids. I got him neutered and this helped. It's like kids in their terrible 2 stage. Really enforce NILIF. Check into a trainer or behaviorist. Watch for triggers where Noah reacts, if he is now air snapping and making noise he is providing a warning. Good luck
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Old 08-13-2013, 01:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Sounds like he is giving proper warnings and you should remove him from the situation not scold him for the warnings. You dot want a dog to skip to bites if he feels he is reprimanded for warning. Being with one child is different than another child. Maybe your child looks or behaves differently toward him than others. I would always leash him around kids you don't know. After the vet does a full work up (check for tumors or other ailments) and given the all clear get a good trainer who can work with you. Some dogs as thy age have less tolerance for things they used to not have an issue with.


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I will definitely have the vet do a work up. He is not fixed, but I have already made plans to do that. This was something that did not concern me in the past, but we recently took on another puppy, who is also a pit, and I thought it would be best to have them both done. I should mention that Noah does not show this aggression when we are away from the home on walks. It's only when children enter the house. And it's always kids under the age of ten. If I'm there, he does not act this way. He only does this when it's just my wife and kids in the general area.


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Please make sure to always have your dogs separated when you are not there. and I would crate him or have him in the bedroom when other peoples children are over. Neutering might help with focus issues or marking, but aggression is aggression and a neuter will not correct it. Sounds like he is being protective, and doesn't need to be around kids, so I would take precautions until you get the vetting sorted.
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Each dog has his own crate, and they go there when we are not home. As for Noah, he has two safe places he goes to in the house. He has a dog bed in my room, where he sleeps. And his crate is located in the garage. Any time younger kids are around, he goes to my room. He is really a wonderful dog. In fact, he's probably the best dog I have ever had. Thanks for all the advice on this.


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