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Old 09-11-2013, 03:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Hello-My family just adopted a 14month old Pitbull from our local shelter. She had a family that couldn't keep her and gave her to the shelter. She was at the Shelter for 6 months! (this is a long time as they usually put dogs down long before then.) However, she is a very special loving dog. Her name is Doesha.

The staff at the shelter even did 6 weeks of training with her. She was a favorite of the shelter. She is good around other dogs and people. (She knows when she doesn't like someone). We were told she liked the agility tunnels and thus are trying to get into a place that will help us with some agility training to keep her active and busy. I think she would be great at it and could have a lot of fun. We are doing all we can to keep her socialized.

Doesha is the first Pitbull I've ever had. I've just had small dogs. This is not a breed I would pick, but again she kind of "spoke" to me. We are starting obedience training with her next week as a family.

One of the first things we have to do is break her of the biting/mouthing! I've looked through the forums ever so briefly and I'm looking forward to seeing the suggestions. Again-we realize she is still young and excitable, but it's something that won't be tolerated.

Sorry for the long intro, but looking forward to seeing what this forum has to offer. If anyone really wanted to they could search Doesha Hill (community) on Facebook as she has a page. (Yes-my husband thought it was a good idea)

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Welcome. You will enjoy it here. Please feel free to ask any questions you have. We are passionate of the breed and will give you the best advise as possible. At times it may appear to be sharp but it is because of our love for the breed and us wanting only the best for you and your girl. Please post pics. Please look up the sticky 2 week shut down.
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Hello Stacey,

Greetings and welcome to the forum. Way to go with the adoption. Although this might be the breed you thought you would pick I'll bet after you spend some time with Doesha you wouldn't choose any other breed.

Oh yea, we need pictures! We love them here.

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Old 09-12-2013, 04:22 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I am glad that you adopted rescue dogs make some of the best dogs. Agility is fun and I hope you can find a class near you that will work out. Youtube has some great video of agility and there is also Clean run Clean Run: Agility Clubs and Training Schools

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I had a look at your fb page. Doesha is beautiful!

Well done on the rescue.

Getting into a sport with her would do the world of good for the relationship between you and her.


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Old 09-16-2013, 01:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
 

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Ahhh, thanks for the picture medic208. Doesha is a darling!

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Thanks! She is something special. McCoy-thanks for the heads up, but that crate by the couch is too small for her. We just have not found a home for it yet. She has a large crate w/a bed in it on the opposite side of the living room.

It's crazy she is a chewer/biter only when she is 'wound up'! Otherwise she will lay on the end of the couch or go into her bed on her own w/no problems. I keep having to remind myself "we have only had her a week and 3 days" It's been awhile since we have had a puppy that requires work, but we are putting that work in to make her and us happy!
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What an adorable pup. How is her name pronounced, just curious.



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Kg420-Everyone pronounces it differently. This was the name she was originally had from her first family and trained with at the shelter so we kept it.

Most of us pronounce it 'Doe sha' My husband calls her 'Doez ha' Luckily she responds even to Doe. LOL!
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LOL! Yes to either of those. I say it more like the dosia
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hey she is so cute! Welcome! You can also check into nose work classes, those are really good for bonding and experience. Just started getting into it around me and plan on taking some classes as well. That way once you get her confidence built a little you can try out the scary tunnels

As far as nipping, your pup is a bit older so I am just assuming the same method might work. As soon as skin is touched a big yelp and all play ending until she calms down. once she realizes the fun stops when she gets your skin she should pick up on why the fun stopped. Does she mouth as you walk by? When playing tug? When you give her food how does she take it? Do not really want to try and offer more suggestions until you explain what you mean since some people view mouthing different than others.

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Old 09-19-2013, 07:11 PM   #14 (permalink)
 

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Ames-She has taken and does the K9 Nose work stuff. She's very good at it and seems to enjoy it. Before we brought her home, the trainer from the Shelter told us that she had taken her through some of the agility course and she loved the tunnels. She was not afraid at all. They are currently remodeling the agility facility-so we are waiting until that's finished before trying it.

As for the biting/mouthing. I've read those posts (they were actually what I went to first). We have been trying several of the suggestions. So far a yelp is not working. She is only doing it when trying to get our attention and wanting to play. We realize she is wanting the attention, but sometimes our hands are full and we can't greet her until we set our stuff down.

When she mouths us, she is very gentle, but we don't want it to happen. She sometimes then keeps nipping/biting when she wants to play. We turn away or stand up, but she will often nip/bite our clothes in hopes of getting our attention. She does not nip/bite when we are playing until we stop for whatever reason. We do try to redirect to a toy or something appropriate to bite on, but again...sometimes it's not always within reach. It was mentioned we may need to keep her on a leash in the house in order to help correct the biting/mouthing. I'm leary about that only because I envision her eating/tearing up the leash.

We have started our training classes, so hoping to keep working on this. She likes to play with other dogs, but is still usually the 'dominate' one. She tends to play hard-so we are really watching that.

We love her. Again, it's now only been 2 weeks in the house and we are all adjusting. Someone suggested 'Doggy Daycare' to wear her out, while we are at work. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but I may explore that option.

I'm very glad I found this forum and have enjoyed reading about other people's challenges and joys! The pictures are also a bonus.
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