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Old 01-18-2014, 07:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Guidance/Help needed: Getting my boyfriend's 2 year old pit bull to listen to me

I recently started dating my boyfriend who has a very well behaved, obedient 2 year old pit bull. I've never had a dog so this is all very new to me. In the last few weeks, I have noticed that although he (the dog) will listen to me, he doesn't exactly obey me. When he sits and stays for my boyfriend, he sits and stays completely. With me, he will sit but not without moving around. He will stay, but he fidgets or moves around. The commands are the same, yet the way he responds to my boyfriend is completely different than the way he responds to me. Being new to this, I am feeling a bit lost and frustrated... I do not want the dog to hate me when he doesn't get a treat for not listening, but I don't want to be too hard on him either. I want to provide consistency for him, and I also want to be able to feel more in control so that I can take him for trail runs/walks comfortably. He truly is an amazing dog. I suppose I am just unsure how to go about gaining his respect/letting him know that he has to listen to me as well as my boyfriend. Does anyone have any advice, or any good books or websites that I could gain more info? Any and all help is very welcome and appreciated!!
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Youre experience is rooted in part by his puppy years. You will have a lot of work on your hands getting the same obedience and respect your boyfriend has but it will come. Just the right amount of stern-ness and love will get you the respect that starts that relationship. Practice and repetition are the best methods and the dog respecting you as the dominant loving mother will help that. Respect will come from love. Obedience will come from repetition and award. Being proud that what he is doing is a "very good dog" will play a huge role.
Your boyfriend being with yall, but not in control at all, will also help.
Allow the dog to understand the chain of Superiority, The man (in this case please no offense ladies) is the dominant pack leader and you are second. Time is the only enemy now Hope this helps Good luck
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Old 01-18-2014, 09:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well, for starters... how long have you two been dating? I ask because a dog normally will not listen to a "stranger" better than their owner.

In order to gain the dog's respect, you need to be able to handle him with confidence. If you're concerned about how he'll respond to you, he can sense the nervousness and will respond with nervousness. I'm sorry, but expecting a dog to do a sit/stay and be as still as a statue is outrageous. He's going to fidget and move around. As long as he does as he's asked, like sit and stay where you told him to, then he's listening to you.

You say you feel frustrated, and he can sense this, and is unsure of how to respond correctly. He responds differently to you than your boyfriend because you're frustrated/nervous and your boyfriend, being his owner, handles him with confidence. I don't mean to sound all Cesar Millan, but they feed off the energy you project. Be calm, and assertive with the dog, and you'll get much better results than if you're nervous or frustrated and asking/begging the dog to do something.
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I say it simple. Give it time. Be involved on daily routine with the pet. He needs to accept you as part of his pack socialized with him. Walk him do exercise and always supervised by your other half. Perhaps a little treat training session follow commands will help and most importantly do it and affirmative voice.

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Thank you!

Thank you all so much. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your input. I have done a lot of research and understand that consistency, time, and patience are a big part of this process... Common sense, in my opinion. I have not been with my boyfriend for very long and I know that is a factor. I also had a conversation about the fact that the dog isn't going to just listen to me if he has had other "mommas" in the past.

I have noticed in the last few days, that by rewarding him with half of a treat for sitting and the other half for staying, he has started to listen to me more. He has also come and just sat/snuggled with me more, too, which is almost him giving me positive reinforcement! I know these dogs are VERY smart, and I respect the dog, I just have NO experience at all here. I will take each suggestion and put it to use.

Thank you again for all of your input and kind greetings to the forum. I cannot tell you how grateful I am!
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