Looking for advice with training
I recently posted that I rescued a 3 year old pitbull/lab mix. He was never abused in his life, I know the owners and they are good people but he was just not getting the proper attention that a pitbull needs. He's been with me now for the past week and he is adjusting to his new home. He is full of energy and sticks by my side wherever I go. He's got a great personality and is very affectionate.
I have a few things I do need to work on with him, but it is obviously a bit more difficult since he is now 3 years old.
The first thing is playing obedience. He is well trained, doesn't go to the bathroom in the house ever, can sit, give paw, lie down, roll over... But he will NOT give up a toy when playing fetch. It seems like they never played fetch, because Duke wants to play fetch but after you have thrown the toy once he will grasp onto it for life if you try and take it back to throw it again.
I'd really like advice on that because when we're in the back yard it would be a great way for him to burn energy!
My second concern is what I'm sure most owners have is... Other dogs. Duke is super loveable and wouldn't hurt a human, he just wants to play. With dogs... I'm not sure honestly. He's NEVER been around other dogs so I'm so scared to introduce him to other dogs at a dog park because if he did bite I couldn't fathom him getting put down or something crazy of the sort. Where I live pitbulls are banned (Canada) so it is just a worry I don't want to have.
I'm okay with Duke not going to dog parks, right now it is a risk until I figure out how I will deal with it. I take him every day for a walk on the leash in trails or around the block (he also pulls hard as well) that's another thing I am trying to work on... But again this isn't Dukes fault because he never went for walks..
None of these things are Dukes fault, he's never been introduced to them so he doesn't know how to act.
I know I could look for a trainer but I hear it's quite expensive. Looking to see if I can work these things out myself.
Thanks in advance!!