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Old 03-18-2015, 06:46 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I am worried that my situation is the same:

I have a one year old pure-bred pit-bull female who I have raised from 7 weeks – her name is Xena. She is smart, focused, serious and so friendly to every person she encounters that we had to adopt another dog last August to be our guard. The adopted dog’s name is Samson - he is a mixed dog of about 2 years old with obvious German Shepherd lineage who had no training at all when we adopted him. His mild mannered, cuddly and submissive with us, but weary of any strangers.

Samson and Xena have always played and wrestled and done some very physical play fighting but it never amounted to much. When she was little, Samson used to let her beat him up but since she has gotten bigger he prefers to hold his own and they would usually take turns dominating during play.

However, the last months have been different. What started off as rare altercations mostly involving meat at feeding time became more frequent scuffles triggered by seemingly random events. They have had one very big bad fight that took three adults to separate them and they are often on the verge of a fight and so need constant supervision.

It is clear that our little pit-bull is the one that mostly starts the fights. We know about dog aggression tendency’s in pit-bulls and want to curtail this in our dog before it becomes a problem we cannot address.

Any real advice on what we should do to get Xena to stop being aggressive would be so welcome. Please feel free to ask follow up questions to get more information. Is there nothing that can be done to "break" Xena of her aggression?

The only thing you can really do is supervise them very closely when they are together. If you can not step in and stop any behavior that will lead to a fight before the fight actually happens, then they will need to be separated at all times. Make sure not to have any toys or bones down when they are around each other, and feed them separately. Basically make sure they have absolutely nothing to fight over, or they will.
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Old 05-09-2015, 07:40 AM   #17 (permalink)
 

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I wish I researched on the apbt breed before it was too late. My mom had a pit bull/ bull mastiff, Jack Russell, and a rat terrior. She got her pit at 4 weeks old and she was so so adorable. She absolutely loved mom's rat terrior and they done everything together. One day the pit turned on the Jack Russell and unfortunately he passed away from it, but no problems with the rat terrior for a while.
Sadly she turned on the rat terrior and was going to kill him as well just the other day. It took 3 of us to separate them and next thing you knew the rat terrior got away from her for a second and then she went after him again after she freed herself from us.
That was the last straw for my mom and wanted her put down. She, Bailey, was only 7 months old. I tried calling the vet, no one available, humane society and no answer, tried finding a rescuer and no one will take her near us. Mom was scared, so was I, that she may turn on them. I felt their was no choice but to take her out back and put her down myself.
I realized now that was the worst decision I've ever made for I know she loved my mom to no end, but all the adrenaline got the best of us and took her life. Mom still feels I done the right thing, I can't stop thinking I was so wrong. I miss her so much and have cried over her for 3 days now. My visit that horrible day was for mother's day, so wrong.
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I wish I researched on the apbt breed before it was too late. My mom had a pit bull/ bull mastiff, Jack Russell, and a rat terrior. She got her pit at 4 weeks old and she was so so adorable. She absolutely loved mom's rat terrior and they done everything together. One day the pit turned on the Jack Russell and unfortunately he passed away from it, but no problems with the rat terrior for a while.
Sadly she turned on the rat terrior and was going to kill him as well just the other day. It took 3 of us to separate them and next thing you knew the rat terrior got away from her for a second and then she went after him again after she freed herself from us.
That was the last straw for my mom and wanted her put down. She, Bailey, was only 7 months old. I tried calling the vet, no one available, humane society and no answer, tried finding a rescuer and no one will take her near us. Mom was scared, so was I, that she may turn on them. I felt their was no choice but to take her out back and put her down myself.
I realized now that was the worst decision I've ever made for I know she loved my mom to no end, but all the adrenaline got the best of us and took her life. Mom still feels I done the right thing, I can't stop thinking I was so wrong. I miss her so much and have cried over her for 3 days now. My visit that horrible day was for mother's day, so wrong.

Yeah that sucks that so many dogs lost their lives because you didn't research. I hate when dogs are killed for acting like a dog. Really makes me sad and depressed as well.
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I wish I researched on the apbt breed before it was too late. My mom had a pit bull/ bull mastiff, Jack Russell, and a rat terrior. She got her pit at 4 weeks old and she was so so adorable. She absolutely loved mom's rat terrior and they done everything together. One day the pit turned on the Jack Russell and unfortunately he passed away from it, but no problems with the rat terrior for a while.
Sadly she turned on the rat terrior and was going to kill him as well just the other day. It took 3 of us to separate them and next thing you knew the rat terrior got away from her for a second and then she went after him again after she freed herself from us.
That was the last straw for my mom and wanted her put down. She, Bailey, was only 7 months old. I tried calling the vet, no one available, humane society and no answer, tried finding a rescuer and no one will take her near us. Mom was scared, so was I, that she may turn on them. I felt their was no choice but to take her out back and put her down myself.
I realized now that was the worst decision I've ever made for I know she loved my mom to no end, but all the adrenaline got the best of us and took her life. Mom still feels I done the right thing, I can't stop thinking I was so wrong. I miss her so much and have cried over her for 3 days now. My visit that horrible day was for mother's day, so wrong.
That is absolutely horrible! The dog was just acting how she was created to act. Please do your research before getting another dog of any breed, different breeds have different characteristics and had you known that, you would have known that this is normal behaviour for a high prey drive bull breed dog. None of those dogs should have lost their lives. RIP.
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I have 3 American bullies. One of my females is about 4 years old and my other female and male are both 2 years old. The 2 year old's are from the same litter and have been raised together since I bought them. Out of nowhere my male decided to attack my female 2 year old over their new wet dog food. They have gotten into little fights over bones and balls before so I dont let them have those while they are together. He bit a nice chunk out of her face and I separated them until the next day. Today (the next day after their fight) my female was excited to see him and non-stopped wagged her tail, but my male was wagging his tail at first and then he stopped and got into an aggressive stance. He tried to attack her. Now I have seen him this way before with another male for the male dominance but never with his blood sister who he's grown up with. He has no issues with the 4 year old female still. I'm in desperate need of help on how to fix this. I am crate rotating but I can't come home every day to switch them. Please help me!!!!
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I have 3 American bullies. One of my females is about 4 years old and my other female and male are both 2 years old. The 2 year old's are from the same litter and have been raised together since I bought them. Out of nowhere my male decided to attack my female 2 year old over their new wet dog food. They have gotten into little fights over bones and balls before so I dont let them have those while they are together. He bit a nice chunk out of her face and I separated them until the next day. Today (the next day after their fight) my female was excited to see him and non-stopped wagged her tail, but my male was wagging his tail at first and then he stopped and got into an aggressive stance. He tried to attack her. Now I have seen him this way before with another male for the male dominance but never with his blood sister who he's grown up with. He has no issues with the 4 year old female still. I'm in desperate need of help on how to fix this. I am crate rotating but I can't come home every day to switch them. Please help me!!!!

Unfortunately with bull breeds it is safer to assume they will always fight then not to. You can't train out genetics. You can work on focus commands to teach them to ignore each other, but it will never be safe to leave them alone together. Welcome to the world of crate and rotate. Purchase some break/parting sticks and keep them around the house to separate any fights that may happen. Learn their body language so you can pull their focus before a fight happens.
It is absolutely OK to rehome a dog if you are unable to manage the crate and rotate lifestyle. Just make sure you give full disclosure. Bull breeds are genetically predisposed to dog aggression. So the new owner is aware that the one dog should remain the only dog.
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