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Old 07-02-2012, 04:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Hello All,

It is my first time on the forum. I am the owner of two pit bulls named Passion and Bobo, they are siblings and a year old. I'm writing about BoBo, he has recently started barking at me when I attempt to punish him for using the restroom in the house. He knows it is wrong, because as soon as he is down he runs to his cage (where I put him either when no one around to watch him or as a punishment). Now usually I place his nose in his mess and hit him on the nose and say "bad dog", lately he has barked and even lightly growled at me for attempting to hit him on the nose. I'm not sure what to do about it, because just leaving him in the cage doesn't teach him anything because he will come out and do it again later in the day sometimes after I've just taken him out.

I don't know what to do, I've never owned this breed and I love them both but if he continues this my sister wants me to take him to a shelter, we live in chicago and honestly the city isn't a pitbull friendly place and I would really like to keep him. Any advice?
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Old 07-02-2012, 04:23 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Hitting any dog is never a good idea, and especially with powerful breeds such as pit bulls. I suggest you take a less physical approach in training your dogs. There are several good books out there teaching you proper methods of training, some especially written for pit bulls. I found Ceaser Milan's books on dog behavior are good reads and very useful in understanding dogs.
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If it were me, I would go back to the beginning and re-potty train him.

Take him out after every meal, every nap, every episode of play, first thing in the morning, right before bed; stay out with him until he potties (in the beginning this may require a bit of a time commitment because you have to wait him out and stay out until he potties and you have to be there to see it and to praise him at the exact moment he starts to eliminate; when he does praise him big time and give a really good treat.

Keep him tethered to you or in your sight at all times; and if you can't directly supervise then crate him. Don't give him the opportunity to have any more accidents.

Get him on a schedule of eating and pooping at the same time.

Also scrub the house down to get rid of old urine smells; which will encourage him to continue to go in the spots he previously marked. You can use a black light to find the spots and get some type of odor remover from the pet store.

Punishment isn't helping because all it is telling him is that you aren't happy with his behavior; it's not telling him what he should do instead...and it sounds like he's starting to get frustrated because he really doesn't understand why he is being corrected and how to prevent it. If he understood that he was supposed to potty outside, then he would.

Hope this helps!!
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Old 07-03-2012, 01:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
 

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Thanks for the suggestions, I shall try this again
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