Barking at me!
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?