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Old 04-01-2015, 04:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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after 4 months growling at people

Hi! I adopted a 6 year old American pitt ,
owner kept him in a empty house with curtains on windows for 2 years until I finally talked him into letting me have him
he is such a lover and knows commands but after being here 4 months he doesn't like to let certain people in the door, he will sniff them and start growling at them I say no and put him in our bedroom away from them
I don't want anyone to get hurt and I have no trainers in my area
anyone have any suggestions or gone through this?
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Old 04-01-2015, 06:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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First of all, never correct a growl. Growling is a warning that a dog gives. If you punish for giving a warning, next time he may skip straight to a bite. This is common when you see dogs biting children, the owners corrected the growl, and when the dog goes straight to biting the child next time, they say "there wasn't any warning!" because they suppressed it.

Personally, I consider human aggression of any kind to be completely unacceptable with bull breed dogs. I can understand that this dog may be very under-socialized, but it is still a danger. I think you need to contact a behaviourist to have the dog assessed ASAP, and be very careful about letting strangers into the house until then. I would put the dog away before they enter.
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When you say adopted did you get your dog as a puppy or at an older age.If at an older age there is no telling what kind of living conditions the dog was exposed to.That being said maybe the dog is generally scared of strangers because of being mistreated in the past.I love my pit and they are great dogs.Just be patient
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