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Old 03-02-2020, 02:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Signs of aggression

Hello all, So quick backround I have been a pitbull owner since I was 18 I am now 48... I have had 6 pitbulls and everyone has been the same incredible, loving, playfull happy dogs. I have never had a problem or an incident. About 2 years ago I had to put my dog down at 9 years old coco due to cancer r.i.p. Anyway the bond I had with coco was the strongest of any I ever had and it hit me hard. I was not planning on getting another one I said no other dog can take her place and also me and the wife wanted to start to travel more since we had no kids and we are getting older and I really hate leaving my dogs behind even if left with a friend and not a kennel...

So 16 months ago the desire and love for the breed I decided to see what was out there and I fell in love with a male look a like and also had a lot of my old dogs blood line in him so I bought him....

So true to form rocco now 16 month old 101 pounds is as ever loving and playfull and affectionate and caring as any dog I ever had and I think worse in terms of being attached to us .'

But we got a small or maybe becoming a bigger problem, it started as pup and is got worse rocco does not like me being next to my wife in all ways meaning either standing next to her sitting next to her or laying next to her!! I cant kiss her, or hold hands. He pushes his way right inbetween us.. If I am too close, when we are laying in bed he will get in the middle and lay down with his back to her and with all 4 legs push me over till I am far enough away!! Now when he started this it was funny and we joked about it but when we are standing facing each other he comes and sits on her feet and starts to bark at me and jumps on me pushing me back.. He does not growl its a bark and a lot of whining and gets very hyper and I would just keep telling him no and push him away and he just keeps coming back and barking. Sometimes I would put my hand in his mount there has never been any bitting or the feel of force of a bit he would lick it and bark .

So my concern is, is this a sign of aggression towards me ? should I be worried I mean I never been scared of a dog I am 6'3 260 pounds gym type body I am a pretty strong guy and can handle the dog. Yes I realize one bit in the wrong spot can do serious damage im just saying this meaning im not afraid of him and he doesn't give me that vibe of looking to hurt me he can be barking at me while I am next to her then we walk into the other room and I lay on my couch and she sits on hers and he jumps on my stomach and lays ontop of me licking my face !!! so I am not sure what to do I realize I am getting older also and not as strong as I once was and this needs to be corrected...

I am looking for suggestions or training methods . please

Thanks
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Old 03-02-2020, 02:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Any time my pit shows any, "I will get between you and daddy" type behaviour, he goes in his kennel. He isn't allowed to claim myself or my husband.

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Old 03-05-2020, 01:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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I have one that can behave this way a bit. We manage with some alternate behaviors. Reinforce for something else: like teach him to go to his bed or somewhere specific and reinforce for staying there while you step near each other or whatever similar action. Or get near your wife and ask him to sit nearby and reinforce for that. If he practices an alternative behavior instead of the attention seeking behavior, and gets reinforced for it, that may become his new preference. My dog is reinforced for going to the end of the bed instead of between us or on me (his go to is to place his head on me and I just redirect him to somewhere else). If he is jazzed like you say and not making you nervous it may just be that because you thought it was cute and reinforced it that now it has become a thing, and so it may be relatively easy to stop reinforcing that and instead reinforce something more desirable. If he is guarding, it may not be so quick or simple, but it is certainly still an option.
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Old 03-05-2020, 02:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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First thing...get him out of the bed and off the furniture. Get him dog beds on the floor around the house. Position is everything to dogs...especially a dominant one. You do all the feeding and walking for awhile. He must work for all food and treats from you. If he is near your wife and growling at you, she must tell him no in a loud firm voice. If he is not neutered, get him so. Stay on top of this. ��
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I agree with BarredOwl on every point, especially making them work for every thing he gets, from food, treats or toys. Also, not a good idea to use the crate as a form of punishment. The crate needs to be their safe and happy place.

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