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I have a 3 year old female pit mix that I adopted a couple of years ago and she has been around horses since I got her but she just recently started barking and chasing them and nipping at their legs when she gets excited, like when someone is coming down the driveway or when my other dog starts barking at something completely different. Or when the horses get excited and run around, she'll start chasing them. She has already been kicked three times so I started using a shock collar but only use the button that makes it beep, and that gets her attention and she stops but I would like to end it altogether.

Also, she has a bit of possession aggression but not towards people, just other animals (she even nipped my horse when he sniffed her ball). She loves to play with other animals as long and theres no food or toys around, she doesn't even guard our property from out neighbors pomeranians who wander over here sometimes. just sniffs them and tries to play.

Any suggestions for either of these issues would be great.
 

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a leash or dog pen would be best, saying she has been kicked 3 times already is kinda like you didnt learn the 1st time. I have grown up with horses and dogs at the barns and seen some get tossed around and injured { we had one who ran and nipped at the horses noses and my biggest horse grabbed him by the scruff and tossed him about 30 feet down the isle} we rehomed him that week with a client who loved him. some dogs just arent good around the horses and with what you are saying I wouldnt have the dog near them keep him on a run or leash or a dog run where he cant be injured or injure another horse. The leash would be best bet though and keep her with you , then if she acts up towards a horse you are right there to correct that behaviour. { i know not the most easiest thing to do when busy working around the barns but if you want her as a barn dog you will have to fix this issue now, shock collars are not a good option here IMO. They should be used for a last resort and unfortunately they seem to be used by lazy people most of the time who dont want to do the work.
 

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I've been around dogs and horses combined alot.. kick her first.. NOT REALLY! DO NOT KICK YOUR DOG! What I mean is.. us a golf ball sized rock practice if you have to and the kinda throw that will feel like someone froggin you. Us No, At, Shhht. what ever your NO word is and at the same time lob the rock or sand bag, or pill bottle with nickles in it. Do it when you knotice it get ready to happen .. encourage the situations so you cannot stop it.. She needs a job to do and despite what people say APBTs are great stock dogs.. So you can train her to be such or pen her up or take the neccessary steps and induce the behavior you want in your dog..

FOR ME... this is just for me.. Im already in my dogs head so if you are.. then this may be good for you..
I get the dog to run with the horses, by riding a horse and when she gets stupid I'd say at fling a rock (one of many in my sachel) and then immediate "lets go" and probably do that to begin with to get the dog to ride with the horse you can also get your dog to jump up on the horse on your lap,( DEPENDING ON YOUR EXPERIENCE) Your dog needs to associate herself with the horses a lil like stock but "hands off" .. How long has it been since she went on a ride with yall? if not in while its about time, if not ever.. thats half the problem..

the terriorty thing has to be handled the same fashion.. but voice command only usually works, either way do the pill bottle with change in it if you need something as it will get both dogs attention. .. I have to give each dog a bone, each a ball, and so forth when I have em out together in a open fashion.
 

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Since the horses are on our property she sees them everyday but the chasing has only just started and happened a handful of times. She follows us on trail rides on a regular basis and goes with me to feed and never does anything. It happens randomly when something gets her excited. The collar is only used for the beep (I disabled the shock function so it cant even be hit accidentally). I agree with you about them though, I never thought I would get one. I don't know why she started it but I'm determined to nip it in the bud. Thanks for the suggestions.

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the pennys seem like a good trick that fire mentioned { we used this method for a different issue we had with one of our dogs years ago works great}
 

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No worries your more than welcome, sounds like you know what your doing so just try redirecting then ... if thats the case getting a toy tug rope the bigger ones.. and hang it from a good strong but bouiant limb.. get her to play with it all the time and when she gets excited ... "aAAT" "go get your rope" .. I've used this as a redirecting method with almost all of my dogs and it works pretty well.. the coins in the pill bottle bottle work wonders but I found after trained.. rocks and pebbles and the motion of .. work even better :) you know they all at one point or other ignore the voice, and demand a hands on tactic when the time calls for you attention else where and if that doest work hands on wolf logic ..
 
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