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Hi Everyone!

My name is Jay and my dog is Keegan (hes 2 1/2 years old). We're new to GoPitBull forum (and to any forum site). I have also had a love and a passion for dogs for as long as I can remember, but never was allowed to have one so he is my very first. I am currently finishing up graduate school and working and in a full time internship. (needless to say I'm overwhelmed). I started fostering my pup a year ago and in September decided that I couldn't let him go so adopted him. I love my Keegs to death and wouldn't trade him for anything in the world. But I'm feeling a bit in over my head. Keegan used to be super dog friendly, but as of late September he's been extremely intolerant to dogs. He can still be around dogs and has been successful at saying a quick hello but if they sniff too long or lick him in places he doesn't like, he's skipped the warning growl and just bites them. Unfortunately its not just a nip, each dog (4 to be exact) ended up with a puncture wound. I'm trying to work on his training but I feel as though I'm not doing enough. I've done group training and I've been trying to do what I can at home but I don't feel as confident as I use to. And now I'm trying to find places for my boyfriend and I to live its hard with so many places having restrictions, its all becoming so stressful and I am feeling a bit alone in this.

Has anyone ever experienced this? Does anyone have any tips or words of wisdom for a first time dog/pit owner?
 

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Welcome. Unfortunately this is quite common in these dogs. Pit bull type dogs have a genetic predisposition to dog aggression and are often times intolerant of other dogs like you're finding. Sometimes it doesn't occur until the dog reaches maturity or even later. You need to keep him away from other dogs or he will continue to bite. They also don't necessarily give those types of warning growls or signs that you speak of. They can be completely silent and then attack. They show signs in their body language but unless you're familiar with your dog and know what to look for they can be easily missed. I wish I had better news but unfortunately you're going to just need to keep your dog away from other dogs. There is no amount of training, socialization, or anything else that can overcome the genetics. You can work on a focus command or leave it command to manage it but you won't ever make it 'go away'.
 
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