11 month old female pittbull aggressive toward smaller female in the home

by Karen
(Jay, Florida USA)

We have 5 dogs two are pitts. Suddenly my 11 month old 50 pound pitt Myah and my 2 year old 10 pound min pin/ Chihuahua mix Lexi started fighting and before they got along great and no problems. Its highly frightening.. it just suddenly started happening and the pitt would attack her.. they are both spayed and no food or toys were involved.
It happens so quick and the pitt looks like she is trying to kill the smaller dog and then the lexi wont back down either and keeps going at her as well. The pitt gets Lexi and thrashes her during the fight .. no blood or otherwise terrible injuries but so far we jump in and stop it before it gets any worse. Myah the pitt is otherwise sweet as can be. So after 4 fights and terrifying moments we decided to give Myah to a friend.. im really sad about this because we love her but i cant risk her killing Lexi. I think its a dominance issue. Tonight was the last straw when we were watching them all play and having fun, lexi did have a stick this time and they were chasing her around the yard dropping and picking it back up we watched super close and suddenly Myah attacked Lexi had her by the back of her neck and was thrashing her .. all the kids were with me and we were terrified watching this happen i was able to finally grab lexi up and move her away from
Myah.. so unexpected and so disappointing.

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May 05, 2021
Become The Pack Leader
by: Online Dog Trainer

Become The Pack Leader

Of all the questions that people ask "how to become the pack leader" is the big one! This is by far the most important question how to convince your dog that you are the person in charge. Think of the pack leader as the decision maker - where you should go on the walk, how to behave in different situations and how to respond to all the strange things that are out there.

When you understand how dogs packs work you soon realize the importance, that pack leader makes all the decisions. If you leave it up to your dog then there a big chance that your dog is going to get something’s very wrong and make a mistake!

In order to understand how to become the pack leader you must first recognize that the following means nothing to a dog….

What car you drive, the size of your house, the money you earn or the fact that you speak languages! Your dog would happily swap all of that for a nice snack!

Asking your dog to sit before her dinner falls a long way short of what you need to be achieving to become the pack leader and walking through doorways is only necessary when your dog is on the lead.

Lastly - dominating your dog is certainly not the way to become the pack leader in fact this can back fire badly on you later on if you teach your dog that physical strength is what it is all about. Whilst you may force your dog into submission it will not be convincing your dogs mind that you are worthy of the position and that you should become the pack leader only that you are a bit of a bully.

So how do you become the pack leader? All dogs worldwide, regardless of breed use the same ways to check to establish the pack leader. The best way to learn about how to put it into practice is to watch it being done on video as I have done through one of the video based web sites. The important areas to take control in are the following:

The pack leader will be in total calm control when your dog barks and alerts you to danger. This includes anything that your dog may perceive as dangerous and barks at in and around the propertyOn the walk your dog should not pull you at a single stage, even the beginning! Learning to walk your dog properly can only really be learnt through video as I have found out!

If you are the pack leader then your dog should be able to relax and switch off completely inside the house. If your dog is always switched on most of the time and can’t relax then that is your dog on pack leader duty!

Getting your dog to switch off is directly connected to how you meet and greet your dog after your return home. You need to watch it on video it is so subtle but it is the difference between being the pack leader or the follower.

Lastly, feeding your dog correctly will establish who is the pack leader and there is much more to it than asking your dog to sit! Also if you have a dog that is "not food motivated" then you may be in for a surprise!

There is one site that shows you – using video – exactly how to become the pack leader and how crucial it is to changing any behavioral issue.

If you want to understand more about this topic or see the videos that explain everything then simply take a look at:
 The Online Dog Trainer here.

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