2 Sides Of My Staffordshire Bull Terrier

by Sarah

I have a 2 year old neuter staffordshire bull terrier who barks and shows his teeth to strangers. At first I just pushed it under the carpet and removed him from the situation thinking that will work.

Now it has become worst. My mother is a childminder and looks after children from 1-9 years old and he is fine with them, lets them climb all over him, play with him everything. But with children he does not know he has started to barks and show his teeth.

As he is still young I want to put an end to it now and just because he is a staffordshire bull terrier I dont want people to look at him as just one of them breeds that dont no nothing but that.

When indoors he is the most lovable dog ever.

Please please please help me????

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Oct 06, 2012
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
by: Adam G. Katz

Here's what I advise:

1. Use the muzzle.

2. Teach the dog obedience exercises, so that she learns she must hold a sit-stay and down-stay, regardless of distractions.

3. Make her hold these commands (gradually) around more stimulating environments. If she shows aggression, correct her back into the sit-position. All while you're working with her or in public, she should be wearing the muzzle until you get her so that she's no longer showing the aggression.

4. Work boundary training exercises, which will quickly teach her what "No" means.

5 Use the "No" command if she shows any aggression.

Right now, she either doesn't understand what "No!" means; Or she doesn't trust that you'll keep her safe.

Pinch Collar

What you're going to want to do is: Buy and learn how to properly use the pinch collar. This will allow you to correct your dog in a manner that is meaningful. The choke chain collar is very difficult to give a motivational correction with. And it requires more "muscle" than I like.

The pinch (prong) collar is more like power steering.

Let the dog where a short leash attached to the collar, when you're in the house with her.


Adam G. Katz is the author of, "Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer!" -- which you can find at DogProblems.com.

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