8 month female pit bull shows signs of extreme dominance at the dog park.

by Meagan
(Nashville, TN)

Princess Pork chop is a sweet and loving puppy who is very respectful of people and who loves her older brother Obi Wan The Dobie who is 90lb Doberman Pincher. She is trained at home, still struggles a little bit with pulling on the leash, but all around she is a very smart and good dog.

She was always assertive with Obie even at 8 weeks when we brought her home. The two of them play rough, but it never seems hateful or aggressive. (Obviously playing rough is aggression)

I have been taking her to the dog park since she was old enough to attend because I wanted her to be socialized and sweet with all dogs. Unfortunately, from day one she got excited about fights and loved to dominate submissive dogs. After the first couple visits she got better, but I still can't trust her fully.

If there is a puppy or a dog that immediately rolls over she goes after it. Pushing it over and snapping. She is great with the big dogs and backs off if they stand their ground.

This is obviously a part of her demeanor, but I want to know what I should do in those situations to stop her. I want to know if it will be possible to trust her in those situations as she gets older.

Right now if she is too aggressive I leash her, tell her no assertively but lovingly, and walk her away from the situation, but I'm not sure if it is working or making it worse. As soon as I let her off she runs right back to that dog.She gets this determined and excited look that I have trouble snapping her out of it.

My Doberman and the last pitbull I had were great with other dogs always backing away from a fight and never showing aggression, so this is new to me and it seems it has always been apart of her.

Please Help.

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by: Adam G. Katz

Employ the "Nothing In Life Is Free" approach, so that your dog starts to view you as the "pack leader." If your dog doesn't see you as the leader, then your corrections will be meaningless. So, if you're doing subtle things (inadvertently) to undermine your leadership role around the house-- it will be counter-productive.

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