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Nov 16, 2016
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HELP!! My Pitbull starting to be aggressive
by: Anonymous

Hello, I'm hoping to get some help or direction for my Pit Bull. I have had her for five years, and among those years we have had multiple of animals and also have rescued animals of all sizes and breeds. Along with our friends have always brought there animals to our house as well. And I have never had any signs or issues with her being aggressive to other animals. This past month, my 5 year old pit bull was taken from our back yard from what I am assuming some not so nice people. We did find her and was able to retrieve her back about 3 weeks later. I have moved into a new home since she was taken that has other dogs already there. When I brought her into the new house with the other dogs, she is now being very aggressive and trying to attack these other dogs. Yes this is a new place, and new dogs that she has not been around before, but like i said, she has always been around new dogs and areas with dogs and I have never had this problem with her. I am starting to get worried that the people that had her was possibly trying to train her to fight. I am not certain of this, but she is not the dog she was when she was taken. I am trying to work with her with a muzzle and slowing bringing her around the other dogs, but so far every time there has been no success. Is there anything I can do to bring her back to the dog she once was. She was always so nice and just wanted to play and now she is in instant fight mode. Please anyone that can give me advise, I would greatly appreciate it. She is my baby and my kids adore her as well.

Oct 08, 2012
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Thanks for your help
by: Anonymous

Adam, I really appreciate you taking the time to comment. The video clip you included was sure eye-opening.

I've heard of the pinch collar, but have never used one. I'm not sure how they work, but it sounds from the name like it hurts the dog if he pulls?

Since I wrote that first post, Brady has calmed down quite a lot, but definitely still has plenty of moments where he is asserting dominance- particularly on the leash. I hope to start a basic obedience class with him this week.

Oct 06, 2012
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Stop Aggressive Behavior
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.



You need to focus on one thing:

1. You'll need to learn how to give a motivational correction, so that he clearly understands that this behavior is unacceptable. If he already knows that it's unacceptable, then the issue is that your correction is not firm enough, or you're not using the proper training collar (or it isn't fitted correctly!)

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 him.


All the best,
Adam

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