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I brought home our newest addition from a rescue this week. He is a 6 year old Pit bull. This is my first pit but I've been rescuing rotties for nearly 20 years. I'm used to strong and stubborn dogs. Today I was heading out the door, keys in hand, and Festus tried and succeeded to push past me . Luckily the door leads to the garage so he didn't get outside. I have no idea if he's a runner or not. When I tried to coax him back in the house he refused. I walked toward him and took him by the collar and gently tried to lead him back in the house. Without warning he snapped at my hand, getting my finger. No broken skin but it hurt. At that instant I loudly said "go" and pointed into the house. He finally went in, ears back and tail down. I felt bad. This dog has been a pleasure for the past 3 days. He knows basic commands, no known history of abuse or neglect. Has shot records dating back to 2012. Friendly with my current dog and submissive to her. I guess I'm looking for input how I could have handled it better. I think it may be stemming from the preconceived notions about pits because of negative media coverage and I don't want to let that affect me but afraid it has. Any advise greatly appreciated.
 

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I did work with him when I got home. I did test him by moving his collar around, scratching him underneath it. He did whip his head around but I sensed no aggression. I think you may be right. Never experienced that before. Will definitely have to work on that. I have grand babies who need to know not to pull on him. My husband was home so he wasn't alone. I think the car keys may have been a trigger. He usually stops at the door when I say "stay". At the jingling of keys he was intent on going out the door. He has stubborn moments where he just sits or lays down when told to do something. I've been easy going due to him being in new surroundings and losing his human dad. Not sure if he was being stubborn or scared or both.
 

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He did not do the head flip when he bit. It was without warning. No growl, no whale eyes no stiffening. As I said, when i got home and tested his reaction to touching his collar, he flipped his head back at me and carried on. It was brief and I stopped the test because it did get a reaction and i did not want to push him.
 

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That makes me feel a little better. Next time I'll use a leash if he gets past me into the garage. I've rescued several full grown rotties with behavior issues but never experienced one with collar issues. I'm not easily intimidated but this time I was.
 

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Thank you, that has definitely been started. I took him for a walk this am and he did fine when I took his collar to hook the leash. Definitely a work in progress.
 

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I stayed up well into the night reading about collar sensitive dogs and how to correct behavior. After giving it some thought, I realized he's probably been man handled throughout his ordeal of losing his master. I was told he refuses to be caged which I only used with dogs not house broken or that get into the trash, etc. Since he has obviously been worked with and is well trained as far as basic commands and housebroken I haven't worried too much about it. He stays in the bedroom at night on his bed. No wandering around. I'm going to do my best to not over think it and move on while working with him on this matter. I do appreciate all the input. I may not have come to that conclusion on my own and chalked it up to a stubborn dog. Thanks again.
 
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