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11 Month Old Dog Problems

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r8chl   

I have a male almost 1 year old. He has a lot of issues, he barks at everything, people and dogs walking past, and our neighbours only the kids and dog though. He has an aversion to other children he is fine with my kids but doesn't like other children he barks and snaps at them, so our children can't really have friends over because I don't trust him and if my kids sit and the back fence and talk to their friends over the fence he sist there barking like crazy. He is always jumping up on the kids and me I have tried walking away, ignoring him and pushing him away when he does it but to no avail, he is really really hyper. If he barks too much i will chain him up for a bit and when I went to chain him up the other day he growled and snapped at me. I really don't know what to do with him, I work full time and my partner works away so maybe he needs more attention or something?? My main worry is I am expecting another child my partner says to give him away as he can't be trusted with other kids so how will we trust him with a baby / toddler?? Appreciate any advice.

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Sorry but he sounds like every other dumped adolescent dog that ends up being euthanased in pounds and shelters every week because no one bothered to train them and just expected them to know how to behave. Chaining him up will turn an untrained dog into one that feels the need to defend himself, as you have found out. Puppies need to be carefully raised and taught how they should behave, just like children do, except with a puppy you only have months not years to get it right. At this point the only chance this poor dog has is for you to consult a good professional behaviourist to assess the dog and teach you how to undo all the bad habits he has been taught.

Have you had him since he was a baby? Did he come from a breeder and if so what backup have they given you? What breed is he? How much training have you done with him and how much do you do each day? What good behaviour do you praise and how?

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He wont be getting put to sleep, if he doesn't stay with us he will be going to a friend, He has had training when he was younger and we continue to do basic training with him, I don't recall saying he was an untrained dog he never used to have a problem with other children that has only started in about the past 2 - 3 months. He sits when told. have had him since he was 10 weeks and if he knows how to behave with my children why would I expect he wouldn't know how to behave with others?? I certainly didn't teach him to behave in that manner. I have come on here to get advice not just a lecture from someone that "Thinks" they know what I have or have not done

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How much exercise does he get, what sort of training does he get and how often? Is he entire or desexed? Was there a reason he now hates other children? When did the barking start and can you find a trigger for it? Rehoming an aggressive dog is very dangerous. I suggest a behaviourist.

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my partner says to give him away

..and unless you do have a LOT of time to now spend with this dog , working on your relationship, and the unacceptable behaviour , I would almost agree with him. EXCEPT giving away a dog who has snapped at people, before it has been assessed by a professional is a fairly irresponsible act :(

It really sounds as though you have your hands way too full ..and with a new baby on the way , you will not be as free to educate your dog and your family on what needs to be done.With a partner working away and you working ..this dog is just not getting the exercise, training and company he needs .he is now adult ..and needs to be using his body and brain for some hours every single day .

I do urge you to contact someone like Jane Harper - a professional who can come to your home and discuss your worries - see how the dog behaves , and then give you some options on what can be done .

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How much exercise does he get, what sort of training does he get and how often? Is he entire or desexed? Was there a reason he now hates other children? When did the barking start and can you find a trigger for it? Rehoming an aggressive dog is very dangerous. I suggest a behaviourist.

He gets daily exercise, he is entire (that wasn't my choice) I have no idea why he hates other kids, he bark at anything that walk past if the kids over the back come to the fence, the lawnmower - he bites the wheels, if the kids are swinging on the swings he barks at that too. He was hit by a car at about 4 months old so I don't know if that has had some impact. He shows agression towards other dogs. If he is rehomed it it to a friend that lives on property with working dogs so thats not an issue. Our dog is an APBT

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my partner says to give him away

..and unless you do have a LOT of time to now spend with this dog , working on your relationship, and the unacceptable behaviour , I would almost agree with him. EXCEPT giving away a dog who has snapped at people, before it has been assessed by a professional is a fairly irresponsible act :(

It really sounds as though you have your hands way too full ..and with a new baby on the way , you will not be as free to educate your dog and your family on what needs to be done.With a partner working away and you working ..this dog is just not getting the exercise, training and company he needs .he is now adult ..and needs to be using his body and brain for some hours every single day .

I do urge you to contact someone like Jane Harper - a professional who can come to your home and discuss your worries - see how the dog behaves , and then give you some options on what can be done .

I would NEVER rehome an agressive dog to just anyone.

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It sounds like a very frustrated and unsocialised dog. A working home may be the answer, as long as the people understand that he'll be hard work and he still may not show any working instinct, which means he'll be useless, and a pain in the proverbial, not to mention very frustrated on a farm and won't be kept.

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I have come on here to get advice not just a lecture from someone that "Thinks" they know what I have or have not done

Ok.. coming here with concerns about behaviours is a little like going to a doctor - you describe what's happening /has happened ..and , BASED ON THAT , we can make educated guesses as to why the dog is behaving that way ...

Dogs needs are fairly basic ..but they MUST be fulfilled , or problems very soon develop.

I don't think I lie when I say that we have all had some sort of problem with our dog/s ... sometimes it's an easy fix ... sometimes it is a long road....

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I do agree that he is not getting enough people time, he seems to be the kind of dog that needs constant attention and company, my partner and I have had this breed of dog before and it was nothing like this one, this dog is way OTT

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I do agree that he is not getting enough people time, he seems to be the kind of dog that needs constant attention and company, my partner and I have had this breed of dog before and it was nothing like this one, this dog is way OTT

OK... so , has his breeder any advice to you?

Has he had a full vet check?

if he has not been castrated ...a youngster full of hormones may be more prone to some behaviours ...

Once again..getting him assessed by Jane Harper would be the best way to find out exactly where things have gone wrong :) THEN you know in which direction to head ...

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I am not sure what else to say, are you reading my replies?? The dog gets daily exercise he has had puppy training, no I don't take him to a school as such any more I try my best to train him at home and get my children involved in the training aswell. I have had dogs before and I worked full time with them too they were at home by themselves too and I have never had these problems, this dog is nuts. So try a behavior therapist???? Thats all I wanted to know and what I cam here for, advice on what to do to fix the problem :confused:

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I do agree that he is not getting enough people time, he seems to be the kind of dog that needs constant attention and company, my partner and I have had this breed of dog before and it was nothing like this one, this dog is way OTT

OK... so , has his breeder any advice to you?

Has he had a full vet check?

if he has not been castrated ...a youngster full of hormones may be more prone to some behaviours ...

Once again..getting him assessed by Jane Harper would be the best way to find out exactly where things have gone wrong :) THEN you know in which direction to head ...

Thank you. He is not from a "breeder". Yes he has vet checks, immunizations etc

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I am not sure what else to say, are you reading my replies?? The dog gets daily exercise he has had puppy training, no I don't take him to a school as such any more I try my best to train him at home and get my children involved in the training aswell. I have had dogs before and I worked full time with them too they were at home by themselves too and I have never had these problems, this dog is nuts. So try a behavior therapist???? Thats all I wanted to know and what I cam here for, advice on what to do to fix the problem :confused:

Obedience training and problem fixing through a behaviourist are two very different things. Training teaches a desired behaviour, behavioural therapy fixes an undesired behaviour and this takes someone with a uni degree in Veterinary Behaviour, so it's a bit different from what you are probably thinking. What is his daily exercise? Walking? running? How long etc?

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Thats all I wanted to know and what I cam here for, advice on what to do to fix the problem :confused:

Professionals are wonderful to have at your side - they know dogs- how they behave, and why.They can then explain it to you, and help you put more 'tools' in your dog-problem -fixing basket.

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I do agree that he is not getting enough people time, he seems to be the kind of dog that needs constant attention and company, my partner and I have had this breed of dog before and it was nothing like this one, this dog is way OTT

OK... so , has his breeder any advice to you?

Has he had a full vet check?

if he has not been castrated ...a youngster full of hormones may be more prone to some behaviours ...

Once again..getting him assessed by Jane Harper would be the best way to find out exactly where things have gone wrong :) THEN you know in which direction to head ...

Thank you. He is not from a "breeder". Yes he has vet checks, immunizations etc

So where's he from? Is he working bred or from somewhere else?

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Behaviour modification for something like this can't be diagnosed over the internet, you need someone to look at whether the dog is fearful, bored, aggressive etc. so Persephone's suggestion sounds like the right solution if you are willing to put in the time and money.

Why would a property with working dogs want a reactive APBT? If you mean sheep dogs, they aren't (broadly speaking) naturally friends with bull breeds IME.

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Oh he's an APBT! I don't know any farmer that would take on an unruly pitbull unless he did pig hunting on the side.

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I am not sure what else to say, are you reading my replies?? The dog gets daily exercise he has had puppy training, no I don't take him to a school as such any more I try my best to train him at home and get my children involved in the training aswell. I have had dogs before and I worked full time with them too they were at home by themselves too and I have never had these problems, this dog is nuts. So try a behavior therapist???? Thats all I wanted to know and what I cam here for, advice on what to do to fix the problem :confused:

Obedience training and problem fixing through a behaviourist are two very different things. Training teaches a desired behaviour, behavioural therapy fixes an undesired behaviour and this takes someone with a uni degree in Veterinary Behaviour, so it's a bit different from what you are probably thinking. What is his daily exercise? Walking? running? How long etc?

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