I have a pit bull x american bulldog, been around 100+ dogs. sharpei x american bulldog been around 30 or less dogs. My two dogs have just fully changed. Sharpei x american bulldog, shes very dominant, but iv'e always been able to snap that out of her around other dogs. We went to the river 1 day with 6+ other dogs and puppies, and she was fine. Until a older dog came and snapped and bit her, she attacked the other dog ''not bad but my dog was on top of the other dog, she stopped and let go when i yelled at her to stop. My pit bull x american bulldog has been around at-least 100 different types of dogs and puppies. Our friend has moved out and we are pet sitting his puppy who id say is 5 months, our dogs have meet his 5 or so time. And they are just snapping at him, and my sharpei x attacked him for sniffing her parts, and stopped when i told her to. But my pit bull is just seriously trying to start a fight, Hes up in his face licking him, sniffing him and chase after him. Tries to play with him then tries to bite his mouth, this is not how he reacts to other dogs, this is the first time hes acted like this, but then this is the first time another dog has come onto our property could that be the reason for both of there behaviors? My partner tried to introduce them last night when they first turned up, but like iv'e told him many times, not to introduce them with out me, he doesn't listen and does it anyways. My dog the sharpei x tried to attack the puppy last night, but his dog the pitbull didnt. The puppy is a boy, neo x bullmastif i thinkrn. Now the puppy, shows, excitement, playful, not playful and scared all at once. It's sending mixed messages to my dogs. He will jump around, jump into a playful position, then jump back, put his tail in between his legs, back down, then jump back up into a playful position. The puppy tries this with my sharpei x american bulldog, she will stand in the same position, not changing her body movement, seriously looking confused and if the puppy does it to my pit bull the puppy will jump into a playful position, then when the puppy jumps back, he jumps towards the puppy to play, and the puppy puts his tail between his legs, and walks off, which starts my pitbull off and he starts to chase after him. Could this also be because of how the puppy owner treats him? Clapping your hands really scares him, he sits, with his head to the ground and tail between his legs. His body language is just full off, hes all over the place. Unsure of everything, could this be triggering my dogs to act this way?
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Aggression, Hyperactivity, Other, Puppy management
Bark Busters responded:
Hi Nikisha, dogs meeting in a park on neutral territory is one thing, sometimes nothing will occur, however we know that many fights do start in this environment as people that do not have 100% off lead control let their dogs off lead, and many dogs are bullied by a dominate dog, usually the female. Bringing any new dog into a dog home territory can result in a fight and changes the whole pack dimension. they should always be introduced in a neutral environment on lead first. Then you have some control should anything occur. Your female Sharpei is dominant and if another dominant dog approached her and snapped of course if you do ot have leadership control she will attack. She just put that other dog in its place, however no dog should feel they need to snap at any other dog (or human) in any circumstances. When you friend moved out, again the pack dynamics changed. Dogs 'play' is usually ascertain body language behaviour, and both your dog can read this. Older dogs can have short patience and will snap/bite if pushed. Your leadership over all dogs needs to be the same. They all need to respect and focus on you with normal daily training, you need to train one dog at a time, your dogs see themselves at the pack leaders and that's not what they should be feeling. Leadership is safety to a dog, so if the humans are not displaying the necessary consistent and strong leadership skills to the dogs, then its survival instinct that the dogs provide that for themselves and all other dogs within their pack. There should be no favoritism with any dog, treat each dog exactly the same, same rules, same leadership. Not you train your dog and he trains his dogs all dogs need to listen to all humans adults within their territory. Or fighting and over exuberant play may lead into something way more serious resulting in an expensive vet visit. We have trainers in Auckland, Wellington and the South Island that can help you with an in home visit. Dog do not analyse a situation as us humans do, and we see daily owners misinterpreting their dogs behaviour from their human point of view - this is where it all comes undone and becomes a serious behavioural issue that needs prompt addressing .