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Old 10-14-2018, 07:57 AM
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We rescued a dog a week ago and he is super sweet with people and other animals, and we were told during foster time he came across children and liked them. We have noticed now that he’s home with us he can be a little mouthy during play time and we are working on this with him. We are thinking it’s due to him being mostly around other dogs in the shelter perhaps and he doesn’t know how mouthy he can be with humans. He is mostly gentle but sometimes tougher in his play but with no barking growling or anything. We had family over for a party yesterday and he was better than we even imagined. He minded his own business but accepted petting from anywhere he could get it. He spent some time following my 7 year old cousin around just kind of watching her. She pet him openly and he didn’t mind. It was odd how he was just following and watching her, but he didn’t mind her touch and seemed to be processing the smaller person. My cousin decided to get down on the ground, not even with the dog, and crawl around with cat ears on. She continued even after told to get up and our dog just followed as we kept a very close eye and pleaded with her to get up. He got excited and went for her head, and as I pulled him back he went again. He made contact with her head with his mouth both times, but she had no mark, scratch or bite at all. My question is was this play, defensive, aggressive... what was it? What should we do about it? My cousins mom was very upset so unfortunately we could not introduce him to my cousin again afterwards. Our dog is a pitbull mix rescue and so my cousins mom decided he must have been a fighter dog before we rescued him and was set on that... again there was no bite, scratch or any mark, but he did try to go at her head again after I pulled back. No growling, barking or anything except some whimpering after we took him away. He is still newly processing things so any advice is greatly appreciated.
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It almost sounds like he might have been fixated on her?

Regardless, it's next to impossible to decipher why he did that, over the computer.

My only recommendations would be to contact a certified behaviorist.

Keep them apart until you talk to a professional (only Positive Reinforcement).

I wish you the best of luck and please, keep us updated?
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Thanks for the response! I’ll keep you updated. We are considering a behaviorist since he’s a rescue guy.

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It almost sounds like he might have been fixated on her?

Regardless, it's next to impossible to decipher why he did that, over the computer.

My only recommendations would be to contact a certified behaviorist.

Keep them apart until you talk to a professional (only Positive Reinforcement).

I wish you the best of luck and please, keep us updated?
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Thinking like the dog you may have confused things by turning the kid into a cat!
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American pit bull terriers are high prey drive dogs.

Couple this with the fact that she got on the dogs level (always a bad idea when meeting a new dog they don’t want someone they don’t know in their face) -it’s kind of like if someone you didn’t know came up to you and jumped all over you.

it’s not really a surprise that he wanted to chase and horseplay with a small human on their knees wearing cat ears.



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We rescued a dog a week ago and he is super sweet with people and other animals, and we were told during foster time he came across children and liked them. We have noticed now that he’s home with us he can be a little mouthy during play time and we are working on this with him. We are thinking it’s due to him being mostly around other dogs in the shelter perhaps and he doesn’t know how mouthy he can be with humans. He is mostly gentle but sometimes tougher in his play but with no barking growling or anything. We had family over for a party yesterday and he was better than we even imagined. He minded his own business but accepted petting from anywhere he could get it. He spent some time following my 7 year old cousin around just kind of watching her. She pet him openly and he didn’t mind. It was odd how he was just following and watching her, but he didn’t mind her touch and seemed to be processing the smaller person. My cousin decided to get down on the ground, not even with the dog, and crawl around with cat ears on. She continued even after told to get up and our dog just followed as we kept a very close eye and pleaded with her to get up. He got excited and went for her head, and as I pulled him back he went again. He made contact with her head with his mouth both times, but she had no mark, scratch or bite at all. My question is was this play, defensive, aggressive... what was it? What should we do about it? My cousins mom was very upset so unfortunately we could not introduce him to my cousin again afterwards. Our dog is a pitbull mix rescue and so my cousins mom decided he must have been a fighter dog before we rescued him and was set on that... again there was no bite, scratch or any mark, but he did try to go at her head again after I pulled back. No growling, barking or anything except some whimpering after we took him away. He is still newly processing things so any advice is greatly appreciated.
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