10-26-2013, 06:02 PM
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pitbull puppy aggressive to older dogs, help!
Hi, everyone. I need help with my two six-week old pitbull puppies. I got them both a week ago from a rescue centre for abandoned dogs their mother had apparently stopped paying her puppies any attention (three of the litter of 9 died). Now the problem started when another dog with her own litter in the next pen attacked the pits killing one and injuring another. This injured puppy is one of the two that came home with me. After a visit to the vet, Billy (that's her name, her sister's named Andy) has been healing quite nicely and seems to be doing quite well.
So when I brought them home from the vet a few days ago I expected them both to get along well enough with my three other dogs; an 11yo German Shepard (Dexter), a two and a half year old Ridgeback (Delko) and a two year old Jack Russell (Patches), but it didn't. I chose to introduce them to Dexter first. Andy was immediately drawn to the older dog, coming in nose first and allowing Dexter to smell her all over. Billy on the other hand backed into a corner and began growling, it got worse as Dexter tried to approach her. Because Dexter has had aggression issues in the past, I removed him from the situation and brought in Patches, smaller dog maybe Billy had been scared by Dexter's quite imposing size. But the reaction was the same; back in a corner, growling. When Patches growled back, I ended it.
My question guys is how do ideal with Billy's aggression towards the older dogs? Does it have something to do with the attack on her at the rescue centre? How can I rehabilitate her?I don't want to see a situation that would escalate to violence. Not with these two.
Andy (left) and Billy (right)