hugapitbull wrote:Duke has been doing so great. We got him a lunge line and stake him out late each evening and let him play. Wears him out so there is no more crying in the crate. He's ready for bed when we tell him good night.
Everything was looking up, I was getting ready to do a post and update everyone of this great progress. Then this weekend we have two Duke episodes. The first just out of the blue, the second was strictly our fault and could/should have been avoided.
While Duke was on his lunge line Friday, there were some folks walking with their dogs. He went nuts trying to get to them. Of course he came to the end of the line and flipped himself in the air.
When I got him calmed down I took him in the house. Later that evening he and Trouble were both snoozing. Trouble got choked and did a cough/gag and Duke thought she was after him. He jumped up in defense mode and Bob and I both jumped between them to separate them. Lots of noise and teeth showing, but no wounds on either of them. I took him out for a bit and then crated him. He cried and pitched a bitch fit but eventually went to sleep.
Next morning I let him out and all was well. Kept him on a leash for a few hours so I could grab him if necessary. No other incident with Trouble.
Bob was trying to get Troub in and I took Duke off his leash. Next thing we know he bolts out the door past Bob and heads straight for the neighbor's dog. I ran after him. There was growling and yelping but no blood, no broken skin. I pulled him off without him snapping at me and the neighbor's college age son was in the middle and no snapping at him.
Once I had him under control, I think any of the humans could have petted him. He was calm and totally non aggressive. He laid down and let me get his pinch collar on him.
I know the charging out the door could have and should have been avoided. I was completely responsible for what happened and was very lucky it wasn't much worse. So please, no lectures on that part. Feel free to comment on anything else.
I guess my main question would be is he exhibiting prey drive or dog aggression? He seems more interested in the chase than in harming the focus of his attention. And is there an effective way to temper either one?
This guy is more of a leaning curve than I anticipated. I know we are still really new at this and it will take lots of time. I know he has months of kennel living to overcome. I really think he is a great dog, he just requires you never, ever let your guard down. Does this type dog ever overcome that constant need for supervision?
hugapitbull wrote:We work on his obedience and tricks (he can speak & roll over) daily. His obedience is very good, except when he gets distracted. Do you think the obedience class would still be of benefit?
TheRedQueen wrote:Prey drive or DA...either way you're not going to "cure" the behavior...both, imho, will require some level of supervision/management throughout the lifetime. I would still be careful of letting them be together so much...if his first reaction is to fight (judging by the sleeping incident)...then I'd be extra careful with him around Miss Trouble.
I agree with Michelle that some classes or a private trainer are in order...this dog is a handful...and you guys need to learn how to manage his behavior from a professional. Nothing that can't be overcome and worked with...but I think you need outside help from someone who can SEE what's going in real life. The fact that you haven't gotten him out in the real world yet really tells me that training is in order...if these things are just happening around the house.
hugapitbull wrote:What did he do when he got flipped in the air. Well, of course, he picked himself up like nothing had happened and continued to bark and lunge like a butt head.
I said exactly the same thing to Bob last night about him not hurting the mini pincher, had he intended to kill it, it would be dead. That doesn't make me any happier about what happened, but it brings a level of understanding to it.
We work on his obedience and tricks (he can speak & roll over) daily. His obedience is very good, except when he gets distracted. Do you think the obedience class would still be of benefit?
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