Hey All -
I'm hoping that I can get some insight from some of you veteran owners. As you may know, King is the first pit that I've ever owned. I've been reading everything and trying to learn as much as I possibly can about the breed so that he's raised to be social, well mannered, and good reprsentative of the breed. We're his 3rd home and he came to us when he was 10 weeks old - and he's turning 8 months old next week. He's been a great dog, very loving and gentle. He gets along well with our pom and the two cats that we have. Sometimes the dogs play a little rough, and sometimes he chases the cats around the house (so does the other dog), and sometimes the cats go after him. All in all they seem to have an alright relationship. Although I think our 13 year old cat tolerates the dogs more than anything else.
Anyway, I'm curious about prey drive. I know that these dogs can be animal aggressive and I'm wondering how and when that starts to manifest itself. When we're out walking he takes an interest in all the little creatures we come across. He watches the birds fly by, looks up in the trees at the squirrels, and a couple of times has chased after a rabbit or a squirrel when it went running by. He's never caught anything, so I don't know what he would do if he got it. I know that a certain level of prey drive is normal and to be expected, but at what level does it become unacceptable/dangerous. Is there anyway that I can minimize it? Right now, whenever he takes an interest, I distract him and keep on moving on with the walk. Am I doing the right thing, what else should I be doing. Don't know if this plays into the equation, but he is very friendly with people and submissive and playful with other dogs.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.