pitbullmamaliz wrote:Personally, I feel that if Boss doesn't want to hang around the other dogs, why try to make it happen?
dlynne1123 wrote:They should also realize he should NEVER be a dog park dog. Its totally different then supervised play time with family pack members or friends dogs. Please whenever adopting out a bully, address this thoroughly. I see people who are a little too ignorant end up with a bully and think the dog park is totally acceptable, until that one time. NEVER dog parks or day cares. Just too much at stake. As far as socializing with appropriate dogs, with handlers you trust, I like to take dogs for long walks together with other handlers to get some of the 'new car smell' worn off and then let them passivelly sniff while walking, avoiding eye contact and overcrowding at first. A brisk walk too so there's no real face to face contact. They should be more interested in the walk than each other, then gradually get them doing work together. Obedience or exercises, that aren't play at first. This will help establish leadership. After a few weeks of this you should have a pretty good idea whether other dogs will work, or none at all. It'll give you a better idea of what kind of home is appropriate. I don't recommend meetings off leash with bullies as things can go pretty bad pretty fast. So the walk works well with my fosters. Then we come home, they are all tired and lay in particular areas in the house without encouraging play. If the other two are teasing it isn't fair.
I agree with Michelle, avoid toys, treats and food altogether! It just can't be expected of every dog to share. Especially temporary packs.
pitsnok wrote:Do you guys suggest we crate Boss in another room? I was under the impression it was good to have them crated in the same area so they could get used to seeing, and being around each other without actually having any contact.
I also thought it was good for Degan and Harlow to be out and get used to Boss and Ollie being in their crates--to desensitize them. It is rare for them to 'investigate' him in his crate, and for him to get mad about it. They can be around him anywhere and he pays no attention, it's just when they are obviously checking him out. I felt like it was important to include that in my original post so you guys could have a better understanding of the whole situation.
I don't feel like he is necessarily dog aggressive because he never gets excited, or anxious. He never puts his hackles up. He seems similar to Degan in the sense that he is just unsure how to behave, and like I said, feels like he has to be on the defense because all of this is SO new to him. He is REALLY chill, and most of the time just wants to lay around. When we had him out with Harlow last week everything was totally fine. They smelled each other and hung out with no problems whatsoever.
With all the improvements he has made with everything else so far I feel like it's too early for me to just chalk everything up to dog aggression and leave it at that. Is that wrong of me? Am I being too hopeful?
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