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Old 11-24-2004, 07:47 AM
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You've been a good mother to Roxy. It's so nice when you hear about people rescuing an animal, especially one that's not in good condition and nursing them back to good health. I too have a pitbull mix (shelter told me the same cross as you). I don't like dog parks since I'm not sure how other dogs will react to mine and would rather be safe than sorry. I do agree socialization is key. My pitbull mix wasn't socialized much until age 9 when she started living with a cat, then an anatolian and then another cat. She's the alpha. Please just be cautious, especially in Canada or wherever you live since pit mixes do get a bad rap.
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Old 11-24-2004, 08:25 AM
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Your Roxy may be the exception, and Rotties are often very social creatures, and her sad beginnings may also have affected her outlook on other dogs (she was probably cooped up in with other dogs close by and being her only real companionship) but you still need to be watchful for Roxy's sake. When you take her out, you might want to consider getting a good sturdy halter. Not a Halti or anything special, just one that is sturdy. It will give you better control, plus if you should ever have to pull her back it's not as hard on her neck - or your arms. I've found, too, that dogs tend to try to pull away less in a halter than a collar.

Your story with Roxy made me smile. As badly as I hate hearing about dogs being abuse, I love a happy new beginning like the one you've given Roxy.
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Old 11-24-2004, 11:45 PM
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The pitbull dog park thing is such a hard one for me. On one hand she loves meeting new dogs - her tail was cropped very crudely and she seems to realize that she can't use her tail as communication (especially wagging), so when she approaches other dogs she will whine in excitement. But on the other hand she is definitely an alpha dog - she whines to show that she is friendly, but her head has to be above the other dogs. She is a little over 2 and since I have had her she has gone to a very busy dog park 2x a day. She is very protective of puppies - she has pinned some dogs that were quite aggressive towards a couple of puppies. When she has pinned it has been with her body weight, never her mouth. She will shoulder check the dog, then hold it down on the ground for a few moments. Other people at the dog park have witnessed this and nicknamed Roxy "Mommy Dog". They don't seem to think that this is any cause for concern. But has anyone out there witnessed their pitbull cross suddenly becoming very aggressive? I certainly don't want to be an irresponsible dog owner. Should I be concerned if Roxy is pinning a few dogs down?
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Old 11-25-2004, 05:14 PM
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Uhhhh YES!...that means she's already showing domination over the dogs...this could very easily turn into a fight. I DID take Messina into dog parks when she was young..before she reached the age of maturity (which is approximately around the age of 2..it may vary in some dogs, but I believe your dog is definately there right now as you have mentioned she's just a little over 2)..and as soon as I noticed her doing that (pinning other dogs down)..it was definately time to leave..

Other dogs may take this dominant behavior as a threat and react, in turn causing a counter reaction from your dog...very very good environment for a potential dog fight to start...I'm glad you mentioned this. Definately find another place for her to get her exercise and socialization because its honestly asking for trouble.

Thank you for coming in here an asking for advice, and for truely being concerned about your dog. I'm sure you both love one another very much.
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Old 11-26-2004, 03:27 PM
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I do agree with Pitbulliest in the fact that if your dog is pinning other dogs to the ground you need to stop taking your dog to the dog parks some less dominate dogs may think she is just playing or back off letting her be the dominant dog but all it takes is one other dog who wants to be alpha and you will have a dog fight on your hands if you want your dog to socialize walk her instead
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Old 11-26-2004, 10:25 PM
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As a long time owner of pitbulls I will say you need to have total control over the dog, and be ready to get between your dog and dog who wants to challenge yours! You should be thinking how to protect your dog from confrontation as your dog can win any confrontation it may face, in the event your dog does defend itself you are now faced with how to defend its action in court. Your dog will not have the emotion to pick a fight unless that is an allowed behavior. My pits are on a pinch collar when we walk to be ready to go to court on their behalf, as many unleashed dogs run to the street to "meet" my dogs if I want your dog to meet mine I will send out invitations, otherwise keep your dog in your yard. When we go to the park we walk on lead in the play area until I decide that the risk is minimal, the risk being mainly chows and huskys. Sharpei are also prone to provoke a fight. at our local dog park they have a play area for small breeds, if not watch out for scottys and yorkies as both are prone to bite off more than they can chew! My daughters chiuaiua prefers to play with her big family members, so I keep an eye on the big dogs who look at her as a toy due to the fact that our big dogs will protect her witha vengance! Pitbull psychology should only be discussed amongst other responsible pit owners for best results. I will discuss my tactics privately any time so pm me or e-mail me and we will discuss at length.
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Old 11-29-2004, 05:43 PM
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Keep going to the dog park. Some Pit'z love people and other dogs. If she hasnt done anything yet, she probally wont. Just be careful and watch here. There is always that little chance, but there is a chance with every breed, It's not just Pit Bulls.
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Old 11-29-2004, 06:55 PM
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I also said there is a chance. I didnt read the part where she said it has been pinning other dogs on the ground. I'm not ignorant. I have never been a slow and carefull reader and probally never will be..lol. Anyway..sorry.
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Old 11-29-2004, 07:51 PM
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Yea. I do that alot. lol. But I am very protective toward teh Pittie breed. There are alot of fighters around here, and it makes me so mad..

Sorry about the post..lol!
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Old 11-29-2004, 08:13 PM
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My mom does. But I dont live with her. I love him so much. I have a Blue HeelerXPit Bull
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