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My pitbull puppy is starting to get aggressive....?

June 9, 2009 | By Tricia L. | 5 comments

sasha and paige

Hi everyone!! If you have any tips/ info for me it would be greatley appreciated!!
My fiance and I have a 6 month old Pitbull girl. She is tiny only weighs 28 lbs. The vet said she is healthy and not skinny or ne thing just small. We also have a 3 yr old male boxer he is huge.... (note: both of our dogs are altered)
Well The pitbull puppy and our boxer get along so good. They are always playing or cuddling. She is the sweetest lil puppy. However recentely she has started to get aggressive towards him only when there is food around or bones/treats. He is such a big baby that he just backs down to her. She did it last night with a bone and really really attacked him for it. I know that since she is so young that I need to correct this before she gets older. Does anyone have any ideas.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read!!!
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~Tricia
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Jellyfish
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Jellyfish
5 years ago

My pittie girl used to do the same thing. You have to absolutely correct the behaviour before it escalates. I make sure that I always feed my pets in their crates separately. Same goes for treats. If the little one steals the boxer's food or treats, instantly reprimand her and put her in her crate. Do not allow her to continue to have the treat or food, or she will think you are rewarding the behaviour. Now my pups are trained so well, that if I give them anything, they instantly run to their crate doors and want to be let in. Do this too, and it will save you so much hassle. Good luck!

danielle b.
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danielle b.
5 years ago

I know this is going to sound kind of mean but it might be helpful. We had our pitbull jojo start doing the same thing. I believe you pup is going through "Wee man syndrom". She is might love your other dog but at the same time she is a lot smaller than the other one right? Try just feeding them separtely for the time being, and if she still persists with the food agression you may have to move on to giving her a small spanking or other type of punishment for her behavior. Just like a child. Punishment is something that humans learn and animals must too at some point. If you don't correct her now you will be regretting it later. By the way don't feel bad pit bulls are not the only breed with food agression. Almost all dogs and most animals go through a stage of food agression at some point.

Danielle
Vet Tech

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