Adding a new pit bull
I have a female pit bull and want to add a male for a playmate, but i am not sure how she will act. When my neighbors loud, hyper Pomeranian comes to the fence, my pit acts like she wants to hurt him. But a pit bull from down the street jumped my fence and they just sniffed each other. She is fine with our bunny running around her. She even lets him take food out of her bowl. Should i try this? i am a bit nervous. any advice?
It sounds to me like your girl is "dog selective" meaning she likes some dogs, but not others. That's actually pretty typical. And, as long as you choose the second dog carefully and follow a few guidelines, you should be fine adding a second pibble to your household.
On the whole, it's better to have a male and a female than two of the same sex. There's less likelihood of hormone-driven competitiveness arising between them.
The key to a successful pairing is to make sure that the dog you are considering and your dog get along BEFORE you make a commitment to bring the second dog into your household. Proper introductions are key.
While some folks might encourage you to get a puppy, I'm going to say just the opposite for two reasons:
1. An adult dog's disposition towards other dogs will already be known. Puppies may be dog tolerant while young and become less tolerant as they become socially mature. With an adult, you know what your getting personality wise.
2. Your dog has already shown a dislike for a smaller, hyper dog. This could be a pattern.
One more tip: Never leave your dogs alone together when you can't be there to supervise. Even dogs that like each other can have occasional spats. But, it's a mistake to let them "work it out" on their own. When you can't be present, keep them separated.
Here are a few articles that go in depth about managing a multi-dog household.
For more information on obedience training, visit our Pit Bull Training page.
For help with behavioral problems, check out our Dog Behavior Training page.
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