Older pit bull does NOT like the new puppy

by Lesley
(CA)

I have a 7 year old female pit who we've had since she was six weeks old. She is our kids' dog and our inside dog. She is the most wonderful dog with my two little girls. The problem is, she hates other dogs, in particular puppies.

We just got a new puppy. I am keeping them apart and trying to give lots of attention to the older one. I know that she would bite it for sure if I let the puppy run up to her.

I plan for this new puppy to be an outside dog and still let our older dog have the inside to herself...but the puppy is sleeping inside a crate in the house for now. Any advice or tip on how to make her like it or not bite?

Gale's Reply

Hi Lesley:

I can't imagine why you would bring a puppy into your home knowing full well your dog hates other dogs. To be frank, this seems like a reckless decision--a disaster waiting to happen.

You can't make a dog-aggressive dog like another dog just because you've decided to add another dog to your household. For as long as you have both dogs, you'll need to be vigilant that they don't cross paths.

That you intend to make the puppy into an 'outside dog' doesn't help matters in my view. It may be easier to keep them separated at that point. But a dog that lives its life outside is never really part of the family. And depending on the circumstances, it will be more vulnerable to disease, theft, predators or some other mishap.

I'm guessing this isn't what you wanted to hear nor what you were expecting. But I believe your best course of action is to acknowledge your mature pit's nature. Love her for the dog she is and accept the limitations that go along with that.

In other words, find the puppy a new home--one where it can live safely indoors with its humans.

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Oct 15, 2011
outside dog?
by: candy

why in the --- did you get any dog , to be "outside" dog. they are "pack" animals, when you have a dog, YOU become part of that pack- how is an "outside" dog going to be a member of any "pack"? we don't live in caves anymore- dogs should be inside or at least in AND out. as far as an older dog not liking a puppy? most don't, puppies are annoying, loud, and just disrupt the familiar routine of the older dog. learn to live in a "gated " house for a while. or find the pup a new home, where it wil be loved on and kept out of mother natures elements. and just enjoy your older pitty, who just wants to be an only child.

Oct 15, 2011
had 1 the same, i was suprised how she acted..
by: Ebony

I have a 9yr old bitch that had been with her mother & father all her life, didnt like other dogs was an understatement, Medusa would kill another dog as a youngester had she had the chance,she had a go at everything that come her way,even if they approached & were going to be submissive,she didnt even give them a chance, took her to vets,i worked at equine clinic so had alot of options,nobody could give me an answer other than its her..
anyway, 18mths ago,4 months AFTER i had to have her mum pts, my partner "babysat" a 3wk old pb pup that mother's had milk fever & couldnt feed,i had her in the babthroom,behind 2 closed doors, Medusa went in while i was out,she had ample chances to sneak past me or push past but she choose to be sneaky about it,i came home couldnt find pup,only its little foam house/bed & its stuffed dolls it had.
SHe looked very sheepish on the lounge,i freaked out started crying,calling my partner "she's killed it"etc etc,she had placed it in her bed,pulled towels out of the clean washing basket & cover it.with a day or so she was lactating & trying to feed the pup..very bizzare.
They love each other 2 bits, but Medusa is boss by far.has she returned to her old ways with other dogs,yes but nowhere near as bad as she was ( id be struggling to pull her up on a basic lead,now she can have NO lead on,go to start,does the twisted neck & ears go up,i say dont you dare & she looks at me like ok i wasnt really going to) wish you all the best, your better off introducing a younger,smaller dog into any household that already has a dominate dog,that way they feel like their "boss" still.So the trainers say. good luck.

Oct 15, 2011
Hi
by: Laura

The truth can really hurt sometimes. But remember Gale is correct, and although this is not easy to hear, please head this advice whole heartedly. What happens when one of your daughters is trying to protect the new dog when the old one tries to attack. I'm sure as a mother this totally makes sense to you. That type of senario could turn deadly, and not just for the dog. Your an intelligent lady, or else you wouldn't have asked for advice. And as an intelligent person you already know in your heart what needs to be done. Be wise my friend and remain a one dog home:) PEACE

Oct 15, 2011
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by: Anonymous

I agree with you, Gale. Also, if the puppy's only interaction with other dogs comes from the snarling "indoor" dog and dogs he barks at from the other side of the fence, you are going to have two dog aggressive dogs, two dogs that want to kill each other and two dogs who want to kill other dogs who pass by in the neighborhood. It will only take one little slip up for one or both of your dogs to end up another story in the news about crazy pit bulls. Wake up, people! These are not poodles and every pit owner has a responsibility to make their dog the best dog they can be. You don't create a great dog by sticking it in the backyard. Don't create a situation where your dogs ruin it for the rest of us.

Oct 15, 2011
1 Inside-1outside???
by: Gina

How can u chance this seriously?? I agree with the rest of the posts!! There should b no such thing as 1in & 1 out!! Dogs r ment to b with their people not tied out & left alone if/when u get bored of them!! Also should 1 get past u or ur kid & they fight it's NOT an event your kids or you should have to deal with! If u can not break it up one could be killed as well u&/or ur kid torn up! These dogs r a strong fierce protective & sometime very territorial breed that need firm owners & understand what they can & will tolerate in their territory! You MIGHT get them to get along but knowing your dog is dog is aggresive is just asking for trouble!! But if u don't get ur older to tolerate an addition it's just way too much risk!!
Friends that owned 1 of the grandparents to ours had the same deal! 1 day while they were gone they somehow got together & they can to a bloody mess, 1 dead & the other so torn up they didn't know if it would live either! Just not worth it to get another & then not let it in!! So unfair!!

Oct 20, 2011
7 year old pitbull
by: Anonymous

i think ur very cruel having a pup to keep outside thats awful

Nov 06, 2011
Wow
by: Lesley

Wow, I was not expecting such a negative response. I thought maybe someone would have some constuctive advise. I am not an idiot, let me explain a couple thing. I AM NOT forcing a little puppy to sleep outside. The pupppy has a nice big crate to sleep inside. Adn has plenty of love and attention from our family. You guys are making term "outside" dog so negative. I meant when the puppy is an adult. I have had pit who would only go outside to do his business and then immeadiatley cry to come back in if not chew down the door, I do not want that again. We recently moved to a home on five fenced in acres with plenty of room for more than one dog. I would NEVER have my kids in a situation that put them in between two dogs.
I am also happy to report that my older female has been getting along great with the puppy despite her history. We have worked hard to integrate this puppy into our family through playtime and walks together and now they play great. My older dogs is grumpy and doesn't want to play with the puppy sometimes, but that is normal. I am a responsible and loving pit bull owner. Thank you for all the judgment.

Nov 22, 2011
My Older Bitch Won't Share Me Either
by: Kathy

My 6 yr old bitch doesn't care for other dogs - She was raised with an older mixed male and when he passed she jumped every puppy I introduced to her - Let's call this a personality trait not a breed trait - That is another misconception about the breed - Give the puppy a break and find it a good in the house home - Pit Bulls are so smart and physical but sensitive -

Jan 22, 2012
Seriously?
by: Violet

Leslie said: 'I thought maybe someone would have some constuctive advise.' just because you dont like it doesnt mean its not constructive.
L said: 'You guys are making term "outside" dog so negative. I meant when the puppy is an adult.' Pit bulls were bred to live indoors and to bond closely with humans. If you want an outside dog, get a husky. How do you think the dog is going to take the demotion from indoor puppy to outside dog when it grows up?
L said: 'I am also happy to report that my older female has been getting along great with the puppy despite her history.' wonderful! However, the information you gave in your original post made you look like a very irresponsible owner, and I'm still not convinced that you aren't. You seem to have done no research on the breed if you think they can live happily outdoors, separated from the family. You asked for advice, and made yourself out to be clueless, and headed for disaster; were you expecting accolades?
L said: 'Thank you for all the judgment.' again, when you ask for advice...

May 15, 2012
regarding older pit does not like pups
by: Anonymous

I have a 4 year old red nose female pit. And she is an alpha female. Her first year and a half I had her sister same litter Anna's boy o boy that was insane. They fought and fought not to kill each other but for dominecy. Well I had them both fixed and I became I boss. I Have to say it really helped. I think they had only 1 fight after being fixed and ably 2 years ago, some evil person try threw meat full of antifreeze in My yard and one of My girls ate it and it was the most painful thing I had to watch. I took Her to the vet ABC's they thought she had hypothermia which they are inside animals and I live in Alabama on the gulf where it's really cold. After spending 300 bucks for nothing My poor girl struggled and fought for her life but she died on My 13 user old in the car on the way back to the vet. I only wish I could of gotten ahold of our vet try would of put her down, this dog did not have a sliver of mean in her verses the one I still have. She's the protector, and I've tried to get her a puppy and she wants to be the only one. I think you will have a life of stress if you try to make a dog live with another even they don't want another animal around. My out is My daughter. This dog has helped me in ways til never imagine. I've had 3 back surgeries and she's helped me out of bed. And God for bid anyone tried to hurt me or My son. Let your dog live out her years Happy.. you'll be Happy to. Dad's I don't agree with anyone keeping their dog out side all their life. Don't do it not worth it.



Nov 06, 2012
Pitbull lover
by: Anonymous

I have 5 dogs.... 3 pit bulls, one Chihuahua mix and a teacup Chihuahua . Not all homecomings were easy. I stayed on top of the more dominant pit at every moment. Do not give up. Consistency is the key!!!! Stay on top on the more dominant dog to let them know they are NOT in charge!!!! YOU ARE!!! I trust in my ability to handle my pits and the loyalty they have to me. The newer pup ( teacup Chihuahua ) took a lot longer to integrate but I DID NOT GIVE UP!!! I wish I could post the pics of them all sleeping together!!!!! Just STAND YOUR GROUND and let your dog know YOU ARE ALWAYS IN CHARGE and that you will protect ALL member of your PACK!!!!

Pitbull lover!!!!

Dec 30, 2013
pitbull
by: Anonymous

having the ane problem i have a male rotti and also bitch pit she is fine with my rotti but any other animal including horses is a no no for her i did however bring another male american bulldog male pup into the house only a few days ago max my male ritti knows all pups are pups and is ever so gentle no matter how old hes fine but my bitch pitt is having non off it.... hence i introduse daily ahour or so at atime with them she does tences up and goes for my new pup as he is still to young to defend him sell i wouldnt dream of keavng them be alone but patience is the key and eventually you will finf she will expept him as par of your pack but you must be the alpha off your pets showing you will not tollerate agression towards members pf your family ... ps dnt get a dog to be an out side dog i see no point in having a dog who lives out all yaer long...it ill take time but will pay off in the end

Feb 13, 2014
Need information but it won't let me add a regular comment NEW
by: Samantha

Well I read Lesley's whole post and sorta understand where she is coming from, I have also read the replies ( which I do believe some were a little harsh) correct me if I'm wrong but when I came across this website it to me seemed like somewhere Pitt bull owners or anyone with Pitt questions can go to receive information or advise, not to be bashed and judged. Anyway, I have a 1 year old red nose girl whom I just love to death and will do anything for her, she has stolen my heart and I just want to make her happy in anyway possible, I probably rushed into getting her and most likely didn't know what exactly I was getting into when I got her, she is my first actual pet that is mine and fully my responsibility, I know about pittbulls and know they can be aggressive animals but I also am one who believes it is up to the owner to train well and also know how to because it is difficult and obviously there are certain ways u need to train! Anyway my baby girl is so playful and happy and constantly wants to play but the think is, she doesn't like playing by herself, I want to get her a friend (specifically a blue nose boy) but I have no knowledge of how male and females do with each other especially when they didn't fully grow up together, my girl I have now, her name is Millie and she is the sweetest dog and most loyal animal I have ever known, thing is, if she doesn't know you, she is protective and VERY scared (of everything not just people) but she will show aggressiveness toward people she doesn't know, same goes with animals, she has never actually attacked anyone or any animal and she does have animal friends, her best friend is a little bishon Or how ever it's spelled, but she's know him since she was a baby, I just want advice or information on how I should go about this,please don't criticize me like some did Lesley, because I like her, and just looking for helpful answers, not to be told I'm an idiot. I know I probably should have learned more about training a pittbull before I got one, but I didn't and there isn't much I can do about that now because I wouldn't change or give her up for anything in this world, I understand my mistakes, so please anyone let me know what U think about adding another puppy to my family so my Millie can have a friend again she just turned 1 year old. Thanks

Feb 13, 2014
Need information but it won't let me add a regular comment NEW
by: Samantha

Well I read Lesley's whole post and sorta understand where she is coming from, I have also read the replies ( which I do believe some were a little harsh) correct me if I'm wrong but when I came across this website it to me seemed like somewhere Pitt bull owners or anyone with Pitt questions can go to receive information or advise, not to be bashed and judged. Anyway, I have a 1 year old red nose girl whom I just love to death and will do anything for her, she has stolen my heart and I just want to make her happy in anyway possible, I probably rushed into getting her and most likely didn't know what exactly I was getting into when I got her, she is my first actual pet that is mine and fully my responsibility, I know about pittbulls and know they can be aggressive animals but I also am one who believes it is up to the owner to train well and also know how to because it is difficult and obviously there are certain ways u need to train! Anyway my baby girl is so playful and happy and constantly wants to play but the think is, she doesn't like playing by herself, I want to get her a friend (specifically a blue nose boy) but I have no knowledge of how male and females do with each other especially when they didn't fully grow up together, my girl I have now, her name is Millie and she is the sweetest dog and most loyal animal I have ever known, thing is, if she doesn't know you, she is protective and VERY scared (of everything not just people) but she will show aggressiveness toward people she doesn't know, same goes with animals, she has never actually attacked anyone or any animal and she does have animal friends, her best friend is a little bishon Or how ever it's spelled, but she's know him since she was a baby, I just want advice or information on how I should go about this,please don't criticize me like some did Lesley, because I like her, and just looking for helpful answers, not to be told I'm an idiot. I know I probably should have learned more about training a pittbull before I got one, but I didn't and there isn't much I can do about that now because I wouldn't change or give her up for anything in this world, I understand my mistakes, so please anyone let me know what U think about adding another puppy to my family so my Millie can have a friend again she just turned 1 year old. Thanks

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