Pitbull's Attitude Towards Visitors
I have a year old pit, have had him since he was 6 weeks. He only likes people he has known for that time growing up--shows aggression towards other people and wants to bite them. He doesn't like it when people visit, but gets along with other dogs and doesn't show any aggression towards them.
He is alert the whole time visitors are here which could be a fews days if visiting for a weekend. He shakes the whole time and I don't know what's wrong or how to address it? I know he is protective but it's to a point where we can't have company cause he has to be in his cage the whole time besides to use the restroom.
I'm too afraid to take him out in public due to this situation. So he only knows the house and the fenced in yard. He is very loving to us and the kids that he knows and he listens. I'm just concerned about how he acts around others and I don't know if I should have him put down? What should I do?Gale's Reply:
You say he is loving to the family and comfortable with people who are familiar to him. Yet, he is hyper-vigilant and shakes the whole time when guests are present in your home. This sounds like it could be fear based aggression rather than pure aggression.
To be thorough, have him evaluated by a professional. If his aggression is fear-based, there's a good chance it's fixable through counter-conditioning techniques such as the those outlined in Click to Calm - Healing the Aggressive Dog
by Emma Parsons.
However, rehabbing an under-socialized dog that's become aggressive is no small undertaking. It will require real dedication on your part to work with him daily and to ensure the safety of visitors and strangers who may cross paths with him in the meantime. You would also be well advised to engage the services of a trainer or behaviorist to guide you through the process.
If it turned out that his behavior is not fear-driven, then you may be looking at euthanasia. But, from what you've described here, this sounds like a dog who deserves a second chance. I hope you'll be able to provide him with that.
Good luck. Feel free to post back here and let us know how things turn out.
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