The owner of a somewhat timid, sad puppy says:
My pitbull puppy is being a cry baby and a wuss.
My pit bull puppy (terrier, dad and blue nose, mom. 3 months and some weeks)) is being a real wuss about things. He lets our kitten bully him, and my other puppy (shi-tzu mixed with chihuahua,7 months. Same size as him in height but not weight.) bully him. The pit cries/whines over everything.
I love him and will continue to love him, but I just don't understand why he acts this way. He has never had a bad experience.
My boyfriend bought him directly from the mother's owner. The only time he has ever been hit and tied up was when he ate from the litter box once, and ate all the kitten's food when I turned around.
If he pees inside the house other than the training pad (he knows what the pad is for). I just take him outside and leave him there for punishment. Nothing past that, but I am concerned, will he always be like this?
I hope he will protect me if any danger was to come. Are there any ways to make him tough now that he is a puppy without harming him or treating him bad.
I did my research online for dogs in general and No I don't baby him, only once in while when he deserves it or when I come back from school and he is happy to see me.
I find it weird how it's a pit bull out of all dogs to be acting like this because it's not even in their personality. Penny for your thoughts, any suggestions? Gale's Reply:
In reading over your explanation, it seems to me that you have quite a few misconceptions about dogs in general and pit bulls in particular.
I don't know what you mean exactly when you say you don't baby him. But the fact is, at this age and stage, he IS a baby. Whether pit bull or some other breed, puppies are
puppies. It's not reasonable to expect a puppy to behave like a dog.
It's also a common misconception that all pit bulls are of a certain temperament. Breed characteristics may point to general tendencies. But, every dog is an individual. And in any case, it's too soon to know what your puppy's socially matured personality will be like.
I get the feeling too that there's a lot of inconsistency in the way you interact with him. For example, you say he's 'never had a bad experience'. (That's your POV, not his.)
At the same time you acknowledge that you have hit him at least once and you tie him out as punishment for peeing in the wrong place.
On the flip side, you say you don't baby him (whatever that means) EXCEPT on the occasions where you think it's warranted or he's happy to see you.
I'm pretty sure your puppy is thoroughly confused by now with this Jekyll/Hyde approach to puppy training. (Maybe that's why he's whining.)
On the whole, punishment isn't a particularly good teacher. And, it can damage your relationship with your dog.
Most dogs have some protective instincts towards their owners. But, the ones who will actually put themselves in harm's way without a second thought have a deep bond with their human. And, frankly from what you've described, that's not happening with you and your puppy.
Instead, you think he's a wuss. And, he probably thinks you're a little crazy--happy to see him on one occasion, tying him up outside as punishment the next.
My advice: stop punishing your puppy for making puppy mistakes. Get on board with a reward based training program like Canis Clicker Training
that will show you how to cultivate confidence rather than uncertainty in your dog's character.
And, if you have access to Animal Planet on cable, I highly recommend watching Victoria Stillwell's program "It's Me or the Dog". It's entertaining AND educational.
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