PLEASE HELP MY PIT/LAB AND ME!!!!!

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PLEASE HELP MY PIT/LAB AND ME!!!!!

Post by Bryan Hink » Sat, 09 Dec 1995 04:00:00




: About 2-3 months ago I found a cute, shy little puppy near a friends
: place and after about 6 hours took pity on him and took him home. Since
: then I have taken him to the vet where I was told he was a healthy pit
: bull- black labrador mix (ug!), have had a friend who has trained dogs
: tell me that he's almost too hyper to train, had him get out of his yard
: (nice big one) a few times, and found that I will only have the strength
: to walk him for about another month. I've been told he'll probably be
: about 60-75 lbs - I (a light, 5 foot 2 inch female) can barely handle him
: now, at under 40 lbs! HELP!!!! PLEASE!!!! I'm a little nervous about the
: pit bull in him, not for myself, but I want (need) him to be a people
: dog, which he basically is. He jumps, snaps, nips, and chews on people
: and despite the fact he only does it in play I worry that if I don't
: completely cure him now he may not realize his streangth later. He's
: almost too much of a handful for me, a college student who has little
: unbudgeted free time (just for the record - his time is budgeted into my
: schedual), and the wonderful friends who are helping me with him. We're
: all just about desperate, though and I really need help! I don't
: necessarily want him to be perfectly obedient but he needs to be
: walkable, learn to come, sit, stay, and not bite - that's not too much to
: ask? Is it? I should probably add that I think he's part cat in
: temperment and not too smart (his name - Einstein - is a misnomer), at
: least if he is he's hiding it. If anyone can sugguest anything I would be
: extremely greatful!  I don't get to this group often so, if possible

   If he's gotten out of his yard he needs to be kenneled ,crated
chained ,cabled etc.so he can't get out of his own yard. Other than
that he sound like an unruly puppy ,a puppy that needs to go through
a good basic obedience course in a class environment.

                                   B.

 
 
 

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Post by Dave Rathn » Sat, 09 Dec 1995 04:00:00


 brushhk,

So, what's so abnormal?  Welcome to the wonderful world of
puppyhood!!!  We've all gone through it.

If you've had him for 2-3 months, and you found him as a puppy, I'd
guess he's probably 5-6 month old?   Well brace yourself, you've still
got a few more months of this to go through.  It's all part of them
growing up.

My only suggestion would be to get to some obedience classes as soon as
you can and get a prescription for some tranquilizers.  If you cant get
to some classes, then try some books.   Your local pet or this news group
should be able to recommend some good reading.

Just have patience, give it some time and be consistant in the way you
reward/reprimand him.

Good luck,
Dave.

 
 
 

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Post by Olin Workstation #1 » Sat, 09 Dec 1995 04:00:00


About 2-3 months ago I found a cute, shy little puppy near a friends
place and after about 6 hours took pity on him and took him home. Since
then I have taken him to the vet where I was told he was a healthy pit
bull- black labrador mix (ug!), have had a friend who has trained dogs
tell me that he's almost too hyper to train, had him get out of his yard
(nice big one) a few times, and found that I will only have the strength
to walk him for about another month. I've been told he'll probably be
about 60-75 lbs - I (a light, 5 foot 2 inch female) can barely handle him
now, at under 40 lbs! HELP!!!! PLEASE!!!! I'm a little nervous about the
pit bull in him, not for myself, but I want (need) him to be a people
dog, which he basically is. He jumps, snaps, nips, and chews on people
and despite the fact he only does it in play I worry that if I don't
completely cure him now he may not realize his streangth later. He's
almost too much of a handful for me, a college student who has little
unbudgeted free time (just for the record - his time is budgeted into my
schedual), and the wonderful friends who are helping me with him. We're
all just about desperate, though and I really need help! I don't
necessarily want him to be perfectly obedient but he needs to be
walkable, learn to come, sit, stay, and not bite - that's not too much to
ask? Is it? I should probably add that I think he's part cat in
temperment and not too smart (his name - Einstein - is a misnomer), at
least if he is he's hiding it. If anyone can sugguest anything I would be
extremely greatful!  I don't get to this group often so, if possible

 
 
 

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Post by PEAB » Sun, 10 Dec 1995 04:00:00


1)  You don't need to be afraid of your own dog.  If you are then you need
to find it a home where it is in the hands of someone that is not.  To
have a good relationship with and be able to trust your dog you have to
have confidence in the situation.  

2)  The best thing you could do is find a trainer that can teach you how
to understand you dog's behaviours and discipline/deal with them.  There
are many trainers these days that will come to you.  They don't
necessarily have to go through all the obedience basics, but it is always
good to do and makes the best of pets out of your dog.  

 
 
 

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Post by David Gorgo » Mon, 11 Dec 1995 04:00:00


Sorry you've had your hands full.  I too suggest you get into some
obedience classes  -- apparently they really do help and maybe a local
shelter will have pity on your plight and let you join their classes for
free.  Just a question -- we adopted a dog from a shelter and think SHE
may be a lab/pit bull mix  --what does your dog look like?  We're trying
desperately to figure out what ours is.
--Arielle

 
 
 

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Post by JFRCHRD » Mon, 11 Dec 1995 04:00:00


Pit/labs are fantastic in the right circumstances. They can also be
*really* strong and *really* energetic, as you are finding out.

You've really go to be able to reprimand the dog, however. You've got to
be intolerant of playful nipping. Believe me. If you don't, one of two bad
things will likely happen: (1) The dog actually hurts someone. Even if
accidental, this won't be tolerated. (2) The dog just scares someone, who
cries ***y *** anyway and you and your dog are in just as much
trouble, only now the injustice of the thing only drives you even more
nuts. Get a real trainer to show you how to get the dog's attention.

JohnR

 
 
 

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Post by JFRCHRD » Mon, 11 Dec 1995 04:00:00


Pit/labs are fantastic in the right circumstances. They can also be
*really* strong and *really* energetic, as you are finding out.

You've really go to be able to reprimand the dog, however. You've got to
be intolerant of playful nipping. Believe me. If you don't, one of two bad
things will likely happen: (1) The dog actually hurts someone. Even if
accidental, this won't be tolerated. (2) The dog just scares someone, who
cries ***y *** anyway and you and your dog are in just as much
trouble, only now the injustice of the thing only drives you even more
nuts. Get a real trainer to show you how to get the dog's attention.

JohnR