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Laura - 2010-04-19
My daughter has a 2 year old pitbull and she loves everyone but my husband. My husband has been loving toward her dog. The dog barks and is afraid to go near him for some odd reason. We have him feed her, walk her and everything else to help the dog stop barking. She will only get as close as an arm length from my husband and then runs scared. He has never raised his voice or hit her. We are bewildered. Before my daughter got the dog she was raised by a man that scolded her a lot. Does she remember this when it comes to a male figure although she loves other men/ boys just not my husband. Do you have any thoughts to the situation? Thanks

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  • Dave B - 2010-06-07
    Wow... this is a really odd situation. Especially since your husband feeds, walks, plays with him. It may be that the dog really thinks he is her former owner but that is hard to believe. I wish I had an answer and Im very interested if you do. If you find an answer please let me know.
  • Laura - 2010-06-06
    Please respond to my question if you have a solution for me!
  • leona - 2010-08-01
    You really need to contact cesar millan. He can help anybody. Dogs live in the moment. He will tell you that. He will tell you that she does not think of her past owner as your husband.
  • Jordan - 2014-04-11
    The reason why she behaves this way is because of the previous owner. She associates your husband as being her older owner. If an animal is abused they will associate negative experiences with somebody else. For instance if someone who always wears orange abused the animal then it is common that the animal will have problems trusting others who wear orange. This is something that will heal in time but it can take a while depending on how sensitive your animal is and how deep the abuse was.
  • kyliegh stevens - 2014-04-16
    Well... I have had lots of pit bulls in my life and I am only 1. So the solution is to get her to trust him first. Like let her come to him not the other way around. Let her have her own quiet place, preferably dark for her to go when she is scared and runs. Don't run after her. You can make it under a desk with a blanket draped over it. She will feel safe in there. If she does not come to him within one month, at least once then you can try having your husband around a corner out of her sight while you are walking her and bring her around the corner to see if she will react. Just test her a little bit. Don't push her. She will come to when she is ready. This all worked with my pit bulls. One other thing is find a more confident dog and tie them together with a rope about 3-4 feet away from each other and have that other dog come to your husband. First make sure that the two dogs get along before doing this. And the more confident dog will show your dog that your husband is safe not the bad guy. If you need more help find me on face book 'isabella marie blue' I have 2 facebooks so do both. And keep doing this until your dog comes to your husband by herself.
  • kyliegh stevens - 2014-04-24
    I meant 13 not 1 for my age.
Bobbi-Jo - 2008-07-10
Hey my name is Bobbi-Jo and my boyfriend & I have a beautiful pitbull named KOBE! He is amazing in every way possible! HE is extremely loving and well behaved! We also have cats-which he loves too...we actually raised kittens with him around all the time! In fact the kittens preferred to sleep with him! He played with them and watched over them! Anyways I would love to help you with your fight against PITBULL HATERS-as the saying goes people are scared of what they don

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  • kyliegh stevens - 2014-04-17
    I have been trying to STOP bsl and no one listens to me. When I am with my pit bulls people stop and drag their children to the other side of the road. They say that I will regret having my dogs. They say they will turn on me. I have been all loving to my dogs and they are loving to me as well. I want to STOP BSL FOREVER! I want to be able to walk my dogs down the street like every other person. I want to be able to have my dog with other dogs. And I want others to do the same. STOP BSL FOREVER! I want to make a change in the dogs life and others lives. I want a change in my life as well.
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nicola - 2011-07-28
I have a 20 month male english bull terrier. I have had him from 12 weeks old, he lives out the back in a well built kennel, but he chews everything, the kids toys, fence, door frame. You name it he chews it. He goes for walks. How do I stop him from chewing? He has the run of the garden. When I go out to work he howls and barks until I get back, anyone got any answers?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-28
    Puppies chew and they need to chew to first get rid of their puppy teeth and then to keep their teeth healthy. You want him to stop chewing your things so you have to provide him with his things. When he goes to chew one of your things, remove it say "NO" and give him one of his own things. A trick I was shown is to take some old keys and put them on a keyring. When you throw them they make a lot of nose. Do not throw them at the pup. However, if the pup goes or is sniffing or chewing something it is not supposed to throw the keys at something that will make noise (the chair closest to him or something - the floor) and yell "NO". This worked for me for many a pup. There is no point in punishing after the fact or yelling no after the fact - they have no idea what they did wrong. You need to catch him in the act when you are with him and tell him "NO" Outside - he think you're in the home. He wants by you. The trainer told me to put my pup in the smallest room in the home that I didn't use when I went to wrok. I put my 110 doberman in the guest bathroom
    and my doberman went right through the bathroom wall, into the kitchen and into the master bedroom and ate (shook all the feather pillows up to the vaulted ceilings. I will not pass on that advice. Instead I will suggest a crate - large enough for your pup to move in with a t-shirt that has your scent on it. Can someone come during the day and let the pup out. Crate - next to a doggy door scenario has also worked for me. Laundry room with a dogggy door. He is going to keep on barking outside - as he thinks you are home and just not bothering. Doggy doors work well with small pen/crate safe enclosuresa in the home and fenced in area outside.
  • Sarah Kennedy - 2011-09-06
    Deal with one issue at a time. He's struggling to know where he fits or he's trying to dominate you.
    Barking: he's frustrated and wanting attention. From anyone. Bad or good attention, doesn't matter, just attention. Have you tried an anti bark collar?
    Chewing: He doesnt know which things are his to chew or he's doing it to get your attention again. The key trick mentioned by previous review is great. As are air cans, they work in the same way, they make a harmless noise which breaks dogs attention, at which point you redirect his attention to something you want him to do/chew. Also have your tried repellant on things like door frames, fence? Bitter apple spray, strong english mustard etc. again harmless but nasty tasting.
    You need to teach him which are his things. My EBT, Ozzy, is 12 months and he went through a major phase of shoe killing, including a pair of Jimmy Choos!!!! I took a pile of shoes and everytime he went near them or tried to pick one up I used keys, verbal command and/or air spray. Took a few days and a good few hours of input but he now leaves all shoes alone. Hard work but so so worth the effort as he's happier as he knows what's his.
    Let us know how you're doing.
    Sarah and Ozzy
  • Julianne - 2011-10-19
    The reason for the chewing is precisely this bull terriers thrive on human contact. They are not suitable to be kept outside at all, they need to be near you for their emotional health and if not will be destructive and will generally find something to take their stress out on. A bull terrier is not for someone who wants to kennel them outside ................... they would rather live in your lap.
  • debbie smith - 2012-03-18
    You don't have the time to spend with this animal who will take negative attention over none just like a child! Interact with this responsibility you chose to have.
  • Tammy agoney - 2013-01-15
    Maybe u should have researched the breed a little better!! He is part Of ur family!!! If you cannot Train him so he can live inside , rehome him so he isn't neglected for The rest of his life!!
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-15
    I kinda sounds like he's bored and needs more personal interaction.  They are great pets, but do require a regular interaction with their owners every day, with a good and fairly long excercise/training/play period. They learn to look forward to it if it is on a regular schedule. You might want to get a personal trainer to work with you and the dog to address the behavior problems.
  • Guy St. James - 2013-02-14
    Dear Nicola: Not replying to give you a hard time or slam you; but you probably have the wrong dog [English Bull Terrier]. I have been a 'English Bull Terrier' owner most of my life and these are NOT,NOT,NOT. kennel dogs. Even though they may seem to be a strong independent dog they are not. Should have done your homework prior to ownership of a 'English Bull Terrier'. These babies[English Bulls] require TONS of HUMAN companionship,or they will fail to thrive. A well loved 'Bull' will tolerate being left alone for a few hours[2-3], but any more than that is really pushing it. Sorry for the long wind here-but 'Bull Terrier' ownership is really a 'lifestyle' and huge commitment. Please reconsider thinking you have a kennel dog here.
  • Anonymous - 2013-03-06
    A few years later here...we hope for the best for that young English Bull Terrier. A warning to those reading this and considering adding Companion pet to their Family? Research theed bred, what environment you are offering, what are their needs and requirements: energy level, needed space, what they were breed to be/ do.... Then, and ONLY THEN select Your friend and be the BEST friend you can be. We've had outside and inside pups, we acquired a Labrador who we Thought should be outside..same'destructive' behavior-read about labs, brought him in-problem solved. Researched English Bullies , HAVE her in obedience training....crated....sleeps in it in our bedroom!
  • Colin rose - 2013-08-09
    You don't leave your bullie for that long it needs your friendship. I did not get one till I gave up working. I was brought up with bullies. I had no trouble with mine she was never left that long where I went, she went with us.
  • Noel - 2014-03-19
    I'm about to get a mini bull terrier, if I leave her alone for about 10 hrs is that good or bad? Will it affect the dog?
david watson - 2014-01-11
hi i got my english bull terrier 5 month ago as she was left tied up in a back yard and the owners didnt want her iv took it day by day with her and she came 2 and was doing brillint up ntill last 3 week she is not eating proper and he as nibbled the fur off all her 4 paws i took her to the vet n he said she as the worest case ov exma so i gotsum tablets off him cost 54 pound and they never helped 1 bit so i rang bk my vet n he said best thing to do is to put her down so i av not gone bk with her dose any1 v any advice 4 me plzzzzzz dave

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  • NN - 2014-01-21
    Hi Dave, You have done the right thing ignoring your vet, that is so extreme and should only ever be considered in dire cases. Once you take them in they become part of the family and that doesn't become an option. There are lots of treatments available and I found the best to be the natural ones. Our old English use to get sore feet as they tend to wee on them when they go and it burns the skin. Firstly try washing her feet often and drying properly. We also found antihistamine work to help with inflammation. Humans use a oat bath to soothe skin complaints so that may be worth a try?!? Soak oats in some tights in warm water then use that to wash with. Lastly you could try Manuka honey, it's expensive but can work wonders for lots of things for man & dog. You can try melting a tsp In warm water (not hot as you'll damage the goodness) and rinsing the area with it and also feeding it to the dog can sometimes help their natural immunity. I really hope one of those helps and if in doubt you can always contact a reuse center before you put a dog down for advice.
  • G.Baker - 2014-02-05
    Hi. I am so glad you did not listen to your vet.English Bull terriers are prone to a lot of skin problems and vets tend to want to stuff them with drugs. Our bull terrier is suffering from inter digital cysts which is common also in bull terriers. The vet recommended all types of drugs for this complaint which when we researched them they caused all kinds of problems in the long term. I think it is better to try more natural treatments to cure the skin infections that this breed suffers from. Firstly look at the diet you feed your dog as a lot of these breeds have allergies to certain foods and a lot of them do not get on well with grains in the commercial foods. I would try a more natural diet if that is possible and if you can get some pure salmon body oil not salmon liver oil. If you can obtain this add a little to the food each day, start it gradually then build it up to the correct amount for your dog. Again as the other person suggested try an oat wash, as this soothes the skin. Hope this helps,
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Terrell - 2013-09-03
I have a 16 months year old red nose pitbull. What is the best time to mate him, now or should I wait another year? Last, is he a truly sneak red nose potbelly cause he has a white and red body?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-04
    It is said that pit bulls shouldn't be bred until they are two years old. I would talk to the breeder you got yours from to find out about its actual type. If you don't know who the breeder is, or much about your pet, it's  not a good idea to breed it. You won't be able to produce the breed type and essentially the offspring will be mutts and there's so many in shelters right now that need good homes.
  • Jamie - 2014-01-07
    The best time to mate him is never. Millions of Pit Bulls are euthanized every year for being homeless so you would only be contributing to an already huge problem.
  • Eddie - 2014-02-02
    I have 2 rescues, don't breed.
cyndy - 2014-01-26
my red nose pit does not pee or poop when being walked around the school path he waits till he get home and uses the back yard. Is this usual? If we travel with him is there going to be a problem?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-01-26
    Sound like you have a very well behaved Red-nosed Pit Bull! I imagine he will travel just fine, but do let us know how he behaves when you travel with him.
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Diane Martinez - 2013-06-12
About 5 months ago we bought a beautiful little American Pit bull terrier puppy, and since then, she has been a pure terror. We say she is the Velasoraptor we never had. She bites, doesn't know her name, not potty trained, destructive, ETC. Now, we realize, she is deaf. We are so sad for her. But, I had decided, I do know some sign language, and I will adapt it for her, I will train her to walk by tying her to my waist, and basically, we shall figure this one out. Of course, she will have to be spade. And we will not be able to register her. I tried to call the breeder, but his voice mailbox was full. He may have some male 'blues' left, but if deafness is inherited, male blues inherit agressiveness I've heard when they get older. Not to mention the fact, we love this dog, and will keep her. (Tia Maria)

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-12
    What a surprise that must have been to realise your little pup was deaf! But it is so great that you are going to work with her and help her make her way in a world that for her is silent. You guys rock! and I am so very impressed with your commitment:)
  • Aloysius. A - 2013-10-17
    Hi Diane Martinez, You are great. GOD bless your family and your little American Pit bull terrier puppy. Actually the little one is soooo lucky to be born in this world that to have a guardian like you. I am soo happy when reading (we love this dog, and will keep her.) All the best.
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amber - 2011-11-02
I have a 10 month old bull terrier who eats everything and never stops. He jumps on everyone and just won't ever calm down. He also eats everything he can put in his mouth. I am thinking of obediance classes and neutering him. Which should I do first?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-02
    Neuter or obediance - I would neuter the pup first and they are good to go in a couple of days. So I would make an appointment for neuter and sign up for obedience classes right away. 10 months old is a pup and they are high activity dogs and will calm down but will probably be more like 18 months to 2 years before CALM. Obediance classes are great for this pup both training and socialization. The bull terrier is not any easy pup to crate train either so constant supervision is pretty much required. A trainer taught me to throw keys and yell 'NO' when my dog was doing something wrong. You don't throw the keys at the dog just at a chair or ground or anywhere close to the pup so there is a large noise and the yell 'NO'. It startles them and reinforces the 'NO'. By the time you get to the dog and the shoe the dog is eating - it is too late. So if you are sitting there and see poor behavior a big 'NO' and throw the keys. It worked great for me.
  • Morgan - 2013-09-26
    It's just what bull terriers do I've found out lately with my new one. Walk them regularly, treat them like children (if they jump on you completely ignore them and turn away till they stop, if they chew, buy a crate, not a fancy one.. It too will be eaten, expect it.. Bones, lots of bones, not raw hides.. And what I have found to be cheap and affective.. Get a large gallon jug and stuff treats in it, leave the lid off, and wa la!! The noise is quite annoying but it's better than chewed up stuff. Also, get your dog on a routine, lots of walks and lots of playtime!! This is what made be be able to manage my first bull terrier and keep her out,of trouble.
Morgan - 2013-09-12
I have recently been given a one year old bull terrier. Her previous owner left her outside and hardly spent any time with her. I have always been a big fan of the breed and I have been doing an insane amount of research. Where I live I have no yard so she stays inside 100% of the time. I walk her every day and let her run around in our community dog run. She is been great inside.. Besides the fact she eats everything in sight. No matter what it is, she eats it. We have lost keyboards, headphones, tv remotes, playstation controllers, hair brushes, movies, you name it. We try to keep as much as we can out of reach but something's are impossible. I keep her on a leash almost the entire day just so I can watch her. I've bought bones and chews but she eats them in a day. I'm on a very tight budget so buying a big bulk of chews is out of the question. What can I do to reduce her chewing on our things? I'm not giving up on her but my boyfriend is on his last leg with her and I want to show him she can be a good dog and she can be trusted. I just have no idea were to start. I'm willing to put all the time I can, I just can't afford a lot of extra things.. Please, please help me.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-12
    She sounds like a great dog! but is still in that energetic part of life where chewing is essential. You can consider crate training. It is a great way to keep from giving the dog the run of the house, and dogs trained properly will get to where they really appreciate their own space. It does require that you spend dedicated time with you pup, playing activities then followed with 'time out'. It also gives you more control over what she can have to chew on, until she gets past this energetic time of  uncontrollable chew urges.
  • Morgan - 2013-09-24
    I have her a crate now and it has made a world of difference! Also, another thing I have discovered on my own that works miracles... Home made dog treats stuffed in a large ozarka plastic bottle.. The sound is annoying but it keeps her attention for hours.. Yes, hours. And it's free! We have not had anymore chewed up items since!
liezl - 2013-09-15
I have a 4 year old bull terrier male. Very loving and spoiled! We got an 8 week old femal bull terrier 5 days ago, and our male usually doesn't like other dogs! I have been indroducing him to her by putting her on my lap and letting him smell her. He sniffs her and his tail is wagging, he seems happy, but I can't put the puppy on the floor then he wants to jump on her. Or when she barks at him and growls he looks pretty upset and looks as if he wants to go for her. What can I do about this? And must I wait until she is about 7 months to stand her ground before I leave them to see if they will bite or play with each other?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-16
    Sounds like they are still getting to know each other, but they are well on their way to being good friends. How cool is that!

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