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Introducing Another Dog to Your Pit Bull

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Introducing Your Pit Bull to Another Dog

Is it wise to have more than one Pit Bull in one house? Does it matter if the other dog is a male or a female? How about a Pit Bull and a dog of another breed? The answers to these questions all depend on the following factors: Your Pit Bull, his environment, his early exposures to other pets, and your commitment to train your dog properly and keep the peace in your household.

You have a better chance of keeping peace in your house by getting dogs of opposite sexes. Two male Pit Bulls are likely to fight with each other, so are two female Pit Bulls. Male Pit Bulls are less likely to fight if they are neutered, but spaying females does not have the same effect. In fact, many female Pit bulls are especially aggressive during their heat period.

Two dogs of about the same age may fight over who is going to be the leader. Having two dogs work better if one of them is older than the other, making the older dog the obvious leader of the pack. Senior dogs are very well respected by younger dogs, which is the reason why puppies get along so well with their elders. In some rare cases, problems starts because a youngster may seek dominance over the older dog. When your two Pit Bulls start fighting with each other, check to see if this "fighting" is only common rough playing or maybe an occasional quarrel between the two which is normal between two dogs. On the other hand, a quarrel that gets violent with one dog that draws blood is a potential problem. If this kind of quarrel happens more than once, then you better reconsider if keeping both dogs is still a good idea.

Sometimes, having two dogs works out perfectly when only one of them is a Pit Bull. If you have an adult dog that is not used to being around other dogs, test your Pit Bull and observe how he behaves around another dog. When doing this, make sure that both dogs are securely restrained.

The following exercises can be performed to determine the sociability of your Pit Bull around other dogs:

Place the dogs in neutral territory. Place your Pit Bull in a kennel to keep him secure and then walk the strange dog into his view. Some dogs tend to be more aggressive when placed inside a kennel, so if your dog lets the other dog approach him and still acts friendly, then this is a very good indication that your Pit Bull will get along with other dogs.

The next exercise is to put both dogs on strong leashes and then walk them right next to each other while letting them focus on different diversions. Give both dogs treats but do not let them fight for the food. When you are introducing a new dog into your home, you may need to ignore the new dog around your Pit Bull. Praise your Pit Bull when your new dog comes by. You need to emphasize your Pit Bull's feelings of leadership by petting her and feeding her first before you feed the new dog. This will assure him that he is still the special one.
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