Im trying to introduce my 4 year old fixed, loving pitbull to a unfixed 9…

Im trying to introduce my 4 year old fixed, loving pitbull to a unfixed 9 month old German shepherd and it’s always ending in aggression. I’m loosing hope, if they don’t get along I have to get rid of my dog and he will be euthanized.

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PK Dennis
5 years ago

How is the GSD around other dogs?  Can he go to a dog park with no issues?  How about your Pit?  If both do alright at dog parks in general you can try getting them to de-escalate at a dog park.  Each dog must have a handler (you AND your sister for example).  Arrive separately with a four foot leash on each dog.  Have one dog enter the park, dropping the leash (don’t take it off) then walk him away from the gated area letting him meet and greet other dogs. Take him as far away from the gate as… Read more »

Jana Rade
5 years ago

Why is it important that the two get along? I take it they will have to live together? Family dog? Roommate’s dog? What have you tried? What do they do and how long before it comes to aggression? Who starts? There is not enough information to even picture what is going on. Best recommendation is to work with a good positive reinforcement trainer, ideally one who specializes in dogs with issues.

Jana Rade
5 years ago

It IS a good idea to start introducing them on “neutral” ground, such as outside on walks. But sometimes there is more to it than that. Perhaps they are not comfortable being that close to each other that fast. Perhaps the “formation” is too tight. Perhaps being on leash also plays a role. (For example, in the classes we took, introductions are often done off leash but with a physical barrier in between. Working with a good, competent trainer can make a huge difference. You need somebody who can observe the dogs’ behavior and has the means to manipulate the… Read more »

Jana Rade
5 years ago

I see, they already “live together” in a way. Be careful with your choice of professional help but do find one.

Margrit Simons
5 years ago

Hi Tiah;
I don’t understand how you can even consider euthanizing your dog! Why don’t you at least make an effort to find a loving home for him or in the worst case give him to a no kill shelter!