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It's not just the shredding... (209.8) - Mark's Journal
It's not just the shredding... (209.8)
Penny needs a lot of training. She's a sweetheart and I'm in love with her, but she's a two-year-old pit bull who's been getting intensive training on how to be a dog who lives with people. Over three months she's come a long way, but the visit the other day made it clear that she needs lots more work. She jumps on people a bit, and while she doesn't tug on the leash unreasonably during walks, she does seem inclined to bite it... and try to wrestle it away.

I need to talk to the training person at the SPCA to see if she thinks a new dog owner is likely to be able to manage her further training. If she thinks it's a stretch, I'd be much better off going with a dog that's not quite as challenging for a newbie, and not in as much risk of being a misbehaving pit bull.


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ickletarakins From: ickletarakins Date: August 5th, 2013 10:31 am (UTC) (Link)
hey, if she's not the dog for you, she's not the dog for you. better to recognize that now and look for another dog than adopt her and struggle with her, or worse, end up returning her.
kaitl From: kaitl Date: August 5th, 2013 10:53 am (UTC) (Link)
I agree!
helianthas From: helianthas Date: August 5th, 2013 01:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Triple agreed! </p>

There is also a leash called the "gentle leader" which is very good for my friend's pit bull mix. You need to be the "alpha dog" to train these puppies!

kaitl From: kaitl Date: August 5th, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
We use the Gentle Leader harness with Scout (and used to use the over-face gentle leader). She still avoids having it put on, but she walks nicely with it. Before we got the gentle leader, she would nearly pull my arm out for the entirety of every walk.

Also-- I found the book Dog Training for Dummies (or something like that) very helpful... for whatever dog you end up giving a forever home to :)
mama0807 From: mama0807 Date: August 5th, 2013 08:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
She is a beautiful dog, but maybe she just isn't the right fit for you?
From: sylrayj Date: August 5th, 2013 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
It can be a hard thing to admit you might not have the kind of skills Penny needs, but I am so grateful that you are you. You're real, and you're aware of your own limits, and you can recognize that they can genuinely affect another life...

It would be lovely if more dog owners could do that. We'd likely have fewer in the pound.

aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: August 6th, 2013 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Needing lots more work = devoting lots more time, so she may not be the dog for you. For some breeds, two years old is barely out of puppyhood ... maybe a mellower breed would be a better fit for you ?

jencohen From: jencohen Date: August 6th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indy is part Pit (we think) and while he's very lovable and smart, he's also very, very stubborn. We use a prong collar with success to prevent me getting pulled off my feet. Unfortunately unless you're ready to put in lots of time and patience with training, she may not be the dog for you.
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