My new Rescue: Beef

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My new Rescue: Beef

Postby PitBoss007 » Mon Jan 14, 2008 11:58 am

Beef was found on Craigslist. His owners were threatening to throw him out if no one came to pick him up. He's a 1 1/2 year old, 125 lbs., unaltered, untrained, unsociolized, hyper active Pit Bull Bull Mastiff mix.
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And actually a good dog.
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He pulls on the leash, is skittish, and doesn't know his name. But, I held up a treat and said sit, and his attention was all on me. His tail was goin, and his eyes were locked with mine. I said lay down, and he did the same exact thing. So I have him the cookie, praised him and he sat with me.

Something tells me this is a dog who wants to learn, wants to please. He is about 5 times the size of my Boss Man, but he never bit him during play. He ran and trampled all over him, so play stopped, but never opened his mouth on him. And Boss was jumping at his face and nipping at him. He usually doesn't play like that either.

I'm trying to keep him as a foster, we can't keep keep him... ;) My boyfriend says foster only. (I love him) But we can foster him. (The dogs have their own room in the apartment, we live next to a fenced in dog park, they allow pits and pit mixes, they have no weight restriction on dogs, and max dogs is 2) I don't see why not!

I'm going to the training section now... I'm going to start with his socialization. He's awesome with Boss, but a little too rowdy, so I'm taking him to the puppy park and throwing the tennis ball for as long as he wants (I don't think he's ever done that), then we'll try that again.

Any tips you'd like to offer would be awesome! Thanks for reading, and I don't think I said it, but we're on crate and rotate in the house right now, cause that dog is friggin strong! I think he'd LOVE weight pull, so we'll see!

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Postby rgyoung777 » Mon Jan 14, 2008 12:13 pm

Kudos to you for taking him out of the situation he was in.

It's great that you're so eager to help Beef get on his way to being a great, confident dog, but it's really important that you give him time to adjust to his new life away from his old owners. That means very little or no time with other dogs, for the first two weeks. He needs his own space, and down time to adjust, as well as one-on-one time with you, to build a bond.

Though he came from a bad situation, even a great new life away from his old owners will be stressful and overwhelming at first, simply because it is new to him. Once you have given him a new start, then you can start on training and socializing, but I really think you should hold off on big changes for now.

This is a great thread to read, and one that all who have new dogs (fosters or permanent residents) in their homes should read and follow.

Two Weeks--Give 'Em a Break!

Set that gorgeous boy up for success. :thumbsup:

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Postby PitBoss007 » Mon Jan 14, 2008 12:17 pm

Thanks so much! Right now he's in my room, we have another crate the Humane Society rented to us in the dog room. I have to buy a second one, but want to wait for Boss to grow a little. We will leave the dog room door open, and do it that way.

And I think I meant it the park was empty, usually is this time of day, but I walked down the block and saw a few people there. We'll throw the ball at my parents house.

Does anyone have any advice about pincher collars?

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Postby merriterrier » Mon Jan 14, 2008 12:23 pm

Beef it's what's for dinner! roflmao

Good Luck! I'm so glad you helped this kiddo out!

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Postby amyd » Mon Jan 14, 2008 12:36 pm

Does anyone have any advice about pincher collars?

I would go with a martingale collar instead. :thumbsup:

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Postby PitBoss007 » Mon Jan 14, 2008 1:09 pm

I have never heard of that... Do they sell them at PatSmart, or where can I find one?

Scratch that, I know exactly what it is, I just didn't know it was called that... I just called em loopy.

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Postby violet » Mon Jan 14, 2008 4:40 pm

Petsmart does have martingales. They have both the chain type and the all nylon. The collar is loose when the dog is not pulling and tightens when the dog pulls. Alot like a choke chain except it can only tighten just so far. Unlike a choke chain.

Personally I love prong collars. When used properly they are very effective. but can cause injury if not used correctly. So..do some reading up before you jump into either one.

My newest and most favorite pull stopper is the sporn harness. (just google sporn harness) Despite appearing lightweight, they work on every dog I have tried them on so far. :thumbsup: and they dont require pressure on the neck to get the results.

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Postby luvnstuff » Mon Jan 14, 2008 5:37 pm

I would steer clear of pinch or restrictive colllars as this is a new dog and he has NO idea what is expected of him.
Think of a stranger taking you into their house, you dont speak their lanuage and every time they tell you something they pinch you.. wouldnt you become annoyed and really not want to be around them ?
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We execpt so much from dogs so fast, is amazing..no matter the age when they come to a new enviorment its so over whelming.
So thank you rgyoung777 for pointing to the thread I was going to point you to !
Easy does it..give the dog a chance to catch its breath before throwing the world at him!

Martindales are much better for training and they cant slip out of them.

he sounds like he is going to be very big..sure its mastiff and not great dane? he looks so svelte!

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Postby luv my fur babies » Mon Jan 14, 2008 6:26 pm

luvnstuff wrote:I would steer clear of pinch or restrictive colllars as this is a new dog and he has NO idea what is expected of him.
Think of a stranger taking you into their house, you dont speak their lanuage and every time they tell you something they pinch you.. wouldnt you become annoyed and really not want to be around them ?
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We execpt so much from dogs so fast, is amazing..no matter the age when they come to a new enviorment its so over whelming.


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Postby PitBoss007 » Tue Jan 15, 2008 8:57 am

I'm starting to think I won't need anything to get him to stop pulling, as soon as he realized he can't pull me around he almost completely stopped. (I was amazed) He listens extremely well, is quickly developing the proper manners, and hates to be alone.

I think he was just never given the chance to be part of the family... Poor boy...

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Postby Ilovethepits » Wed Jan 16, 2008 1:03 pm

PitBoss007 wrote:I'm starting to think I won't need anything to get him to stop pulling, as soon as he realized he can't pull me around he almost completely stopped. (I was amazed) He listens extremely well, is quickly developing the proper manners, and hates to be alone.

I think he was just never given the chance to be part of the family... Poor boy...


Wonderful to hear - bless you!! :thumbsup:

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Postby JCleve86 » Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:00 pm

If you do decide to use a "tool" to help with pulling, I'd second the suggestion of the sporn harness. I tried a martingale and a prong on my little guy and neither really worked as effectively as I would like. On a whim I bought the sporn (thinking it looked way to flimsy) but it's like a friggin' miracle. It's even minimized the "OOOOOO A SQUIRREL!!!" freak outs. lol

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Postby PitBoss007 » Thu Jan 17, 2008 7:32 pm

JCleve86 wrote:If you do decide to use a "tool" to help with pulling, I'd second the suggestion of the sporn harness. I tried a martingale and a prong on my little guy and neither really worked as effectively as I would like. On a whim I bought the sporn (thinking it looked way to flimsy) but it's like a friggin' miracle. It's even minimized the "OOOOOO A SQUIRREL!!!" freak outs. lol


Oh, those squirrel freak outs... How they occur at the most inconvenient time...

At this point in time I don't see the need for anything special. But will consider investing in a sporn harness for special walks and what not. He's doing amazing with his progress, and really a special dog!


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