Hello everyone, My name is Josh, I'm from south jersey.
I just recently took in a 7month(ish) red nose pitbull. My brother passed away and "Champ" needed a home or he was going to a shelter. As of right now i know he has had his first set of shots, and is "around 7 months old". He is mostly tan but has some very neat markings such as a white "paint dipped" tail look, a neat white stripe on his neck, and white around his nose.
Hes in great shape, very friendly with people, dogs, and cats, but i wasn't able to get past information about his training, how he was raised etc. The family is still trying to track down vet records, or information of what vet he went to so I can get him transferred over. Hes still play biting, which i have researched and am trying to break. He hasn't bit hard enough to actually HURT me, but it does get annoying and after a few days of it my hands will get a bit sore just from the constant grabbing. As of current i have him sitting on command (which he didn't before), sitting for food, water, to get leashed for outside, toys during play, and for permission to get in my bed. Still working on getting him to stop jumping on the couch without permission.
From what i DO know, he used puppy pads in the house, and was on the porch a lot. Due to him being on the porch, he would just pee at random when he had to go. I'm not having TOO much issue with house breaking, the main problem I'm having is him not fully re-leaving his bladder when he is outside. Today i just had an incident where he came in from outside and taking a pee and as i put him in the kennel to leave to get myself dinner he peed on his blanket. I'm not talking a little bit, a good amount. I always praise him for his good deeds outside. I just cant for the life of me figure out why he wont fully re-leave himself.
Anyhow, i see a lot of good topics here i need to read more, such as breaking the play bites, and a long one about separation anxiety (i think he knows he lost his previous owner) which I'm going to read after i grab a bite to eat.
Hope to learn a lot here, I'm sorry i didn't get a chance to research the breed before hand, it just kind of all fell in my lap. I'm a single guy, live alone, and i really enjoy his company! I haven't had a dog since my miniature pincher passed years ago.
Thank you for your time.