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04-26-2014 02:26 PM
Mikelia I have 2 gsds and a apbt and things are great here. The biggest issue I have is the fear that if a fight broke out I won't be able to stop it. Sweetie (the apbt, she came with the name lol) is a rescue, I adopted her when she was about 2 years old and was extremely animal aggressive, and would NOT let go of a toy if her life depended on it. It took a lot of work but she's a true sweetie now. She has an immediate response to 'aus' meaning drop it. That was my primary goal with her.
I have had a few issues of the shepherds starting tiffs with her, and she will fight back but will stop the moment I say 'aus'. They compliment each other nicely, the gsds like to do a lot of bouncing and body slamming and she takes it really well. Nothing fazes her. I feed them all together in the kitchen and there is zero issues with resource guarding. Toys are available to every one, as are bones.
I do not let her play tug o war with the other dogs, as things could escalate quickly I think. I also do not leave them alone unsupervised (which you shouldn't do with an apbt and another animal anyways). I have one crate in the livingroom and they all share it, sometimes more than one dog in the crate at a time. I have worked really hard to get to this point with my dogs. I also have a border collie x and everyone except for the youngest gsd are rescues that came with baggage.
04-26-2014 01:48 PM
Pax8
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I hope I didn't come across as offensive, I just have seen it happen that people think the crates are fine. I always caution people to watch the access to them.
Oh no, you didn't! It was a great observation and I appreciate you pointing it out, most don't think of a dog getting possessive over a crate. It's just been a few years since I've had multiple dogs and explaining my introduction protocols helps me think through all the details of properly introducing a new dog.
04-26-2014 01:46 PM
wolfy dog Check out the Bad Rap kennels Home | BAD RAP Tons of good info.
I would consider a female that is older than three and is OK with dogs. A 4 year old Pitt that has not displayed (genetic) DA is the safest bet.
The play style of both breeds is compatible. A good Pit is the most fun dog you can imagine. I am personally hesitant to get one but they are one of my favorite dogs to work with.
04-26-2014 01:44 PM
Sabis mom
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Thanks, I've definitely worked around that before and made a specific introduction protocol that includes taking ownership of food, toys, crate, etc. Just as toys are not around for my dogs to just decide to own, the crate is always set up in my house as a good place to relax, but ultimately owned by me. I also balance that by making sure that each dog has a specific crate it is allowed to enter. I've even tagged crates that look the same so I remember which is which even if I break them down and set them back up. Only the dog that is allowed to use it is ever allowed to enter, so it is a bit of a solitude spot, not for the dog to own, but to retreat if it feels overwhelmed or relax if it needs a break.
I hope I didn't come across as offensive, I just have seen it happen that people think the crates are fine. I always caution people to watch the access to them.
04-26-2014 01:32 PM
Pax8
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Please be careful with crates. I used to always leave crates open so the dogs could have a nap if they wanted. Then one of my fosters decided she was territorial about ALL the crates. Breaking up a dog fight in crate is not cool. The dogs were both fine, thankfully, but I needed stitches.
I have a relatively small house, but it has been modified for crate/rotate routines with built in gates that can be pinned open as I like.
Thanks, I've definitely worked around that before and made a specific introduction protocol that includes taking ownership of food, toys, crate, etc. Just as toys are not around for my dogs to just decide to own, the crate is always set up in my house as a good place to relax, but ultimately owned by me. I also balance that by making sure that each dog has a specific crate it is allowed to enter. I've even tagged crates that look the same so I remember which is which even if I break them down and set them back up. Only the dog that is allowed to use it is ever allowed to enter, so it is a bit of a solitude spot, not for the dog to own, but to retreat if it feels overwhelmed or relax if it needs a break.
04-26-2014 01:25 PM
Sabis mom
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Thanks, I am most definitely aware of the "terrier tenacity" if they decide to go after something. I am definitely planning on having a very carefully controlled introduction and socialization process between the two, and the "safe zone" crates are a wonderful idea, especially in the smaller space that I'm in.
Please be careful with crates. I used to always leave crates open so the dogs could have a nap if they wanted. Then one of my fosters decided she was territorial about ALL the crates. Breaking up a dog fight in crate is not cool. The dogs were both fine, thankfully, but I needed stitches.
I have a relatively small house, but it has been modified for crate/rotate routines with built in gates that can be pinned open as I like.
04-26-2014 01:20 PM
Chip18
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Thanks for the advice everyone! Will read those links Chip18 And we'll see what I come across. I know the workers very well at the shelter I would be adopting the dog from, so they will also help me in finding one that would be a good match for me and my dog. I will also be doing a neutral ground meeting between the new dog and Kaiju before I adopt to make sure they don't just immediately hate each other.
Yes sounds like you know the drill...some adoption groups don't!

Nose to Nose intors is a sure loser! They tried that crap with my BullMastiff/APBT mix years ago...they told me no, I can't take their dog!
04-26-2014 01:03 PM
Pax8 Thanks for the advice everyone! Will read those links Chip18 And we'll see what I come across. I know the workers very well at the shelter I would be adopting the dog from, so they will also help me in finding one that would be a good match for me and my dog. I will also be doing a neutral ground meeting between the new dog and Kaiju before I adopt to make sure they don't just immediately hate each other.
04-26-2014 12:31 PM
DJEtzel I have had pit bulls and my shepherds together for years... I've never had a problem. They are a good match usually. I would definitely recommend and opposite gendered pair, and adopting a 2y/o + Pittie to ensure you know how it is going to act around other dogs RE; aggression.
04-26-2014 12:10 PM
blehmannwa I've had pits and shepherds for the past 11 years. At one point I had two Shep X and a pit--all female. I've never had an issue but I am also very vigilant. I monitor their play. I feed in separate areas with separate bowls. I think that a puppy is easier to incorporate than an adult but that is just my opinion. I would prefer opposite sex.
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