I love this dog so freaking much. He is happy and sweet and terrifically naughty. He’s locked me out of the house. He ate his way out of my tent when we camped out at the flyball tournament. This morning he brought me a knife while I was still in bed.
Last Saturday he started attacking Steve.
It’s not without cause. Steve stares at him and growls. He’s either resource guarding me or resource guarding a chewie when it happens. Steve and I are so close and Steve is not the most secure dog, so I understand why he does it, but if he could just stop, he’d stop getting eaten. So Steve offers a fight and Trek being a young enthusiastic pit bull with no self-control says hell yeah, bring it and then I get caught in the middle and end up with impressive bruises. So far it’s been all noise and spit, though Trek did nail Bean in the face (not sure what that was all about).
I contacted the local behaviorist on Monday and she is coming out on Tuesday, but in the meantime, I’ve been working a lot with Trek on ignoring Steve’s jerky behavior, and I’ve been trying to figure out how to put a damper on Steve’s stare/growl routine. I’ve been having more success with Trek.
We’re down from 6+ fights last Saturday to 0-1 a day, and much easier to break up. Still, this is stressful for everybody.
It didn’t even cross my mind that it would be a problem bringing home a male pit bull into a house with three other male dogs, and honestly, I don’t know if sex has anything to do with it. Bean’s intact and he doesn’t have a problem with Bean. He loves Hambone. It’s just Steve. And just in certain situations.
I did call the shelter to ask what returning him would look like. I have until July 30th to return him, no questions asked, but since I told them why I’d be returning him, they said they would probably not re-adopt him out. They would try to get him into rescue.
I’m afraid of him being killed for being a pit bull.
He is such a good dog otherwise, and it gives me hope that we’ve made so much of an improvement in a week, and that’s without the help of a behaviorist.
She only gave us a 10% chance of success, primarily because Trek is so young (maybe 9 months). But we’ll see what she thinks now. Hopefully she will be more optimistic.
I love this dog. Just like Luce, he came with lessons to teach me.
I can’t give up on him so quick.