Having just adopted (another) pitbull mix dog, we realized she’s pretty wild. When we walk her around the neighborhood, people react with mixed reactions: delight, fear and a combination of both. She’s cute:
However, she has a very loud, ferocious bark and it scares people. Barking at our guests is absolutely unacceptable and we’re working on it.
Luckily, there are numerous effective resources on the internet:
Cesar Millan is always a surebet;
If your dog bites;
Teach your dog tricks!
Working with your dog is invaluable. There are no shortcuts. Believe me, it’s challenging and I’ve been tempted (more than once) to simply purchase a “shock collar” or something that will make it all easier. But I want her to be well-trained and reliable. I want to be able to control my dog.
So, it’s off to purchase more treats and do the work. Each morning, I play fetch with each to get their exercise in. As Cesar Millan says, their bodies need to be exercised so that their brains can work well!