- 3 years ago
- Wedding: June 2015
I fully understand that this sounds like crazy talk, but I am looking for some advice from dog Bees out there.
Last summer, our Goldendoodle was bit by a pitbull while playing in the park. It was totally unprovoked, and we learned afterwards that the dog’s owners had just gotten their dog from a rescue and had a history of aggression. They were incredibly apologetic, and our dog was fine after a trip to the dog ER, so while it was scary, it wasn’t all that big of a deal.
Since this happened, our dog, who LOVES all people and all other dogs has started to get a little aggressive towards any pitbull or dog that resembles a pitbull. Now, we know she would never do anything to these dogs (she’s just scared, really), but whenever a dog of that kind of breed approaches her, she starts to growl, which often times, sets the other dog off growling, and a few times, other dogs have even bared their teeth at her. Whenever this happens, we get her out of the situation ASAP, but it’s something we’d like to remedy if we can.
At first, we thought she was just scared of any dog that was bigger/thicker than her, as she has always been very submissive. But for the past couple of weeks, we’ve been taking her to a new dog park, where she’s played with an almost 90 lb. yellow lab (our dog is about 40 lbs. for reference), a 130 lb. Bouvier and a few other larger dogs. As soon as any pitbull or pitbull mix enters the park, though, she gets terrified and will growl at the dog, even if it’s completely friendly and wants to play.
So, Bees, tell me I’m crazy. How can my dog know the difference between dog breeds? Is this a thing? If I’m being totally insane, please tell me that, because FI doesn’t really believe she can distinguish a pitbull from another kind of dog. At the same time, he can’t deny that’s what’s happening here. We both love pitbulls and pitbull mixes, and we’re really embarassed when she does this to another dog. Any advice for helping her get over this fear? FI’s brother has a pitbull and they’re due to meet in a couple of weeks and we just don’t want it to be a disaster!