Pitbull / Bull Arab 18months old, Perth WA
Hi I have a beautiful 18 month old pitbul/bull Arab, he is so placid good with children but very hyperactive and i think is really anxious. When we leave for work he destroys everything, digs, pulls the washing off and has destroyed all our flyscreens! we have just built and have a big sand pit out the back for him... I have placed plants out there, he destroys them and also see foot prints on the outdoor table!! anything he can do he will.. He wont eat bones, he wont play fetch or tug of war, we have tried teaching him but not interested!! He is walked everyday in the morning, he is a well loved dog, feed twice a day and is aloud inside when we are home... Also for the type of dog he is he not much of a guard dog, he cry's at other dogs and i have only herd him bark twice... Is there any schools in Perth WA where we can take him to teach him how to be a guard dog and learn to stop destroying and entertain himself... Thanks Kat
ANSWER: Pitbull/Bull Arab 18months WA
Not knowing when you got the dog a few comments. If adopted after a puppy age it may well be lack of social skills, combined with anxiety that may originate from his previous life (which may also be why he does not play etc - as he may never have learned how to...) The dog is still young and with consistency in approach and NO molly coddling, I am sure you can work on the anxiety to a manageable level. The behaviour is stress related - possibly separation anxiety and if gets worse you need help. I would ask my vet re a trainer recommendation as I am really not aware - another source would be your state canine organisation. Ideally a trainer with a behavioural training background. I am sure when the dog matures a little more and gain confidence that you don't have to worry about him defending his pack. Don't even consider guard dog training as you may make a lethal weapon of him!
In Melbourne? See www.k9coach.com.au for local dog training services