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Hello, my name is Zak. I have recently adopted a American Pit from a family that was stranded on the side of the road. They where on vacation, and there RV caught on fire days before. They where on there way home to Idaho, and didn't make it any further than Albuquerque NM. That's where i met up with them. They had been at a road side rest stop for about 4 weeks and the mama had pups while they where out there. 12 of them to be exact! I spent all day with them, took to dinner, got them a hotel room, put some gas in there car, and then we went to Pet Smart and took care of there pups. They had flees pretty bad, so bad that the whole family had shaved there heads.. Guess they didn't know any better..
Well, by the end of the day, one of those pups wouldn't stop following me around. She was the only one in the litter that was willing to leave the pack. Also the runt too! I fell for here, and now she is with me. Her name is Penny. She is now 9 weeks old, and WOW what a hand full!!!
I am an over the road driver, and Penny does ten times better in the truck than she does at home. This has me concerned. I have two dachshunds at home, and a cat. The dogs don't mind her, my female Della, she plays with here from time to time, and my male, Archie, well, he plays, but it is in a fashion to show dominice. The cat has made it clear she does not care for her. But she does not attack her either. She will let Penny sniff her, lick her, but the minute that Penny wants to play, well, Jane, let's her know it ain't going to happen..
Now, why did i come to the forum.. Simple really. I live in an area that opposes Pit Bulls, they are no more familiar with the breed than what the media has told them. Which we all know is not good. Needles to say i cant find a willing trainer that is affordable.
I have bought a couple of books, but they don't touch on subjects that i want more detail about. I have found a guy on line that says he can help train a Pit owner to get the results they want out of there dog, but he two wants a lot of money.
I can train this dog on my own, but i don't think i will get the results i am looking for fast enough. I figure going to a forum board where there are other Pit owners i may be able to meet some one that is willing to help me out without breaking the bank!
Penny will be my companion, my copilot while I'm on the road, and a guard dog for my truck.
But at the same time, i want this dog to be VERY social while out of the truck, with other people, and in time other dogs. I have patients, and i know it wont all happen over night, but she is already starting to show signs of aggression with my wife, and the other dogs in the home. Not to mention we are having one hell of a time with the potty training.
She has here first set of shots, got dewormed, and is a healthy pup from what i can tell. She eats well, never finishes what i put in the bowl, and drinks plenty of watter.
Like i said before, i got her at only 4 weeks, so it took some time to get her to take to watter, but once she figured it out, o-man do i wish i had a camera that day! Priceless!!
She is great with me. She will let me clip her nails with no fuss, give her a bath with little to no fuss, and she understands NO from me very well. But there is so much more..
I thank who ever is responsible for starting this forum, and look forward to meeting new people, and hopefully new friends as well!
Thanks in advance to any one willing to share there experience.
Zak, and Penny.

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This is Penny at about 5.5 weeks..
 

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I forgot to add something that may need to be cleared up quick.
I KNOW that it was not a good decision to take Penny at 4 weeks, but the breeders having limited choices that they did, and in the circumstances that where presented HAD to get rid of these dogs quick. They had already started to ween them, putting them on soft puppy chow, and removing them from the suckling proses.
Against all good instincts, i took Penny knowing that if i didn't she was going to end up in a pound. Now, i dont know the BSL laws down in NM but, i knew i had a chance to give Penny a life then and there. And that's why i decided to take here that day. Hell, if i could of, i would have taken all 12!!
Just wanted to clear that up so i didn't get flamed for taking a pup too early..
Thanks.
Zak.
 

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Welcome! Penny is adorable...I'm sure you'll find lots of helpful advice from everyone around here. :D
 

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mom to many said:
Welcome! Penny is adorable...I'm sure you'll find lots of helpful advice from everyone around here. :D
Well thank you, i appreciate the warm welcome!
I do have a "first" question of sorts..
My puppy has longer hair than i thought she would have, anyone else ever seen this in this breed?
My buddy has a 1.5 old APBT and he said his had long hair for about 6-8 months.. ?
Any one else?
Thanks!
Zak.
 

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I think that their fur tends to be kind of 'fuzzy' when they're young, making it appear longer...it will probably become more sleek as she gets older.
 

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Welcome to the forum. Penny is really cute and looks like she is going to be a handful. For sure you need to get her a crate. She is becoming very attached to you and probably is jealous of your wife. You have to nip this in the bud right now, by telling her no and teaching her to sit. Let her know quickly that you will not tolerate this behavior.

There are a bunch of "stickys" on dog training and puppy training and care in the Training
section. Read these and then come back with your questions. We will be glad to help.

p.s. these are more "Make you aware" dogs then guard dogs.
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p.s. these are more "Make you aware" dogs then guard dogs.
I know your right!! My Dachshunds make good guard dogs! But Penny, all she has to do is sit in the jump seat of the truck and look pretty!! That will be all the "guarding" she will ever be expected to do for me. The ignorant people that don't know any better will be the ones i need to scare off, and that will do the trick!!
She is kenneled, she doesn't like it, but she is on a very strict routine, she gets only a certain amount of play time, eating time, and free time out of her kennel.
I have a lot to learn yet, it will be a long road I'm sure. When i was younger i had a boxer, i was too young to know how to train, and ended up with a dog that was WAY out of control.. Not the dogs fault though! My mom got her a great home, and that man turned her around.
Well, thanks for the warm welcome, and i look forward to more discussion!
Zak.
 

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Congrats on your new baby. And kudos for helping the family out. A couple of really good books that I enjoyed and found useful are: The Art of Raising A Puppy (by the Monks of New Skete), How To Be Your Dog's Best Friend (by the Monks of New Skete), Cesar's Way (by Cesar Millan), The Dog's Mind (by Bruce Fogle), and The Dog That Loved Too Much (by someone but I don't remember).
 

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That pup is a doll. I'm here in Albuquerque =0)

I have a boxer and a AB, never have raised a APBT but the one thing that has helped me train my pups is consistancy. Consistantly using the same command words, and if you don't want them doing something dont ever let them slide. Just like a kid =0) If they get away with it once it always worth a try.

I take my dogs to work and they have a little bed next to my desk, people are coming in and out all day to say hi, so they just love people, I also take them to the dog park. I keep a real close eye on them to make sure they do not come up against a shady dog. Try and keep away that fear agression I read about. Oh and my cat absolutley could not stand the dogs, he was pissed. But I just made sure that their contact was controlled until he was confortable and one of the pups started chasing the cat I would stop him, and tell him no. I dunno, thats what I did, but now they sleep together and lick each other. =0)

Anyway welcome, makes me happy you saved a life.
 

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Welcome, and Penny looks fine. I myself got my boxer at 4 weeks old for the family was going to go on vavation, 9in the winter) and leave a bucket of water and a bucket of food for them to eat. How many pups can reach a 10 gal bucket???? Dah!!! So I got her early, she now weighs in at 75+ pounds and is almost 3 yrs, old. You can see her on my wesite http://stellabulldogges.tripod.com/ her na,me is Bridgette
 
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