Posted : 7/11/2011 7:57:54 PM
Well, we're still working on it...but I think we're making progress! I decided to just start from square ONE!
We started resocializing Stewie by sitting outside a dog park and seeing how nicely other dogs can play. We have been doing TONS of walks with and without the baby and Stewie and I have been trying to strengthen our bond. We have been working one on one with a GREAT kennel owner and trainer, and my little Stewie is quite the talented boy! He is doing well with tons of tricks, commands, and we just started agility to help him gain some confidence.
I appreciate everyone being SO understanding on this forum about my pitties...Stewie definitely is a very impurely bred dog. Probably bred very poorly. I admit I have a terrible soft spot for pitbulls...no matter how well or poorly bred. It's definitely rewarding working with him, and bringing out the good and dampening out the bad.
I've just been treating him like a dog I had never had before...starting from square one. We've noticed his barking, his hair standing on end, and his growling when someone touches his paws is almost non-existant. He is definitely a very fearful and unsure dog. Not sure what is right or wrong. So we are re-teaching and hoping to take it to new levels.
Stewie's newest and most FAVORITE job is to go get a toy for the baby! We have a bunch of plastic toys in a bin by the television, and Stewie knows "Go get Aiden a toy!" and will choose one and bring it to him. Baby Aiden SQUEALS with laughter and his silly Stewie is so proud!
So thank you...It's going to be a long road...but I think we're gonna get there! I'll keep updating our journey. We still cannot walk by other barking dogs with Aiden in the stroller...stewie cannot handle that. We also are unable to have dogs in the backyard adjacent to ours with Stewie and Aiden on the porch together, or stewie barks like crazy...but we're working on that!