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13 Ways to Introduce Your American Pit Bull Terrier to Your Other Animal

Neutral Ground
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An American Pit Bull Terrier, also known as APBT, can be an excellent addition to your home, but like other breeds, proper introductions to other pets you have is crucial. Obviously, an intro with a puppy or young, well-socialized dog is easiest, but if you want to adopt an adult, finding one that will live in harmony with your other pets will not be a problem.

Keep in mind that every dog is different, so you may need to try a few methods. Keep an eye on body language of all animals, so you know when it is time to take a break, and try again later.

1. Neutral Ground

Regardless if you are introducing a puppy or adult to your current dog, ideally it will be done on neutral ground. This could easily be done down the road at the neighborhood park.

2. Walk

If both canines are dog-friendly have one person walk the new dog while you walk your current one. You can be side-by-side, but don’t allow the two to mingle too closely until you are confident they are both accepting one another.

3. Leashed and Uncomfortable

If your current dog or the American Pit Bull Terrier is uncomfortable, nervous, lunging, or growling at the other dog, walk past one another on opposite sides of the row. Provide treats as you walk by to keep the attention on you and not on the other dog. Start to decrease the distance between the two.

Eventually you will be able to give a treat to the dog you are handling and toss one to the other dog. This will help them learn that there is no threat. Some dogs will instantly be fine after one very slow intro. In some cases, you may need to give both a break and try again in a while. They will recognize one another, and eventually get used to being in the presence of one another.

4. Through a Fence

If your dog already has fence issues, then this is not a good solution. Some dogs are fine with animals, but put a fence between them, and they feel the need to lash out. If your Pit Bull is the fence-friendly type, see if you can borrow your neighbor’s fenced yard for a bit for the introduction.

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