female minature schnauzer and pit bull

by Kara
(Salt Lake City, Utah)

We have had Lexi our mini schnauzer for over a year now and my husband wanted to get a pit bull.
So we got one and went with a puppy so we could train and socialize him, since we didn't get that opportunity with Lexi.
Well our puppy will try playing with Lexi and she will be on edge and snap at him. She hasn't done this with other dogs in the house. She always plays with them.
Is there something I am missing?

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Mar 19, 2012
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Fantastic they are best pals now
by: Michele

This great news .. Kara.. just make sure Goose does not get too rough with Lexi. but having them playing together is wonderful news.. I know Lexi would take to Goose eventually.. but remember Lexi must ALWAYS come first in whatever you do whether it be feeding or putting on her lead to go walkies.. then Goose will know that he is always second in the pecking order and have respect for her..

Mar 19, 2012
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The Schnauzer and Pit Bull are doing fine!
by: Kara

Thanks everyone for your input. My Schnuazer Lexi and my Pit Bull puppy Goose are getting along great now. Lexi is more patient with Goose and allowing him to learn his place. They also play together which is SO CUTE! Lexi will jump on the couch or Lovesac and get herself in pounce mode while watching Goose struggle to get her. She will jump over him several timesat which he finally gives up. They are so cute together, I am loving it! Thanks again, appreciate the advice!

Mar 15, 2012
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Judging the breeds..
by: Michele

I agree with James.. there is never a bad dog.. only a bad and aggressive owner.. if these people !! train their dogs to be vicious and anti social then it's them who are to blame, not the dog... you bring up a puppy, no matter what breed, in a gentle and kind home, then your puppy will learn to be gentle and will also gain discipline.. puppy schools are a great idea and makes him learn to socialise...
I remember about two years ago when I was walking through the gardens with my Schnauzer, Rebel, here where I live.. one of these anti-social blokes with a Staffordshire Bull terrier off lead and quite aggressive, but luckily the bloke was on the opposite side to me.. Rebel did his usual, play barked... the bloke shouted at me from across the stream, saying that if I didn't shut my dog up he send his across to sort mine out.. I was very frightened..
It's this kind that give these dogs a bad image.

Mar 14, 2012
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People who are ignorant are the reason dogs get the bad name
by: James

I find it so funny that people are so against certain dogs. They blame it all on the dog and not on the people who train them. If you are responsible with your dog training, you will have a controlled dog. Any dog can be aggressive if not trained properly, ANY dog! Ignorant people do not think about this and this is what keeps these loving companions from obtaining a loving home. Shame on those who judge these poor dogs before giving them the opportunity to prove themselves!I have met Poodles more vicious than most pit bulls out there. Train your dogs and you'll be fine. A responsible owner always keeps their dogs under control, regardless of the breed....

Mar 14, 2012
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life is better with two
by: Anonymous

Your welcome betsy. I think you will have a great time with the new addition. As for the nay sayers, be prepared to hear that a lot! People only know what they hear and people don't seem to gossip about the good things. They aren't as exciting. Pits are strong willed but not as much as schnauzers. Just make sure you give him his boundaries and socialize him with dogs and people often. As for the schnauzer, she will try to put herself in a secure place and act out from there, ie a couch or under a table. This gives her higher ground and she will act more aggressively. We put ours back on the ground and make her deal with it on the same level as the other dogs. Enjoy!

Mar 14, 2012
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Your Schnauzer & Pit-Bull puppy
by: Michele

.. Kara, you say you are trying to give your Schnauzer, your first dog, the attention she needs.. Remember ALWAYS put her first as she will get jealous if you show more fuss to your new puppy Pit-Bull.. I have had 4 dogs at one time.. 2 Yorkshire Terriers and 2 Mini-Schnauzers and never had any jealousy, as I have always put my eldest dog first, whether it be feeding or cuddles... and may I say ALL were dogs and entire..they have always eaten together as I put their bowls down one at a time starting with my eldest... I also had a German Shepherd and an Afghan, many moons ago and never had any jealousy either....Remember your Schnauzer must ALWAYS come first.. whether it be playing, cuddles or feeding.. then i am sure that your puppy Pit-Bull will learn to respect her, and they will be best of pals... but Be Careful and Vigilant...I at the moment have 2 dogs and they are great together..Rambo who is 9 and Rebel who is nearly 4..

Mar 13, 2012
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No dog of mine would be near one
by: Betsy, alpharetta, ga

I agree with Michele.

I wouldn't think of having any dog I was responsible for near a pit bull.

I know there are some of these dogs that are very sweet. And,it is sad that they must be grouped with the entire breed.

But, a few years ago on a flight to Chicago, I sat next to a Chicago policeman who had been on the force for 15+ years. I don't remember how the subject came up but he mentioned that he would not have his children or dogs near pit bulls.
He said that his reasoning was that of all the calls he had taken regarding bad situations with dogs a VERY high percentage were pit bulls.

Later, I mentioned this to my vet. He smiled and said he has had some very nice ones as patients, but if truth be told, he might just have to agree with my seatmate.

Mar 13, 2012
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Thanks Anonymous
by: Kara

Thanks Anonymous!

That helped. The more I observed them the more I could tell the schnauzer just wanted to be left alone. So I will let the puppy know when enough is enough. I was also thinking that since my schnauzer has been used to be the only dog for a year that she is just trying to understand what's going on. I am trying to give her attention and let her know we still love her even with a new addition to the home. We will see how she behaves over the next few weeks.

Mar 13, 2012
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Schnauzer & Pit Bull
by: Michele

Oh my Goodness.. Pit-Bulls are illegal in the UK.. as their grip can kill... many of these dogs are in my hometown, but the people that own them say they are crossed with boxers and staffies, or mastiffs, and the owners get away with that, as they have false papers ... why on earth did your husband get a pit bull ?????? If Lexi, your Schnauzer is not playing nicely with your pit-bull.. heaven knows what might happen when the puppy grows up....as he may take this as a threat and the worst could happen... playing is one thing but growling at your puppy.. not a good idea..Have a word with your vet.. or get in touch with Cesar.. the wonderful dog trainer in the USA.. he is on You tube , but try to contact him, and his advice will be of great help....

Mar 13, 2012
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should be fine
by: Anonymous

If she is snapping to make a noise it is called clacking, some breeds do this for play. I have never heard a schnauzer doing this but I just recently got one and have yet to research it. She may be doing it to let the pup know that she doesn't want to play and if she starts to make contact and bare her teeth you may want to correct her when she acts out. I wouldn't worry about the pity, they can take it unless she hits an eye. My pit will run around with our new addition hanging from his jowels while wagging his tail! It quite funny. Its also funny to watch them play rope tug as he will let her pull him across the room and then whip her loose sending her flying back to the otherwise of the room. That really gets her fired up and she usually spends the next 2 to 3min exahsting herself by running laps around the room and pouncing on our pity. My thought is to see how aggressive they are with eachother and don't slow it to get out of hand. And don't leave them alone with eachother either! Remember, you are the alpha of the house and its up to you to lead them in the direction you want them to go no matter how old they are. Good luck and have your camera at the ready!

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