Amstaff: reviews. Amstaff and other pets
Public opinion in relation to amstaffs, pit bulls and other similar dogs is ruthless. They are regularly represented in the media as "killer dogs." However, this is not fair, to say the least.
Is peaceful coexistence of amstaff with other pets possible?
Of course yes. Much depends on the age of the pets. When it comes to two adult animals, it will be more difficult. If one animal is adult and the other small (it doesn’t matter, a puppy or kitten), everything is much simpler. But nothing is impossible - with the right approach.
How to introduce animals to each other?
Acquaintance should be started in a territory where the second animal has ways to leave, i.e. the ability to run away and hide.
Acquaintance in dogs is complicated by the presence of a hunting instinct: the need to catch up and “try for a tooth”. For each pet, this instinct is expressed in varying degrees, but, in any case, the dog at the time of dating should be on a leash.
A person must "work" on a leash. That is, do not hold the dog by force, namely, to adjust its behavior. If the amstaff is about to throw at a cat or other dog, you need to hold it with a leash and a restraint command, or with a prohibiting team.
Do not hang over animals. You need to go down to their level - for example, sit on the floor, and be a buffer between them. Animals must be on opposite sides of you.
Limit the dog in movement with your body and leash, show that you need to be careful with the new pet.
First, the dog sniffs, sniffs the air, then follows visual contact. If it’s a kitten or a cat, let him first watch the dog from a safe place - a cabinet, a table, a high shelf. In no case should it be a limited place such as a cage or a carry.
You should start with a short acquaintance on a leash. Then the contact time increases. Later, you can take a kitten or cat in your arms, that is, limit the dog’s ability to attack with his own body, setting a barrier from his hands.
For good behavior, the dog must be encouraged. But do not touch the animals once again, do not select one of them, do not persuade and do not lisp. Just confront the fact and control the animal from which there is more aggression. Do not touch anyone again with your hands, although you will want to touch and comfort the weaker - this cannot be done.
Expert recommendation: Do not think that as soon as you introduce the animals, they will immediately become best friends, even if both behave calmly and seemingly friendly.
You need to give your pets time to adapt, get used to each other, gradually increase the contact time, control their behavior: for example, the amstaff will want to lick a puppy or kitten - please let it lick, but you control this process with your hands, let the cub is on your lap, and with your hands you create a barrier preventing the dog from getting excited and seizing the cub. At first, you should not leave animals alone, unattended.
When two dogs meet, their first meeting should take place on neutral territory, both on leashes. We do not hold the leashes, but only control, we must be between the dogs and the body as if to obscure the weaker. Then it will be useful to walk together, to give them a play. At first, control the dogs during meals, do not throw them one toy for two, do not leave them alone indoors.
How to understand that it is time to complete the meeting-acquaintance?
As a rule, the owner learns to recognize his mood and intentions during his life together with the pet. If the dog has a steadfast gaze, “ears on the top of its head”, it seems to have squeezed into a lump and just devours another pet with a look - this is a clear sign that it is just waiting for the moment to grab the “prey”.
Amstaffs and pit bulls, as well as many hunting breeds, have a peculiarity: they very often do not indicate the moment of attack or this designation is very short. Where another dog can reel, start jumping and in every possible way demonstrate a desire to attack, staff and pit from a state of imaginary calm can make a lightning jerk - and the victim is already in the jaws. Therefore, you need to be especially careful with them.
Expert recommendation: If amstaff or pit bull is your first dog, it is better not to start other animals at this time. These are not dogs that you can risk with.
Both American Staffordshire Terriers and Pit Bull Terriers are wonderful companions, loving and affectionate, but at the same time they are very temperamental and explosive. And if you are not a very experienced dog breeder, it is better that this dog is your only pet.
If the person is experienced, he is able to determine when the moment comes "enough for today." If not, look at the condition of the animals. If one strives in every possible way to leave the place of acquaintance, assumes the poses of submission, and the second is constantly in suspense, round off.
How long does it take for the animals to get used to each other?
Everything here is purely individual. If the animals are still small (for example, a puppy and a kitten), by the end of the first day they can sleep and eat together. If both pets are calm and peaceful, the period of adaptation will pass quickly. But if you are dealing, for example, with a half-wild cat and an ill-bred dog, you will greatly complicate the life of both yourself and the animals.
What is zoo aggression?
Zoo aggression is found not only in Amstaffs, but in all dogs, because the dog is a predator. This desire to first deal with another animal, and then to study what kind of animal it is.
As a rule, if you were practicing with a dog, it is trained and obedient, zoo aggression either does not appear at all, or is easily and quickly stopped. Here, endurance commands (for example, "Sit") will come to your aid.
Expert advice: It is important to remember that castration, contrary to a common misconception, does not solve the problems of aggression.
Is it worth taking a second pet if amstaff lives in the house?
Before deciding to take this step, it is worth once again carefully considering and weighing your strengths and capabilities.
If you already have a dog, adult and not very well-mannered, it is hardly worth getting another pet.
Expert recommendation: If there is no problem with the first dog and you really want to have a second pet, it is better if it is a cub (kitten or puppy).
If you have a bitch and you want to take a puppy or kitten, the most favorable period is right after estrus, when there is a chance of a false pregnancy. Then she will more loyally accept the cub, even the stranger. It’s not scary if she gets milk - this can be removed by proper nutrition and physical activity.
Is it possible to bring amstaff to the house where other pets live?
If you do everything right, of course, you can. Amstaff puppy with adequate education is able to get along well with other animals, regardless of their species and breed. You can bring an adult American Staffordshire Terrier into your home, but this will require more attention, discipline, patience and perseverance.
In any case, you need to remember that from the first day the pet needs to be put in the place where he will always stay. As soon as the dog crosses the threshold of the house, it is we who dictate the rules of residence to her, from the first day of her appearance in the house. If Amstaff understands clearly that it is not necessary to touch other pets, he will not touch them. The main thing is to properly organize the moment of acquaintance.
Discipline plays an important role. We remember that shepherd dogs do not torment cattle, hunting dogs do not touch pets in their compound. The same thing here - we show that this animal is a member of our flock, and it is forbidden to consider it as prey.There are many funny videos where pit bulls and staffs play great with ferrets, kittens, and hamsters, guinea pigs and chickens can run around on their own. This is the result of proper socialization and adaptation.
Will there be problems with other pets when the amstaff puppy grows up? Will he begin to “redraw” the hierarchy?
The original discipline decides a lot, but not everything goes as smoothly as intended.
The situation is largely influenced by who the puppy is by birth. If this is beta, then he is a scout, hunter, curious and courageous, assertive. "Alpha" is a more cunning dog, the "supreme power" in the pack, it can combine external calmness and internal rigidity and stubbornness. There are omega-peacekeepers - they “resolve” conflicts and are babysitting with the younger generation, vigilant, but not very brave. If the puppy is pronounced “beta” or “alpha” and the older dog is the “peacemaker”, a rigid reorganization of the hierarchy will occur, and the youngest dog will occupy a leading position in their small pack. In the reverse scenario, everything will remain as it was.
Sometimes a change of hierarchy in the pack is due to illness, a malfunction in the hormonal background, castration of one of the animals, the appearance of offspring, and so on.
If we are talking about a male and a female, then the female is likely to gradually become more important. But the male, as a rule, is quite satisfied with this state of affairs, and everything is going peacefully.
If the male is neutered, the female will definitely be more important.
Conflicts are more likely when it comes to two same-sex animals, with females finding out more often than males, and the showdown is very tough. Males can begin to conflict if a flowing female appears on the horizon - a tough rivalry begins.
Animals can compete also out of a feeling of jealousy: you single out someone especially, for example, take one dog to bed, the second - no, one dog lives in the yard, the second - in the house, and so on. It is necessary to put animals of the same species on equal terms.
If you have a castrated male and an uncastrated female, then the “lady” will not perceive a fellow tribesman as a male, because the hormonal background has been changed. And bitches very often attack such males, perceiving them as another bitch, but not quite full. A dominant dog will strive not to give up its positions, and conflicts will be inevitable.
Only experienced owners who impose strict discipline and whose leading position all animals accept unconditionally can “resolve” complex relationships. Then in a conflict situation one prohibiting team is enough, and everyone disagrees.
However, how peaceful your pets will coexist depends entirely on you, your willpower, discipline and desire to work with the dog.
If pets don’t get along, can something be done?
If the pets don’t get along with each other, then this is, first of all, the owner’s fault: it means that there is no discipline in the house, he is not a leader himself, and the animals take the situation into their own hands. Everything is decided and depends, again, on the patience of the owner and his desire to work on himself and with the pets. Sometimes it takes quite a long, serious, hard work, discipline and consistency, but the result, as a rule, justifies itself.
Do not forget that amstaffs and pit bulls are very passionate dogs that adore the owner. They always try to be the way you want to see them, and clearly “mirror” the owner. Therefore, they often say: show your dog, and I will tell you who you are.
If you can’t cope on your own, you should contact a competent dog handler.