And in this corner we have
Zeus: A chocolate, un-altered, 5 year old male Pit bull…. weighing in at about 60 lbs. Strong as an Ox (on steroids), and as hyper as a 2 year old after coming home from grandmas (sugar high?)
Sound like fun??? Well to be honest our first greeting was anything but, and living with him has been anything but fun for most of the family/friends. But honestly, I did have fun training him, and he will forever be my complete 180 dog, well as close as can be hoped for in one short month. He went from being crated in the house, and wearing a muzzle in his house (not a mean bone in his body, just totally out of control, and family members were scared of him) , marking all over the house, not being able to be walked by anyone but “dad” (he has big muscles) tooooooo… NOT crated OR muzzled in the house… no longer marks in the house. and mom enjoys taking him on walks now… I couldn’t have asked for a happier ending for Zeus and his family. They are loving their “new” Zeus and are doing a great job working the program with him.
I don’t want you to get the wrong impression about Zeus, or my opinions on Pit bulls and other bully breeds. I have NO problem with these breeds, there are very few “bad dogs” but lots of bad owners. Zeus is a very good dog at heart.
Like I mentioned I don’t feel there is a mean bone in his body when it comes to people and overall he is a very happy outgoing dog. But there was no way anybody was going to think he was a nice dog with his out of control behavior… he was largely allowed to do what he wanted for 5 years, add to that all the testosterone that obviously (as shown by his phenomenal muscle structure) was coursing through his body and you have one big, strong, energetic hot mess. But overall he came around very quickly given where he started. I have said it many times since working with him, but I feel he is one of the smartest pits I have trained, ever. And even with all of the pent up energy and frustration he was so used to, he learned things quickly and did not need any more reminders than most dogs.
When I went to get him for his second session, I swear he saw that I had the training lead with me (as opposed to me simply working in the kennel or going into his run for something) and sat at the door. Previously, and really any time you didn’t have the training lead with you, he had a bad habit of wanting to bust doors. But if you have that training lead with you, he knew he was going for a walk and would sit and wait all on his own. I was shocked to be honest at how smart he was. Yes I realize there are many smart, clever, and quick Pits out there, but as a whole I feel they are the exception to the breed in comparison to many other breeds. It’s just a fact of life when it comes to bully breeds. Just my opinion, but it’s also a majority of what we get to work with here. Anyway, he was very smart and thus he was fun to work with. I found myself setting the bar high for him and it wasn’t long until he would fall right in with me on a walk all on his own, even with other dogs around. I will tell you this, dogs are one of his weak areas. He is the epitome of macho when it comes to dogs(and I see it slightly with people too, he doesn’t back down, but will not take it the wrong way with people, unlike with dogs).
Hopefully he will continue to mellow out and give up his macho ways now that he’s been neutered, but only time will tell. His owners are ecstatic with the progress he has made (as am I), and I know they will continue to further the work we started with Zeus. Apparently the new Zeus has already made an impact on the neighborhood and their friends. He has several friends who want to bring their dogs in… and he even caught his neighbor trying to use the same methods on his own dog.
I wish I had gotten more photos of him while he was here, but maybe we’ll see him back for boarding. Hopefully they will at least stop by with him on occasion so we can see how he continues to change into the great dog that was hidden so deep inside.