Staffordshire Bull Terrier Question

My Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Gotti, jumps at me to take the leash away each time we are...


My Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Gotti, jumps at me to take the leash away each time we are leaving for a walk. In doing so he gave me a couple of bruises because he nips to grab hold the leash. He then want to play some sort of a game tugging at the leash, growling.. It looks scary to people on the street. He wins the struggle and takes the leash away so now he is on the street loose. People get scared. Clearly I am not being a good pack leader for him. I don't want to give up so quickly, especially because there is no place for him to go to where it's guaranteed he won't be put to sleep. I would appreciate some advice:)

    In Staffordshire Bull Terrier - Asked by Anonymous - 6/23/2011 2:17:38 PM
I show Staffordshire Bull Terriers. This jumping is common when they are excited. If you don't like it, STOP IT! As a pack leader you can do it and Staffies, while headstrong are very trainable. If you are still having trouble contact a local trainer. P.s. He CAN NOT WIN those struggles. It makes him the " pack leader". You can nicely, but firmly win every time.
    Answered by Anonymous - 7/5/2011 11:37:58 AM


You may want to try using a Halti. It is a face halter that gives you more control. When Gotti goes for the leash, give it a quick tug while saying "No". Also, when he walks without grabbing the leash - even for a few steps, praise him! Another option might be to give him something to hold in his mouth during the walk.
    Answered by Anonymous - 6/1/2012 3:45:01 PM