Source: Trend Breaking Pitbull is so gentle by 4Dogsandalittlelady on Rumble

 

This is Hapi. He is a rescue dog that is currently being fostered by us. He first came to us after he healed from being attacked by the female to which he was being bred. I don’t want to jump to conclusions, but it seems fishy how he ended up here.

Fortunately for us both, he is tough as nails and he absolutely loves everything and everybody. Since coming to us, he has had to stay in his kennel most the time. But now that he’s feeling better, I like to take him out during the day for a few minutes so that he can get a little bit of exercise.
The reason I have to keep him in the kennel almost all the time is that the heartworm treatment can be fatal if the patient gets too excited. That means he has to stay calm I am not jumping off the walls for 3 to 6 months. That also means I have to find ways to occupy his time or he will become bored and boredom leads to bad behavior.

I have to check myself because he’s very strong which makes me be overly cautious. I know from my interaction with them so far that he is a gentle dog not aggressive at all, in fact, he didn’t even fight back when he was attacked, but he is very driven when he wants to get to his Kong or toy and he’s playing with at the moment. He’s so big and strong, that he could hurt somebody( dog or person ) so it’s important for me to be able to teach him about his own strength.

This is why I am very wary of him around the other dogs. If he was to get excited, there’s a good chance that he would behave in such a way that my dog will take offense. This it would almost certainly lead to a fight. If this happens, whether or not my dog gets hurt or it’s him that gets hurt, I would be devastated. They were mean I failed at my job and I don’t know if I could do it after that.

16 thoughts on “Hapi, the trendsetter Pitbull, update video

  1. He’s a gorgeous boy and I’m so sorry that he’s had a rough time in life. I hope his recovery goes well – I know heartworm treatment is difficult on everyone. How wonderful that he found such an amazing and thoughtful foster home with you guys.

  2. Containment with heartworm treatment is definitely crucial. I wonder if some kind of “chemical restraint” would take the edge off. When Cookie was on strict exercise restriction, we knew nobody would survive that successfully–she needs 3 hours of activity daily. We used Trazodone. Originally used by behaviorist but now more and more used by surgeons to facilitate post-op rehab calm etc.

  3. What a handsome boy, thank you for fostering and giving him all the love he deserves. I never knew that about heartworm medications as living in San Francisco we do not have to give them to our pets

  4. Hapi has such soulful eyes! I am hoping for his speedy recovery and thank you for helping him and taking care of him!

  5. AWWW!! He is so precious!! It’s good that you’re trying to teach him about his strength and how he needs to be gentle!

  6. From your recommended book section, I see we have read many of the same books so I assume you are using positive reinforcement methods with Hapi to keep him happy. He is in good hands now that he is with you.

  7. I’m so glad that Hapi is in good hands now. It has to be hard keeping him calm for all that time. He’s lucky to have found someone as patient as you. 🙂

  8. What a gorgeous, sweet face he has!! I loved watching this video, you’re doing such a great job with him. Thanks for rescuing this guy!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  9. What a beautiful boy! I’m so glad you have him to help him get through his heart worm treatment and have the patience to work with his strong personality. It’s great that you are aware of his potential to hurt another and are working with him on this.

  10. What a beautiful boy! Thank you for taking him into your care while he heals. I’m sure he will make someone(s) a wonderful companion. Sad that he was bitten but that resulted in him ending up in a better place.

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