Do Staffies Get on with Other Dogs? – Tips for Interacting with Other Dogs

Do staffies get on with other dogs? A common question for prospective and new owners. As with most dogs, the answer will depend somewhat on their uprbringing but they most certainly can get along just fine with other dogs.

For the most part, staffies are usually quite friendly to other dogs that are part of their family home. However, they can be a bit wary of dogs from outside and they will be more than willing to fight if challenged, which can give them an unwarranted bad reputation.

Fortunately, there are some steps you can take as an owner to make your dog's interactions with others go as smoothly as possible. This article with outline a few simple tips to help your staffy get along with other dogs.

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Meet a Friend's Dog First

Introducing your staffy to other dogs at an early age is crucial in cultivating a dog-friendly personality. If you do this, it will ingrain in them that other dogs are their friends rather than enemies. They’ll grow up in an environment where other dogs aren’t complete strangers to them.

In comparison, a non-socialised dog will see other dogs as threats because they represent a threat toward their safe, controlled environment. Therefore, it’s necessary to have your staffy meet other dogs in controlled doses.

For example, have them meet a friend's dog-friendly dog before bringing them to a dog park. Also, make sure this meeting takes place on neutral ground. Your staffy or the other dog might act protectively over somewhere that feels like home to them. I’d recommend a place like an open field or maybe an outdoor trail.

To be safe, when first meeting other dogs, you may begin with your own dog in a muzzle. Be sure you have got your dog comfortable with a muzzle first as this could stress them out and cause aggressive behaviour.

Walk Them Daily

You should be aiming to walk as part of their daily exercise but it can also help them to socialise. Being outdoors helps them become more comfortable with the overwhelming nature of the outside world. If you keep your pup inside all day, they will never get used to being around "stranger" dogs.

Also, mixing up your walking route will help your dog become increasingly more sociable. By switching the course up, you’re exposing your dog to more of the outside world. They’re going to start quickly understanding none of these things they were barking at before are dangerous.

In fact, they’ll soon understand a walk is an excellent way of meeting new friends. In the end, it’s all about making your staffy feel more comfortable. And provide them with different experiences on their daily walks is a great way of doing so.

Now, I understand some owners don’t have the time for daily walks. After all, people tend to have hectic lives; especially, ones who can afford a dog. Thankfully, dog walkers exist and can help you socialise your dog to the outside world.

You can even request to have your staffy walk side by side with another dog. If you’re not comfortable with a stranger walking your dog, have a work from home friend come over and walk them for you.

Either way, daily walks will do wonders for your pup’s progress into becoming a dog-friendly staffy. Honestly, it’s imperative you get your dog out in the world. Don’t be an owner who leaves them at home all day. This sense of being confined inside brings out aggressive tendencies within dogs.

Dog Behaviour Classes

If you don’t feel entirely confident in your ability to socialise your staffy, ask your vet about training classes they’d recommend. Training classes will both expose your pup to other dogs and get them some training.

As we all know, staffies are a little stubborn about their training, so, a training class could a great way to work around your pup’s stubbornness.  Honestly, why would you do it yourself when professionals are available anyway? I know, for the bonding experience, but these classes do help speed up the process considerably.

Of course, these classes are expensive; however, they do wonders for helping a dog understand other dogs are friends rather than enemies. But again, consult with a vet first before signing up for one and do your research to ensure you attend a class run by a reputable behaviourist.

Reward Successful Interactions

All dogs love treats and staffies are no different, which means you can use this to reinforce a positive attitude towards other dogs. For example, any time your dog has a successful interaction with another dog give them a treat. The treat will tell them how they acted was deemed reward-worthy.

In response, they’ll continue this behavior to try and get more treats. As you probably know by now, positive reinforcement is a powerful thing. It will get you excellent results in all types of training.

However, don’t give out these treats without adjusting their meals. Take into account the number of treats you’re giving your staffy and change their meals accordingly. You don’t want to do all this work in making them dog–friendly than realize you have a more significant problem with them being overweight.

Start Early

As mentioned before, starting your dog's training early is essential in making them dog-friendly. About 3 to 12 weeks is the age range to begin socialising your dog. I know, three weeks sounds crazy, however, it can make a tremendous difference on your staffy’s personality.

Unfortunately, socialising your dog becomes much more difficult around 18 weeks (4 months). At this age, they start getting set in their ways. However, if you haven’t start socialising your staffy before 18 weeks, there’s no need to worry. You can teach being dog-friendly to an older dog, but, it will take some effort.

Again, dog-aggressive dogs aren’t born that way. It’s either their owners didn’t take enough time to socialise them or something horrible happened. So please, take your staffy out into the world at an early age and get them used to other dogs. It will make both theirs and your life a lot better.

7 thoughts on “Do Staffies Get on with Other Dogs? – Tips for Interacting with Other Dogs”

  1. Hi. My name is Sam. And I’m a proud Staffy owner. Her name is Nirvana and she is 5 year old.

    I have a few questions about my staffy’s behavior.
    1. She gets anxious very quickly, when there’s bad weather of loud noises.( Which doesn’t happen often)
    Nothing happened dramatically when she was a pup.

    2. She gets overprotective over my mom ( we lost my dad 5 years ago and got Nirvana a few months after his death)
    and when my brothers children come to play at our house. She wedges herself between my mom and the kids( which she grew up with)

    3. She doesn’t get along with any dog. She is in attack mode the whole time. She makes it impossible to go for walks.
    She had puppy classes for socializing purposes beaut that’s where we found out that her anxiety gets the better of her and then she lashes out.

    I hope you can help me.

    Have a great day 🙂


  2. Hi…. My Staffie is very socialized and gets on with most other dogs. However he is very wary of his own breed and tends to put his back hair up straight away on seeing one. Is thereanything I can do to relieve this problem.

    • Hello Janette, thanks for commenting.

      This does seem to be a bit of a trait with staffies and their own breed, particularly if both dogs are male.

      I think the advice to follow is pretty much the same as it is for getting a dog used to any breed. You need to get them used to being around other staffies while in a controlled environment. It will take some patience and will be very hard work at first but once your dog realises that the other staffies do not present any kind of danger, he should calm down around them.

      This kind of stuff is always best handled with qualified experts around so a local dog training club could be useful for it and will be better positioned to evaluate the causes of your dog’s behaviour than I can.

      I hope that helps,

      Laine @ Smiling Staffy

  3. We have a six-year old staffordshire neutered male that we inherited from our daughter. He was raised in a loving home, but was never trained properly for obedience. He has lived with us for four years and I believe he consider me to be the alpha. Having said that, he is stubborn. If he becomes too rambunctious and I reprimand him, he generally stops. However, if I call him and he does not want to come, he will not. He is 75 LBs and generally affectionate. He lives with his five-year old daughter, who we just inherited from our son in July, a 9 year-old lab-chow mix female, who is also an alpha dog and an 11 year-old male airedale, who is totally beta. To date, they have co-existed and have been affectionate toward each other and toward us.. We are spending much more time with them one-on-one now that we are all quarantined due to COVID-19. They spend hours with me while i work remotely in the kitchen or outside working in the yard. Last week, our staffy male snarled at his daughter. I yelled at him and he stopped. The other day, he did it again. I yelled, he stopped but growled at me. I grabbed him by the collar, reprimanded him and put him in his crate. This evening, he had an altercation with the lab-mix female. They were really going at it. It was frightening. I threw a chair at them to separate them. While I was taking the lab-mix female out of the room, my 18-year old daughter, grabbed our male by the collar. He snarled at her and showed his teeth. She reprimanded him and put him on the basement steps. When I came back inside, I put him in his crate. In truth, we are all a bit intimidated. He is a 75 lb gator mouth. Do you have any idea what we might be dealing with here or what our next steps need to be? It is impossible to keep them all separated all the time. Is this a terrible accident waiting to happen, or worse?

  4. Good day
    I have a 9 year old female American staff. She was not brought up around other dogs except my Male that recently passed away.
    I have started walking her in the evening and she loves it, but behaves very badly when other dogs are in her vision. She doesnt listen to me and wants to go to them. She is very strong and pulls me which of course causes a scene.
    Please help with any advice

  5. Hi Kenneth – just read your story having picked up on this article whilst researching ‘aggressive dog breeds’.

    Your staffie sounds very similar to mine in temperament. Having said that I do have a number of techniques that seem to work for me and seem to avoid getting to the stage where mine has actually growled at or threatened anyone. Having said that, that’s not to say that he isn’t a handful at times so your not alone with this lovely, but sometimes stubborn breed.

    All I will say is that I hope you still have your staffie and that you have found ways to get around your problems with him.

    However, if you do want to hear more of my techniques (which you may or may not choose to implement) just reply to these comments and I’ll respond in due course.

    Best wishes,



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