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Bully doesn't like certain people at first?

Discussion in 'Bull Terrier Training' started by Rogue Bullies, Dec 1, 2010.

  1. Rogue Bullies

    Rogue Bullies Good Dog

    My 2 yr old bully is great with most people, but for some reason there is sometimes that certain someone that he gets little sketched around. For example I brought him to my sisters last night and there were two people over there he was fine with instantly. Then one of her friends showed up and he started barking at him and would come up to him and then back away while barking and showing a little fear.

    Not sure what makes him so comfortable about certain strangers and some not. Do you think this is something I could socialize him out of? I honestly don't take him away from the house that often. It seems like hes more uncomfortable with larger men especially if they have a hat or big coat on. I am sure some of it is from a genetically weak temperament, but I am just wondering if anyone has had the same experience and may be able to give me some advice? What is the best thing to do in situations when he acts like this? The more everyone else reacts the more the dog does! Later on he ended up warming up a little, but it took a good while for him to trust that one person vs. he was able to automatically with the first two. Hes normally a very friendly bully! There are just certain people he reacts to?
     
  2. Mardi

    Mardi Puppy

    Not sure what you mean by genetically weak temperament?

    It sounds like your dog either is afraid of larger men wearing hats....actually pretty common in dogs...they don't like things that might be out of the ordinary, if people's faces are partially obscured, or if they think people are hulking over them (which is what a big guy in a coat might feel like). Maybe there was something that person was exuding (for lack of better word) like fear or hostility that wasn't obvious to you humans but the dog could sense. The fact that he finally warmed up (I am guessing when the guy ignored your dog, the dog was able to realize there was no danger on his own terms and time) sounds like it's not that much to be worried about. I personally would respect the dog's instincts and encourage the few people he takes an instant dislike to to just ignore him and let the dog "come around" on his own.
     
  3. Rogue Bullies

    Rogue Bullies Good Dog

    This isn't the first time he has done this to someone. My ex's roommate use to scare him when he was little with a dirt bike riding helmet so I think that may have something to do with it.

    Temperament is genetic and I know his temperament isn't as solid as it could be. He seems to have a little bit of fear aggression at times.

    I just don't want him to freak out when people come over or on a walk.
     
  4. mottatron

    mottatron Little Dog

    Hmmm...my lad has only ever taken a dislike to four people in his whole three years of life.
    A guy who came in to the pub when Brando was just six months old. He went ballistic immediately the guy came through the door and we had to leave.
    The other three were all in the last year or so. One was a man in the park doing yoga, the other was a big drunk guy trying to be friendly and the last was a delivery man with a box under his arm.
    Yoga man and delivery guy I think just worried him because - as you say - they were out of the norm.
    The drunk guy and the guy in the pub, well, I'm willing to take my dog's growl for it that we were better off with them not being near us.
    Having a dog who loves everyone all the time gives me respect for his instincts on the very rare occasions he takes against someone.
     
  5. btlover

    btlover Little Dog

    I have experienced this with my first bt. She didn't react to people exactly, but she hated hats, sunglasses, cameras or anything that might block your face. She also went nuts over anything that made noise, whether it be a vacuum, coffee grinder or hair dryer. I loved her, quirks and all, but she was a handful :)
     
  6. Rogue Bullies

    Rogue Bullies Good Dog

    He also reacts to noises, but he is not as bad as he use to be. Was there anything that you found to help with the situation at hand? I just don't know what is the best thing to do if he goes off at someone. Like I said the more we react the more he does, but I don't want him to think the behavior is acceptable.
     

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