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MY bull terrier puppy gets aggressive and its embarrassing

Discussion in 'Bull Terrier' started by SierraHandke, Jun 11, 2014.

  1. SierraHandke

    SierraHandke Puppy

    I have a 6 month old bull terrier named nova. We have friends who have a English bulldog who we allow her to play with. She will be playing all nice with her and then all of a sudden will grab her cheek and bite and get aggressive and growl and bite hard. Then when we grab her away she tries to bit at whoever is pulling her away? Does anyone else have this problem? also she will grab her leash and get aggressive when we try and make her let it go.What can I do? anyone have any suggestions.
  2. gwtterry

    gwtterry Puppy

    Possible she is pushing limits at this age. I would firmly let her know that is not acceptable and stick with it. Stopping play, time out, whatever works for her.
  3. maintainers

    maintainers Puppy

    My pitty is 13 months, and we've had a hard time, we try to distract him when he's trying to chew through. The hand part of the leash, we had to get a chain leash, and we tell him no, and distract him, I thought we'd never see a change, with being stern, consistent, caring, persistent, having patience, was finally paying off somewhat, I speak to him a lot and repeat toys, balls, treats so he recognizes, such as chasing neighbours dog at fence, he would not come for nothing, he would get playfully aggressive, so I started to promise to do what I say, I call him and say Lalo, come get a treat,and he will come to me inside house and for coming he gets a favorite treat, but it is soooooo much work, these dogs are not for the lazy or laid back person, dog needs exercise everyday a walk. Or two is not enough, he needs to run, or they will get mischievous and destructive at home.

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  4. xchairity_casex

    xchairity_casex Good Dog

    Sounds like a typical bratty BT pup.
    BT pups are quite "Quirky" and often throw amazingly scary tantrums when young.
    When I first Got Chimera she was so sassy and sounded like she was rabid whenever she wanted anything.
    if you were eating and she wanted some she would snarl and growl and throw herself right down on the floor.
    I used NILF training and had some very strict household rules to keep her in line to show her that those behaviors got her nothing and only by being calm and respectful would she be rewarded.

    Many first time BT owners are very surprised and often very fearful of there BT's seemingly excessive aggression at such a young age (myself included!)
    Do yourself a favor and start NILIF training ASAP and stick with it.

    I also want to warn.
    Bull Terriers were bred to never start fights, they WILL avoid conflict, even youngsters, they will turn there heads away and attempt to move away or look away when pushy dogs get into there faces. Often times these little signals are lost on the average owner.
    English Bull Dogs are a very pushy and cocky breed and often start fights due to there very pushy behavior, while it is not intended to start a fight and ofen to the average owner, looks like a sweet bulldog trying to play polietely.

    The Bull dog follows the BT around, licking or lightly nipping at the face or even pushing toys into there faces, chest bumping, mounting, chewing on the BTs feet, or even hopping around growling can all be teasing, annoying behaviors to the BT who is simply trying to turn away and avoid the very direct look of the Bull Dog.

    Owners often see it as playing and then suddenly you get the BT who has finally had enough and takes things to the next level and causes a fight.

    So, please be observant and make sure your BT is not being tease and/or feeling unnerved by teh BullDogs directness, even calm and mild directness can be upset to a BT who is simply trying to avoid direct eye contact.

    what you will see is a BT who turns the head away-even while stiffening, tail wagging chest out looking excited.

    Either way, if you begin to notice either dog trying to move away, duck, dodge or turn away from the other that is a sure sign to STOP the game and use yourself to block them and give them each a break from the fun.
    put them both on lead if need be- even if your pup is snarling, growling, snapping, etc.
    put her on lead and move her away from the bull dog, let her throw her hiss-fit- she must learn her tantrums will get her nothing.
    and do not bother trying to make her look at you or by yelling at her- she will ignore you so long as her eyes are on anything else, so dont frustrate yourself trying to get her to acknowledge you.

    once she has relaxed and given up trying to get back into the game or go back after the bull dog you may let them be together again.

    Many people do not realize that, a human can teach a dog A LOT about proper doggy manners, and it is very important thing to do!
    My own dogs are taught by me how to approach, how to be with and how to respond to other dogs.
    I dictate how interactions will go.
    I only allow play to get to a certian level if they go past that I stop them. teasing behaviors from either dog is not allowed and promptly stopped.
    if the dogs are roughhousing too much and ignoreing me, i physically use my body to get between them (considering it is ONLY PLAY and not a fight or nearly a fight) and force them apart and block them.
    and, with bull breeds who are dead set on having fun thats usually what you have to do!

    never take your eyes off her while she interacts with other dogs, regulate her excitment, do not allow her to push other dogs to far, because if you allow her to push another dog to the breaking point and starts a fight then you have given her permission to push all other dogs to that point.

    When Cesar was a youngster going through puberty, he would do his best to mount all other dogs in play and launch himself off there heads, Obviously I had to teach him that this behavior was NOT polite! and would step in and leash him or pull him away when he would try this only eltting him back to sniff or be with the other dog till he relaxed and calmed down.

    Chimera had the bad habit of teaseing and being very pushy, she would grab a hold of the other dogs cheek and hang on tight or to force them to play would run up and bite the back of their feet.
    both very bad habits, when I would stop her or pull her away she would sound like the devil himself! she would flail and show her teeth and quite litterally send my cats and 2 other bullies into hiding (not even exhagerating!) they would all leave the room and duck for cover when she was 10 weeks old!
    and i would simply put her on lead or hold onto her because she was so tiny and just let her flail and growl it all out till she realized she was NOT going to get her own way.

    once she relaxed she would be allowed back to play or to simply be with them (dogs do not have to be rough and tumble and wrestle to enjoy being around one another)
    and if she went to that level again (of which, she would the second I turned her loose) I would have to go right back and do it all over again, onc again sending everyone back into hiding from this tiny posessed little beast.
    (that is how Chimera came to have the nickname "Sass-a-frass")

    im not going to lie, its hard, its annoying, itll make you groan and grumble and wanna strangle them or at least beat some sense into them. it will make you worry and maybe even cry while rocking with your knees up to your chest.
    but be consistant, set your rules, dont allow them to escalate into being overly-excited, dDONT let the embarressment stop you from doing what you need to do, and dont feel the need to explain your dog, shes a BT pup, thats how they are, dont stutter and sputter about how you have no clue whats wrong with her, just laugh and say
    "Thats a Bull Terrier for ya!" or "Typical Terrier!"
    and dont let anyone tell you how aggresive or "bad" of a dog she is.
    she is a BT.

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