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New foster mom looking for info on bully mannerisms and behaviors

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by New Bully Foster Mom, May 27, 2019.

  1. 20666308-7813-4A95-A533-251950849511.jpeg I have my first bully as a foster and would love more information on their mannerisms, behaviors and noises. I have met many bullies over the years but never had one in my home. I have had greyhounds, whippets and mutts for years and understand sight hound behavior well and want to educate myself so I best know how to read his language and help him settle in.
    I am getting familiarized with his noises—the snorts threw me at first it sounded almost like a growl at first. He is a sweetheart, approximately 7 years old, neutered and rescued from animal control last weekend. He is heartworm positive and has torn both acls in the past and they have both scarred in and are stiff. Heartworm treatment has started with doxycycline for a month before injections. I do have two whippets currently (one is a former foster who is unadoptable due to reactivity/mild aggression with other dogs). We manage her behavior and interaction with other dogs and she is always muzzled for interacting with new dogs until I am confident she will behave tho she is never unattended with other dogs.
    No history with my foster whom I have named Franklin (no name was given at time of surrender just the age) but so far he is great with adults, children, men and women. He is doing well with my pups including a Chinese crested mix but I am always within arms reach at all times. He is crated when we are not home (it’s Olive the brat I don’t trust). I do take him to work with me (I own a small pet supply store) and he is great with customers. I do have a gate behind the cash register he stays behind if need be. I would like to know how to read his body language so I know what he is “saying”. Sight hounds have quirks that are not “normal” dog behaviors and I’m guessing bullies do too.
    My husbands concern is that after treatment for heartworm is that his behavior toward our dogs may change—we had a whippet who was fine with cats until treatment for heartworm was nearly complete and he suddenly grabbed the cat (who was fine) and had one of the most intense prey drives I have ever seen. Apparently the prey drive was suppressed due to being so sick.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

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  3. oldman

    oldman Little Dog

    With a mix breed it is almost impossible to tell what he may be like.
    Could be good and could be bad. Just be ready for either.
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  4. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    If he grabs anything quickly I fear it will not be okay. You are right in that he could change when he feels better. My female had Valley Fever and was undergoing treatment for 2 yrs. I took her to the store every day and really wanted her to be my Service Dog. Her behavior was perfect. She didn't sniff or do anything that would be unacceptable in a grocery store. Then when she started feeling better she started sniffing the foods near the cash register. Then she started trying to sniff foods in the isles. That is when I realized that now that she was feeling better it wasn't really working out as well.
    Franklin looks like such a great dog. I really like him.
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  5. Thank you!!
    I am checking out the link now. I am very vigilant with all my dogs and err on the side of extreme caution. I’ll be hyper aware as things move forward—I will keep in mind the dog aggression like I did the prey/chase drive with sighthounds. I am a fan of basket muzzles for when someone may be out of reach—groups of unleashed greyhounds are nearly always muzzled. When they play and race they may get nippy so it’s safer that way. With them I always knew that the prey drive overrode everything else when activated—even a cat or small dog they may know triggers the drive if it is running away and there is nothing to be done at that point. I will observe closely and act accordingly. I do have a very good relationship with a local trainer whom I have known for years and will not hesitate to call him if I think intervention needs to happen. I will love him as my own knowing that if he does become aggressive I will have the group rehome him after treatment is completed. That would be upsetting to say the least but I do not want to not have done everything possible to set him up for success and a happy life ❤️. I just thought it wise to ask as many bully lovers as possible for advice—I have been kind of a mentor to new sighthound parents as they are also a unique group. I will keep you all posted!
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  6. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Administrator

    Be sure your trainer knows the traits of the pit bull breed. If the dog is dog aggressive, remember that is a normal trait for the breed. And if the trainer says they can train the dog to not be dog aggressive, that is not the trainer for you. You can't train out a genetic trait.
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