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Discussion in 'Bull Terrier Training' started by stella luna, Apr 16, 2009.

  1. stella luna

    stella luna Puppy

    Hey everyone!
    I just adopted a beautiful 1 yr old female bull terrier from someone who kept her in a crate for 8+ hours a day. They lived in an apartment with no yard. Needless to say, she was completely wild and uncontrollable when we got her. Now that she has a large yard to run and play in and a doggie friend to romp with, the improvement in her behavior is amazing. We've only had her a little over a week, and with a lot of work, she is now sitting and downing on command and heeling nicely on the leash. She hardly ever jumps on us anymore. My question is this: she has a bad habit of spinning, which I understand is a unique trait of the breed which may have a genetic component. I imagine that her previous lifestyle also had something to do with it. Now that she is getting plenty of exercise, is this something that she will stop doing on her own? If not, how do I train her not to do this? I do have experience training dogs, but never had to deal with this issue before :D. I'm hoping that some of you experienced bully owners can give me some pointers! Thanks a lot!
  2. Patch O' Pits

    Patch O' Pits Good Dog

    I'm glad she is settling in so nicely! Sounds like you have given her a great home! She is a lucky pup! I don't really know much about the spinning behaviors . I would think though that if it is a big genetic component it may not be as fixable as if it is strictly a learned behavior. Habits can be very hard to break. I think though your best shot is getting her plenty of love and exercise. I'd also talk to the vet about your concerns.

    patch O' Luck with her!
  3. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Dexter is a spinner when he gets over stimulated. If a neurological issue has already been ruled out, you can help your dog by some simple distractions.

    One could be to put him back in his crate. Dexter found his crate very relaxing. He would settle almost immediately. Dexter's spinning is a response to anxiety.

    Because you want to stop the spinning as soon as it starts, you need to find a distraction that your dog will readily respond to, so if it's not to relax, will he respond better to some quick obedience exercises, a quick walk, a toy, a play session? You need to get you dog to snap out of the spin and fast before it becomes a habit.
  4. Dray

    Dray Bull Terrier Moderator

    Excellent reply V,

    Daphnee spins when she is doing her Bullie Run, just a couple of spins at the end of each sprint but as this only lasts for a minute it is not a compulsive problem it is just the hight of excitement for Daphnee:lol:

    It sound like your Bullie however has got classic signs of boredom or anxiety spinning. As a direct result from being caged for long periods but this is just my guess:confused:

    As you have said you do have experience in training dogs and it appears you have done a lot of excellent work in such a small space of time i have every confidence that you will stop these spins. Sometimes a simple NO! will suffice just before you see her going in to one or others may need the water treatment or the shaking of a tin filled with rice or similar;)

    As we have always had our dogs from puppies we have always discouraged this trait as we are aware that many BT's can get in to this habit quite easily and for most people it becomes near on impossible to then stamp out:no2:

    Hope this helps but i am sure you know a lot more about dog training than i do and it should be me asking you:lol::lol::lol::lol:

    Good luck x

    Dray x
  5. pitgirl17

    pitgirl17 Welcome Waggin

    My boy Boo does this but he is not exesive with it so we haven't found it to be a problem. He only spins a couple of times and them he is done. I wish I had more advice for you but I think the advice you have been given is great.
    Good Luck and let us know how it goes.
  6. stella luna

    stella luna Puppy

    Thanks everyone for all the suggestions. I will try a firm NO with distraction and see if that helps. She usually only does 1 or 2 spins and then stops, so hopefully it won't be too hard to break :(

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