Penny looks great I love when their teeth pop out its so funny.
Have any of you experience your bully trying to attack someone. Penny keeps trying to go after my girlfriends step sister. She never did it before. She started to do it and she does it sometimes, not always. Which makes me feel that her step sister might have done something to her. Penny doesn't go after people which is really strange to me.
Last edited by joebags; 01-19-2012 at 12:09 PM.
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Yeah they are funny. He also gets scared very easliy as well. If my gf gets annoyed by him (because he likes to punk her) she will literally get anything and scare him with it. It can be a piece of paper, a cup, a pencil, and she just says "Winston Look" and waves it in the air and he takes off running and barking. Then he comes back to see what it is.....it's hilarious. She hates it because he is very territorial of me. If she wants to hug me or kiss me he right away comes between us and starts biting her tummy, or boobs....I just start laughing my ass off.
If the closet door is open, Emma will go bark at the vacuum. She also has issues with the lawnmower, weedeater, and leaf blower. I guess she doesn't like any loud noises.
Growing up, I had a female bulldog (Lucy) that hated all women but my stepmother. It started after she had pups and continued the rest of her life. I've had seven of them, not counting the litters, and she was the only one to have people issues. Lucy was the reason my wife didn't like bulldogs. She was snapped at three times by her, but my wife is the reason I now have Emma. I went to a friend's to see his pups and she fell in love with Emma. So far she's been the best dog I've ever had, but I'm hesitant to breed her.
Last edited by blind; 01-20-2012 at 04:19 AM.
Our first bulldog was a rescue. Our neighbors bought him from a family that didn't want him and they had 2 little girls that wanted to play when he wanted to sleep all the time. He snapped (did not bite) them and he was going to be put to sleep if we didn't take him. In the long run we kept him, but he did growl and snap at me when ever I first would go over to his crate or if he took my sock off my foot. When I finally put him in his place, (not my mom or pops) I showed him who was boss and he eased up with me.
Honestly it depends. I'm no expert but I'm on our third bulldog, and I noticed if it's something happening every time, it's the dog. If it's occasional, that person is doing something. If it's every time watch the person but let the person who the dog doesn't like try and be alpha, prove it's higher in command. It's how I got my socks back.
I agree with nemo. If you show any fear or recessiveness to the dog, it will take advantage of you. I grew up around large aggressive dogs and never had any issues. But, I was always told to be the dominant one. It's paid off so far but might get me hurt one day.
Please do not 'dominate' your dog. The whole alpha/dominance role has been proven to be an out-dated method which originally stemmed from the wolf-pack theory. Since wolves and canines are very different in nature, canines do not operate on the same hierarchy scale that their wolf counterparts do.
By "showing who's boss", you are simply making the dog scared of you. Sure, it gives you the end result you are looking for, but in no way is it correct. And it possibly even encourages more aggressive behavior towards people they don't know. They may be scared of you, but leave the pup alone with someone else and you could have an incident on your hands.
These bulldogs are not typically very aggressive by nature, so when you take in a dog who's behavior is abnormal (from abuse or whatever), it's going to take a lot of work. A hired trainer is even a good idea, because when you put a dog like this into a place where the owner doesn't understand or know how to properly (re)train, dominance is typically what people do because it gives them the end result they are looking for and are simply unaware of the negative impact it has.
I can't really give specifics on how to help in these situations as I'm not fully informed on each count, but I would suggest that you look into a professional trainer or do some research on how to properly adjust a dog's abnormal behavior. I've had great success with using this method: Nothing in Life is Free. Non-dominance approach to training your dog.
My anecdotal piece: Several of my friends own dogs and it's very easy to tell how they were trained. One has a mastiff-mix and her head and ear drop when my friend gives commands to her. It's quite obvious my friend took the dominance approach to training their dog. Sure, the dog is now submissive to practically anything, but the fear in her is fairly transparent.
Last edited by STOICH; 01-20-2012 at 06:12 PM.
I'm not saying you don't have a point there, but I think it depends on how you're asserting. My dog knows who am and when I say enough he knows. And he's in no way afraid of me. He knows what he's supposed to be doing and he's still a spoiled brat. Mom gives him scraps all the time.
Not saying you don't have a point, but not necessarily valid for all dogs. Example: asserting dominance with a Golden Retriever, probably would put fear in them. Bulldogs have a more stubborn approach to life. The usual training methods have not worked on ANY of my past bulldogs that HAVE worked with my friends goldens.
Either way good luck!
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