An American bulldog can be a very obedient and loyal pet if you know how to train it properly. These dogs are pretty well known for their loyalty and have been raised previously as dogs that are supposed to protect property. The American Bulldog has contributed to the predisposition of bulldogs being pretty protective and loyal pets. How can you train and get your American bulldog to follow your edicts? It can be easy if you have a background of having had this kind of a dog in the past and if you have a certain understanding of how this breed's personality and psyche runs. If you are a first time American bulldog owner however, you may find that the bulldog can be quite a handful and you may need the help of an expert dog trainer for this.
You may need to get your American bulldog accustomed to people and other animals that may enter your home. This means that you will have to get your bulldog used to the idea of other people being around him, otherwise his protective instincts may get you into trouble should you have a visitor in your home or near him and your bulldog decides to take action against such a visitor or stranger. Getting your dog used to other people can help you get your dog to adjust easily should there be guests in the house. You should start your American bulldog getting used to others at an early age and slowly keep him associated with others, people and animals alike, to help keep him in such a socially aware state.
You can also get your dog enrolled in an organized training set-up to help get him better acquainted with other people and other dogs like him. There should be a few notable dog obedience schools within your vicinity and it would do you and your dog some good to check them out to see which training schools will benefit you and your American Bulldog the most. These training and obedience schools will help stimulate your American bulldog's brain as well as familiarize him with the usual commands you may need to have him get used to. These schools also help foster the owner-pet bond that revolves around your communicating with your pet. Organized training centers help to maximize your bulldog's potential through mental and physical exercises that get you and your dog to interact with one another.
Why Train Formally?
While you can teach your bulldog a few commands here and there and you may be able to get him used to the other people around you, it is a good idea to get him trained formally since not only will it give you the peace of mind that your bulldog won't be a menace to society but will have that bond with you created through the formal training experience you both go through.