We just purchased a 6 month old bulldog last evening, a female, and she refuses to walk when the chain collar and then leash are put on her. My son literally has to carry her outside. I called our vet who suggested a "cloth" collar rather than a chain one. Any suggestions? Please help! The dog is very active and runs when put in the yard with no collar but will not move when the chain collar is put around her neck.
I agree with Scout....being that she is 6 months old..it probably scares her to have it on..especially when she is being tugged and pulled...she needs to get used to it...let her run around with it on, once she starts to see that the leash and collar are not going to hurt her, pick up the leash, let her see you with it in your hands, but don't pull on it...pulling will only make her hate it more.
I know what you are going through! I have an English Bulldog and he was the same way when he was a puppy. I talked to our vet and he suggested a harness instead of a collar. This worked great and he didn't mind it at all. I think maybe he was just scared of the collar and the harness gave him some security. Try this and see what happens!
I have a bulldog myself. First off they ARE bulldogs. Being stuborn is part of who they are. Secondly they are very skitish and get scared and or spooked by things we may see as silly. Scout is right. Regardless of what you use, collar/leash, or harness/leash, they will not like it much. Leave the collar/harness on while in the house. Slowly start to leave the leash attached. Let the puppy get used to the feel of it. Before you know it the puppy will have no problems with it. I use a harness for my bulldog, and he seems to have no problem with it. He did at first believe me. wouldn't walk anywhere. Also the harness tends to give you more control in the right places, as opposed to around thier neck and throat. They already have short airways, no reason to make it even harder on them :)
Thanks to all who have replied. It is very difficult to understand because my bulldog runs like crazy once in the yard but getting her out the door is the worst. We are now using the harness and plan to take her to training hoping that she will walk freely outside instead of either carrying her outside or tugging on the leash. Any suggestions for getting her to walk outside freely is greatly appreciated. Great chat line.
I don't know about your bully but my bulldog would do the dishes for a treat if he was tall enough. We have stairs up to our house and when he was smaller he would just stand there and we would have to carry him. Now he is sometimes up the stairs faster than me. Treats work wonders. Mine loves the little baby carrots and about goes nutz for them.
Thanks Ash. I will give the carrots a try as well. Hopefully the suggestions given and the training will help alleviate some of the frustration we are experiencing at this time. Now I know why they are referred to as "bullies".
Goodluck and GODspeed. The bullies are DIFFICULT.. my friend has a 2 year old male that still potties in the house. He is unneutered though. He will urinate on ANYTHING! Tyson is such a cutie though! You can't be angry with them because their faces are so loveable!
Thankfully we have had no problems with our bullie with regards to potty mistakes. And I think I have been angry with him for a grand total of about 6 seconds EVER. Your right, it's defenitely their face that does it to ya. BUT many say it's a face you either absolutely love or absolutely feel sorry for, but you never forget it. Sabian LOVES baby carrots, grapes, pretty much anything cold and with a wierd texture. For training treats I use the little alphabet treats you can get from petco in the bulk bins. They are small enough that you can carry a bunch in your pocket and you can feed them when you like. Also I find that his dog food does just as good a trick as anything else.
Hooray! After having to carry our bully, Daisy, inside and outside we were amazed this weekend when by sheer exhaustion I called to her to come inside without picking her up and she ran up the steps into the house. Not so great getting down the steps though. She still has not managed this feat at all. We still have to carry her down the steps but hopefully this will stop as well.
Woohoo...she's already growing up. Before you know it you will be reminiscing on the days you HAD to carry her up or down. I don't think I would even care to try and carry sabian up or down the stairs now.