My bulldogs are now about 6 and 7 months old. Recently, my girl has started to get very aggressive toward my boy. The whole world should revolve around her and she is constantly attacking him for every move he makes. He's not allowed to come near me or have any toys at all. She tries to steal his treats. She's really nasty to him. The fighting sounds loud and vicious but luckily, they always come out of it without wounds. Just a little scratch here and there. How do I calm her down?
I would separate them when they eat and whenever she starts to exhibit aggressive behavior, squirt her in the face with a bottle of vinegar and say "No!" very firmly. She thinks she has more of an alpha role over your other dog, and could possibly think the same thing about you. Another thing you could try is when she is aggressive, grab her by the scruff and give her a firm shake. That is what the alpha does in litters or dog packs and it puts her in her place. If it continues, I would put her in a room by herself and ignore her for a little while and then let her out. Everytime she starts acting aggressive, put her back and ignore her. Hope everything gets worked out for you!
***Edited By: huntersmom on 11/28/2004 8:08:30 PM*** Reason: grammar
Agressive behavior is always hard to correct. I would take huntersmom's advice. My friends dogs actually died fighting. Both of them were so severly wounded they had to be put down. But they didn't punish them for fighting, so it just got worse and worse to the point they couldn't control them. I hope ya get the situation under control.
to add to what other people have said, use vinegar/water to break up fights, it works like a charm. In the mean time, to prevent serious injury, don't leave the dogs alone together when you aren't home.
Be aware that some bulldogs are so dominant aggressive that they don't get along with other dogs, even ones they've grown up with. It's not common but it does happen. If your male decides that he's not going to back down to the female, you could be in serious trouble wiht the aggression, and unfortunately dominance aggression related fights once they escalate, they get worse and not better. Just be careful and don't take chances with your babies.
Whew... Been through that. My Boston girl was aggressive towards my male when we first got her. When I really cracked down and started disciplining her and showing her what was right and what was not acceptable, she eventually came out of it. The most effective way I found was to just make her have a time out when she became too excited or aggressive, fussing or physical punishment only seemed to cause temper tantrums. i would just take her off by her self and make her sit still until she quite struggling and being snappish, as soon as she calmed down she was allowed to rejoin the play, at first we had a lot of time out, now it is hardly ever though. Hope it works out.