I have a 2 year old female American Bulldog. All of her life I trusted her to be around other dogs, kids, adults, stangers, any and everything except cats.I never worried about her attacking or biting at all up until about 3 months ago. I also have a fem Rotti and a male St Bernard that all live together. My bulldog decides that she all of a sudden doesnt like the Rottie, Tries to bite a kid, and went after two people that came over to my house. I have been with her every time she attacks something or someone and before she does anything she looks me dead in my eyes for a full 5 seconds and then attacks. Her eyes are a light brown but before she attacks they turn solid black. No joke! Other people that didnt believe me saw it also. I got her when she was 6 weeks because the owners of her litter mistreated them. So I dont know anything really about American Bulldogs besides what I have read and that still doesnt tell me much. So PLEASE,if anyone knows about this breed please help me. I dont know what to do with her anymore. I am NOT going to get rid of her I just dont know if I can trust her anymore.
I don't own an American Bull Dog ,but if they are anything like The Pit Bull Terrier being bull dog breeds when the dog matures she may decide she doesn't like same sex dogs.How old she any way you didn't say?As far as the people are concerned ,it sounds like you have some issues you need to address.
Soory to hear about your Am Bull problem. I have male and female. They are both very protective and territorial. He's laid back - unless she's around. Then he acts like he has to lead and protect the pack. That same instinct may affect females (I don't know). She might be better without the other dogs around. You may have a tough decision to make. Is it a good thing to keep your commitment to her - even if she'd be better off alone? Doesn't sound like you'll let any of your dogs go.
I have an American Bulldog. I got him when he was approximately 2 years old and have had him for 9 years. He came from a variety of homes that were abusive before I got him, and therefore I was a little concerned about his behavior or if I could trust him. He has been wonderful though. The one thing that helps if there are strangers (he is not crazy about strangers) is to talk to him. Us talking to him seems to quiet him about the stranger and make him more accepting of the new person. The tone of my voice and body language calm him and make him feel comfortable around new people.
Ummm... I don't think that your dog is possesed, but you may want to take her to the vet and then to a pet sciciatrist (sorry, I am a kid, I can't spell that!) I know tons of info of dogs and it sounds like she might be upset about something like maybe you moved or something?
Thank you all for your suggestions. No I will not get rid of any of my dogs These are my kids, But hopefully I will somehow fix or at least help the problems.And responding to denrite, I have come to the conclusion that it is not the fact that she needs to be by herself,but she can only be with my Saint Bernard that is a male. She is not an alpha dog by any means but I guess it is because he takes her crap and gives alot right back. And it is not the fact of the sex of the other dog because i Rescued a male Saint Bernard about a year and a half old and she was fine with him sometimes and other times she was not. but Thank you all!!!If anyone else can give any other suggestions PLEASE do.
Actually it IS a result of the sex of your rottie. There are certain breeds of dogs that are prone not only to dog agression, but same sex dog agression in particular. Akitas, Pit bulls, American Bull dogs, Mastiffs, and boxers to name a few. Unfortunately once this agression is displayed the first time in a household, there really is little you can do to stop it from happening again, in fact the fighting tends to escalate and get worse and worse. So you'd better commit right now to keeping your rott and AB completely separate from now on to prevent problems. A bigger problem is that now she has decided to display agression toward people which is a MUCH bigger deal than dog agression. If you haven't arleady, get in touch with a professional trainer and take her to get some one on one obedience training. It will help teach both of you how to deal with her behavior, and teach her to focus on you. In the mean time, you have to keep to separate her from visitors and when you take her out into public (if you take her for walks and such) you really should muzzle her. This is not cruelty, it's for the safety of not only your dog, but other people. This too is something that will get worse before it gets better unless you do something about it NOW.
Well, Thanks minniyar. I never knew about the aggression only towards certain breeds.I do see where you are coming from but my dad owns a male Rottie and she has been around him off and on for about a year now and she went after him once. But I do not know. I rescued my Rottie from around where my dad lives because she had been hit by a cat 3 times that her owners knew about and they could not afford to take her to the vet.So I talked them into selling her to me.My dad wanted her from the beginning but he did not have the time to put into her hips because of when she got hit.So he talked me into leaving her at his house after my bulldog went after her, if he to swore to me that she would stay inside. So I feel like I did a horrible thing, But I have had my bull for longer and I did it for her safety. the only way I could have kept her is if she stayed in a pen outside. I still see her and my dad gets mad because even after a few months she still LOVES me the most. And on the muzzle thing,I do not think it is cruel to muzzle a dog as long as it is only for a short period of time.Some people might think that it is cruel just like some think that pinch collars are cruel but I love them.They dont hurt the dog.I will put a choker on my bulldog and she will choke herself until she starts gaging but when you put a pinch collar on her she will not pull hard at all. And so sence she does not pull, it does not hurt her.I wentlooking for a muzzle the other day but they did not have one to fit her.Sorry I totally Got off the subject.But thanks for the info.
Yeah it just sounds like she is generally dog agressive, or getting that way. Perhaps your st bernard is more laid back, and your rott was more confrontational and challenging her dominance or something like that. If you couldn't find a muzzle that fit her, and you know what size you need, www.petedge.com has a variety of things you can order for dogs at cheap prices. i'm glad that you have a good home to put your rott in where you can keep in contact with her and more glad that you're willing to try and solve her problems. You'll have to keep us posted on how she does if you take her to obedience classes and to a trainer. =D
The fact that you say that she turns and looks to you says that she is looking for you to guide her in these situations.If you do not have control on each situation she will make her own decisions, such as showing aggression.Teach her come and sit beside you before these issues come up.So when situations arise and she looks to you for guidance you can use the come and sit command.If you are the leader in her life she is waiting for you to take control.If you don't she will try and handle the situation on her own.Dogs don't always make the right decisions. In a pack of say wolves the other dogs look to the leader of the pack on how they should react to different situations. Keep a small leash on her around these time in the beginning to be safe if shes not obedient.Praise her for sitting beside you and when she is relaxed.Do not pet her when she is acting aggressive or strange.Good Luck I hope you solve this issue.
Please go immediately to your vet. It is very possible this dog has a physical/health issue such as brain tumor, nervous disorder, etc. After receiving a clean bill of health, then work with a trainer.