We have a dog named Dozer that was purchased when he was 2 years old. We have had Dozer for 8 months. Dozer came from a farm where he ran loose without much supervision. He was not let into the house and left in a garage when he wasn't running loose with cattle, etc. Our understanding there was a period where there were other a few other related bulldogs and he was the youngest and only one left and the people didn't have enough time for him as they both worked so they sold him to us. At first he wandered the house and couldn't settle down. It was hard to get him into the house and he would continue to try to go out to the garage. Potty training eventually improved. He was doing fine until about a month ago when he got into something in a wastebasket, a piece of food and when we went to take it away he growled and snarled and ran. We freaked out as we had never seen him or any other dog act like this and started chasing him and screaming at him to drop it. It had a piece of plastic wrap around it and we were afraid he would choke or swallow and then become an obstruction. Since then there have been about four other episodes where something he's gotten that he shouldn't have like a pencil falls to the floor he will snarl and growl like he would bite us if we took it away. Since the first incident we have become calmer. We have tried the spray bottle which sort of works. My neighbor said to do the alpha roll, I think it's called, where you lay them down on their side and hold them till they submit and calm down. Following these episodes we ignore him and he seems like he wants to "make up" but each time it gets handled a little differently. We're not sure what to do and we don't want it to escalate till he does bite us. Other than that we have no problem with feeding and taking food dishes away or bathing him or walking him in a harness. He seems fine. Just the territorial thing with the objects. Also there was an instance where my husband was trying to wipe feces that stuck on his butt and he didn't like that and growled. His butt does seem a little sensitive and he's ok with very gentle wiping. Pls reply. Thank you sheryl
He stole it, and it is his. We have a rescue poodle who is doing the same thing. We don't know much about him as he was a stray, and quite agressive when he came into rescue. We worked with him and turned him compeletly around except for the stealling thing.
We trade with him, If he takes something he isn't supposed to, we make a trade. Either for another toy or a treat. He has always dropped the thing he stole, and taken the other. Sometimes it is more of a tease, since in a grooming shop it is hard to give him and not another dog a toy. I don't know if this concept will work for you, but you might want to give it a try.
We have a female bully, (bought her at 2 weeks, brought her home at 6 weeks), that will growl like she is going to bite over her toys. But she is really saying, play with me now. She will bring a toy and place it in your lap without letting it go. Then she will growl like she is going to eat you up. But she don't, she just wants to play.
We have a 3 year old male brindle bulldog and a 3 year old pug. Ever since we got the 2 dogs they have been great friends and still are. Lately however, our bulldog has been growling at us for all sorts of random reasons, and we arent sure why it has just now begun. If the pug is doing something she shoudnt be and we say something to her he gets defensive and growls at us. If he has something he shouldnt and we take it away he will growl, and even if we change the sound of our voice to play he sometimes will growl. Nothing i can think of has changed in our home life. we havent moved or changed his routine either. we are wondering if we should consider getting him fixed, if maybe that will eliminate the issue even a little. were just out of ideas and any advice would be great.
having him fixed will take out any hormone aggressive issues. If they are not hormonal, it won't do much. Having said that, he may feel that the female pug is his, and he is being dominate over her and you. Basicly he is saying shes mine, kiss my butt.
Have you talked to a behaviorist? Sometimes they have some great insight on these sort of problems.
You MUST show them that you are the boss! When my boy was being aggessive, I took him down and held him so he couldn't move!! I talked to him, told him to be a good boy, no bite, etc. IT WORKS! COSISTANCY IS KEY! Spraying water in their face is also an option, but showing dominance is most important. They gotta realize who is boss! If they have control, then you will never have a healthy relationship with your bully.
Don't be afraid. Be more aggressive. Your dog won't bite you...I don't think! :)
To wipe his booty...straddle him/her while standing, grab his two hind legs and lift his butt up (hahahaha)he wont be able to go anywhere. Take a soft baby wipe and clean his bunghole. Its easy, try it.
Please contact me if you have any other issues...I got the answers, been thru it all.
Usingbrute force against a bully is not dominance with a bully. You should be able to hold them on their back using no force. This means they have submitted to you. If they struggle, keep your 2 fingers on their throat until they give up, or they will believe they have won the dominance struggle! I repeat: You need to win the fight to have dominance! Put them on their back, hold one hand on their collar until they relax and their legs go limp. No eye contact. Then they have submitted. On a similar note: a problem of my own........My family bought 'Tinkerbell' from a local breeder when she was a year old. She has since been the perfect Family pet until recently. I have a 6 year old daughter and my son is 2 (born 9 months after we got tink) she was THE perfect dog. Loving, cuddly, sweet to everyone, especially my son.( they shared a kennel, lol this boy can do anything to tink, and she loves it.) We rescued a bordercollie 2 years ago, and since it has been a daily fight for dominance. I have a great deal of experience training dogs, but I'm at a crossroad with tinkerbell. Lately, she is showing extreme teritorialism. She barks when a car drives past the house, anyone at the door gets attked, (long time friends of hers included) other smaller dogs, and recently she started attacking the collie, the Neighbour, and one of my daughters friends that showed fear. There is no warning, she just goes 'snakey!' she snarles, diving for feet and hands, knocking ppl over, ripping off gloves, etc. But she hasn't actually bitten anyone. It's as though she is in a fugue that I can't snap her out of. Nothing traumatic has happened in her life, there is no apparent reason for this switch. She gets exercise, socialization and love. we were one big happy pack until this month. Now, she is withdrawn.... Moody, and overly protective of my children. What should I do?! We love her, but my sons face is only 6 inches away from hers. Should I expect this to escalate? Do I break the hearts of my children and give her to someone, or break my own heart waiting for her to finally break skin? Please help. Could there be a genetic issue causing this? I know it's common for dobermans and German sheppards to have neurological issues in old age, but Tink is only 4 years old.
Go get your pet altered and find a good trainer. Not just any trainer, do your homework. You have to be the head of your household, yes, but if you use violence or any sort of aggression to do so all you really teach is violence and aggression. Not to mention it takes a pretty unintellegent person to not be able to come up with anything better than "hey duh... let's just hurt and scare him, that'll fix it!" A good owner finds a way to make their pet WANT to please them by using methods that make the pet feel good and safe. Good luck!
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