Hi..I have a 10 month old American Bulldog who is a big baby. He insist on sitting on my lap when I'm on the couch and is always giving kisses. He does a weird thing where he pushes his face into mine and he does it to our other dog (8 yr old Lab). He is such a goofy dog. My major problem with him is he eats everything. He ate one of my shoes, sometimes rocks, paper, and worst of all insulation. He had to have emergency surgery which costs us $3,000. I have no clue how he finds the things he does cause this house is totally puppy proof, so I thought. Two hours after I picked him up, from the insulation incident, he came home and ate a business card, hosp. papers (which were on the top shelf in the kitchen..no clue how he got them) and took a beef kabob off the table while we were eating. He has never taken food before. He always has to have something in his mouth. Before he will go outside he runs upstairs and finds a bone to bring out with him and walks around with it in his mouth. He does get a lot of exercise. I quit my job when we got him so I'm home with him all day and all we do is play and run. I know it can't be out of boredom.
Have you enrolled him at all into puppy classes that teach basoc obedience? The 'leave it' command would be very handy right now, however, it only helps when you catch him, lol
Supervise, supervise, supervise. Sounds as though he will have to be kept in the same room as you at all times so that you can curb the Behavior. Be sure, that when you correct him from tearing up a 'no-no' object that you have a chew item that is okay for him to replace it with.
Use baby gates, close doors, etc to keep him with you at all times! If you cannot be right next to him, or leave home put him in a crate with acceptable chew toys for him to keep him busy while your gone.
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain.
do you have a cage for him? i have a 7month old and a 1.5 year old the older one is fully trained and doesn't eat anything the younger one is always on lease next to me or in his cage.this last till he learns his place. i know it sounds rough but he is very happy we also work him out it helps to keep him out of trouble. remember they are a working breed and need to work to keep them happy.
I have a male who will be 2 in December...He is total special needs. I do supply him many ropes he loves to pull and tug...I also gave him one shoe that belonged to my son and thats the only one he has ever chewed on. As for getting on the counter he does when we are not home and gets into the cat food, he has taken meat off the counter and ate it as well. I don't think there is any real cure for this...Just be patient it will pass with age....Best wishes to you and your baby....
He has an entire toy box full of toys and bones. He has a crate that he goes in when I leave or at night for bed. He did go to puppy classes and I have been on top of it but he just gets crazy sometimes. I have sprayed that bitter apple stuff on some of the furniture and stairs when he was a couple months old and it seemed to help but it's the little things that he gets into. He just pulled a vine from the yard and dragged it to the back door. He is just crazy..hahaha. I am going to look into more classes for him.
I love that i found this site and information about american bulldogs. I have noticed that they are rare and hard to find any information on. Daisy my american bulldog is 8 months old and weighs about 65 lbs. She too gets into everything and even eats her own poop! The vet and others said to give her a very small piece of pineapple and that should make it taste bad to her. Unfortunately that just gave her horrible gas (if it wasn't already) and she still kept eating her poo. We keep the area picked up as much as possible but she'll eat it right after she poops most of the time. We won't know until we get a horrific kiss near the face. She too tends to eat everything in site even with her many chew toys. It's just a stage and the leave it command is really helping a lot. Potty training has been our biggest issue.
My Athena 6 month old AB also eats everything when outside including firewood on the backyard. I am just trying to watch her very closely when she is outside, the technique that works with all dogs that I had is when I see them picking anything outside I just shove my hand down their mouth sometimes throat and get it out, sooner or later they realize that the experience does not worse the pleasure. Also I have heard of the technique dog trainers use in Russia, the trainer would go outside and throw around pieces of meat stuffed with very hot pepper, then he would bring a dog for a walk with him to this place, after burning themselves with the snake a few times the dog would quit picking anything outside… I brought Athena home as an indoor dog from the breeder that kept her on the farm outside when she was 5 month old, to my surprise we did not have any housetraining issues whatsoever, I walk her often enough and she does not go in the house.
Hello, I'm new to this site and as someone said earlier these sites are hard to find. I have a 1.5 year old American Bulldog named Molli. We adopted Molli from the Human Society. The first few days with Molli was an experience that I had never had with any other dog in my life.Molli tried to eat my husbands slipper and the tassel off of one of mine.She has dragged socks out of the laundry and licked gravy from a bowl off the counter( which I have to say was a riot). But with a firm voice and some firm training she has gotten better:) Now for my problem,,,, Molli will not get into my car, I have tried cookies, carrots, even hamburger and she just won't budge. Any ideas that would help me get her into my car, I had to cancel her vet appointment this morning because she refused to cooperate. We also have a 2 year old Chow Chow and they get along great. Thanks for the help in advance.