Dog Anxiety Symptoms and What to Do

When I had my first Bulldog I also had a Chocolate Lab.  Once there was a tremendous lightening storm directly above my house with loud thunder and torrential rain. Suddenly lightening struck my neighbors tree, went through my house and back out through my other neighbor’s tree.  My hair stood on end. My Bulldog reacted by running to the front door to investigate; the lab ran and hid under the kitchen counter.  Two different reactions to the same event. If your dog suffers from anxiety or phobias you’ll find this article very informative:

If your dog briefly startles at loud sounds or hangs back when approached by a stranger, chances are he’s exhibiting a normal stress response that is entirely healthy. A short-term reaction to a stressful or unfamiliar event allows your dog to prepare to fight or take flight if necessary. In the wild, the fight-or-flight response keeps animals alive in the face of threats to their survival.

Unfortunately, in todays world, maladaptive stress responses – chronic, long-term anxiety and phobias — are a growing problem for companion dogs. These fear-based conditions often take the form of separation anxiety, storm and/or noise phobia, or aggression.

A chronic, prolonged fear response can cause both physical and emotional disease processes that can potentially shorten a dogs life and negatively impact quality of life. Chronic stress can depress your dogs immune system, putting him at higher risk for opportunistic infections. It can trigger the development of compulsive behaviors, and it can also alter blood flow to vital organs.

A dog can be assumed to be anxious and/or fearful when she exhibits certain behaviors. These include:Crying or whining Loss of appetiteDrooling PacingEars held back PantingHiding ShakingInappropriate elimination Tucking tailLip licking VigilanceLooking away from a threat Yawning In addition to these behaviors, if your dog has a storm phobia, during thunderstorms she may also tremble, try to stay close to you, engage in destructive behavior, or try to harm herself.

via Is Your Dog Over Anxious? 14 Tip-Offs….

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Introducing Your Bulldog to Your New Baby

Hi Jan
My wife and I are having our first baby in a few months and we were wondering if having a bulldog around a newborn is a good idea. If you could give me any advice on whether bulldogs are in general good around babies or we risk to have a big problem.

Hi Pablo,

If your Bulldog has a nice disposition, gets along with dogs & people, especially infants, and has not shown territorial aggression, you should have no problems. In general Bulldogs are very good with families.

Keep in mind your Bulldog has probably been the center of attention in the house and now will have a “sibling” come into the pack. He probably knows something’s going on because of your excitement about the upcoming birth.

There are ways to introduce them to ease any stress the new baby presents. Be sure to give him the usual attention, keep the routine as normal as possible including meal times and walks, praise him for being good. If he’s currently well mannered and obedient things will be easier. Be sure to stay calm since he’ll pick up on your behavior and supervise him.

“An infant is the ultimate wild-card for a dog,” says Jennie Willis Jamtgaard, owner of Animal Behavior Insights and instructor at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

“It is a big transition for everyone and preparing ahead of time is really the key — when a baby comes home, that is not the time to start to work with the dog,” Jamtgaard adds.

Beaver and Jamtgaard agree there are not one, but two important transitions that occur when a baby arrives: first, the initial introduction, and, second, when the baby becomes mobile.

While toddlers tend to antagonize their pets out of healthy curiosity and can set the stage for the most severe accidents, more tension tends to be associated with the initial introduction. Experts say it is best to begin training the dog as soon as you know you are expecting.

Make sure you work on the basics, such as sit, stay, not barking or pulling on a leash before the baby comes into the picture, says Jamtgaard. “If the dog is not behaved without the baby, of course it’s going to be more difficult once the baby is around,” she says.

Here’s an article written by Bulldog owners with a new baby on how they did it: http://vivyland.com/articles/bulldogandbaby.htm

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Introducing My Bulldog To Another Dog

I have been asked if i would care for 3 yr old female bully i already have 5 yr old male do you think it would be ok to have this dog or do you think i will have problems.

It depends upon the temperament of both dogs.  I’ve found males to be more tolerant of new females coming into their territory than the reverse.  You should let the dogs meet in a neutral territory (don’t just bring her into his house) and see how it goes.

Dogs are very social animals but they also have a pack mentality and sometimes they just don’t like a new dog around their space.  If the dogs meet and bow down to each other playfully that’s a good sign.  If they stand rigid or the hairs on the back of the neck go up then things aren’t going so well.

Also give the dogs lots of positive reinforcement for good behavior.  Don’t be nervous because your dog will pick up on your feelings and that can complicate things.

Here’s an article from the Humane Society on how to introduce pets: http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/introducing_new_dog.html

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Help – My French Bulldog Puppy is Deaf.

hi jan

i’ve been speaking to you here and there   you’ve been helping me out  with lots of questions etc  well now  this  weekend  we  just found out that our new little puppy is totally deaf  help  ouch  what do we do about this
i’ve been looking around on the computer etc  and i see that there are  books and lots of information on this so i am not so scared seems as though we may be able to do this  i hope  are we panicking  or what  i’ve notified the breeder that we purchased him from and i haven’t heard back from him yet  because the computer also said to be sure and to notify the breeder so i guess maybe that they would stop breeding that female i think is what it said so i did notify them and mention all of this to them so we’ll see what they come back with.
have you ever had a deaf dog   have you ever trained one  i’m seeing  on the computer that there are hand signals so guess that we will go to that  what info can you give me  thanks  g  maybe just don’t panick and educate huh hand signals take care keeping in mind that he cannot hear be very careful etc gosh i am scared
thanks g

Hi G,

I’m sorry to hear your little guy is deaf but it’s not as bad as you may imagine.
Dogs approach the world primarily through smell, then sight, then hearing.  He
will look to you for direction so you just need to use consistent hand signals.
One of my dogs went deaf when she was older and we didn’t know it for a long
time because I had trained her by voice while using my hands.
In fact I try to be as quiet around my dogs as I can as then they will be calmer.
I use hand signals to sit, come, stay.  It’s not as scary as it seems – he will
learn right away.  Again, consistency is very important: use the same signal
for each command each time.
The main problems arise when he’s outside.  He won’t hear cars coming, but
then dogs are not the smartest about cars.  He will still pick up the scent of
everything around him.
There are many books on the subject although I do not have one in particular
to recommend.  What I would recommend is you find a good trainer who can
help you with this.
Deafness in bulldogs is not especially common but it does occur with more
frequency with all white dogs.
I hope this helps.  Please let me know how it goes.
Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan
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Couch Potato Bulldog Doesn’t Want to Exercise

Hi Jan,
My name is Kathy and I know your pretty knowledgeable about Bulldogs.
We have a 3 1/2 yr old male. He weighs about 87 pounds.

He has breathing issues too. We are wondering about a diet for him?
We currently feed him the Instinct brand of food. Approx 2 cups in the am
and 2 cups at night. (is that too much?)

he is a picky eater so sometimes we have to add chicken….canned or packaged to the food.
Do you have any suggestions for a low fat food that he might eat?

He is stubborn so sometimes we have to motivate him with treats.
I buy lowfat baked and limit those to maybe 1 or 2 per day.
He gets no exercise either. We have tried to walk him but he doesn’t
like it at all and will just stop and lay down on the spot when he’s had enough.

Any info you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Thank You,
Kathy

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Hi Kathy,

Your English Bulldog sounds like a real couch potato.  He may have the dog
equivalent of a beer belly!

A normal male bulldog weighs about 50-55 pounds, so unless he is really
big he is very overweight.  I’d suggest you stick with the Instinct, it’s a really
good food, just cut it down to 3 cups a day.

A low fat diet is not the best way for a young dog to lose weight.  Rather, you
should consider limiting his calories and increasing his exercise.

Adding chicken or other meats to his diet is also a good thing, just take
into account how much you add and subtract it from the amount of
kibble you feed.  Contrary to popular belief table scraps are not bad for
a dog.  If you think about it, all dog food is made from table scraps.

His breathing problems may come from being over weight, although he
could have palate problems as well.

And if you can get him to walk, he will also lose weight as well as live longer.
If he likes treats, get him to move towards you to get one, or better yet, run
around the house a bit or down the block.

Does he like to chase a ball? If you get him moving, especially
when it’s not too warm, he may wind up enjoying it.

When you walk him do not try to pull him forward.  A dog has a natural
instinct to resist being pulled.  Rather turn him to the side or entice him
with a really tasty treat.

Diet and exercise are the key to dog health.  Good luck.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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My Puppy Keeps Biting My Hand and Pants Leg

Hi Jan;

My puppy is 14 weeks old now and continues to bite.  When we run in the park, she bites my pants instead of running after the ball.  What can I do to inhibit biting?  She has plenty of chewies and toys to keep her occupied….and I try to redirect her as soon as she starts to bite but nothing seems to be working….please advise.

Thank you!

Diana

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Hi Diana,

You must nip this behavior in the bud 🙂
I have a few solutions you can try.

Biting is normal behavior for a puppy, but needs to be stopped.
Many  people say to yelp or say ouch loudly when your puppy
bites or to distract them.  But this doesn’t always work.

The current trend is to ignore the behavior and take away their
freedom.  Any type of attention given to bad behavior tends to
reinforce it, so you need to withdraw your attention.  Dogs want
to please you but don’t always know how so you need to train them.

Click this link to see a video on this method of training.

That being said, I trained my dogs the old fashioned way by putting
my hand into my puppy’s mouth and pressing on his gums.
Not too hard, my puppy never yelped, it’s just uncomfortable to have
my hand in his mouth. My breeders taught me to do this. This is unpleasant
for the puppy, and along with a command such as “no biting”, the association
will teach her that biting is not acceptable.

They also told me to flick him on the nose, with my finger, to startle him,
along with the same calm reprimand of “no biting” – no yelling.
I was skeptical but they had been doing this with him for a couple weeks
and it really seemed to work well.

Whatever you do, be sure you are consistent, and calm.  The alpha dog
never gets agitated, is just quietly firm.

To discourage puppy biting of furniture or rugs or your pants leg or
even your hand, anything you don’t want them biting, you can spray
Bitter Apple onto the object.  Available at pet stores.  Be sure to shake
the bottle before you spray to mix in the bitters.

If that doesn’t work, try putting some Ben Gay on the object – the only
problem with that is it smells pretty bad to us too!

I hope this helps.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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My English Bulldog Throws Up a Lot . . .

Hi Jan,

I was wondering if you could help me? Gracie my bulldog seems to throw up alot.
Is there something I can do?
Do you think there is something wrong with her?
I am very worried about her..
Thanks so much,
Janice
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Hi Janice,

It depends on what sort of vomiting.
There is a difference between vomiting and regurgitation.
If your dog is simply throwing up food right after eating,
food that has not been in the stomach, it is probably simple
regurgitation.

Bulldogs tend to gulp their food and sometimes eat so fast
that the food can’t get down the esophagus properly and
so they throw up.

There is a condition common in bulldogs called esophageal
motility disorder, where the normal constrictions of the
esophagus don’t work properly and cause the bulldog to
not “swallow” properly and often regurgitate.

There is a simple way to alleviate this condition that I
recommend in my book.  Elevate your bulldog’s food
dish.  This lets gravity take over and help get the food
down her throat.

To soothe an upset stomach you can feed her a little
canned pumpkin with her food – be sure it is pure
pumpkin and NOT pumpkin pie mix which is loaded
with sugar.

There are, however, other things that can cause vomiting,
including food allergies, metabolic disorders, ulcers, or
even obstructions in the throat, or if she has something
lodged in her stomach like a rawhide bone or teddy bear.

If you suspect she has eaten the stuffing out of a teddy
bear or a similar item, you can withhold her food for
about 7-8 hours.  Then give her some white bread with
the crust cut off.  It’s really gooey and can catch
what’s clogging her and pass it through.

Be sure she gets small amounts of water frequently
or sucks on an ice cube to keep her from getting
dehydrated.  Then give her a couple pieces of white
bread, broken up into small pieces.  This will bind with
the stuffing and allow it to pass through.  If she throws
this up as well, call your vet immediately.

Vomiting is characterized by the dog heaving for a while
before the stomach contents come up.  When they do, they
may also come through her nose.

If your dog has been vomiting blood or bile, you need to
take her to the vet right away.  Vomiting is dehydrating
which is very dangerous long term.

Throwing up can be an indication of serious illness in
the liver or kidneys or pancreas.  Your vet should be
able to do some simple tests to determine this.

If your bulldog has been “vomiting” for several days,
if she is still doing so, I think it advisable to take her to
the vet to make sure she does not have anything lodged in
her stomach or esophagus.  And make sure it is not a more
serious illness.

I hope this helps.  Let me know if you need some clarification.

your bulldog pal,
Jan

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Help – My Bulldog Bit Me

hey jan,

this is off topis but i need some help my english bulldog is so bad,
seriously he bit me and my girlfriend – he will get in our faces and bark
and bite – the more we i scold him he’s 10x worse.
i need beyond a trainer – and he asks like an angle when i have company
over or we go out. no one belives me

what do you thing about a shock collar maybe he can get to know wrong from right?
what do you think?

Matt

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Hi Matt,

I do not approve of shock collars.

This is a classic case of lack of leadership on your part.
Your dog is telling you he’s the leader of the pack, not you,
he’s acting like a pack dog would act.

When you escalate by yelling or scolding, he responds by
growing and biting.

Most dogs are not true alpha dos and do not want to be the
leader of the pack.  But is they sense that you are not in
control, they will try to take over.

You and you dog need proper training.  You need to learn
to be consistent and set the rules.  I doubt at this juncture
you will be able to do this without a qualified trainer.

I know this from experience with my first bulldog who became
aggressive when she got older (not at me but at others).
Out of desperation I hired a company called Barkbusters.
They had her (and me) trained within a few hours.

If you do not get control of your bulldog, someone will eventually
get hurt because he will keep challenging you.

Barkbusters  is expensive, but to me it was well worth it – it
could save your dog from a much worse fate if his aggression is
not stopped as soon as possible.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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My Puppy is Peeing Inside the Apartment

Hello again,

We finally got another English Bulldog that is healthy.  I have question about potty training him. we live in a 15 story apartment in Korea. We live on the 7th floor and its so hard to take him out ever hour or so.. that gets tiring so we are trying to train him two diffrent ways he is about 9 weeks old and we are trying to potty train on pee pads and outside also. Is this to much on a puppy or should we just keep one task.. Thank you

Kim

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Hi Kim,

Congratulations on your new puppy.  Dogs do best with really clear instructions and by teaching him two different things you may be confusing him.

A puppy can’t hold their pee all that long so they do need to go a lot.  When he gets older he may still pee in the apartment if you keep using the pads.  However, it can be a hassle (I lived in a high rise for a while) so you can use the pads on a temporary basis and then start to take him and the pads outside so he starts to associate peeing on the pad with being outside.

Do you have a balcony?  You could put a little grass out there or put the pads there so that he’ll associate peeing with being outside the apt.

Does he have a crate?  Usually they don’t like to pee in their crates and that may help him hold it.

When he gets a little older he’ll be able to hold it longer and then when he pees outside just give him enormous praise in a high voice so he knows that’s the thing to do.  Never get mad at him for a mistake inside, just give him praise when he does the right thing.

Here’s a link to an article on potty training that you may find helpful:

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=2&cat=1548&articleid=157

I hope this helps and congratulations on the new puppy!

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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Help! My Bulldog Won’t Go For a Walk!

Hi Jan,
Reggie is as fit as a fiddle and bouncing about and not a thing wrong in the world !!!!!!!!
Then we get the lead out , he will never come to the car willingly , he walks up his ramp into the car and sits down and looks so sad , to get him out the back of the car for his walk is a S.A.S Operation as he wont move , so my husband has to lift Reggie out and put him on the ground to walk , but he wont move , he wants to get back in the car ,if reg does make a move he will walk so far , then sit down and nothing in the world will move him.
he just wants to come back home .
when we get back home reg will stand up , shake his head and look at us and jump out and get back into the house as fast as he can

Jan please could you tell me what else l could try , he is not a lazy dog and is NOT over weight . we have a large garden with an allotment and he runs walks and plays alot with everyone ,
Reg is not stupid either , he will not accept a treat to get him to move and l dont want to start that anyway. Reg is not use to human food so he wouldnt eat that either ./
Some bulldogs l see love to walk , but not my reg
thanks
sue and reggie

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Hi Sue & Reggie,

As I recall Reggie is a few years old? Has he never wanted to go for a walk or is this
new behavior.

If he’s always acted this way, chances are he’s afraid of the “new territory” you’re sending him to. Dogs love a set routine, they don’t like changes in the status quo. So perhaps when you get him in the car and go off to an unfamiliar place, he gets scared and wants to go home to his familiar haunts.

I’d suggest you try to first put the lead on him when he’s at home and comfortable and let him get used to just having it on. Then walk him on leash around the house. Then the yard where he is quite comfortable. Give him enormous praise when he makes even small progress.

Then venture to the front yard, then down the block, etc.

Never pull him on the leash. If you try to pull a dog forward, they have an instinctual reaction to resist. So he has to be enticed. That’s why so many trainers use treats. You can also talk in a higher pitch and encourage him to ‘heel’ and give tons of praise if he moves only a step or two in the right direction.

I haven’t personally had this problem with my dogs who have all loved to walk anywhere, but I did have a problem with Archie being afraid to get into the car. I wound up enticing him into the car by sitting in the back and encouraging him until he’d make his way in. Now he jumps right in.

Good luck!

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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Aggression & Dominance of Female Over Male Bulldog

Hi there,

I was recently on your website reading all your knowledge on our adorable friends.

I have two British bulldogs one male and the other female, they are both only a day apart in age and are 10 months old.

I brought them from different breeders so they are not blood related, in the idea of breeding them one day.

All up until a month ago i have come into some problems that have concerned me extremely.

My Female has become very aggressive towards the male, she dominates him over food, toys and human affection. They are calm all up until i walk in the backyard to play with them she becomes very aggressive and attacks him. The male is very placid and does not want to fight with her but she does not stop.

I have tried stopping her with spraying her with water but she likes the water and thinks its a game, I have since separated them at feeding times and this i feel has caused more aggression with her.

Up until 2 days ago i never smacked her but she was attacking him so much i smacked her with a shoe and this has now caused her to be upset with me, she will no longer come to me for a play and he will not come near me for the fact that she will attack him.

I love my puppies and would hate to see one of them go, i have contacted my local vet and there answer was to get rid of one of them. I do not want to get rid of one as i love them both but on the other hand is it cruel to leave him feeling scared in his own enviroment??

With my male he is very loveable but he has an aggressive streak towards children which iam quiet scared of, i would never leave an animal with a child un attended, but it concerns me as he has been brought up with young children.

Kind regards for reading me problems

Ellen

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Hi Ellen,

I’m not an expert on training, but I suspect your problems are stemming from
the fact that there is no clear leader in the “pack”

You need to take control of your dogs so they look to you as the alpha dog.
Your female is stepping in because she thinks you are not doing the alpha
job.  Then the male looks to dominate other threats to the pack (the children).

Female dogs are usually more dominant than male dogs.  They want to
take control and male dogs tend to be more submissive and easy going.

Since both of your dogs are still puppies, they are just learning how to
behave, and they take their cues from you.

It is very important that you become the leader.  You cannot do this by
behavior that she thinks is a game (the squirt water) or punishment (hitting
her with the shoe).  She is very confused because she thinks she’s doing
her job.  When she gets punished for what she perceives as ‘good’ behavior
she will naturally avoid you.  She’s now afraid to come to you.

There was a very good episode of the Dog Whisperer about bulldogs with
the same behavior pattern.  I can’t remember the name of it, but it was on
my local cable.

My advice is you get a very good trainer immediately.  When I had an
aggression problem with Vivy I hired Barkbusters.  They are expensive,
but did a wonderful job in one day!  There are many competent trainers
out there, so you could contact your local bulldog group.  I think your
vet’s suggestion is just plain ignorant.

Part of the training process is to teach you how to be the leader.  In my
case, since Vivy was ten, it took a lot of leash training.

Do not delay because you will have an escalating problem that will become
more difficult the longer you wait.

I hope this helps.  Let me know how they’re doing.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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My English Bulldog Puppy Whines

hey jan

i have a 6 month old english bulldog and he whines only in the morning and when he get compfortable i was thinking it was just an attention thing, any ideas?

Matt

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Hi Matt,

That’s hard to tell from your description.

English Bulldogs are very ‘expressive’ and often make odd sounds.  If the whine is urgent
sounding or distressed, I’d be concerned.  If it’s more pleading or enticing, like he
wants you to come over, it’s probably attention-getting.

Since he’s just a puppy, he is forming his habits and finding out what will get him
the attention he craves.  And you don’t want to encourage negative behaviors.

If the whining stops when you give him attention, then I’d suppose that’s the case.
If he whines when you touch him in a specific area like his stomach or leg, then
I might think he had some sort of injury or problem and I’d suggest you have him
looked at by your vet.

Jan

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Car Chasing Bulldog

How do you break one from chasing cars?

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Hi Catherine,

This is really a training issue and I deal primarily with health issues, but I can
offer some advice.

Dog have an instinctual tendency to chase after moving things. This comes
from early days when they needed to chase down prey in order to eat. So
it is your dog’s natural behavior at work here.

Your bulldog needs some obedience training. I’m not sure of his age,
but the earlier this is done the easier it will be.

First of all, never let your bulldog off the leash or he will get run over
by a car.

Personally, I always hire a puppy trainer so I can get my dog (and me) on the
right track. The essentials are come, sit, stay, heel, and walking on leash.
If you have properly trained your dog, you can give him commands to
stop chasing and barking behavior.

You can also take your bulldog to obedience classes. I do think it’s
best to get professional help because you need to learn the best ways
to train your bulldog.

Once your dog knows you are the boss, you can more easily control his
behavior. Dogs are pack animals and always look to the “alpha” leader
for guidance.

Chances are your bulldog does not know you are the leader, so training
is essential to stop this car chasing behavior. You must spend time every
day training him to get the results you want. 40 minutes a day of walking
and training will be a good start. Do this in two 20 minute sessions.

Here’s a link to a site with more dog training resources:
http://www.caring-for-dogs.com/training.html

I hope this helps.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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Training Collar or Harness For Bulldog

Dear Jan,

I just downloaded your book – I’ve been skimming through it a little
and I think it’s great! Can’t wait until I can sit down and really
dig in (i.e. when the baby is sleeping!).
We just put a deposit on a bulldog pup and he’ll most likely be ready
to come home around the first week of March. This is our first
bulldog – as we’ve always had labrador
retrievers in the past.

I was wondering – what is the best collar to use on a bulldog? I’ve
heard that bulldogs can be stubborn to train sometimes, but I do not
want to harm the dog by putting
a chain or collar on him that will choke him. I’ve heard good things
about harnesses, but are they effective in training the dog? I am not
looking for SUPER DOG here – just
the basics really. I’d love him to walk calmly next to me and sit and
stay and down. that’s about it for me!

Any advice on what I should get would be greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,
Nina

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Hi Nina,

Congratulations on your decision to get a bulldog! They are truly unique
and wonderful dogs. And I’m glad you are reading all about them to get
prepared for your new puppy.

There is some debate on the bulldog collar. Some say you must use a
harness because a collar or chain can harm the bulldog’s small trachea,
causing it to collapse. Others claim the bulldog has such a strong neck
that the muscles protect the trachea.

I tend to be in the latter group, especially in reference to training. A
bulldog can be quite independent when it comes to training. As my
trainer said, they can cooperate in a lesson for just so long and then
they have had enough and won’t cooperate anymore and can get
very stubborn at that point.

So keep your initial training sessions short (about 15-20 minutes). A
bulldog is about the opposite of a retriever in terms of readiness to please.
This isn’t to say they don’t want to please you, they do, but they prefer
smaller doses of training and repetition, repetition, repetition.

Back to the collar. I use a collar that is part fabric (about 1.5 inches)
and part chain. So it stays loose, and you can snap it to correct him.
I think these are available at most pet stores. The important thing
to remember is to snap back on the leash, not to pull which could
result in choking.

You also want to keep the collar high on the neck of your dog to
simulate pressure point the mother dog would use on a pup.

When my dogs were puppies I tried using a harness, but it is really
not as effective as a collar and I found I was not able to easily control
a 50 lb bulldog.

I hope this helps. Please write with any more questions.

Your Bulldog Pal,
Jan

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Potty Training Your English Bulldog

Jan,

thanks so much for the email, and I look forward to your course reading.
Magnum is a good little pup; 3 months 25lbs; our only issue is potty
training, he still goes in the house and the kennel, but I think it’s
just youth.

Your thoughts?

Nate

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Hi Nate,

It is his youth, but there are some things you can do to help.
A puppy wants your praise and attention more than anything else.
He goes in the house because he thinks that’s the place to go.

What you need to do is take him outside often and when he
does his thing, praise him highly and use a word like “quick quick”
every time he goes.

Never get mad at him if he goes in the house. If you catch him
about to pee, pick him up and rush him outside and then praise
him when he goes.

Eventually he will learn that it feels good to go potty outside (remember
he loves lots of praise) and he’ll associate the words “quick quick”
with going potty and will be stimulated to do it when you say the
words.

If you are still having problems, perhaps with an bit older dog,
you can take him outside and then keep her moving around until
she pees – don’t let her back inside until he pees. When he does pee,
give him a treat and lots of praise. He’ll get the idea and be proud
to pee outside.

For more training information, take a look at this 7 day puppy potty
training  course
.

Your Bulldog Pal,

Jan

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English Bulldog Puppy Training

We are hoping to get a new bulldog puppy in October!! (I am SO excited-I CANNOT wait) Can you recommend any books on training?

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Congratulations on your new puppy – that’s very exciting news!!!
Training is a good idea as our bulldogs can be rather stubborn.

There’s lots of material out there on training, just doing a search on Google
will give you lots of free information.

I have found it best to hire a trainer. With Vivy I hired Barkbusters because
as she got older she developed some aggression problems. They had her
under control in a few hours! They are expensive but come with a life of
the dog guarantee.

With Archie I hired a local trainer when he was a puppy because I did not
want to have those same problems. We went through the basics, like
heel and sit, etc.

The thing about a trainer is that they help train you in the proper way to
handle a dog. As humans we make a lot of assumptions about our dog’s
behavior that the dog doesn’t understand.

Did you watch the Dog Behavior videos on the cd (included in my Bulldog
Health System
)? They have a lot of
information about instinctual behavior in dogs.

If you’re still looking for a training program, you could try either
of these two sites:
http://www.caring-for-dogs.com/sitstay.html
http://www.caring-for-dogs.com/videoTraining.html

You can also take puppy classes at a local pet store. It’s really
important to socialize the little guy or gal.

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