How to Stop Destructive Chewing

Is chewing a destructive behavior?
The simple answer is:
Only if they are chewing on the wrong thing.

We dog owners have to understand
that a lot of the behaviours that we consider unwanted
are natural behaviours for dogs.
Behaviour like chewing and digging,
might be considered unwanted by us
but it is natural behaviour for dogs.

So the focus of our training should not be
on trying to prevent the dog from chewing,
but to train the dog to chew on their own toys
instead of chewing your shoes or furniture.

Bulldogs are known to love to chew on things,
with their strong jaws and perseverance
they can easily ‘re-decorate’ your living room within the hour.

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Reasons for Chewing?

There are four main reasons why dogs start to chew.
One is that they are teething (puppies till 4-8 months old)
or that the dog is bored and starts chewing as an activity or form of play,
it can be separation anxiety or can have medical reasons.

Teething

A dog’s deciduous teeth will erupt
between three to eight weeks of age
and around four to eight months of age
these teeth will be gradually replaced with permanent teeth.

Teething is a painful process and puppies will start to chew more
during this period because their gums are irritated
and the act of chewing relieves their discomfort.
Inappropriate chewing is most likely to occur
while the puppy is teething but if not corrected
can become a long standing problem
even after all the adult teeth have emerged.

Puppies will not only want to chew because of the teething
but it is also a way for them to
explore and investigate their surroundings.
Puppies, like infants and toddlers,
explore their world by putting objects in their mouths.
Knowing this, make sure to buy chew toys with different textures,
this will keep your puppy busy and curious
and it will decrease the changes of your puppy
searching your home for new chew toy.

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Boredom

If your dog has too much energy,
that energy will be re-directed somewhere else
and that may just be your favorite new pair of shoes.
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Separation Anxiety

If the behavior only occurs
when you’re away from home,
then it may be a symptom of separation anxiety.
To stop chewing when left alone,
you’ll need to address this underlying issue.
In this case the chewing is more a symptom of the real issue.



Medical issues

Some nutritional deficiencies can lead to pica,
which is an eating disorder which results in eating non-food items.
Also some dogs suffering from gastrointestinal issues
may use chewing to trigger vomiting to feel better.
Particularly if the behavior started suddenly,
it’s worth ruling out medical causes
before addressing it as a behavioral issue.

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How to Stop your Dog from Chewing

First of all you need to know Why your dog is chewing.
The reasons for chewing named above
will each need a different approach:

Training Puppies when Teething

• make sure to have load of different toys around
(different textures, shapes and sizes)
• correct every time you see them chewing on something
that is not a toy and encourage them when chewing on their toys
• when left alone remove items
that they might chew on to prevent any health risks
to the puppies and damages to your home
(only do this when you leave when you get back
make sure to put them back so you are not avoiding
the bad behaviour but adressing it)

Training when dealing with Boredom

• again get lots of different toys
• use toys as tools and make sure to find toys
that both physically and mentally challenge them
• schedule short quality playtime sessions throughout the day
• increase the amount and distance of walks

Make sure your dog is physically and mentally challenged each day.
Two ways to do this are to play interactive games with your dog
like fetch or hide and seek or to give them toys that will
challenge them mentally like a ball
they have to roll around to get the treats out.

Use puzzle and reward toys for your dog,
the last few years there are more and more puzzle toys available
for your dog that entices your dog and will keep them busy for a while.

A couple examples:

Snuffle mats
fluffy mats where you hide treats
the dog needs to use its nose to get to the treats

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Strategic games 
yes there are even gadgets available
to throw tennisballs from your phone
or where they have to complete certain tasks
(like pressing a button) to be rewarded

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Puzzles
the dog has to use it paws to be rewarded with a treat.
Beware do not buy dog puzzles with loose pieces
these can be dangerous, there are many varieties
make sure to buy one that is Bulldog proof

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Training when dealing with Separation Anxiety

I will address this issue in another blog but a few tips are:
• always go for a walk before leaving the house
• make sure the dog is calm and in it’s place
when you leave the house
• leave enough chew toys around to play with
• remove any items that might trigger the bad behaviour
when you are not around to correct,
it is important that you put these items back in place
as soon as you get home
(removing items to chew on is evading
any damages not solving the problem)

Tips and Tricks

• make sure all the toys your dog are safe to play with,
a lot of the toys that are sold in pet stores
can be a danger to your dog

• put the items you do not want your dog to play with,
for example shoes, on the floor in the middle of the room.
So in stead of hiding the item you are training your dog
on what not to chew. Correct each time the dogs tries to chew
one of the items (it is ok to smell the item but not to touch or chew)
and make sure there are also proper chew toys available

• when they have one favorite spot or item
where they like to chew,
you can buy an anti chew deterrent
and spray that particular spot/item.
This can be helpful to protect your items
but the method mentioned above
is the proper solution and this is just a helpful tool

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• when a puppy is teething try taking a face cloth,
wetting it, stick it in the freezer and give it to chew on
while it’s frozen, as it will both numb the gums a little
and also give some play and chew fun

• do not confuse toys with chews.
Toys are usually designed to be thrown,
chased, squeaked, and tugged during play.
Most are not designed to be chewed.
Bulldogs have very strong jaws
make sure to buy extra strong chew toys.
I’ve seen a lot of so called ‘indestructible toys’
destroyed in seconds by Bulldogs

• change toys frequently.
Most dogs will get bored with a chew
when it is available all the time.
Leave the best toys for when you go out
and do not have all toys available all the time but switch around

• don’t be played, some dogs are known to start chewing
on forbidden items just because they know,
when they chew that item you will immediately get up
and respond as where with the normal toys
your dog might get ignored.

Break this cycle by encaging the dog
when it brings it’s toys to you
and to correct the wrong behaviour
without using your voice.

Do not try to distract the dog
when it is chewing the wrong item
by waving a toy in front of him.
This will again only teach him to do it again,
in the dogs mind it means
whenever I start chewing the table I get playtime.
With chewing do not redirect but
consequently address the behaviour in a calm matter

• identify times of the day when your dog
is most likely to chew and give him a puzzle toy
filled with something delicious treats

• never give your dog the run of the house
until reliable behaviour is established,
build up from one room and make sure the dog
cannot hurt itself by for example chewing on electrical cords

• do not show your dog the damage he did and
spank, scold or punish him after the fact.
He cannot connect your punishment with some behavior
he did hours or even minutes ago.
The only right way is to correct the behaviour
in a calmly matter at the moment
the dog shows the unwanted behaviour

• remember: only remove items when you are away
and do not use a bench or kennel
as a solution to this problem,
the only solution is training your dog.
Putting a dog in a bench or kennel
is not a solution for bad behavior and you are evading
and not resolving the problem

I hope this Blog helped you
in understanding and addressing destructive chewing.

If you are struggling to apply these training techniques
and find a permanent solution for the destructive chewing behavior
of your dog, consider getting a licensed dog trainer to help or ask around in our Forum

Let’s finish with some laughs of naughty Bulldogs
who were caught in the act and on camera ☺

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The importance of the Walk

Recent studies show that a lot of dog owners are too lazy to give their dogs a daily walk. Many well meaning dogowners think they’re doing right by their dogs.. after all, their dog has a nice kennel, it gets fed and it has a huge backyard to play in. Surely not walking them, isn’t cruelty?
Well I have to disagree. I really think that a fundamental responsibility of dog ownership is walking your dog. Dogs need walks for both exercise and mental stimulation. Unfortunately it has become a trend among some dogowners to leave their dog out in the garden to do it’s business and the owners figure that therefor they no longer have to walk their dog…Wrong! You can have acres of land but your dog will still need to be walked daily.

When dogs are not getting the exercise and stimulation that they need, it can cause behavioural problems and it can reduce both the length and quality of their life. Despite the advice from vets and animal welfare experts around the world, millions of dogs are denied this basic need.

Dogs are intelligent animals. They need to have environmental stimulation. They need to explore, be out in the fresh air, getting exercise. They need to see other dogs on their walks and meet random people. They need to sniff new trees, practice their obedience, and tire themselves out. All these things are stimulating and exciting for them.  No matter how exciting you make your home environment, it will never replace the exercise or exitement provided by a good walk.

A lot of people will think the English Bulldog is a lazy dog that doesn’t need much excersize. This ‘thinking’ results in that a lot of lazy dogowners choose the bulldogbreed, thinking it will be less effort and they can have to pleasure of owning a dog without too much effort. Wrong again!

The Bulldog might not be build for endurance or speed but a Bulldog, just like any dog, needs their daily excercise and mental stimulation. Bulldogs are short and chubby in build but they are not fat or lazy by nature!

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I think the dogwalk is really undervalued even by well meaning, loving and experienced dogowners. From the Bulldogs that come into our Rescue with behavioural problems, I estimate that about 60 to 70% of those problems is solved just by meeting there basic need of excersize and stimulation. Let me repeat that, 60 to 70% of the dogbehavioural problems of the dogs that come into our rescue are solved just by walking them daily and giving them plenty of excersize and mental stimulation. So before you complain that your dog is naughty or disobedient, ask yourself how many times did you walk your dog today?

Walking every day will help your dog to be balanced, healthy and happy for a lifetime and I haven’t even begun to discuss the benefits to you; bonding with your dog, losing weight, improving health and relieving stress are just some of those benefits.

Baggy Bulldogsphoto by Kirsten McLean

Baggy Bulldogsphoto by Shun Zi

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To Treat or not to Treat?


Should you use treats in dog training or not?
Some people claim it is better
to not use treats in training.
Their concern is that the Dog
will only listen in case there is a treat.
This is a valid concern,
cause this can happen if
treats are mis-used in training.

The trick is to make sure that food
is being used as a reward and not as a bribe.
There is a big difference!

A bribe is produced before the desired behavior,
a reward is produced after the behavior.
So even showing the treat
before giving a command
is considered a bribe.

Important is to know that
when you are rewarding good behaviour,
you have many options to reward:
a favorite toy, a cozy cuddle, playtime,
a belly rub, taking a hike together..

Whatever makes your Dog happy
can be used as a reward.
Make sure to change type of rewards frequently.
This will help prevent the problem
that your dog will only follow the commands
when you have treats around.

There are also a lot of Dogs
who love their treats but
will not eat when going outside
cause of too much excitement and distractions.

This will make the use of treats
for training outside the home useless.
Again that is why it is very important
to use different variations of rewards.
Your Dog will soon learn that following commands
and showing good behaviour
will get him happy surprises 😀

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Using food isn’t cheating or bribing.
It is an easy way to motivate your dog.
A reward should be a positive consequence
for a desired behavior.

There are lots and lots of ways to reward
your dog for a good behavior.
Treats are just one of the most used
and often misused rewards.

It is very important to not
overfeed your Dog while training.
It is also very important to not combine
treats as a reward in any form of training
where conditioning or any form
of activity/sport is involved.
Active training with a full stomach
can cause a medical condition called bloat,
where the stomach swells up/tilts
which can be fatal to a dog.

Of course you can use 2 or 3 treats
during training in the park
but make sure to not overfeed
and excersize in one session.

So regarding using treats in Dog training
we can summarize it into

4 golden rules of using treats
in Dog training:

1. Use treats as a reward, not as a bribe

2. A treat should only be one of the many rewards
you give your dog, variety is key

3. Do not overfeed

4. Do not use treats combined
with exercise/sport training


House Training

Dogs are instinctively clean animals. If they can avoid it, they would rather not soil themselves or their usual surroundings. Dogs naturally develop habits of certain areas where they would like to poop or pee. The key to house training a dog, is to rely on your dog’s natural instincts and tendencies. For example, most dogs will rather go on the grass or dirt than on concrete or gravel. You can use these natural tendencies for a successful house training. Here are some tips on housetraining a puppy or an adult dog and some insights on other problems with urination like marking their territory.

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House Training a Puppy

The first thing to do is to establish a living area in your home for your dog. This area can be a room in the house, a part of the kitchen etc. This will be his or hers own personal space. Next thing to do is to put the bed or crate, the food, waterbowl and toys in that area.  In the beginning, the dog may poop or pee in their bed or crate but once they realize that this is their special place, they will try to avoid soiling it.

Next thing to do is establish your dog’s toilet area.  Try to find an outside area nearby with quick and easy access. When housetraining it’s a smart thing to keep his collar on and leave his leash nearby. Now all you have to do, is watch and wait. Put your dog in their place and watch it non-stop. Most dogs express the same behaviour when they are about pee or poo. They will start looking and sniffing around for a spot to go. When you see this, it is your time to intervene. Quickly attach the leash to it’s collar and go to the toilet area. Make sure when walking to the toilet area, your dog doesn’t go on the way, keep the leash tight and keep your dog close.

To make things easier on both yourself and your dog, you should put your dog on a regular feeding schedule. What goes in on a regular schedule, will come out on a regular schedule. If you know when your dog needs to empty out, then you’ll know when to take her to her toilet area. Healthy adult dogs should be able to control their bladder and bowels for eight hours.

It’s important that you do not confine your dog without access to her toilet area for too long. If she can’t hold it, she will be forced to soil herself, her bed or her den. If this happens, it may become a habit and will take much longer to housetrain him or her. A common mistake is to punish the dog when peeing or pooing in the house. It’s very important for you to remember that you have to intervene and snap him or her out of it so you can show where to go properly. If you do punish the dog for this behaviour, your dog will be fearful to go whenever you are around and will still poo or pee inhome when you are not there or not looking.

The best way is to anticipate when your dog has to go and get him or her outside, before you have to intervene. When they do go outside make sure to reward his good behaviour exuberantly. When your dog does make a mistake inhouse make sure to clean the whole area directly and thoroughly. Use a powerful cleaner, I recommend a cleaner with lemon fragrance, an enzymatic cleaner can help break down the proteins left over from the urine, thus removing the smell as well as the impulse for the pet to urinate in the same spot again. Dogs don’t like the scent of lemon so it will not only take the smell away but it will also work as a repellent. Of course the petstores are full of anti-pee products, but water with an enzymatic lemoncleaner works everytime and is a lot cheaper.

Some people use newspapers or paper towels to make a temporary inhome doggytoilet which they will slowly move further away and eventually outside. Personally I disapprove of this method. I think a better, easier and more effective way to housetrain your puppy or dog, is to do teach him to go outside from day one. This will also exclude the possibility that your dog will keep associating newspapers or other used materials as a pee-spot.

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House Training an Adult dog

Some adolescent or adult dogs urinate or defecate inside the house. The first thing you have to do, is rule out any medical problems. If it is not a medical problem, there can be several reasons for an adult dog to show this behaviour. Here are some of the most common reasons:

  • Urine Marking (marking territory)
  • Lack of house training (kenneldogs or strays)
  • A surface preference (dogs who will only pee on certain materials like beds, carpet, paper)
  • Age-related incontinence
  • Anxiety (urinating out of fear) or excitement urination

House training an adult dog is done in exactly the same way you do as house training a puppy. Let’s go over the most common reasons:

Urine Marking

If you find small amounts of urine in your home your dog might be marking. With urine marking, the dog deposits a smaller amount of urine. Marking in the house is usually done to an upright surface such as a doorway, table leg or other piece of furniture. The dog will lift it’s hind leg and mark urine on practically any object in your house. Quite often the object is something new or different with an unfamiliar smell that has come into the house but not necessarily so. He is also likely to mark items that he feels belong to him such as anything that he has become possessive about including you. Allthough female are known to mark their territory too it is more common in males.

We as humans tend to think of dog urine as something unpleasant but to a dog it is something of great interest. A dog leaves it’s scent in urine to tell other dogs a message. This message could be about whose territory it is, about the dog’s social order or advertising mating availability. Dogs use urine marking to show their dominance or to claim something. Dogs with feelings of insecurity or anxiety may also mark, as territory marking builds the dog’s confidence.
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Some facts about Urine marking:

  • Most dogs that are neutered or spayed at an early age do not mark in the house, male dogs that are not castrated are more likely to mark than castrated dogs.
  • Although male dogs are more likely to mark urine than females it is not unknown for a female dog to scent mark too. Often a female dog coming into heat or during it will mark to advertise her availability. A dominant female will also mark.
  • Small breeds tend to mark in the house more than larger dogs.
  • Two or more dogs living together in the same house may regard each other as competition and are more prone to urine marking. Urine marking can be a dominance issue.

How to stop your dog from marking:

  • Neutering will stop marking behavior in the majority of dogs. For older dogs, neutering may still have the desired effect but marking in the house may have become a habit that you will have to break
  • Supervise and break the habit (just like in the puppy training mentioned above) Close supervision is necessary. You must be dedicated to stop the marking behavior of your dog and you must be consistent

Lack of House Training

If your dog was kept in outside kennels, was a stray or maybe has an unknown history it is likely the dog was never house trained at all. In these cases you adjust the behaviour by giving them the same training as the puppy training mentioned above with a sidenote that a dog that has had a certain habit for a long time, it might take a little longer than with a puppy.

Surface Preferance

If your dog has a surface preferance, you first have to remove those preferred items from his place. The second thing you have to do is to make sure your dog knows what rooms, items or materials are off limit to him. You will not accomplish anything by taking the items away from him. You have to confronte the behaviour. So if your dog pees on blankets or papers don’t give him any in his place, but put one in front of you on the floor. Now make sure your dog knows, you own that blanket and it is off limits. Try this with all the preferred items in different areasand and repeat frequently.

Age-related or Medical Incontinence

There is not really much you can do about this problem. Just like humans these are some of the symptoms of getting old. Don’t blame your dog for getting old.  Try walking your dog more often for short periods of time. Some older dogs completely empty their bladder while others may leak small amounts of urine when they are asleep or leak continuously. If there is no medical solution and short walks are not enough, you might consider doggy diapers.

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 Anxiety and Excitement

Sometimes when a major change happens in a dog’s life (like a new family member or pet, a new house or losing a pet or family member) the dog may develop anxiety issues. This anxiety can cause a dog that has been housebroken for years to suddenly start urinating or defecating indoors. This kind of behaviour needs a different approach. You have to take the anxiety away before you can break their bad habit. A fearful or anxious dog needs a strong leader. By showing your dog that you are in charge and your dog can relax. Take him on daily walks, keep his mind aswell as his body busy and make sure your dog has a safe and quiet place to retreat.
If your dog has seperation anxiety and this results in urinating or defecating in the house it is crucial to gradually accustom a dog to being alone, by starting with many short separations that do not produce anxiety and then gradually increasing the duration of the separations over many weeks of daily sessions. In these cases you might consider getting a dog behaviourist or dog trainer involved.


What NOT to do

  • Do not rub your dog’s nose in it’s waste. First of all it does not work as a training method and second of all it is cruel
  • Do not get angry or physically punish your dog for eliminating indoors. Do not hit with a newspaper, spank or jerk on it’s collar. Realize that if your dog has an accident in the house, you failed to adequately supervise, you didn’t take her outside quick enough, or you ignored or were unaware of signals that it needed to go outside. Punishment might frighten your dog and will probably even worsen the problem!
  • Confining your dog is not a solution to the problem and is cruel
  • Do not crate your dog if she soils in the crate. This will just teach the bad habit of soiling the sleeping area and will make it even harder to house train your dog

Summary

House training is a process that takes time and patience and above all structure.  Don’t get frustrated, for some puppies or dogs it may take a little bit longer, but in my experience most dog are house trained in a few days even the adult dogs. Let’s end this blog with some related funnies 😉

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Walk your Dog

Baggy Bulldogs
A recent survey (among ± 4000 dogowners) in the USA showed that one in four dog owners are too lazy to give their dogs a daily walk.
Many well meaning dogowners think they’re doing right by their dogs.. after all, their dog has a nice kennel, it gets fed and it has a huge backyard to play in. Surely not walking them is not cruelty?
Well I have to disagree. I really think that a fundamental responsibility of dog ownership is walking your dog. Dogs need walks for both exercise and mental stimulation. Unfortunately it has become a trend among some dogowners to leave their dog out in the garden to do it’s business and the owners figure that therefor they no longer have to walk their dog…Wrong! You can have acres of land but your dog will still need to be walked daily.

When dogs are not getting the exercise and stimulation that they need, it can cause behavioural problems and it can reduce both the length and quality of their life. Despite the advice from vets and animal welfare experts around the world, millions of dogs are denied this basic dogneed.

Dogs are intelligent animals. They need to have environmental stimulation. They need to explore, be out in the fresh air, getting exercise. They need to see other dogs on their walks and meet random people. They need to sniff new trees, practice their obedience, and tire themselves out. All these things are stimulating and exciting for them.  No matter how exciting you make your home environment, it will never replace the exercise or exitement provided by a good walk.

A lot of people will think the English Bulldog is a lazy dog that doesnt need much excersize. This ‘thinking’ results in that a lot of lazy dogowners choose the bulldogbreed, thinking it will be less effort and they can have to pleasure of owning a dog without too much effort. Wrong again!

The Bulldog might not be build for endurance or speed but a Bulldog, just like any dog, needs their daily excercise and mental stimulation. Bulldog are short and chubby in build but they are not fat or lazy by nature!

Baggy Bulldogsphoto by Shun Zi

I think the dogwalk is really undervalued even by well meaning, loving and experienced dogowners. From the Bulldogs that come into our Rescue with behavioural problems, I estimate that about 60 to 70% of those problems is solved just by meeting there basic need of excersize and stimulation. Let me repeat that, 60 to 70% of the dogbehavioural problems of the dogs that come into our rescue are solved just by walking them daily and giving them plenty of excersize and stimulation. So before you complain that your dog is naughty or disobedient, ask yourself how many times did you walk your dog today?

Walking every day will help your dog to be balanced, healthy and happy for a lifetime and I haven’t even begun to discuss the benefits to you; bonding with your dog, losing weight, and relieving stress are just some of those benefits.

Baggy Bulldogs

photo by Kirsten McLean

 

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Raising a Bulldog Puppy

Raising a Bulldog

Many people think that the English Bulldog can hardly be trained. This is a misunderstanding. The English Bulldog is eager to learn, but is also stubborn and requires some knowledge from the bulldog owners. The strict approach works counterproductive with a bulldog. The bulldog was bred to persevere and have a high pain threshold. Therefore a tough approach would be ineffective. In the education of a bulldog it is important to know that despite its tough appearance a bulldog is very sensitive to moods and voices. The correct and most effective way of educating is to reward good or desired behavior. In this way the bulldog is positively motivated to learn.

There are some important precepts in the education of the bulldog:

  • Be consistent in correcting undesirable behavior. When you let the dog get on the couch some of the time you are giving the wrong message
  • Make sure that not only the wrong behavior is consistently corrected but also ensure that good behavior is rewarded
  • Try different rewards. A nice hug, sometimes a snack or a toy prevents your bulldog will only listen when it sees that you have a reward
  • Start training from the beginning
  • Correcting wrong behaviour may only occure at the moment of misbehaviour, subsequent punishment is useless. You will only confuse the dog and break their
    trust. A dog has a short memory and will not understand what he did wrong. Every dog has the natural urge to please their owner; it is your job to show him what you
    want. Set rules with your family to ensure that they all follow the same training rules.
  • Take the pace of the bulldog into account. Do not expect too much too quickly or for him to react straight away to your command.
  • The education of a dog is similar to educating a child. You are never done; do not stop after the puppy training or after reaching a certain age. The bulldog with its
    stubborn nature will test his boundaries.
  • I advise both novice and experienced dog owners to go to puppy and/or dog training. Not only to learn basic commands but also to socialise with other dogs and
    build a learn-, work-, follow-relationship between dog and owner


The Bulldog and children


Bulldogs are ideal as a family dog and get along with children of all ages. It is important that parents take responsibility from the start by teaching their children bulldogs are living beings and not toys. Bulldogs are naturally good natured, loyal and are very tolerant with their calm and compliant character.
Of course every parent always has to keep an eye on children and animals. Bulldogs can be a bit clumsy in their behaviour which could overturn a small child. Try to engage your children as much as possible in the upbringing and care of the dog. This not only ensures that children learn responsibility but also creates a close bond between children and dogs. Teach your children clearly what is and is not allowed. For example, teach them to leave the dog alone when it is sleeping or eating. And explain what a dog likes and dislikes in terms of touch. If you have a bulldog and you are expecting a child try to include your dog in this happy time. Especially in the daily activities after the arrival of the new baby. Let the dog sniff the baby’s scent so he gets accustomed to their smell. And of course, do not forget to give the dog some quality time in this period. Never leave your children, especially infants and toddlers, alone with a dog. A dog may scare due to their unexpected or uncontrollable movements, for instance a pull on the dog’s tail or ears. The English Bulldog is a perfect family dog and a perfect pet for children. For more cute pictures of Bulldogs and Babies check out the Photocollection:
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The Bulldog and other dogs 


Bulldogs are social dogs by nature towards both humans and animals. Their behaviour towards other dogs is the same as towards people. Bulldogs are known for their quiet and calm demeanor.
It should be noted that sometimes it is the other dog that responds different towards the bulldog. This is because of the bulldog’s general posture that can be interpreted by other dogs as dominant.
The same applies to the grunting sounds of a bulldog. Bulldog will rarely start a fight, as previously mentioned. If they are forced to fight, they will not want to lose face and defend themselves. Bulldogs play with a lot of enthusiasm and therefore they can be a little rough in their behavior. They are great playmates for other dogs, have a great sense of humor and are very tolerant. Overall the bulldog is very social with other dogs and is a welcome guest on the dog playing fields.

The Bulldog and other pets

Bulldogs are also social towards other pets like cats, rabbits and guinea pigs. However, the owner has to learn both dog and pet to get accustomed to each other. Especially in the case of small animals like guinea pigs, a dog may inadvertently do damage. Most dogs go well with other pets. The easiest way is to let them grow up together but they can also be introduced to new pets. Ive had a Bulldog who was so in love with guinea pigs, she thought they were puppies and kept licking them and moaning in front of the cage her way of asking she could be with them. Ive seen Bulldogs who were friends with parrots, goats, pigs, iguanas, donkeys and the list goed on.


Stop Jumping

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Unless given a command to jump, your dog should never be allowed to jump on humans. A dog that jumps on humans on its own free will is a dog that does not respect the person it is jumping on. Even those cute little puppies or dogs should not be allowed to jump on people. While you may think it is cute, it is not cute to everyone else. Not only is it annoying to most people to have someone else’s dog jump on them, it can also be dangerous especially for little kids or elderly people. A jumping dog can knock people over, muddy their clothes, put runners in nylons and scratch the skin.

There are mainly three reasons for the jumping behaviour in dogs.

  • Excitement
  • Trained Behaviour (Your dog could be seeking your attention and has been rewarded with it by jumping up in the past)
  • Dominance

Before you start adressing the behaviour you have to know which of the reasons named above is the cause of your dog jumping. A different reason might also mean a different way to adress it. For instance a hyperactive dog is mostly helped by snapping him out of it or by redirecting the behaviour by giving it a command. So instead of letting them jump around give the dog a command like  sit and make your dog patiently wait before giving any attention. When the reason is dominance claiming your space is very important. Remember dominance does not mean agression. So your dog might be very loving and non agressive but still dominant. When a dog jumps on a human of its own free will, it is not greeting the human, it is asserting its dominance over the human, it is the dogs way of saying that it is alpha/leader/boss. Space is respect and lower members of the pack respect the higher members. Note: when a young puppy jumps on humans it is sometimes its attempt to reach one’s face. Puppies need to be taught not to jump up on humans as this behavior will manifest into a bigger problem when the puppy grows up into an adult dog.

Dogs like and need consistency, so if you are not allowing your dog to jump on you, everyone in the family and everyone who greets the dog must do the same. You, as an owner, must make sure this happens. It will only confuse a dog if you allow them to jump on some people who say they do not mind, and tell him not to jump on others.


Stopping the Jumps

It is very important to you, your dog and the people around you that your dog is well balanced. When a dog jumps up against you, do not step back or lean away, this will make the dog continue to jump. When you get out of the way the dog is claiming your space. When a dog jumps, step into the dog. Picture a sphere around you and are not going to allow anyone or anything to come into your space. You are not trying to knock the dog down you are just claiming your space. Casually and calmly, keep filling your space, not allowing room for the dog to come in. Remember, your goal is not to knock the dog down, it’s just to retain your space.

Here are some more helpfull videostips to help you solve this problem.

Now here are some approved and funny ways of Bulldogs Jumping:D


Jumping Dogs

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Unless given a command to jump, your dog should never be allowed to jump on humans. A dog that jumps on humans on its own free will is a dog that does not respect the person it is jumping on. Even those cute little puppies or dogs should not be allowed to jump on people. While you may think it is cute, it is not cute to everyone else. Not only is it annoying to most people to have someone else’s dog jump on them, it can also be dangerous especially for little kids or elderly people. A jumping dog can knock people over, muddy their clothes, put runners in nylons and scratch the skin.

There are mainly three reasons for the jumping behaviour in dogs.

  • Excitement
  • Trained Behaviour (Your dog could be seeking your attention and has been rewarded with it by jumping up in the past)
  • Dominance

Before you start adressing the behaviour you have to know which of the reasons named above is the cause of your dog jumping. A different reason might also mean a different way to adress it. For instance a hyperactive dog is mostly helped by snapping him out of it or by redirecting the behaviour by giving it a command. So instead of letting them jump around give the dog a command like  sit and make your dog patiently wait before giving any attention. When the reason is dominance claiming your space is very important. Remember dominance does not mean agression. So your dog might be very loving and non agressive but still dominant. When a dog jumps on a human of its own free will, it is not greeting the human, it is asserting its dominance over the human, it is the dogs way of saying that it is alpha/leader/boss. Space is respect and lower members of the pack respect the higher members. Note: when a young puppy jumps on humans it is sometimes its attempt to reach one’s face. Puppies need to be taught not to jump up on humans as this behavior will manifest into a bigger problem when the puppy grows up into an adult dog.

Dogs like and need consistency, so if you are not allowing your dog to jump on you, everyone in the family and everyone who greets the dog must do the same. You, as an owner, must make sure this happens. It will only confuse a dog if you allow them to jump on some people who say they do not mind, and tell him not to jump on others.


Stopping the Jumps

It is very important to you, your dog and the people around you that your dog is well balanced. When a dog jumps up against you, do not step back or lean away, this will make the dog continue to jump. When you get out of the way the dog is claiming your space. When a dog jumps, step into the dog. Picture a sphere around you and are not going to allow anyone or anything to come into your space. You are not trying to knock the dog down you are just claiming your space. Casually and calmly, keep filling your space, not allowing room for the dog to come in. Remember, your goal is not to knock the dog down, it’s just to retain your space.

Here are some more helpfull videostips to help you solve this problem.

Now here are some approved and funny ways of Bulldogs Jumping:D


Puppy Training

Getting a puppy or adopting a dog can transform your house into a Loving Home.
But without careful preparation, your new pet can turn the your home into a mess.
The following preparation tips will get you on your way to having it all;
a loving home and a happy and tidy home.

There are a lot of questions you might have as a soon 2 be puppy owners, I hope the following will help to answer those questions and prepare you for that special moment you take your pet home.


To Do’s before you get your dog/puppy:

  • Make a decision; are we going for a puppy or a dog?
  • Where are we going do get the puppy or dog, from a shelter or a breeder?
  • Make a list of dog supplies: water and food bowls, leash and collar, a crate and/or a sleeping matras, chewing toys, brush/grooming supplies
  • Puppy proof your home: look for anything that could potentially hurt him, electrical cords, poisonous plants, a pool he could fall into, sharp things etc.
  • Set up rules for the family on; when to walk the dog, when and what to feed the dog, what to do when the dogs needs medical care, for the kids to leave the dog alone when eating or sleeping
  • When you get your puppy you want to explore new places with him. Puppies love to explore, which can be distracting and dangerous while driving. Make sure you have a a crate or secure him with a dog seat belt harness. Also available are car seats and boosters that are used in conjunction with a dog seat belt. These will also keep your dog from being ejected in case of an accident or from jumping out of your vehicle.
  • Find a good veterinarian and put the telephonenumber of your vet and the local alarm number in your phone and when you have kids show them where they can find the numbers
  • Make a choice in what breed and gender the puppy should be
  • Prepare by reading about the breed and about puppy/dog training
  • Make a choice whether to neuter or spay the dog
  • Find a puppy training class in your neighborhood, puppy training is one of the best ways to build a learning/training connection and is also a good way to socialize your puppy
  • Mental preparation: it might sound a little weird but you and your family have to be prepared for your new pet and family member. Be realistic, the puppy might howl and cry the first nights in a new home, it will take time and effort to housebreak a puppy, it might chew on the furniture or shoes, you have to walk your dog several times a day in sunshine and rain, when your puppy gets sick you have to take care of and pay for medical care, raising and training a puppy is not a matter of time, you are never done. When you have read this and your are still absolutely sure you want a puppy and you can promise your new pet all the above for a lifetime,..
    Than…Congratulations you are now ready to be a dogowner;-)


To Do’s when you got you dog/puppy:

  • Take him to your veterinarian for a complete physical
  • Check with your vet if the puppy got all the right vaccinations and when he should get his new ones
  • Make sure your puppy is free from flees and worms, your vet can also help with this
  • Make sure your puppy gets a microchip so your dog will never be lost. Most breeders will do this for you. Make sure you get the papers with it so you can registrate the dog in your name. Most Vets have the equipment to check if the chip is working and registered correctly.


Puppy Training:

The first weeks of training are mainly focused on the following:

  • Housebreaking the puppy
  • Walking outside on and offleash
  • Knowing it’s place (pillow or crate)
  • Following houserules: not gettingupon the couch uninvited, no begging for food, what and what not to chew,
  • Introduction to other pets
  • Getting the puppy used to everything in and around the house like noises, places, (vacuumcleaner, garden hose, etc)
  • First set of commands like: sit, stay and down

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