English Bulldogs are generally good dogs and very sweet, but when it comes to their food that could be another story or word….Aggression. They become protective of their food and may even growl or bark trying to keep everyone and everything away. This is not the behavior you want your dog to have. Even with a pup you do not want them to be that possessive.
At first it may appear cute but it won’t be that cute as he gets older and you have no control. It could get dangerous if you don’t take control now while he is still a pup. You can not afford to give up the alpha control even at this point regarding his food.
Aggression of any kind must be dealt with immediately in the appropriate manner. Here are some ideas on effectively handling the aggression
- If aggression is demonstrated toward another pet while eating feed the animals in different room.
- Make sure there are people in the room when the dog is eating, this will get him used to the idea no one is going to bother his food.
- Feed the dog after the family has eaten. This sets you up as being dominant and the rest of the family is above him as well.
- Make the dog sit and wait to eat. Do not feed him until has done this.
- While he is eating gently pet him and talk to him allowing him to get use to your touch
- Actually hand feed him some of his food so he will know you are the one who gives him his food.
As often as you can, demonstrate to your dog or puppies their place and encourage socialization at feeding time will help with the aggression. Every one in the family should use the same methods in working with the dog so that he does not become confused.
There are a lot of other parts to training your English bulldog including teaching commands. As you continue to train our dog you will discover what works best.
Truth is letting your dog have his way is the only way he will not learn. You need to demonstrate your dominance over his stubborn personality and again have patience.
Keep the training lessons short and be consistent in teaching commands repeatedly until he learns.
Dealing with Aggression
PREVENT YOUR ENGLISH BULLDOG FROM TAKING YOU FOR A WALK
If you are not careful you will be going for the walk not the dog. Here are some tips to help you take the dog for a walk:
- Don’t use a harness. The dog is strong and should be walked on a short lead 6 inches and no more and a collar.
- When you dog pulls, stop, stand still. Do not move until the leash tension is released. Then give the dog a reward and praise. Do this every single time he pulls. Just don’t give a treat every time but always give praise. Keep the walk short at first.
- When he continues to walk without pulling give him praise and let him know he is doing a great job. You can give a treat along the way when he is behaving nicely.
- If your dog is pulling or continues to pull you can try another little idea. Change directions on your dog every time he starts to pull. This may work better than standing still. It establishes real quickly for the dog that is in control and with whom he is walking.
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