Are Bulldogs Aggressive?
They got their name for their use in the sport of bull baiting, sometime before the 13th century. (It has been said that a butcher once watched his dog chase a bull through Stamford England, and so enjoyed it that it became a sport.) With a name like Bulldog, you automatically assume they will be aggressive. And with the history we have been given, you can see why Bulldog aggression and dominance is something that comes instinctually to the breed, but the majority of it has been bred out over time. So, while we don’t consider this breed “aggressive” we do agree that it is dominant, over other pups and even sometimes humans. This happens mainly in the puppy stage and when handled appropriately should not develop into a problem.
So that brings us to the question, “How do we handle it?”, the answer; proper training!
- Exercise: Exercise will tire him or her out and keep their aggression at bay. Sometimes, however, a use in and of itself will not be the solution to all your problems.
- Toys: When your pup is getting too aggressive, it’s time to bust out his or her favorite toy. Just be sure not to use the same toys over and over, so he does not lose interest.
- Assert yourself: You do this by giving him rules and boundaries. If you don’t, they will begin to think that they are the pack leader and this kind of thinking will lead to aggression towards other animals as they want to protect you
- Reward Good Behavior: When playing with your Bully, if he or she is playing nicely make sure you give them plenty of love and praise. Also rewarding good behavior, (such as when they bite the right things, like a toy), by giving them a treat.
- Stop Bad Behavior: When your pooch tries to nip or bite your hand, make sure you yell “ouch!” and back your hands away and stop playing. Eventually, he or she will learn that biting your hand hurts, and that skin is sensitive. But you need to stop play for about 10 minutes in order for them to get the idea that this behavior will not be tolerated.
- Be Stern: We know this is not always easy, but if you don’t, they might not trust that you are the pack leader or the dominant one. If he or she is biting, nipping, or behaving badly, give a firm “No” as soon as you see it happen. However, saying “No” any time after the fact will just confuse your pup about what you are unhappy with. Either do it immediately or ignore it.