Animal Stories - Bull Terrier

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Ellen - 2013-12-22
Hi everyone,,, I have a 6mnth old Bully. His name is Fritzie,,,recently fixed. He is very dominant. Which is to be expected. As in most of the comments I've read about Bully's he jumps on me to enforce his will. When I ignore him or turn and try to walk away, he starts nipping me everywhere. On my anckles, calves and arms. He then gets in front of me and jumps up bitting my t-shirt or shorts ( I call it my Bully outfit).Positively I can say he is intelligent and like to be challenged mentaly. I gave him a ice cream tub in which I taught him to put is small toys in, which he then carry in his mouth ect. He learned to sit in under an hour, and now do so without a verbal command. I only need to show him with my hand. He sprints avoer our lawn when I throw his ball, and when he gets to me he slows down so that I can hold him on is back from behind and then I must run with him, toy in his mouth. At night he 'asks' to go into his crate when he wants to gomto sleep (awesomeness) Did I mention that he is OH SO CUTE! I've learned to wait for the appropriate opportunity to give him any affection. HOW CAN I STOP HIM FROM NIPPING ME IN ORDER TO BE CONSISTENT WITH MY DISIPLINE! !!! I have a 11 year old daughter, ,,, she is also very much in love with him as I am. At the moment I am the only one who's brave enough to face him.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-26
    He sounds like an adorable puppy, but yes, you do have a problem. From what I've read, you don't want to allow your puppy to get away with biting and nipping because if you do, he may develop behavioural problems later in life.

    Training that I've read suggests that you treat the nipping the same way his mother would; yelp loudly and then say 'NO' in a firm, disapproving tone. This lets your puppy know that he's hurting you. It's okay to over-react and sound a little more hurt than you actually are, as this helps him under stand that his bite hurts and that biting humans is wrong. Then turn away from him, ignore him for about 60 seconds, and then play with him a bit. YOu can give him a rubber bone or toy to chew on so he learns that its okay to chew on it, just not on you or other people.
  • Zoe C - 2014-05-18
    Oh I remember this stage so well lol I've still got the little rips in the knees and ankles of my pj bottoms and several pairs of jeans! I too thought my dog had a problem and I even worried at one point if he would become aggressive but I needn't have, he is a big softie :) Here's what I did, I got a crate and used it for a doggy time out ;) Every time he nipped or tugged on my clothes I would tell him 'NO' in a very firm deep voice, if he ignored my warning and continued to nip/ bite I took him by the collar to his 'naughty crate' as you would a child by the hand to a naughty step! He went in his crate for 5-10 mins but he was always in the same room. I felt this was important because he could still see the rest of the family, interacting/playing etc.... only he couldn't join in, he was excluded from whatever we were doing. And of course he wanted to join in. After 5-10 mins he was allowed out to join the rest of  'the pack' but the second he nipped he was straight back in the crate. He soon got the hang of it as he didn't like to be excluded from his 'pack'. Also, I made whoever he nipped put him in his crate, so if he nipped my 9yr old she would take him by the collar to his crate. This also helped him to know his place with the kids and prevent him from attempting to dominate them. It is just a phase though and he will stop, especially if you consistently tell him off for it. The crate thing worked well for me. Good luck
  • Lisa Coleman - 2015-01-08
    The benefits of having a trained dog are endless. A few months ago I started to train mine with some  videos I found online. They teach you step by step! Aggression, anxiety, biting, barking and disasters in the house have disappeared. My dog behaves excellent. And I have taught many tricks! Here is the address:
Rosa Boca Raton Fl - 2013-01-19
My son and I rescued a male EBT when he was 10 weeks old, we were told he had dermatitis, it turned out to be yeast, wich has gotten worse in the last 3 months. We tried oral antibiotics, oral antifungal meds, nothing is helping. We bathe him with selsum blue shampoo, nothing. Any sugestions? Please help, he is chewing his paws raw!

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  • Anonymous - 2013-01-20
    Try giving a raw diet, glueten and carb free. Find one with no potatoes! Give a tea tree oil based shampoo bath. My sister in laws pekinese has yeast infections she put him on stellas dog food wich is pre packaged raw food but with an English bull terrier there expensive to feed. Find a holistic vet my ebt has skin issues and I resolved them with diet change, I'm a firm believer in not over medicating my dog because it actually will rob there bodies of the good bacteria as well as the bad. Good luck! There are many websites on feeding raw and a good holistic vet can help as well. Most non holistic vets are given commission for the foods they sell and they aren't always the best choice for your situation, vets also don't go go to school for nutrition thhey spend about three weeks learning about companies like science diet.
  • Guy St. James - 2013-02-11
    Our Bull Terrier had a skin problem when we got him, at 5 months old. We were stumped as to helping him. The 'Vet' made suggestions and treatment, but the advice didn't seem to help that much. Since this is our 4th Bull Terrier in 32 years, I thought no way am I going to let this condition beat our new friend[pet] up. Long story short, did my homework on the computer and connections[clubs] ete. Turned out to be 'MITES'yes 'MITES'. Dirty little %$&*. It was confirmed by the Vet finally. These pests are virtually microscopic and tough to identify and often go overlooked and undiagnosed. Check your 'Bull' for these little devils. They wrecked havoc on our boy. Treated with 'Revolution' drops. Vet will tell you the process. Our 'Bull Terrier' hasn't had a problem since. All his fur grew back and his feet[paws] are beautiful. Hope this will help. It's awful to see them suffer. Good luck.
  • Anonymous - 2014-10-24
    Try coccnut oil in his food..?
pamela - 2014-10-18
Hi I have a 16month old ebt he suffers with like a bad cramp when he walks I can take him out for a nice walk he comes home goes to bed when he gets up he is very stiff and walks like his legs wont hold him up he has had an exray and all is ok hes been neutard he had a rash the vet gave him steroids and antibiotics this seamed to fix his leg trouble has anyone else had this problem or what can I do any ideas

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-10-20
    Poor little fellow, I'm glad you took him to the vet and wish him all the best.
Laura - 2014-09-01
Hello, can any one give us some advice? We have a lovely 2 year and 9 month bull terrier, she is a very good dog, we moved home 9 months ago and in the first few months she was acting very old, very possessive over certain items (furniture ) in the house. We need she wouldn't be perfect with the move and were told by the et this is normal and give her time... She settled down great, but not 9 months on she is doing the same thing, first it was a lazy boy chair, would sit on it but then stare at it, like it was ready to get her, we have moved this and she wasn't happy, tried to attack it, now it's the old little things, the clothes maiden even my feet :-( can any help? Thank you :'-(

lizelle - 2014-08-28
hi there...want to find out if there is anyone who had a dwarf english bull terrier please.

MC - 2014-08-18
I just read that bull terriers were not good with cats, or other pets. My oldest bullie Rich certainly proved entirely otherwise to me. A girlfriend of mine came back into my house carrying an infant kirry. Evidently the kitten had been exiled by her mother. Talk about nurturing; my male has always slept on his back on my couch. I had to go to work, so when I got home the kitty was lying on his stomach, nursing on his unit. Friends for life. I have since gotten a female bullie for breeding, and companionship. She is now retired, and the kitty, now 7 years old, and the female bullie have become great friends after many spouts over my males attention. Good times, funny stuff!

Cecilia - 2014-08-12
Hi I have a week old bull terrier female,she is not eating good,she sounds like she has a stomach ache and shivering after her bath last night. Need advise thank you.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-08-13
    Bull terrier pups won't wean from their mothers any earlier than 3-6 weeks of age. If you are trying to feed a 1 week old pup, you have a job on your hands. The stomach problems are most likely from an incorrect formula. Esbilac puppy milk is a great formula choice and readily available in pet stores. A baby this young will need feedings about every 2 hours around the clock, which will become less as she ages. If she doesn't do better right away I suggest you take her to a vet, they have the equipment and expertise to deal with babies this young.
Bob - 2014-07-23
I have just taken in four bull terriers, two male and two femail and they are from tge same litter. I intend to keep inside and outside and they will have constsnt attention and I have a lafge property. I have just been worried bh someone saying that havjng four is a risk as thry could act as a pack. Is this vorrect

John Sanchez - 2014-07-06
Hello my name is john, I have a family of 4 my wife and two daughters 5 & 6. We all work and go to school we're home by 3:45 every day but in the mean time my mother inlaw lives with us. She is 70 years old, she is still moving around and what not but I heard of bull terriers being loyal to family I was wondering if it would be ok to have one with a woman her age?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2014-07-22
    I think the dog would be fine, and actually an excellent addition. But I would ask you mother-in-law what she thinks about it, as it will be her constant companion. She may be very happy for the company, and the dog would have a companion too. Could be a win-win situation, but it must be a welcome addition for her.
nicola - 2011-07-28
I have a 20 month male english bull terrier. I have had him from 12 weeks old, he lives out the back in a well built kennel, but he chews everything, the kids toys, fence, door frame. You name it he chews it. He goes for walks. How do I stop him from chewing? He has the run of the garden. When I go out to work he howls and barks until I get back, anyone got any answers?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-28
    Puppies chew and they need to chew to first get rid of their puppy teeth and then to keep their teeth healthy. You want him to stop chewing your things so you have to provide him with his things. When he goes to chew one of your things, remove it say "NO" and give him one of his own things. A trick I was shown is to take some old keys and put them on a keyring. When you throw them they make a lot of nose. Do not throw them at the pup. However, if the pup goes or is sniffing or chewing something it is not supposed to throw the keys at something that will make noise (the chair closest to him or something - the floor) and yell "NO". This worked for me for many a pup. There is no point in punishing after the fact or yelling no after the fact - they have no idea what they did wrong. You need to catch him in the act when you are with him and tell him "NO" Outside - he think you're in the home. He wants by you. The trainer told me to put my pup in the smallest room in the home that I didn't use when I went to wrok. I put my 110 doberman in the guest bathroom
    and my doberman went right through the bathroom wall, into the kitchen and into the master bedroom and ate (shook all the feather pillows up to the vaulted ceilings. I will not pass on that advice. Instead I will suggest a crate - large enough for your pup to move in with a t-shirt that has your scent on it. Can someone come during the day and let the pup out. Crate - next to a doggy door scenario has also worked for me. Laundry room with a dogggy door. He is going to keep on barking outside - as he thinks you are home and just not bothering. Doggy doors work well with small pen/crate safe enclosuresa in the home and fenced in area outside.
  • Sarah Kennedy - 2011-09-06
    Deal with one issue at a time. He's struggling to know where he fits or he's trying to dominate you.
    Barking: he's frustrated and wanting attention. From anyone. Bad or good attention, doesn't matter, just attention. Have you tried an anti bark collar?
    Chewing: He doesnt know which things are his to chew or he's doing it to get your attention again. The key trick mentioned by previous review is great. As are air cans, they work in the same way, they make a harmless noise which breaks dogs attention, at which point you redirect his attention to something you want him to do/chew. Also have your tried repellant on things like door frames, fence? Bitter apple spray, strong english mustard etc. again harmless but nasty tasting.
    You need to teach him which are his things. My EBT, Ozzy, is 12 months and he went through a major phase of shoe killing, including a pair of Jimmy Choos!!!! I took a pile of shoes and everytime he went near them or tried to pick one up I used keys, verbal command and/or air spray. Took a few days and a good few hours of input but he now leaves all shoes alone. Hard work but so so worth the effort as he's happier as he knows what's his.
    Let us know how you're doing.
    Sarah and Ozzy
  • Julianne - 2011-10-19
    The reason for the chewing is precisely this bull terriers thrive on human contact. They are not suitable to be kept outside at all, they need to be near you for their emotional health and if not will be destructive and will generally find something to take their stress out on. A bull terrier is not for someone who wants to kennel them outside ................... they would rather live in your lap.
  • debbie smith - 2012-03-18
    You don't have the time to spend with this animal who will take negative attention over none just like a child! Interact with this responsibility you chose to have.
  • Tammy agoney - 2013-01-15
    Maybe u should have researched the breed a little better!! He is part Of ur family!!! If you cannot Train him so he can live inside , rehome him so he isn't neglected for The rest of his life!!
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-01-15
    I kinda sounds like he's bored and needs more personal interaction.  They are great pets, but do require a regular interaction with their owners every day, with a good and fairly long excercise/training/play period. They learn to look forward to it if it is on a regular schedule. You might want to get a personal trainer to work with you and the dog to address the behavior problems.
  • Guy St. James - 2013-02-14
    Dear Nicola: Not replying to give you a hard time or slam you; but you probably have the wrong dog [English Bull Terrier]. I have been a 'English Bull Terrier' owner most of my life and these are NOT,NOT,NOT. kennel dogs. Even though they may seem to be a strong independent dog they are not. Should have done your homework prior to ownership of a 'English Bull Terrier'. These babies[English Bulls] require TONS of HUMAN companionship,or they will fail to thrive. A well loved 'Bull' will tolerate being left alone for a few hours[2-3], but any more than that is really pushing it. Sorry for the long wind here-but 'Bull Terrier' ownership is really a 'lifestyle' and huge commitment. Please reconsider thinking you have a kennel dog here.
  • Anonymous - 2013-03-06
    A few years later here...we hope for the best for that young English Bull Terrier. A warning to those reading this and considering adding Companion pet to their Family? Research theed bred, what environment you are offering, what are their needs and requirements: energy level, needed space, what they were breed to be/ do.... Then, and ONLY THEN select Your friend and be the BEST friend you can be. We've had outside and inside pups, we acquired a Labrador who we Thought should be outside..same'destructive' behavior-read about labs, brought him in-problem solved. Researched English Bullies , HAVE her in obedience training....crated....sleeps in it in our bedroom!
  • Colin rose - 2013-08-09
    You don't leave your bullie for that long it needs your friendship. I did not get one till I gave up working. I was brought up with bullies. I had no trouble with mine she was never left that long where I went, she went with us.
  • Noel - 2014-03-19
    I'm about to get a mini bull terrier, if I leave her alone for about 10 hrs is that good or bad? Will it affect the dog?