Selectively aggressive English Bulldog

by Sophia
(Albany , NY USA)

My 8 year old English Bulldog , Louie , has been nipping and biting more and more. His behavior started with random bites towards strangers that startled him. However over the past few years he has actually bitten are teenage sons, leaving marks and fear. We are all in love with this dog, most of the time he is a very warm, loving, cuddling ,65 lb ball of wrinkles. It's his unpredictable agression that frightens us. We could be sitting all together on the sofa , one of us will get up to change seating and this dog will nip/bite that person. Our vet placed him on medication for anxiety and our trainer worked with his behaviors. Short term results with each method. Our family is losing hope that this dog is a candidate for rehabilition. We are afraid when we have vistors, he bit a close friend , you just never know what will provoke him. Is he just a bad "seed"? Is it realistic to continue using medications and placing him in another room when vistiors come by? Once we had an unexpected guest and the whole family scrambled for this dog out of fear! We just do not know or trust his actions! I think you'll agree our concerns are changing the way we live. Please be kind with your responses, we are not naive to the potential consequences of this type of behavior. We have back up safety awareness with " no leting your guard down " mentality. But truth be told, i think we are facing putting him down, afraid Louie is a safety risk to everyone around .

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Aug 28, 2017
Nothing In Life Is Free
by: Adam G. Katz

Employ the "Nothing In Life Is Free" approach, so that your dog starts to view you as the "pack leader." If your dog doesn't see you as the leader, then your corrections will be meaningless. So, if you're doing subtle things (inadvertently) to undermine your leadership role around the house-- it will be counter-productive.

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