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Anonymous - 2010-11-19
I have a male english bull terrier, he is 9 months old, and has recently started showing some very worrying behavior problems, we have had him since he was 8 weeks, and he has been fine up until now, he bullies my daughter who is 8, and chases her and bites and nips her, and has started showing me signs of aggression, when I try to discipline him, he jumps up and bites me, and won't stop and has started barking and snapping, I love my dog to bits but this behavior is really starting to worry me, any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. He dosen't behave like this for my husband but has no respect for me, I have wanted a bull terrier ever since I can remember, and don't know what to do for the best.

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  • christine - 2010-11-25
    I'm having the same problem with my 16 month old miniature bull terrier he has started showing aggression towards my eldest son he is a fantastic dog but like you I'm very concerned.
  • Dozeydozer - 2010-12-02
    A friend of mine has a deaf bull terrier who used to do exactly the same thing but to her son....he is trying to dominate you and your daughter...try a water spray and a firm "NO"..for some unknown reason all the bull terriers I have had contact with do not like this shock tactic...I have had a few in my time...my own and fosters ;)
  • Kizzy - 2010-12-26
    I have a bull terrier myself too. It's pretty common for a teenage dog to test how far he can go. He sees your husband as a 'pack leader' and if you want to nip this behavior in the bud, you and your daughter need to show him that you are his leaders too. Don't allow any type of dominant behavior, such as, nipping, jumping on you, walk out the door before you, sleep on top of you, etc. Try to be firm and consistent. You can try squirting bottle at him when you disagree with something. Or if it doesn't work, I use my two fingers as a dog mouth, give him a firm touch when he misbehaves (not to hurt him of course). The touch imitates another dog's bite when it does something inappropriate. After he accepts you as his pack leader, he will be a wonderful boy again.
  • Emmy87 - 2011-01-26
    Best advice you could get is to research Cesar Milan.... He is amazing! My family and I have learned so much from his program and he goes by the old age theory that while dogs have been domesticated, they still have a pack mentality... And it sounds like your BT has taken place above you and your daughter in your pack! Trying things like ensuring you and your daughter enter the house before the dog, making visitors speak directly to you before addressing the dog etc show that you have dominance and leadership. Also as hard as it is, staying calm when disciplining your dog... A raised voice is not necessary and simple commands are best. Body language is a huge part in gaining leadership over your dog. Eg.. If he puts his paws on you, remove his paw and gently yet firmly place your arm over his leg, this is a big sign of dominance. If he listens to your husband it is good to have him nearby while you discipline but also make sure you allow yourself and your daughter to discipline and give commands, not just your husband. That's just a few tips but I definitely recommend checking out Cesar! My family and I had an issue with a dog who showed the same signs you described, and I could get no control over him and became quite scared at times... Since watching Cesar and thinking in a pack mentality, I am not as scared and have quite easily through my actions and body language gained dominance over our dog and it is so wonderful to be able to enjoy him now! Dogs NEED discipline and leadership, it makes them feel safe and makes for a happier family all round. Hope this helps : )
  • Brittany - 2011-07-14
    I just bought this book called the puppy primer off amazon. A BT breeder referred me to it. It talks about problems like that. It has really good advice!
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Barbara - 2009-05-07
Can English Bull Terriers swim? We live on the water and have a pool and our puppy bully seems afraid...

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  • Anonymous - 2010-04-19
    Not advisable...heard a story of a lady here in the UK who took her EBT swimming and the dog died.......a short coat + long swim = hypothermia, together with the tremendous muscle strain when swimming....not a good idea!
  • sarah - 2010-11-15
    I don't think they are natural swimmers, they tend to sink because they are so heavy. Although I'm told if you teach them from very young they can.
  • Sarah Kennedy - 2011-09-06
    LOL oh they can swim if they have to. My EBT, Ozzy is rather clumsy and has HAD to swim as he regularly falls into the canal on walks. He splashes lots and is not the most elegant, but he does keep his head above water until I pull him out. Then he forgets and wanders too close for a quick drink and... splash another swim. He has a paddling pool in the garden and wont go in it. So I think the EBT choice is NOT to swim unless forced. I'd like to see one who enjoyed it though.
  • FRED - 2011-10-28
    So nobody just chucked em in and found out? Mine swims fine, not his favorite activity due to lack of hair and body fat which create bouyancy. Working with his fear by having him sit in the river on a hot day but not having to swim helped him realize he could cool without drowning.
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lucia mendoza - 2011-10-27
It looks my dog Canello

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Getty - 2011-10-16
I also have one who is a millions times cuter then the one on this page.

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Valerie - 2011-10-15
I do have shih tzu and his name is Snoopedog he a very gentle dog and awesome. He is my best friend. He is trained very well. Sometimes I call him I my little dog.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-18
    That is cute.
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Edgar Fernandez - 2011-10-11
Hi today my red nose pitbull died after 12 years sharing with my kids. I am very sad but I know that God needs more security on the heaven and then calling my 'Nannie' thanks me dog 4 this service with my family love you 4ever....DADDY EDGAR

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-12
    I am sorry. I know it is hard.
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Rockie'snaturalgoodies Natural - 2011-03-26
We own 6 beautiful dogs 3 of them are pit Bulls, it is true that they can be aggressive towards other dos and animals, however when introduced properly the are very receptive and friendly, most people don't understand how the owner is the one that holds the key in having a well mannered PitBull. As an owner you must be totally dedicated to be constant and have a keen sense for being a responsible owner, Pit Bulls are the most amazing dogs they have a humanlike way for understanding and learning, they are extremely faithful and loving, however you must always stay as the pack leader, when you lose that place they will take advantage of their higher power and control. I invite anyone who wishes to know more about their pittbull to contact me through facebook and or post comments and concerns in this forum.

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  • Kathy - 2011-08-04
    Hi I have so many questions I have a male pit. My husband got him at 2 months old. The previous owner beat him kept him caged and who knows what else. He is now 17 months he still cowards and he pees on himself and he goes thru boughts where for a week he pucks and has the runs then ok for one or two. This has been going on for a few months. We have changed his food he does not listen at all when he is called and I need help getting a grip on him since he i such an misunderstood breed. I love him but he sheds so bad his breath is aweful and I feel bad I hope you can help me
    Thanks sadly confused by this breed
    Kathy
  • Abbie - 2011-10-06
    Hello, I am so happy you took in this dog rather than purchasing one from a breeder. When a dog is abused it can take a very long time for them to learn the proper way to do things. One of our pits was chained to a tree and abused for the first 8 months of her life, after that she spent time in a foster home that wasn't any better. We got her at 11 months and it took a VERY long time to get her turned around. We had to hand feed her, she constantly had bowel movements in her kennel and she was extremely fearful. We've had her 4 years now and she is excellent with people, animals and fabulous with children, but to this day she still cowers down and pees if I walk past her quickly with a broom because it brings her back to when she was a puppy and what happened. The first couple years with her was so extremely frustrating and I never thought we would see any results, but I promise if you stick with it and have a routine your dog will come around. Have you had your dog checked for worms? Or any other health problems by chance? I also highly recommend getting some professional obedience training for him. Whether it be a place you take him or have someone come to your home. Make sure they have experience with pits. They are absolutely amazing dogs. It's terrible what man has done to them. Another thing I recommend is buying books about pits. I have about 6 or 7 of them just because I wanted to be educated when I got my first pit due to the reputation these poor dogs have. I hope some of this helps you and I wish you the best with your pittie!
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shelley - 2010-11-22
I have two Rottweilers and it is all on how you socialize your pet. Any dog can be mean and bite and just because they are big doesn't make them mean. Rottweilers are actually the best breed with children they will protect your child from any stranger and mine in fact would protect a strangers child that is how much he loves kids on another note I have a three yr old rottie who started having seizures and I was reluctant to start her on medicine which is phenobarbital and it will make her very out of it. Instead I chose to go with a holistic approach and recommend it to anyone with issues of seizures with any breed it is called allergic pet.com to get natural meds.

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  • Iris - 2011-10-06
    What can also help is to remember things that happened right before the seizure and see if its usually the same things going on and if you prevent that from happening then note how many times that they will com.
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Roberta - 2011-09-21
I have a female pom and she is pregnent how long does it take before they have thier puppies. i love my baby she is a good dog to have around , she is so loving I got her as a abused dog and to this day she is scared of loud noises.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-21
    Dogs are pregnant from 55 - 63 days. So about 55 - 63 days from the time she did "IT" you should have puppies. Congratulations it is fun. It is work but it is fun. Be prepared ahead of time - OK?
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Maria Ortiz - 2010-08-31
My chihuahua has little clumps of blood in her urine and she passed her menstrual cycle two weeks ago, what could it be?

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  • shelley - 2011-09-21
    Dogs are in heat almost one month from time of start possible it's still her heat.
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