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Chad Brown - 2012-04-09
I have a 20 month old female English Bull Terrier and I have been in a different country for a little over a year. She has been at my home back in the states. My renters are taking care of her while im away. I was wondering what to expect as far as her behavior towards me and how best to approach the correction of misbehavior if any. I was with her for around 6 months before I had to leave. Of the time I spent with her she is one the best breed of dogs I have ever owned. Any advice will be much appriciated. Thanks

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-09
    Do not worry. She should sense or remember you - know somehow that you have been there before. She was pretty young when you left but she will come around. There is no real way to tell fortunes in this world that i know of. She will sense your scent and voice and know something but we can't know what. Just be the same fella you were and give her a few days to come around. Don't correct a misbehavior untill you have rewarded her for postive behaviors. Positive behavior - coming to her name, going potty outside, giving you a kiss, Chilodren and pets both have a way of doing any behavior to get attention whether it be good or bad so if she gets to excited and pees on the floor - not a bad behavior she should be corrected for. Reward before correction. Also remember that people are different in what they believe is a bad behavior in the pets and in their kids. So you don't want to correct her for something the other people thought was an OK behavior. Get to know her again and then gradually trnasfer over to your ideas regarding correction.
  • Chad Brown - 2012-04-09
    Thanks alot. I hope things go back to normal with her but I understand it will take time
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Anonymous - 2012-04-08
I'm thinking of getting a bull terrier, but I dont know if I should because since I'm all day at work and get home by around 7 pm and I wouldn have much time for it..... but I have a huge patio that he can run in all day... should I get one?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-08
    If you are concerned about having enough time to spend with a Bull Terrier - or any pup - you probably should not do it. Yes, he has a patio etc but pups can be extrmely destructive and they require a lot of attention. Maybe waiting until you have more time - might be an answer. A kitten which is more independent and not as destructive? You get home a 7 pm and have to eat, bathe, cook , clean - when would you housebreak train etc. Also, Bull Terriers are extremely pack oriented and don't do particularly well on their own.
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Brianna - 2012-01-23
I want to get a bull terrier and a friend has one that's nine months old... I'm afraid that's too old ... What do you think ?? Will it be hard to train? Can I teach it a new name ? Could it be dangerous around kids??

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-23
    The benefit to nine months is you can see/hold/watch etc the pups personality. 9 months is pretty young and at least at that age, there should be bladder control. Is it housebroken? Bull Terriers are usually pretty stubborn, independent dogs that require a strong, consistent trainer. Can you teach it a new name - easily. Could it be dangerous around kids? Yes. Any animal can be dangerous but it seems the bull terrier has the leading reputation in this regard. Some dogs are much easier to have around children and are known to get along great with children. The bull terrier is not one of them. They require strong leadership, strong training, strong discipline and they are not inclined to adapt well to new people so they require a lot of socialization. They do not like commotion. They prefer a consistent, organized lifestyle. They can be snappy and they frequently snap without provocation. Some folks absolutely love and adore their bull terriers but they are devoted, patient, and excellent trainers.
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lel - 2011-12-04
i have a 9 month old ebt she been fantastic ive been very strict on her and have trained her to the best of my ability she has just had her first season and a few days ago i noticed her nipple area had started to look bigger theres no way she could be preggars as ive had her on a lead and kept her close during her season so just wanted to know is this the norm after every season she also has been humping my pillows lots help is this normal for a bitch ???????????

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-06
    Yep, it is pretty normal or common for this type of dog. Seems a little strange to me too but it happens.
  • tykemyler - 2012-01-20
    give her to me, she be sound. my little soldier here, tyke, he will look after her. he's white all over and has a boss head shape, she will love him and save you buying dog food, let me know. tyke.
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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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TK - 2009-02-11
I have a white male english bull terrier, I think he's albino because he has green eyes and a pink nose. My issue is with his skin, it's pink, hot, inflamed, smells, and is mostly on his belly, back of ears, and paws. I've tried everything to clear it up: regular vet, homeopathic vet, benadryl, tea tree oil, different lotions and shampoos, mange dips. Please help, considering putting him down so he doesn't have to suffer with the discomfort any longer. He's only 2 yrs old, we've been dealing with this his whole life, and I Love him so much! Thanks TK

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  • Annelise Kruger-Liptrot - 2010-09-02
    Firstly you can have is pink nose tattooed black. Try to keep him out of the sun as much as possible. Get your Vet to prescribe and ongoing course of Zinplex or some other Zinc supplement which will assist with his skin problem. Do not feed him Wheat, maize, bread bones or bone meal. Feed him on rice and chicken and animal fats, omega 3 and 6 oils (which is also present in fish oily fish). Introduce him to fruit and vegetables.

    Sponge him down with an infusion of "Rooibos Tea" South African Bush Red bush tea, available at most super markets in the UK and America these days.

    Apply the zinc ointment which the cricketers use in hot climes to his nose and the pinna of his ears, if you have to take him out in the sun.

    You might also try using Fissan Paste to the itchy places on his coat.

    Good luck and please let me know how you are getting on. Regard Annelise from Sunny South Africa
  • Anonymous - 2010-10-23
    Ok, my bindgle male had it and so did my mums white bitch, she had to have steroid injections. What I did was take him to the vet for antibiotics, don't use flee lotions on him, smear sudacream on the areas that are irritated, leave on for 24 hrs, it doesn't look nice and it rubs off every where, use cotton wool with luke warm water to remove what you can then re apply a few hrs later, do this for a week along side the antibiotics, make sure to keep clean bedding and if his bed is near a radiator then move it as heat can flare this up as well, after a week give him a bath, use baby shampoo on him, I know they say not to use human products on animals but its bull, as long as you make sure that all the soap is it by using a shower head or fill the sick and using that water then its fine, I have had a few dogs and done the same with all of them. Just leave him then for a week or so, it may have to be repeated if his skin is really bad, it may be a pain but it's worth it, it's not nice for them, bulls are known to have skin allergies. I hope it works for you.
  • Dozeydozer - 2010-12-02
    Try burgess supadog sensitive dry food...my last white bull terrier had these exact symptoms...I tried all the expensive foods and his skin just got worse....with Burgess supadog sensitive it cleared up within two to three weeks.
  • Anonymous - 2011-05-23
    Take lamb out of his diet. I had the same thing and got rid of the lamb and problem disappeared also.
  • Jason Dudley - 2011-08-08
    Hello TK,I have had the same problem with my white bull terrier puppy. She is 7 months old and has had the problem since I got her.I have gone all those routes too.I heard that they give dogs allergy shots,but my dog is younger and its not good to do.I went with holistic route and that didnt work at first either.I keep deducting each thing in all the foods I tried,and what I found was that it was grain/bread items that where doing it,and most holistic has grain too.I cut out everything I redd had bread/grain/flour/yeast items from the food.It worked..I feed my dog Wellness,and it works good,and has a good balance of omegas..but any food should work,as long as u make sure it doesnt have the bread and grain items in it..Try it out..What else do u have to loose...My baby was almost bald,and it was tearing me up,and it seemed like i was just blowing all my money on stuff that was not curing it,i even tried this stuff called new stock,which is some kinda miracle cure for all animals skin..lol..in the end it was something simple..Pease try for a month,and let me know what happens..Good Luck.. Jay
  • Sarah Kennedy - 2011-09-06
    Hey,
    My 12 month old black and white EBT had terrible red itchy skin on his tum and testicles. I tried tea tree ointment from Johnsons which seemed to at least cool it for him, you could see him relaxing as it went on. Rash gone. I think I beat it for him. Then a couple of days later, back came the red itch. Poor boy was going insane. All seemed to reduce when he was castrated. He still has itchy times and we go back to the ointment and I also wash his itchy sections with that pink antibacterial handwash like they use in the doctors, diluted in lots of water. Seems to work for us.
    He also now eats food with no dairy, wheat, gluten and eats fresh apples, carrots etc daily. I hope your baby boy feels better soon. Let us know. Sarah and Ozzy
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Natasha - 2010-10-25
I got my english bull terrier about 3 months ago, his coat was in good condition but he has gone very flakey with a few scabby lumps, he also has terrible wind is this normal? I spoke to 1 person and they said theirs was the same, what is the best food to give them?

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  • \"fido\'s mom\" - 2011-02-14
    My bull terrier had flaky coat and scabby lumps. I took her to the vet and it was a thyroid condition. Two pills a day for the rest of her life but it cleared up her skin and coat within a month.
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Venessa van Deventer - 2011-07-20
We have a lovely tempered pair of Bull terriers, a white male named Hitler (3y) and Eva(2y), a brindle female. She had 2 puppies a week ago and only 1 survived. Do you think a small number of puppies like this is normal? They are both healthy dogs with more than enough energy, is it possible that something went wrong during the pregnancy? Her first batch was 5 puppies and only 2 survived, this is making me worry a bit.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-21
    Have you talked to the vet? Do you know why the babies died? If not you might want to have the best determine the cause of death. The average litter for the bull is 5 but it is far from being unusal that they oinly have 1 pup. Is mom feeding the babies?
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jennie - 2011-06-24
I have an english bull terrier got him about 9 wks old, goes through the night without any mess. He hates plants in pots!!! Loves the kids. The best choice we have ever made. He is now about 15 wks old, loves going for walks. He is just so funny, (smokey jokey is a blokey).

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-24
    Glad you are enjoying him - sounds great for your family.
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