Animal Stories - Bull Terrier


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amber - 2011-11-02
I have a 10 month old bull terrier who eats everything and never stops. He jumps on everyone and just won't ever calm down. He also eats everything he can put in his mouth. I am thinking of obediance classes and neutering him. Which should I do first?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-02
    Neuter or obediance - I would neuter the pup first and they are good to go in a couple of days. So I would make an appointment for neuter and sign up for obedience classes right away. 10 months old is a pup and they are high activity dogs and will calm down but will probably be more like 18 months to 2 years before CALM. Obediance classes are great for this pup both training and socialization. The bull terrier is not any easy pup to crate train either so constant supervision is pretty much required. A trainer taught me to throw keys and yell 'NO' when my dog was doing something wrong. You don't throw the keys at the dog just at a chair or ground or anywhere close to the pup so there is a large noise and the yell 'NO'. It startles them and reinforces the 'NO'. By the time you get to the dog and the shoe the dog is eating - it is too late. So if you are sitting there and see poor behavior a big 'NO' and throw the keys. It worked great for me.
  • Morgan - 2013-09-26
    It's just what bull terriers do I've found out lately with my new one. Walk them regularly, treat them like children (if they jump on you completely ignore them and turn away till they stop, if they chew, buy a crate, not a fancy one.. It too will be eaten, expect it.. Bones, lots of bones, not raw hides.. And what I have found to be cheap and affective.. Get a large gallon jug and stuff treats in it, leave the lid off, and wa la!! The noise is quite annoying but it's better than chewed up stuff. Also, get your dog on a routine, lots of walks and lots of playtime!! This is what made be be able to manage my first bull terrier and keep her out,of trouble.
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Morgan - 2013-09-12
I have recently been given a one year old bull terrier. Her previous owner left her outside and hardly spent any time with her. I have always been a big fan of the breed and I have been doing an insane amount of research. Where I live I have no yard so she stays inside 100% of the time. I walk her every day and let her run around in our community dog run. She is been great inside.. Besides the fact she eats everything in sight. No matter what it is, she eats it. We have lost keyboards, headphones, tv remotes, playstation controllers, hair brushes, movies, you name it. We try to keep as much as we can out of reach but something's are impossible. I keep her on a leash almost the entire day just so I can watch her. I've bought bones and chews but she eats them in a day. I'm on a very tight budget so buying a big bulk of chews is out of the question. What can I do to reduce her chewing on our things? I'm not giving up on her but my boyfriend is on his last leg with her and I want to show him she can be a good dog and she can be trusted. I just have no idea were to start. I'm willing to put all the time I can, I just can't afford a lot of extra things.. Please, please help me.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-12
    She sounds like a great dog! but is still in that energetic part of life where chewing is essential. You can consider crate training. It is a great way to keep from giving the dog the run of the house, and dogs trained properly will get to where they really appreciate their own space. It does require that you spend dedicated time with you pup, playing activities then followed with 'time out'. It also gives you more control over what she can have to chew on, until she gets past this energetic time of  uncontrollable chew urges.
  • Morgan - 2013-09-24
    I have her a crate now and it has made a world of difference! Also, another thing I have discovered on my own that works miracles... Home made dog treats stuffed in a large ozarka plastic bottle.. The sound is annoying but it keeps her attention for hours.. Yes, hours. And it's free! We have not had anymore chewed up items since!
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liezl - 2013-09-15
I have a 4 year old bull terrier male. Very loving and spoiled! We got an 8 week old femal bull terrier 5 days ago, and our male usually doesn't like other dogs! I have been indroducing him to her by putting her on my lap and letting him smell her. He sniffs her and his tail is wagging, he seems happy, but I can't put the puppy on the floor then he wants to jump on her. Or when she barks at him and growls he looks pretty upset and looks as if he wants to go for her. What can I do about this? And must I wait until she is about 7 months to stand her ground before I leave them to see if they will bite or play with each other?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-16
    Sounds like they are still getting to know each other, but they are well on their way to being good friends. How cool is that!
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jonbon - 2013-02-09
Hi, I have an 11 month bull terrier and I am in the process of changing her diet, I've been boiling organic chicken and rice and mixing it in with her blue buffalo puppy food. Itss been well over 2 weeks and she's been fine till today. She vomited every where, my questions are should I not give her white rice? Or even chicken? And when I switch to adult food next month should I still mix it with chicken and rice? Or should I just mix the rice and chicken with fresh veggies?

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  • Georgie - 2013-08-16
    Hi, when changing a dogs diet it should be done slowly. Mixing new food 1 /3rd into old food then eventually 2/3rds and 3. I recommend premium dog foods if you want your friend to thrive not just survive. A balanced diet of large raw dog bones once a week {never leave dog unattended with bones } help to clean teeth and is natural to them. Dry food and occasional wet food. Remember too much wet food creates plark ending in rotten unhealthy teeth.
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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.
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Nicholas - 2012-09-02
Hi, Im 14 years old and planning to buy a Bull Terrier. I study from 7:45 and get home 3:15. I have a huge yard and other dogs which don't fight to other dogs. Should I buy a male, female? Should I buy a Bull Terrier or it is a bad idea, considering I study a lot of time and I would walk him about 1 or 2 hours?  Please respond me ASAP, thanks

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  • Charlie - 2012-09-02
    No one can tell you what you should or shouldn't do. My daughter has 3 Bull Terriers and she is 28 and she - regardless of the training - has no control over them at all. They are all 3 - 5 years old now and extremely difficult to do anything with. Me personally, would be concerned about the other pups - when all is going well - maybe leave it alone. How firm a trainor will you be as they require firm training - not hitting or beating just a firm voice that is consistent and is a good solid dog trainer. How much time do you have to socialize this pup to other people, places etc. How many activites for school are you going to want to be a part of and not be home for the pup? You are going in to middle school and then highschool and do you want to be walking and training or do you want to play basketball, go to friends homes, go to the dances, date - so how much time will you have left for a pup that is extrmemly pack orientated, requires firm and consistent discipline and training.
  • Megan - 2012-11-15
    I have an 8 year old bull terrier that I have had since I was 12 years old. Females tend to be less aggressive towards other dogs. Males are very territorial, and may try to fight another male. My bull terrier is the best companion that I could ask for, and she is currently living with me in an apartment as a college dog and she has never been happier. I do go to school, and work but when I get home she is always waiting for me to lay on the couch with her. On my days off, I do take her for car rides and to go walking. I highly recommend the breed to younger people bc bull terriers love human attention. Just remember they are terriers so they are very stubborn, and hard to train but they will learn tricks with a lot of patience.
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KELIS - 2012-05-31
12 months old pitbull available

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  • karl - 2012-05-31
    Hello Kelis I wish to know if your pitbull is still available; ok?
  • karl - 2012-05-31
    and for how much ;
  • KELIS - 2012-05-31
    He will go for 1700;00.
  • karl - 2012-05-31
    Can u mark it up to 1300. I will go for that price. Here is my email for pictures. Gigalon148@gmail. Com. I will love him shipped to my address by this weekend
  • sam - 2012-08-05
    Hi kelis i like to have one pitbull please.
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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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