Does your Bull Terrier keep popping up like a “Jack in the box”? Are you green and blue with “bruises of joy” from your dog?
All of those, who already owned a Bull Terrier in the past probably know about this issue.
It is a pretty natural behavior of this breed. Many English Bull Terriers are very high-energy and active dogs and need proper outlets for this energy. Poorly exercised Bull Terriers can easily develop destructive and self-destructive, obsessive behavioral disorders.
Many NEW owners are pretty much caught by surprise when their English Bull Terrier keeps jumping at them and going up a lot – often accompanied by constant nipping. Luckily this behavior can be corrected.
But let’s take a quick glance at the causes first.
Jumping is not limited to English Bull Terriers, but it is very common among them and if not corrected can become pretty extreme and even lead to injury, loss of teeth and similar unfortunate events.
In my blog among others I try to also address problem behavior or general problems occurring when a dog, especially a Bull Terrier, newly comes into a household. Who does not know this complaint: “My dog destroys all her toys”.
This is what I want to talk about today.
I often hear of owners of Bull Terriers and other mid-sized dog breeds searching for the “indestructible” toy or complaining about how much money they spend on dog toys, because their pooch just destroys everything they offer – often within minutes.
And I confess: There was a time when I was one of them and was looking for this miracle toy, too. There are so many manufacturers out there using the term “indestructible” – which I personally find misleading with EVERY pet toy I have encountered so far. So we owners are spending hours on research to find the perfect toy, spend the extra Dollar on something that is labeled “indestructible” and make sure to choose something too big to just be swallowed by our dog – and still find it in pieces just minutes after we gave it to our Bull Terrier.
This essay was inspired by many stories of owners feeling overwhelmed by their puppy’s behavior or exasperated in their attempts of correcting aggressive puppy behavior in their English Bull Terrier puppies and tired of their nipping/ biting and dominance issues.
First of all, please note that young dogs DO nip, chase feet, even growl and guard – these are all absolutely normal behaviors for a puppy.
An aggressive puppy usually is not “bad” by nature. The puppy is behaving exactly the same way as before, when it was still member of the litter among its siblings.
Now in your household the puppy needs to learn which behaviors are acceptable, and which are unacceptable. Aggressive puppy behavior needs to be addressed and corrected by training through the owner.
If your female dog is not spayed, you are probably dealing with some messy issues during her heat cycles.
Introducing: A great piece of dog apparel to handle the messy side of a dog’s heat:
The Dog Heat Suit
Originally invented for dogs after surgery, this suit also aids in treatment of skin conditions, covers wounds for better healing, aids light incontinence problems and is great for dogs in heat.
People often use doggie diapers during a dog’s heat cycle. I have been using one in the past for Mila either.
However, you probably know the following challenges: The diapers getting fixed around her hips, do not only cause Mila discomfort. She obviously just does not like the feeling of the diaper around her hips. As a result of her trying to get rid of that thing by rubbing against walls, curtains and chairs, not only is the house always a mess during this time. The diaper also becomes leaky every now and then, leaving spot on the floors and the couch.
Today I have a question for you, guys:
Have you noticed that your dog sucks on blankets or other soft objects and do you know why he/ she does that?
I had planned on writing an essay about this after researching possible causes. The problem is, I could not manage to find conclusive information on the internet and not even after talking to other dog owners.
Mila suckling on a pillow
Obviously a number of owners have witnessed that their dog sucks on blankets or other soft objects, such as pillows or soft toys no matter what breed.
Is there really such a thing as “dangerous dog breeds”?
A recent discussion in this Bull Terrier forum I really like has reminded me of my own bad experience with prejudice and inspired me to write this article that has already been in my head for a log time.
Dr. Bully or Mrs. Hyde?
I come from Germany, where I also had unsettling experiences with people’s reaction to my English Bull Terrier. But I know that other countries, among them U.K., U.S. as well as many other countries, have also restricted and some countries have even decided to completely ban certain breeds.
How to find the right Bull Terrier Puppy for you
Bull Terrier Puppies – This is Mila at 10 weeks
Puppies in general are a handful of work. When it comes to Standard Bull Terrier or Miniature Bull Terrier puppies in particular, you may often wish you had two additional hands.
Some say Bull Terriers and Miniature Bull Terriers are not a dog for first timers. Although I do not completely agree, I would definitely say that the Bull Terrier is a breed you need to “be prepared for”.
Therefore, before you consider getting one of those cute little Bull Terrier puppies, you should gather some information about the breed and learn more about what your are getting into.
Meeting them in a dog park or at a breeder’s can help to get to know the breed better before you are getting your own puppy.
In a word – Unusual
Bull Terrier Appearance: The Bull Terrier’s appearance needs some getting used to
The Bull Terrier appearance needs some getting used to. These funny little power packs have a strong, firm and above-average muscular figure as well as a keen and determined expression. The long oval head is gently shaped downwards with a characteristic egg shaped contour (= down face). The eyes are small, dark and triangular in shape. The ears are small, standing closely together, pointing upwards. The nose is usually black, but can show some pigmentation, and is slightly bent downwards.
The chest should be brad from the front, the body contour well rounded with a short, strong back. The back is slightly arched over the loins. The rib cage should be a little bit visible.
There are quite a few things to know about the Bull Terrier and miniature Bull Terrier Breed. Let’s get started with the colors.
English Bull Terrier and Miniature Bull Terrier Breed Information: Colors
Two Faces – Same Dog. There is quite a lot of variety in Bull Terriers
When first bred by James Hinks back in the 1800’s, only pure white Bull Terriers were bred, often referred to as “White Chavaliers” for that. Hinks intended to breed a well tempered and friendly “gentleman companion” and soon the Bull Terriers enchanted people with their funny charm. Bull Terriers were later crossed with Staffordshire Bull Terriers for colored variations. Today you find all kinds of variations, but white is still always involved. Combinations of white and black, brindle, red, fawn and tan are prevalent, sometimes three colors are involved. Even the white Bull Terriers today are not truly white. Inspecting the hair at their ears will reveal the second color they carry. Try it! Take a close look at your white’s ears.