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American Bulldog Training - Secrets of a Good Bulldog

Updated on February 26, 2010

American Bulldog training can be one of the most rewarding things you do with your new (or old) pet. Not only will you wind up with a better pet, you will establish a strong bond with your dog as you go through the training. It is important that you start training your dog as soon as possible because every day you wait is one more day you have to put up with aggression, biting, barking, chewing, jumping, and bathroom "accidents".

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American Bulldog Training

American Bulldog training offers challenges that may not be faced when training other dog breeds. This doesn't mean an American Bulldog is a bad choice for a pet, you just need to be aware of their unique behavior patterns.

The biggest thing that offers challenges with an American Bulldog is their size. They are large animals and need space to run. With their large size, they can do way more damage than a Chihuahua.

These dogs can be very playful. This means they like to run around and jump on things. Even when they are just playing, they can do a lot of damage because of their size. They are probably not the best choice if you have small children.

They can be very protective so American Bulldog training needs to involve exposing them to a lot of people. They need to see other people as normal and friendly so they don't attack everybody they see trying to protect you, their beloved owner.

American Bulldogs have also been known to be very aggressive with other dogs of the same sex. They can also be very aggressive with cats and other small animals.

The last thing to be aware of with American Bulldogs is that some people can view them very negatively even if they never do anything wrong. This makes American Bulldog training extremely important not just something that is nice to do. Getting help from a top knotch training system like the Secrets to Dog Training is absolutely essential to successful training.

This is David VanBergen and I hope this information has been helpful.

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      Sue Heimann 

      10 days ago

      I have an amazing Amarican Bulldog, his name is Praxis and he is 5 years old. I have to say that this posting is “spot on”!

      We took great care in training and socializing him. GREAT care! He LOVES pretty much ALL CHILDREN and is extremely protective of them immediately after meeting them. He loves meeting any women. He likes most female dogs. But . . . he wants to eat every male dog, cat, or small animal that he sees.

      I would say that American Bulldogs are the perfect dog, if you “know” that you can deal with a large dog. (And after you have had it for a while, know that you over established your skill set.). And by that I mean a REALLY big dog. A strong dog. A strong minded dog. An EXTREMELY protective dog! And mostly an extremely Lovable and loving dog that NEVER except that he is not a big dog.

      Then, have a great time!

      That is my advice.

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      Roseanne 

      23 months ago

      I have to say I do not like this post at all. It is like it has been written by someone who knows nothing about dogs!! If a dog is aggressive, it's the owners fault. If a dog is funny with other dogs, this could be because of 100 past reasons. If a dog is aggressive with children then the owner has gone wrong somewhere or clearly not socialised them properly or trained them properly it's nothing to do with the breed and it is NOT in their blood. I have an American bulldog, she is very good with other dogs/bitches but then she has been properly socialised. She is brilliant with my nieces who are 4, 2, 1 and 6 months...I trust her whole heartedly with them. She listens. Oh and she and our 6 month old kitten are best friends!!

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      Sally 

      3 years ago

      how to teach the American Bulldog to not be aggressive toward other dogs when walking them on their leash?

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      Jill 

      4 years ago

      I got an American Bulldog a couple of months ago, her name is Rousey...Which is very fitting. She is excellent with people, kids, and other dogs (although sometimes they don't like HER). The only problem we have with her, is jumping on us and others, and going potty in her crate. I work 8-9 hrs a day, so that is understandable. When we are home with her, there are no accidents. What can we do about the jumping? And I think in time, she will be able to hold off til I get home for the bathroom.

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      christina and ares 

      4 years ago

      Ares is my first american bulldog he has an amazing personality and is very smart. He just turned one in September, but my biggest problem with him is jumping on people, i cannot break him from it. One other problem is when he gets excited he will not listen to me as if i am invisible. What can i do?

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      Christina and Diamond 

      6 years ago

      I adopted Diamond from the local shelter and they told me she was a boxer mix. My vet then labled her as an americal bulldog, which fits perfectly. I thought she was the perfect dog when i adopted her. Well she was loyal to me but she had a problem listening, but then again i couldn't understand spanish if someone was asking me to do something either, so we had to bridge the language gab first. it was slow going at first but once she understood what i was saying everything started falling into place. she wanted to obey me she just didn't know what in the h*ll i was talking about.

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