DOMINANCE AND AGGRESSION ISSUES WITH BULL TERRIERS
I wish I had a dime for every time someone has contacted me concerned about a dominance or aggression issues from their Bull Terrier. The purpose of me writing this Blog topic is due to the vast amount of inquiries I receive on this topic as well as how many times I see it brought up on Forums and Social Media. Hopefully this article provides insight to the problem, helpful training methods to correct the problem, and the confidence to know the issue is correctable.
FACT – 99% of the Bull Terrier owners looking for advice on this subject are dealing with a Bull Terrier between the ages of 4 months to 14 Months old. It’s during the adolescent stages that Bull Terriers are extremely energetic, hyper, and learning both good and bad habits. It is also at this time they are also learning dominant and aggressive behavior as well. The problem is that they often don’t know when this behavior is warranted and when it’s not. However, they’re quick to learn when this behavior is productive for them by what they get away with. This is why it’s important to stop this trend early on in the puppy’s age while the owner has a lot more confidence in correcting the problem and disciplining the puppy in order for them to recognize that their behavior was incorrect.
The Bull Terrier is a feisty breed of canine that has a lot more intelligence than people think. So much so that they can be very stubborn with doing things they are told to do or not to do. Obviously, no two dogs are the same and there may be some who are a lot more calm and relaxed than others and some that require a lot less training and disciple. However, they all have very similar personalities and characters. One thing is for sure, you’re not going to take the “Terrier” out of a Bull Terrier. Their adolescent stages are a trying period of time that requires a lot of dedication in order to provide them with the exercise and attention they need. Pent up energy can cause an array of issues from health problems to Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) to unwarranted aggression. Without proper care, attention, and training a puppy can quickly develop some bad habits and by the time they get big enough where they become strong and obnoxious their habits may seem as though they are impossible to deal with and in need of professional training or evaluation form a behavior specialist.
Before you jump to conclusions about your Bull Terrier being born with aggression due to bad genetics or just a bad apple from the litter it may be time you look at how YOU’VE been raising the Bull Terrier which could have triggered the bad behavior to develop.