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    I recently posted about some sister fighting between my Bullies. But that's just a 1% kind of problem. Mostly, they are wonderful. I thought for balance, and a more realistic view of my girls, I'd post about their training.

    I work with them every day for a few minutes. We train with a professional trainer once a week. My girls are doing fabulously. Here is where we are at right now:

    1. They have all the basics, come, sit, stay, down.

    2. They stand on command.

    3. They heel forwards, and backwards, individually and side by side.

    3. On the "Front" command, they come to the front.

    4. They will stay front, and walk backwards, individually or side by side, in front of me.

    5. They will face me, and back up away from me individually or side by side as far as I want them to go.

    6. They will come around behind me, and come between my legs on a "Place." command.

    7. They do all of the above off leash, and under varying levels of distraction.

    8. I have taken them off leash successfully through Caesar's Casino, The Forum Shops (with mobs of people), at Fashion Show Mall, and to several restaurants. They behaved impeccably.

    I am really proud of them! And, the training continues:

    Daisy is fearful of backing up under anything like a table. We're working on that.

    I want them looking at me all the time when we are "working," and we are working on that.

    I want them to alert to the presence of hidden people in parking lots and parking structures. We will start working on that.

    Daisy needs more distraction training, and desensitization as she is too skittish and fearful around loud noises and moving objects.

    That's all for now. It's already a lot to practice each day. Please post and let me know about your Bully's training, and what you've accomplished!

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    Well...I'M impressed! Guess I misunderstood your original post
    as you've got it all covered...good for you & your girls


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    you got a great foundation, just need to keep on them. I have a girl that is almost 9 and the training never stops, need to stay on top of her as she is very dominate and most think she is aggressive when she shows her dominance. she is just all about her and she just wants to be in charge... so she works for everything and has to be 'invited' to participate at times
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    Wow! Bubba needs a lot of work! That's awesome! I can not get Bubba to not get so excited and jump up on people when he first meets them! Any suggestions?

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    About Bubba, yes I have suggestions. I had the same problem, especially with Daisy. The secret (if you can call it that) is stern correction consistently applied and repeated many times. The easiest way I know of, and most effective, is to use an electronic training collar and hand actuated controller. But you can do it with a leash and training (pinch) collar. But the equipment isn't going to solve the problem without you doing your part. You have to be ahead of the curve, so to speak, and anticipate the problem before it happens. And, you have to arrange to have your dog present when new people show up. Warn you dog verbally not to jump up well in advance. Always use the same words. As your dog starts to get excited, use the correction and put you dog into the down position. Let the new person approach the dog, not the other way around. Be sure to keep your dog down, using as much correction as necessary. If your dog breaks away from your control, get him back and away from the person, put him in the down position, and mildly rebuke him for misbehaving. If your dog stays in the down position, and doesn't jump up on the person, praise the heck out of him, even rewarding him with a treat if that's your custom. It will take some time, but you will win the battle. In my case, the biggest problem was a dearth of new people coming by. And, they tend to act out at home much more than when they are out in public. So, it was a slow go here. But we eventually succeeded in stopping the jumping up behavior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasGeorge View Post
    I recently posted about some sister fighting between my Bullies. But that's just a 1% kind of problem. Mostly, they are wonderful. I thought for balance, and a more realistic view of my girls, I'd post about their training.

    I work with them every day for a few minutes. We train with a professional trainer once a week. My girls are doing fabulously. Here is where we are at right now:

    1. They have all the basics, come, sit, stay, down.

    2. They stand on command.

    3. They heel forwards, and backwards, individually and side by side.

    3. On the "Front" command, they come to the front.

    4. They will stay front, and walk backwards, individually or side by side, in front of me.

    5. They will face me, and back up away from me individually or side by side as far as I want them to go.

    6. They will come around behind me, and come between my legs on a "Place." command.

    7. They do all of the above off leash, and under varying levels of distraction.

    8. I have taken them off leash successfully through Caesar's Casino, The Forum Shops (with mobs of people), at Fashion Show Mall, and to several restaurants. They behaved impeccably.

    I am really proud of them! And, the training continues:

    Daisy is fearful of backing up under anything like a table. We're working on that.

    I want them looking at me all the time when we are "working," and we are working on that.

    I want them to alert to the presence of hidden people in parking lots and parking structures. We will start working on that.

    Daisy needs more distraction training, and desensitization as she is too skittish and fearful around loud noises and moving objects.

    That's all for now. It's already a lot to practice each day. Please post and let me know about your Bully's training, and what you've accomplished!
    Excellent. Good work

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasGeorge View Post
    I recently posted about some sister fighting between my Bullies. But that's just a 1% kind of problem. Mostly, they are wonderful. I thought for balance, and a more realistic view of my girls, I'd post about their training.

    I work with them every day for a few minutes. We train with a professional trainer once a week. My girls are doing fabulously. Here is where we are at right now:

    1. They have all the basics, come, sit, stay, down.

    2. They stand on command.

    3. They heel forwards, and backwards, individually and side by side.

    3. On the "Front" command, they come to the front.

    4. They will stay front, and walk backwards, individually or side by side, in front of me.

    5. They will face me, and back up away from me individually or side by side as far as I want them to go.

    6. They will come around behind me, and come between my legs on a "Place." command.

    7. They do all of the above off leash, and under varying levels of distraction.

    8. I have taken them off leash successfully through Caesar's Casino, The Forum Shops (with mobs of people), at Fashion Show Mall, and to several restaurants. They behaved impeccably.

    I am really proud of them! And, the training continues:

    Daisy is fearful of backing up under anything like a table. We're working on that.

    I want them looking at me all the time when we are "working," and we are working on that.

    I want them to alert to the presence of hidden people in parking lots and parking structures. We will start working on that.

    Daisy needs more distraction training, and desensitization as she is too skittish and fearful around loud noises and moving objects.

    That's all for now. It's already a lot to practice each day. Please post and let me know about your Bully's training, and what you've accomplished!
    That's pretty impressive! Would it be possible to elaborate on your training methods?

    Does the professional trainer that you work with have a web site?

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    Wow that's awesome.

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