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    Hello im new here. Made the decision couple months ago I want another dog sense several years back my old dog died. A family friend is currently is fostering an aprox 2 year old english bulldog. My family decided we would like to adopt him. Big beautiful brindle/white boy. He came from a bad situation from a hoarding puppy mill and spent his life in a small crate. We went a few days ago to meet the him and spent about 30 minutes with him. Seems like a great overall dog seemed happy. He does have a slight jumping problem when we first met him but towards the end when we left he wasnt doing it so that will need to be corrected and trained not to do so cause he scratched my arms to pieces and did bleed a little. What would the community advise me to do on correcting that behavior? Not positive if he is housebroken the foster parent did say he doesnt use the bathroom in the house so I may need work a little with him on that. But what are some things I should expect this will be the first time owning an english bulldog and even my first rescue dog. Super excited ready to get him home. He still has to be neutered and a few other things done before I can get him. Any help,tips,recommendations, etc will be greatly appreciated !!!! Thanks

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    First of all congratulations on thinking about adopting an unwanted bully
    Because his rough start he will need a time and patience with his training -it is not impossible but with dedication and behaviour training you are not only saving a bully you give him a happy life
    Lets start with jumping this is how we deal with it time and time again
    You need to teach an advanced sit. It is the command that gives you most control. Get him to sit every day of his life in as many situations as possible. Putting down his food, putting his lead on, while you open the door, at the kerb, while greeting people. If it's an excitable siuation, like greeting people, have a titbit on his nose and let him nuzzle it to keep him there. If he's sitting he can't be jumping up.It's the most neglected training of all. Because 99% of puppies will sit, most people don't bother with training the sit further. You need to train him to sit, in a normal tone of voice, 100% of the time in every situation and to stay there until he is released. It won't happen overnight and will take lots of patience.
    For example: Opening the door.
    Put him on the lead and tell him to sit. Start to open the door. Immediately he gets up, shut the door and wait for him to sit again (you probably won't need to give the command again). Repeat and repeat until you can open the door without him moving. The only thing you have to say is 'Sit'. You can quietly say' That's a good sit'. Keep relaxed all the time. Say nothing if he moves. Not only are you getting control over him, he is learning self-control. Same rule applies when visitors come around xx

    Potty training you have to start from scratch as you would with a puppy ,basically you take dog out often preferably leashed to the designated area in your backyard once he do his business reward with a treat and a lot of praise ,he will eventually understand that going porgy outside means treats and fun stuff and he will start asking to go out -this will take some time -how long? All depends on a individual dog but it is not impossible ,gradually you will replace treats with just praise -we still give a treat now and again to our girls to remind them were to potty and that they done a good job remembering it ;-)
    Please keep us posted
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    Thank you Pati for all the info. I will be staying with him all day everyday so we will have plenty of time to have patience and work on his training. I will report back to this thread with photos and updates when I can.

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    to the site. Thank you for looking to rescue. Pati has you covered and always remember that it is going to take time for him to learn and understand what you want so please be patient.
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    Welcome to EBN and think that's awesome that your thinking about adopting,good luck!!

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    Welcome and so glad your thinking of adopting!

    Also....Great info Pati! That's the one problem I have with my bullies is jumping all over strangers. I'm going to try your technique!


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    Congrats on the adoption you both are going to benefit by having each other. This site is and has helped me so much in understanding Bullies such as what kind of food extremely important, skin care, tail pockets, and so so so much more. Look forward to hear on how things are progressing and of course PICTUREs. We are kinda Pic crazy and story telling kinda group

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    Congratulations on your decision and welcome to EBN. Thank you for adopting this baby!!! I hope you have many many happy bulldog filled years of love in front of you
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    Quote Originally Posted by desertskybulldogs View Post
    Welcome and so glad your thinking of adopting!

    Also....Great info Pati! That's the one problem I have with my bullies is jumping all over strangers. I'm going to try your technique!


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    It works but i do love putting visitors off so they wont visit again :-))
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pati Robins View Post
    It works but i do love putting visitors off so they wont visit again :-))
    Lol this is why I never wear shorts!


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    Congratulations on deciding to rescue!!! ❤️❤️

    Patti gave amazing advice that I will use myself. 😃 I've been working on the no jumping and leash training with Riggins. He's kind of terrible on a leash when other dogs walk by. For treats to reward, I cut up an apple in tiny little pieces. He loves it! And he won't get chunky from so many treats. Just my little suggestion 😃

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pati Robins View Post
    First of all congratulations on thinking about adopting an unwanted bully
    Because his rough start he will need a time and patience with his training -it is not impossible but with dedication and behaviour training you are not only saving a bully you give him a happy life
    Lets start with jumping this is how we deal with it time and time again
    You need to teach an advanced sit. It is the command that gives you most control. Get him to sit every day of his life in as many situations as possible. Putting down his food, putting his lead on, while you open the door, at the kerb, while greeting people. If it's an excitable siuation, like greeting people, have a titbit on his nose and let him nuzzle it to keep him there. If he's sitting he can't be jumping up.It's the most neglected training of all. Because 99% of puppies will sit, most people don't bother with training the sit further. You need to train him to sit, in a normal tone of voice, 100% of the time in every situation and to stay there until he is released. It won't happen overnight and will take lots of patience.
    For example: Opening the door.
    Put him on the lead and tell him to sit. Start to open the door. Immediately he gets up, shut the door and wait for him to sit again (you probably won't need to give the command again). Repeat and repeat until you can open the door without him moving. The only thing you have to say is 'Sit'. You can quietly say' That's a good sit'. Keep relaxed all the time. Say nothing if he moves. Not only are you getting control over him, he is learning self-control. Same rule applies when visitors come around xx

    Potty training you have to start from scratch as you would with a puppy ,basically you take dog out often preferably leashed to the designated area in your backyard once he do his business reward with a treat and a lot of praise ,he will eventually understand that going porgy outside means treats and fun stuff and he will start asking to go out -this will take some time -how long? All depends on a individual dog but it is not impossible ,gradually you will replace treats with just praise -we still give a treat now and again to our girls to remind them were to potty and that they done a good job remembering it ;-)
    Please keep us posted
    @xBandit ^^^^^ perfect advice!

    Best of luck with the adoption and please keep us posted
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