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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilo View Post
    He is 8 and a half months old.
    When he gets really angry it's quite aggressive try at biting but I don't think it's at a dangerous level. I know he's trying to get attention and it's usually because he's tired but he fights sleeping during the day so much. I try to crate him but he goes wild in there I have to let him out. But then after a while he naps somewhere he just fights and fights it and gets angry with me about it. That's what it feels like anyway.
    Yes I wish I could find that one treat that he would do anything for but I've tried many many things he loves them all but not enough at the same time. I'll keep trying.
    I do have to say he's great at night though he goes to bed at 9 pm and only I wake him for his breakfast and to go to the bathroom at 6.15 am he wouldn't wake up till about 9am. I do read about people who are up at 4.30 with their Bulldogs wanting to play!

    8 1/2 months? Oh yeah, you've got a little bully-shark on your hands! I know it's hard, but try ignoring him a bit and withholding attention when he gets bitey. His behavior is typical bulldog puppy play. My puppy has the older bully to play with, so I don't get it as bad as you do, but it sounds like your pup wants to play with you since he doesn't have litter mates to wrestle with, he just doesn't know how to be polite about it. He'll grow out of it. You can try to calm him down by flipping him onto his back and rubbing his chest and belly. He should submit a bit and calm down some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by g8erjackie View Post
    8 1/2 months? Oh yeah, you've got a little bully-shark on your hands! I know it's hard, but try ignoring him a bit and withholding attention when he gets bitey. His behavior is typical bulldog puppy play. My puppy has the older bully to play with, so I don't get it as bad as you do, but it sounds like your pup wants to play with you since he doesn't have litter mates to wrestle with, he just doesn't know how to be polite about it. He'll grow out of it. You can try to calm him down by flipping him onto his back and rubbing his chest and belly. He should submit a bit and calm down some.
    I have tried to play with him but he seems to get worse. If I try a toy he just takes it and brings it to the nearest bed area and comes back biting. I guess it's still his puppy behaviour. i do try ignore it but it's hard when you feel the power of that mouth on your toes even through shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilo View Post
    He hasn't had behaviour training as such we brought him to a man that helped us to get him walking on a lead properly and that took about 30 mins and he's brilliant on the lead since. I did have a trainer to the house for a couple of hours but I can't say we learned a lot from it because he was quite good when she was here so it's hard to show how to correct behaviour if it doesn't happen. But that's George for you he acts the Angel with strangers.
    I know they feed off our energy and I try to keep my cool and to calm myself before I try and correct him but sometimes it gets out of control and it's hard not to get a bit agitated.
    That link is helpful thank you.
    Well try to keep the agitation in check. I know it is hard to do and it is frustrating. I keep a favorite toy nearby in order to get him to do the things I want. It's sort of like a treat to him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    The biggest thing to know ... you have to find a treat that he LOVES beyond anything and then the only time you use it is when he is in the 'mode'. He will then associate the treat with your commands. For my guys, it has been freeze dried beef liver ... Banks could not resist that stuff.
    I think I may have found that special treat he loves unfortunately it's food not a toy so my issue now is how do I train without overfeeding? The treat he adores is dried green tripe it smells very strong (quite disgusting actually) so he is very attracted to it and loves the crunching. I'm just afraid of him getting to chunky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilo View Post
    I think I may have found that special treat he loves unfortunately it's food not a toy so my issue now is how do I train without overfeeding?
    The treat he adores is dried green tripe it smells very strong (quite disgusting actually) so he is very attracted to it and loves the crunching. I'm just afraid of him
    getting to chunky.

    Great news and kudos to hanging in there with patience, consistency & love.
    It does get frustrating and seems to never have an end to bad habits/ behavior
    but then, like a miracle, it happens...and so worth it!

    The green tripe shouldn't be too much of a concern to add a lot of weight gain.
    If you do notice a problem, cut back just a bit on kibble and substitute green
    beans in place of lost kibble. My fat Cami has lost from 65 lbs to 60 lbs over
    the course of 4 months and trying for 56 to 58 lbs, depending on how she looks,
    based on 1 cup kibble with 1/2 cup warmed green beans & 1/4 cup water in AM
    & in PM.

    Good luck and keep us informed


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    Quote Originally Posted by Evilo View Post
    I think I may have found that special treat he loves unfortunately it's food not a toy so my issue now is how do I train without overfeeding? The treat he adores is dried green tripe it smells very strong (quite disgusting actually) so he is very attracted to it and loves the crunching. I'm just afraid of him getting to chunky.
    Awesome! Agree with Carol.. Should not be overly concerned on weight,,, but keep in mind the pieces you give can be very small because size of treat dies not matter to them--- it is just getting it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Carol View Post
    Great news and kudos to hanging in there with patience, consistency & love.
    It does get frustrating and seems to never have an end to bad habits/ behavior
    but then, like a miracle, it happens...and so worth it!

    The green tripe shouldn't be too much of a concern to add a lot of weight gain.
    If you do notice a problem, cut back just a bit on kibble and substitute green
    beans in place of lost kibble. My fat Cami has lost from 65 lbs to 60 lbs over
    the course of 4 months and trying for 56 to 58 lbs, depending on how she looks,
    based on 1 cup kibble with 1/2 cup warmed green beans & 1/4 cup water in AM
    & in PM.

    Good luck and keep us informed
    Thanks I will be keeping an eye on his weight alright but he's starting on raw this week so I quests that will be another learning curve for a while. I'm thinking the green tripe shouldn't be too fattening well I hope not anyway. He loves green beans and veg in general so I guess I can fill him up on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    Awesome! Agree with Carol.. Should not be overly concerned on weight,,, but keep in mind the pieces you give can be very small because size of treat dies not matter to them--- it is just getting it
    I'm breaking it into smaller pieces I wasn't sure if I could break it up but I can so that should help. Thanks again.

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    I'm an old member, just returning after a long absence. I found, first of all, my bulldog was the toughest puppy I EVER had! Secondly, that age between 6 months to a year were the absolute worst! I swear I tought I had the spawn of Satan on my hands- biting, ignoring, refusing redirection, NOTHING worked. But through the folks here, I learned positive reinforcement, consistency, and CALMNESS when correcting were instrumental in curbing unwanted behavior. I had to crate Bogey when he got out of control- it was the only thing that worked. He didn't like being isolated, and he usually calmed down and went to sleep. His absolutely favorite training aid was cheetoes! If I just rustled the bag, he was all mine! Think of this stage as the teen years! They will test every ounce of your soul! Read through some of the biting threads- you'll realize you're not alone and you may find some trick that works! Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mer55 View Post
    I'm an old member, just returning after a long absence. I found, first of all, my bulldog was the toughest puppy I EVER had! Secondly, that age between 6 months to a year were the absolute worst! I swear I tought I had the spawn of Satan on my hands- biting, ignoring, refusing redirection, NOTHING worked. But through the folks here, I learned positive reinforcement, consistency, and CALMNESS when correcting were instrumental in curbing unwanted behavior. I had to crate Bogey when he got out of control- it was the only thing that worked. He didn't like being isolated, and he usually calmed down and went to sleep. His absolutely favorite training aid was cheetoes! If I just rustled the bag, he was all mine! Think of this stage as the teen years! They will test every ounce of your soul! Read through some of the biting threads- you'll realize you're not alone and you may find some trick that works! Good luck!
    Thank you so much it's good to know that I'm not alone in my struggle. He is a little better now I'm back at work he loves his time alone I think but when we are here he has to be with us. I have to take a minute sometimes and calm myself before dealing with him (tough when he's jumping at you trying to bite your knee off) but it is the best thing to do. Yes I agree the help here is fantastic thank you all it is appreciated.

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    Ive trained Dobermans and my last big dog German Shepherd 115lbs all muscle was a mission. He was attacked 2x by pack of dogs in dog park. So as he was getting older all he saw was "lets rip dogs apart" which he did a couple yrs ago and grabbed a few bigger dogs than him which he threw them up in the air like kites. So that time I decided to be the only one who had to control of him. But as god is my witness, he was a hell of a mission just keeping an eye on him when he was outside.I had to have bionic eyes with him. But I can guarantee you Olive, it is YOU that needs to be in control, relaxed and extremely patient or your puppy will know you're not and step all over you. Just like children....same thing.

    If he bites you, put him asap on the side, hold his neck/shoulder with one hand and other hand on the hip/leg down to the floor. Make sure your just a bite over him so he sees you mean business and with a firm tone of voice... NO. Hold him there for a good minute till his body calms down and relaxed so he sees you're the boss. Just like wolves in the wild, only one boss...in your case, that is you. I don't agree with some of the things Cesar does but when it comes to training, he doesn't use treats. I never do either as its like bribing. Yes I know some are rolling their eyes cause i just said that...lol... to my eyes treats are if you're teaching a dog a trick or command like, sit, stay or down etc. Not cause he bites you and he wants his way or the hwy. Biting aggressively and biting to play is two different things.

    So that's my 2cents which I can tell you that it will work....... if you relax n breathe before doing anything with your puppy.

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