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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetpeasmom2008 View Post
    I just took her out to go potty and I made her sit and stay before I put the leash on then I made sure I was first to go out the door and first to come in. Now I am fighting with her because she keeps jumping up on the couch and trying to smell the place were she went potty and I keep pushing her off.
    "Pushing her off" may appear differently to her than it does to you (as a human). Don't push her off (physically); she is probably seeing this as a "challenge". Use energy / body language and as little sound as possible to make HER take HERSELF off the couch. Calm and assertive means EMOTIONLESS. Pack leaders are calm and fair and just. Pack leaders are not frustrated, fearful or angry.

    @Davidh is spot on; no more couch / bed / chair / anything that elevates -- for her for now. Remember: the more calm and iron-clad-consistent you are, the faster your little darling will grab a giant clue! Cesar says, "We don't get the dog we want; we get the dog we need." Congrats. The universe is handing you a marvelous challenge! Make it happen!

    (Remember, the puppy-daddy has to mirror this same message too!)

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    Lola has been doing ok today! I make her sit before food but for some reason today when I say sit she rolled over on her back and stays there instead of sit. Not sure what that means or I will sat sit and she will lay down on her belly and slide her body slowly towards me what the heck does all this mean?

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    showing of the belly is the ultimate submission for a dog and the crawling towards you on her belly is submission as well ... if you have ever seen wolves they do that action when approaching the alpha to show him/her respect and that they submit to him/her.

    She is learning something new right now and from what it sounds to me showing you she understands. One thing I would suggest is make sure when you are having her work for her food etc etc that your actions are always calm ..... true assertiveness is never forceful or angry it's calm collected and respectful, I'm sure you know this already but having found myself in a less than calm assertive situation today I just thought I would throw that out there
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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetpeasmom2008 View Post
    Lola has been doing ok today! I make her sit before food but for some reason today when I say sit she rolled over on her back and stays there instead of sit. Not sure what that means or I will sat sit and she will lay down on her belly and slide her body slowly towards me what the heck does all this mean?
    When I began to train Miss Tallulah and get serious about rules limits and boundaries she started doing the exact same thing. Leesa (Bulldogs 4me) is exactly right. Sounds like you are doing all the right things.

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    @bulldogs4me-I am always calm but firm with her I never yell just say thing in a monotone way. Her first reaction is to roll on her back. When this happens should I take this as showing me she understands and knows her place or should I make her listen to the command sit? Like should I keep saying sit tell she listens or take her rolling on her back as her way of working for her food?

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    @Tooleysmom-Glad im soing something right! It was making me feel bad like I was being to mean to her or doing something wrong!

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    You ARE doing all the right things. What you interpret as mean is really kindness and Lola will never take it as mean. Actually it makes dogs very secure to know there are rules. I also learned from my trainer to never repeat a command more than twice. Easier said than done but I learned words should be used sparingly. When Miss T would roll on her back I would wait a few minutes acknowledging her understanding of the hierarchy and then gently but with enthusiasm repeat the sit command. Then I would reward her with a small bit of treat -about the size of my baby fingernail -and say "good sit". To this day though, when she does something I don't like, I give her the stink eye (love that phrase!!!) and she drops down and rolls on her side. The other thing I learned about Bullies is sometimes you need to be a little more patient than with other breeds. Like I wait a few seconds after giving a command and I can see her actually thinking before she does what she is asked. I am also a firm believer in tiny treats/rewards for doing the right things. Glad to pass on what I learned and if any of it makes sense please give it a try.

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    Thanks for all the help! She does sit right away with a treat but if im holding the food and tell her to sit she rolls on her back. I can see things changing for us and it feels good to know Im doing whats best for her!

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    Ok just when I think things are getting better things change! I was in the kitchen cooking and Lola came in and was watching me cook next thing i know there is warm fluid around my left foot and I was standing in a puddle! WTH!!!!!!! I don't understand why she is doing this! The past week has been horrible with her peeing! she went on my couch twice then on me all down my side on the couch now right next to my foot, why every is when she is by me? Why is she choosing to do this right up against me? All three times on the couch were when she was sitting next to me or on me now in the kitchen on my foot I just don't get it! Im so frustrated! She has really done good today and listened and I thought was really getting the hang of things and now this. Some one please help!

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    It sucks but these are tests. What was your reaction? She certainly was looking for one. If you are reading her signs and taking her out for regular potty times ( which I have no doubt you are totally doing,) then she is testing you ( and maybe testing her possible dominance) to see whether or not she can get a reaction. If she got a reaction in the past even a negative one, she might be looking for attention. But I know you give her tons of attention so that is probably not the whole story. Some dogs don't give up as easily - each has a unique personality. With Miss T I would not look at her, not react, turn my back and walk away into another room with no communication. One time she stood right in front of me and did a defiant little pee on the floor. (another time it was on the bed when we were watching TV) As soon as she was out of sight of the pee, ( in another room or outside) I would quietly clean it up with enzyme stuff to make sure there was no residual odour for her to go back to. Then when she pottied outside she got major praise and major high value ie: her most favourite treat, little chunks of dried beef. She tested me several times over a few months then all of a sudden it stopped. Hang in there. These little fur babies are complicated but we love them anyway. Of course I had a few good cries feeling like " loser bulldog mama" in those days.

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    @Tooleysmom-I know I must be doing something wrong I just don't know what? I give her lots of love and I snuggle and kiss on her all the time. I was proud of her this morning because I put her food down and walked away without making her sit and stay tell I said it was ok, but I walked back to the kitchen realized what I did and walked back to her bowl and there she was in the sit position waiting for me! So I think she understands what is going on and who the alpha is I think she just likes to push me sometimes to see how far she can push. When she did that last night if felt like I stood there for 5 minutes in shock then I walked into the bathroom and cleaned my foot. After that I went and cleaned it up and went about the evening. I feel horrible like im leading her wrong and I dont want to confuse her! I have faith things will get better and me and her will get the hang of it!

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