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    So Izzy is now challenging me and I noticed a few behaviour problems

    Last night I was laying in bed and she came and wanted to jump on the bed, I looked at her and said NO... so she went around to the other side and I turned looked in her eyes and said NO and then pointed to her bed which is next to mine in our bedroom. Usually she gets it and then does lay down on her bed but not last night. She goes to her bed, looks at me, pees on it and walks away GRRRRRRR

    Why is she challenging me like that? There is no way she needed to go potty because she was taken out minutes before....

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    No idea. I'm not even getting my pup until Sunday. But I'm wondering if it's something every bully goes through.

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    Has she ever been allowed in the bed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izzy's Mom View Post
    So Izzy is now challenging me and I noticed a few behaviour problems

    Last night I was laying in bed and she came and wanted to jump on the bed, I looked at her and said NO... so she went around to the other side and I turned looked in her eyes and said NO and then pointed to her bed which is next to mine in our bedroom. Usually she gets it and then does lay down on her bed but not last night. She goes to her bed, looks at me, pees on it and walks away GRRRRRRR

    Why is she challenging me like that? There is no way she needed to go potty because she was taken out minutes before....
    Sounds like She's jocking for position! Positive reinforcement to establish you are the boss. My dogs aren't allowed on the bed. They do go on the couches but when I say it's ok not on their own accord. Does she go bananas and bark and jump up when it's feeding time and you are preparing her food? Reason I ask is this is a very good indicator of whether or. It your puppy respects your role as leader. Everything starts with food and feeding with these guys. Duchess used to go crazy at feeding time bark whine jump up and I thought it was cute but learned very quick from her trainer that she was trying to establish dominance and tell me to hurry up and feed her because it's her world! I very quickly got ahold of that situation, she was around 4 months, she is now 10 months. I tought her she needed to go to her bed and wait patiently without making a sound. I then tought her she only touches her food when I say she does. Then I tought her she had to earn her food and do a trick. This worked wonderfully and I swear it translated into the rest of her behavior and she started respecting me fully. It was amazing and she started learning so much after that and became soooo obedient! Looking forward to hearing back from you! See if this may help you any.

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    One of our females jumped up in our bed several times when she was younger and ALWAYS peed on the side I'm sleeping at I think it was her trying to show dominance over me At that time we had a dog behavior specialist working with our dogs since we just had rescued two grown bulldogs. One thing he taught me that I personally feel has helped me showing my dogs I'm the "boss" (or as much boss you can be when it comes to bulldogs) is feeding time. They're not allowed to eat food unless I allow them to, they must sit and wait and look me in the eyes until I give them permission to eat, I sometimes also take the bowl away from them and make them sit again. Bulldogs can be so SUPER stubborn, it's incredible, lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lulu belle View Post
    Has she ever been allowed in the bed?
    yes she has but we are trying to stop her from jumping in our bed, specially after i changed my comforter cover to white.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scueva View Post
    Sounds like She's jocking for position! Positive reinforcement to establish you are the boss. My dogs aren't allowed on the bed. They do go on the couches but when I say it's ok not on their own accord. Does she go bananas and bark and jump up when it's feeding time and you are preparing her food? Reason I ask is this is a very good indicator of whether or. It your puppy respects your role as leader. Everything starts with food and feeding with these guys. Duchess used to go crazy at feeding time bark whine jump up and I thought it was cute but learned very quick from her trainer that she was trying to establish dominance and tell me to hurry up and feed her because it's her world! I very quickly got ahold of that situation, she was around 4 months, she is now 10 months. I tought her she needed to go to her bed and wait patiently without making a sound. I then tought her she only touches her food when I say she does. Then I tought her she had to earn her food and do a trick. This worked wonderfully and I swear it translated into the rest of her behavior and she started respecting me fully. It was amazing and she started learning so much after that and became soooo obedient! Looking forward to hearing back from you! See if this may help you any.
    Izzy will not jump or bark during feeding time. I make her sit and she waits for my command to get close to the bowl and eat. She knows I am the pack leader and I practice it all the time. If she gets close to me when I am eating I just give her the look and she will walk away, same thing with my bf ... if she's jumping on him I can just walk to her and give a look and will back off. Overall she obeys and gets that she is not the pack leader but it did happened 3x where I would give a command that didnt please her and she will pee right in front of me just to show me that she didnt like it.

    Does that mean she is going through the terrible 2's? Is that even truth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Petra View Post
    One of our females jumped up in our bed several times when she was younger and ALWAYS peed on the side I'm sleeping at I think it was her trying to show dominance over me At that time we had a dog behavior specialist working with our dogs since we just had rescued two grown bulldogs. One thing he taught me that I personally feel has helped me showing my dogs I'm the "boss" (or as much boss you can be when it comes to bulldogs) is feeding time. They're not allowed to eat food unless I allow them to, they must sit and wait and look me in the eyes until I give them permission to eat, I sometimes also take the bowl away from them and make them sit again. Bulldogs can be so SUPER stubborn, it's incredible, lol.
    I think I am going to add few more things to the eating ritual... maybe make her wait even longer and add the bowl removal to see how she acts. Thanks for the tips!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izzy's Mom View Post
    yes she has but we are trying to stop her from jumping in our bed, specially after i changed my comforter cover to white.
    I would say she is protesting and letting you know she is upset with not being allowed in the bed with you any longer.... stick to your guns or she will get worse. maybe, crate her at night till she understands no more bed for her.
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    My normal routine is to wake Mack up and take him out right away, well two mornings in a row I got ready first. The most he waited was maybe 15 minutes, and guess what, he looked at me and went over to the blanket that had fallen on the floor, and while still looking at me PEED on it! I learned my lesson, don't wake him until its time to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noyes27 View Post
    My normal routine is to wake Mack up and take him out right away, well two mornings in a row I got ready first. The most he waited was maybe 15 minutes, and guess what, he looked at me and went over to the blanket that had fallen on the floor, and while still looking at me PEED on it! I learned my lesson, don't wake him until its time to go!

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    It sounds like dominance. Ulysses does the same thing sometimes. It's like he gets up with the wrong foot or something. He is usually the most obedient dog. I have taught him a lot of commands and he listens to me and usually does what he is asked to, but sometimes he just tries to test me and my patience. The bed thing is a typical one for us, he would go around and around and try to get up, and just mess with me. He actually used to go on the bed and pee on my hubby's side of the bed, never mine. I have found that longer walks in new places are really helpful to deal with behavioural issues. Ulysses it's amazingly stubborn sometimes, but when we go on longer walks in places he doesn't know, I can see that he looks for me to guide him. We walk for a while and he walks behind me and follows my commands, and that transfers into our in-home relationship. After a good "long" (not too long, bullies usually don't like that) walk he is really really tired and he's clearer on who the boss is. I know he already knows he is not the alfa or the beta in our house, but from time to time he tries hard to make us break and impose his will, you just gotta stay strong and don't let her work your nerves, because that can only make it worse. Just be patient and assertive. If you don't want her on the bed, then she is not allowed and that's that. If she keeps on bothering then she has to get out of the bedroom, and the door will be closed and she has to wait outside. We usually do this when we are tired and he just keeps on trying to get on the bed, after a couple of minutes he comes back and lies on the floor.. it always works. The peeing will eventually stop, but it takes a while. I'm not sure how it is with girls, but my boy was peeing on everything that was lying on the floor until way past the year.
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