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    I recently (2 days ago) rescued a 4 year old English Bulldog with little background history. I'm experienced with every animal under the sun but this is the first time ever owning a bulldog. He's very mellow and obiendient and I'd say a perfect dog except for when I just gave him a squeaky toy I bought for him. A switch flipped and he started growling and carrying it around in his mouth. He would let me near him and I felt like he was going to eat me alive.
    Finally he dropped it and I threw it in the trash. I've seen other members talk about pinning and being the pack leader but how do I do this without losing an arm or my face?
    He's been so sweet and I want this to work and be successful. Any advice would be very very welcome. Thanks!

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    We have 2 bullies and they play rough, how long have u owned this one, and maybe try the toy again, they love to play and play rough, enough your bully, they are the love of our lives

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    p.s. im the pack leader, husband isn't good luck again

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    Quote Originally Posted by samantha2011 View Post
    We have 2 bullies and they play rough, how long have u owned this one, and maybe try the toy again, they love to play and play rough, enough your bully, they are the love of our lives
    Just a couple days. I need some time to let him adjust before I try that again lol


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    I just told Ozzy that I'm the pack leader and he gave me this look:



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    Hahaha! I guess according to Ozzy you are not now ;-))))
    Bullies love rough play -give him time :-))
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    Aww, Ozzy is adorable I don't have experience with aggressiveness when it comes to toys but I think maybe he just needs a little time and eventually he will realize he doesn't have to be possessive over the toy? Who knows what his life was like before... so glad you saved him Used to have a dog trainer helping us in the past and he says aggressive behavior is one of the easiest things to sort out... he's a pack leader though, and I'm not so I kind of disagree, lol, but I'm sure if you just keep showing him you're the leader he will get over it

    Here is advice our trainer gave me to avoid possessiveness:

    When feeding, you decide when he's allowed to start eating. My dogs were puppies when I started with this so then it's easier and less scary if there is a problem but this is what I did... I made my dog sit and then they have to look me in the eyes and wait for my signal before they can eat. Also while they're eating I could at any point tell them to stop eating and sit back again, and then again wait for my signal to continue eating. The same thing goes for toys... I totally understand if you don't want to get in there messing with him if he growls, I wouldn't either. This is just me thinking but how about when he has his toy distract him with a treat and take it while he eats the treat and then give toy back... and distract with treat and give toy back... I don't know... maybe he'll see he gets it back and that he gets treat if he gives it up?

    I hope you'll find a way and I'm sure more experienced people will come along to give you advice. Good luck, and again, he's a cutie<3
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    It sounds to me your describing an EB through and through - they play rough - if I hadn't gotten Otis when he was a puppy I would have been scared to - we call him "The Lion" when he plays because he sounds so ferocious when really he is a pussycat with really big sound. He growls and snarls, shakes his head, runs at you full speed (into you, no stopping) it's just how he plays. Scared the crap out of some company we had not to long ago because they have never seen or heard such a thing. I would say if he is good in every other way that it's just him being him.
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    Oh Ozzy is too cute! I totally know how you feel - I am a first time bully owner of my 8 month old Brutus and although we have spent a month together, it is too short of time for us to learn each others ways. I am going to test out whether or not Brutus plays rougher with squeaky toys. For now I'm only going to share chewing toys and see if there's a difference.

    As for showing him that you are the leader, I've read that the association with food is the strongest indicator that you are the one who will feed him, so you are his leader. I'm sure it's daunting to mess with his food since he's older, but maybe you can try feeding him handfuls from your palm, and having him sit and wait as you grab more. My biggest lesson so far with everything about Brutus (and life ) is that patience (aka stubborness) love, time, and consistency can make a world's difference. Start slowly and be confident!

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    Thanks everyone! One of the rescues I work with just sent me some behaviorist referrals. I think getting him evaluated and learning some techniques is going to make us better together. He's an amazing dog. If there was ever a dog made just for me he is it. Lazy and food motivated. We are a match made in heaven lol


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    He is a handsome boy for sure. He may just be playing and sometimes they can get pretty load, but harmless, but there is those that will get toy aggressive. That just takes time and patience to stop. If you do not know how to pin a bully, I wouldn't try it, because if not done correctly, can do more harm than good. Diva will growl sometimes if we try to take a toy from her, and I just grab her by the side of her neck, tell her NO, and take the toy away from her. So give him some time to settle into his home and just work with him. My Buddy boy would get load and growl when playing, but I could take any toy away from him and he would let me, with no problem.
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    how is it going, are they playing nice now ??

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