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    Just my 2 cents, but he could be really lonely during the day while everyone is gone and gets SUPER excited when you get home. Maybe getting someone to walk him / play with him during the day while you're at work would be a good way to start to wear him out while you're at work.

    I'm assuming that you adopted him? He's still adjusting to his new home after a month, so as long as you try to stay calmer, he'll react to that (given some time).

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    Quote Originally Posted by s5nelson View Post
    Just my 2 cents, but he could be really lonely during the day while everyone is gone and gets SUPER excited when you get home. Maybe getting someone to walk him / play with him during the day while you're at work would be a good way to start to wear him out while you're at work.

    I'm assuming that you adopted him? He's still adjusting to his new home after a month, so as long as you try to stay calmer, he'll react to that (given some time).
    Great advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davidh View Post
    Let him play for a little while and before he gets crazy stop his play time and give him a time out. Put him in a crate if you have to. Let him rest for awhile before he gets to play again. Then repeat the process over again. When they get tired they get rougher and crazy.
    This is the absolute best advice you could get. I speak from experience. When they get overtired they are like babies except they can't cry so they act out. Brutus could get down right mean to my other dogs and Brutus does not have aggressive bone in his body he just gets beside himself. Soon you will be able to tell when this behavior is escalating and like david said immediately remove Sparticus to his kennel. This is not a punishment, it is simply telling him this behavior is not allowed or acceptable and he will stop. I don't know what kind of dogs your others are, but with bulldogs they have to know you are in charge. The most important thing is to stay calm. He will feed off of your reactions. Good luck and keep us posted with any progress.

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    Thank you all for your great advice! Things have improved so much. I have been using the kennel when he gets out of control and will not listen. I think the biggest thing that has helped is staying calm with him. I firmly tell him no when needed but stay calm. He is listening to me!!! He is so smart and still very stubborn, but now that I know how to handle him, life is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLindstrom View Post
    Thank you all for your great advice! Things have improved so much. I have been using the kennel when he gets out of control and will not listen. I think the biggest thing that has helped is staying calm with him. I firmly tell him no when needed but stay calm. He is listening to me!!! He is so smart and still very stubborn, but now that I know how to handle him, life is good.
    This forum has helped me immensely and I am glad you are having an easier time. There is so much to know when raising a bulldog. I did a ton of research before I got Brutus and joining EBN showed me how much more there was to still learn. Everyone here is great. No judgements just great advice. Once you get to the point to where your bully listens, It is really a wonderful experience. They have so much love to give.

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    You have already received lots of great advice and suggestions from members above. I agree with Sherry, Nicole, and Pati's suggestions, you want to show your are pack leader, be calm, as they feed off our feelings, whether food or bad, and they definitely do outgrow this stage. Maybe because you haven't had him that long, and you can't really know everything about his past owners or his background, some professional behaviour training might help. I don't have any experience with this, but just wanted to say I hope you find a solution to his biting, and that he improves. Sending love, hugs, and prayers your way, and good luck with finding a solution. Please keep us posted on how he's doing.
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    You have gotten some really good advice here. Absolutely you need to establish pack order. I have a 1 year old bulldog, and he was the toughest pup I ever owned. Since you got yours a little later, maybe some behavior training was lax with the first owner, and you have to start from square one. The best advice I can give you is no matter how hard it is, try not to lose control. I did it once, I was at my limit, and it made Bogey worse! I vowed to never lose my cool again, and I haven't. In doing this, I found that his bad behavior goes away when he loses my attention. He still gets over excited at times, like when he is chasing his ball. He doesn't like to " give" - instead he would rather we tug it from him. That is fine for awhile, but then he gets over excited, and starts to jump up and bite at me if I have the toy. I immediately take the toy away and we are done playing. He calms right down. As a pup I tried the submission maneuver, and it made him NUTS! He responded the best to time out in his crate. But I never put him in yelling or meanly. It was a firm no, and placement in the crate. Door shut gently and we walked away. He did not come out if he whined or cried. Maybe one on one playtime without your other dog would help with tiring him out. Is he crated for long periods during the day? They can be really tough but consistency, patience, love and gentle firmness will gain his trust in you and you will have a great dog! Good luck and keep us posted!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TLindstrom View Post
    Thank you all for your great advice! Things have improved so much. I have been using the kennel when he gets out of control and will not listen. I think the biggest thing that has helped is staying calm with him. I firmly tell him no when needed but stay calm. He is listening to me!!! He is so smart and still very stubborn, but now that I know how to handle him, life is good.
    great news..... be sure to stay consistent and everyone in the house treats him the same way --- routine, schedule consistency
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    I totally agree with you. We have never adopted a dog quite as "trying" as Spartacus before. He is so worth the hard work and all the tears. HE is such a sweet, loving, funny boy most of the time. Day by Day things get better. We still have lots of work to do, but it seems the good outweighs the bad on most days. We couldn't imagine life without our little "short stack". I am glad I didn't give up on him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TLindstrom View Post
    I totally agree with you. We have never adopted a dog quite as "trying" as Spartacus before. He is so worth the hard work and all the tears. HE is such a sweet, loving, funny boy most of the time. Day by Day things get better. We still have lots of work to do, but it seems the good outweighs the bad on most days. We couldn't imagine life without our little "short stack". I am glad I didn't give up on him.
    When it gets tough.... Post here and many of us will help support and pull you through.
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    For some reason I am just seeing this thread... LOL Anyhoo you have been given some great advice, and I will also agree that bully pups are VERY hard to train... especially when they are stuck in bad habits. Consistency is the key, and keeping them worn out... LOL Good Luck!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    When it gets tough.... Post here and many of us will help support and pull you through.
    We are all here when things get tough!

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