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    I don't know what to do with my bulldog. He is 8 months old and he when he plays he is so mean to my other dog. When I try to stop him he bites me. My arms, hands, legs , and feet are covered in bites, scratches, and bruises. Once he gets in this mode I can't get him out of it until he finally just wears himself out. By that time I am at my wits end and crying and in pain. I have tried everything to stop this that I can think of and many things I am not proud of and this makes me feel so bad. I dread coming home to what I have know is going to happen to me. I can't have my feet showing because he grabs on and won't let go. . I have tried water bottle, bitter apple all over myself, yiping like his mom would do, pinning him to the ground, shock collar, smacking his butt with a magazine, putting him in his kennel to calm down, nothing phases him. I am at a loss and don't want to give up on him but I can't live this way and it's not fair to my other dogs.

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    Have you tried to tire him out. lost of exercise, a tired dog is a good dog, at least to get through this stage. and lets keep things calm, always calm. your excitement , whether good or bad, trickles down to the dog's actions
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    I would say not to let him get excited as Sherry mentioned make sure that he is worn out all the time. Also you can try a cone of shame when he is naughty biting scratching put it on him. No play till he can control his temper. Is he neutered?
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    Yes, he is neutered. He had an owner before us. We just got him a little over a month ago.

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    I try to wear him out by taking him outside and playing. When he first came to us he would run all over and wear himself out. Now I can't seem to get him to run around like that. IT seems like it takes hours to get him to the point of wanting to rest. We have had him only a little over a month. How long does it take for a bully to get past this biting puppy phase?

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    you might also consider doing some things that convey that you are the leader of the pack, and as such you will be able to control your bullys reaction using your own demeanor. try feeding him by hand and making him do commands before food or entering rooms.

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    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.
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    Sorry to hear about him biting you! That's a tough thing!

    A combination of crate and plenty of exercise may help you out here. Crate him when you can't supervise. When you get the time to spend with him, either do jogs or teach him to play fetch. Keep an eye out for overheating.

    Calm but firm is key in correcting behaviors. Getting too excited in the correction could send the wrong message. Do you know if he has any resource that's important to him? For example - does he like treats or does he like ear or butt scratches or does he have a favorite toy? Use these for rewards. Does he have free access to his food? You may be able to control his behavior by controlling his food. Let him wait for the other dog to finish eating and then hand feed him slowly so that he will have to be on his best behavior before he can get fed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aprilemari View Post
    you might also consider doing some things that convey that you are the leader of the pack, and as such you will be able to control your bullys reaction using your own demeanor. try feeding him by hand and making him do commands before food or entering rooms.

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    @TLindstrom ... he is feeding off of your energy, you need to be calm and firm with him. Look up the training tool 'Nothing in Life is Free' it will help you establish pack leadership as aprilmarie states and be sure to do as Sherry stated... walks if you can't get him to play will help tire him out

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    I would say back to basics!- positive reinforcement,teach your dog to leave (leave another dog,or a thing) ,drop, stay ,down - if his excitement is getting out of hand give him time out , loads of walks and excersize -its a great advice ,it helps to channel their energy ,also divide playtime so you spend few minutes each day playing with one dog

    Can you please explain me what do you mean that when they both playing hes mean to the other dog?
    What is his trigger?
    Does he hurting the other dog? Do other dog runs away?
    Im also thinking that his last owners didn't teach him manners that is why i said back to basics, giving paws and doing all the tricks in calm environment its easy to do ,but when dog is "busy" or in busy environment then it is hard to get him to respond to your commands
    I started training my girls at home separate, then together,then moved to the backyard, then front of the house, quiet spit in the park and so on until i was sure they will listen in a busy environment
    Sometimes my girls play rough -with all the noises they can give each other -but they are best buddies

    When i read about use of shock collars i would quite happily put one on the owner who uses it! -sorry dont mean to be rude

    If everything fails you need to seek professional help , it can be costly from what i heard but it is part of owning a dog

    I hope everything works up for you
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    I'm sorry I am of no help here just wanted to say I am praying for a positive resolution to your problem. The one and only time Sheldon really bit me hard enough to break the skin and hurt hurt and I bit him back without thinking about what I was doing and it was hard enough to make him yelp and he never bit me again, but again I am not telling you to bite your dog just saying what happened with us. Now he doesn't bite unless we are playing and he only mouths. Something else was mentioned up there that worked really well for establishing us in the hierarchy was he was really bad about lunging for his food or jumping on us for his food so he was made to sit and wait for the command to eat. He couldn't eat unless given the command to do so. Now he automatically waits and doesn't move until his food is put down and we step a way.

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    Bully puppies are rough and tough and love to play with anything and everything. They really don't know they are breaching boundaries when they get rough so patience, extra play time, and consistency are key. Amber and Ruby are both rough tough bullies and they are very enthusiastic about play time. Now that I have two of them they rough house with each other instead of me but they still get a littel over zealous at times so I have to put them in time out. Usually what helps is to have a special antler they don't get except for quiet time, I redirect their energy by giving it to them then and they go lay down and knaw on that which also relaxes them. Just remember the main key is patience, patience, patience; they are just like toddlers, they know no boundaries until you teach them and they will relapse and forget, just like children. So just be gentle and consistent in guiding them and with enough work they will respond. Good luck!

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