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    How laid back is too laid back?

    I have never met a dog who is so "whatever" about life until I met Hank. In the mornings, he'll sit in his crate and just sit there. I open the door and he'll sit there. It has gotten to the point where I've had to physically take him out because he won't come out on his own and I have to go to work. He doesn't bark at anything except when he is in his x pen and Daisy is outside it. When he goes outside, he pees and then sits. I have to coax him up to move so he'll realize that he has to poop. He doesn't mind being pet but he could also care less. He doesn't care to sit on anyone at all. He prefers the floor. He doesn't want to snuggle. It's almost like we're a necessity of life that he'd rather do without. Is being this aloof normal for English bulldogs?

    Also, he gained 5 pounds in 2 weeks. Watch out!!!

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    have you been working with him.... even though he is young, training should be taking place. treats for sit or come and I would also use a treat to coax him out of his crate. Some are just as you mention, but it is a little odd for a puppy to not be demanding any attention or play. Is he playing with Daisy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    have you been working with him.... even though he is young, training should be taking place. treats for sit or come and I would also use a treat to coax him out of his crate. Some are just as you mention, but it is a little odd for a puppy to not be demanding any attention or play. Is he playing with Daisy?
    We haven't been doing as much as we should. He starts puppy class tonight with my husband. Daisy just finished her class with me. I, just now, did a short session with him in the kitchen (without Daisy) and tried some tiny pieces of string cheese and boy was he motivated!! So we'll be doing more of that and using it to leave the crate. He definitely perked up with the cheese. He is playing with Daisy plenty. No problems there.

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    .... Sounds like he will do well when food is involved


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    Mamacita. Enjoy it while you can. Those were precious days. Before long you will be trained like Weesie and I. Try taking off a suit and tie with two Bulldogs on your feet. Hank sounds normal to me. Ralphie

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    you want them to move, one word. treats, treats, treats, is how you lure them. Bulldogs are often very food motivated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jellyfish View Post
    How laid back is too laid back?

    I have never met a dog who is so "whatever" about life until I met Hank. In the mornings, he'll sit in his crate and just sit there. I open the door and he'll sit there. It has gotten to the point where I've had to physically take him out because he won't come out on his own and I have to go to work. He doesn't bark at anything except when he is in his x pen and Daisy is outside it. When he goes outside, he pees and then sits. I have to coax him up to move so he'll realize that he has to poop. He doesn't mind being pet but he could also care less. He doesn't care to sit on anyone at all. He prefers the floor. He doesn't want to snuggle. It's almost like we're a necessity of life that he'd rather do without. Is being this aloof normal for English bulldogs?

    Also, he gained 5 pounds in 2 weeks. Watch out!!!

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    Puppy classes are not home with you. Wishful thinking eh? Leave him in his crate and start saying ex: Let's get some food. Make sure you do give him food or a treat just to get him out. Make noise, ruffle bags, talk loudish or something. Dont drag him out or he will expect that every morning. If he's clean leave the crate door open. How old is he? Nyala gain 6lbs once in a week. Like whooa....

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    Quote Originally Posted by helsonwheels View Post
    Puppy classes are not home with you. Wishful thinking eh? Leave him in his crate and start saying ex: Let's get some food. Make sure you do give him food or a treat just to get him out. Make noise, ruffle bags, talk loudish or something. Dont drag him out or he will expect that every morning. If he's clean leave the crate door open. How old is he? Nyala gain 6lbs once in a week. Like whooa....
    He's 10 weeks old. I'm definitely going to start offering treats to come out of the crate.

    6 lbs in a week!!! What have we got ourselves into, haha!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jellyfish View Post
    He's 10 weeks old. I'm definitely going to start offering treats to come out of the crate.

    6 lbs in a week!!! What have we got ourselves into, haha!!!

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    Yeah we got ourselves a few turkeys right? Hehe... she took that 6lbs around 4.5 months old. 10 weeks is small. Just a little fart. You'll have to make it interesting to get him out. Careful with the treats as he'll expect that each time. When I get up around 6ish am... since she's 3 months old I always say Lets go for a pee. Come on lets go let's go so she all happy and I walk outside with her each time all the way to the back of the yard where she has a pee n pooping area so she doesn't go on my grass. She does her business in that area and I always say good girl good pee in the back and give her a scratch on the back as she loves it. Basically what I am trying to say is make it interesting. Turn it to a game as he's only 10 weeks. 4 months down the road Nyala comes in my bedroom, jumps up standing on the side of the bed and just stays there till I pet her and get up. She runs to the door and waits till I get my jacket on even this winter I go out with her. She loves it. She knows once she does her routine she gets a good meal. Its our little routine.

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    He sounds very independent! Bulldogs are certainly food motivated and some will be more laid back than others.

    Izzy is independent too... dont care for cuddling. She does things at her own time. She will interact with her toys when she wants to play with you. But again, if I have food that dog is right next to me!

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    Haha, my Zeus is pretty much the same way. He can't be bothered with the small stuff.
    Neighborhood kids throw the ball and it ends up in the yard? Eh, can't be bothered.
    A nest of baby rabbits in the yard? Eh, can't be bothered.
    Someone new walks in my front door? Eh, he ain't getting off the couch.
    When we are sitting on the deck and the wife comes home, he doesn't even watch her enter the yard.
    I've had him almost a month and heard him bark maybe 3 times.

    I actually went to the vet and asked why he is so laid back. My old bulldog was a little monster. She did all blood tests imaginable and said he is perfectly healthy. He's just a laid back dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jellyfish View Post
    How laid back is too laid back?

    I have never met a dog who is so "whatever" about life until I met Hank. In the mornings, he'll sit in his crate and just sit there. I open the door and he'll sit there. It has gotten to the point where I've had to physically take him out because he won't come out on his own and I have to go to work. He doesn't bark at anything except when he is in his x pen and Daisy is outside it. When he goes outside, he pees and then sits. I have to coax him up to move so he'll realize that he has to poop. He doesn't mind being pet but he could also care less. He doesn't care to sit on anyone at all. He prefers the floor. He doesn't want to snuggle. It's almost like we're a necessity of life that he'd rather do without. Is being this aloof normal for English bulldogs?

    Also, he gained 5 pounds in 2 weeks. Watch out!!!

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    So, since I started this thread, I thought I'd update everyone. Hank is now 4 months old and is still laid back but ever since we went on vacation and left him with my sister in law, he has turned a corner and come out of his shell a lot. He is much more playful, has started wanting to be next to you and touched (even to the point of trying to sit on your lap if you're on the floor), and he seems genuinely excited to see any one of us come into the room. He walks in and out of his crate on his own. He is still fairly quiet, which is fine with me. Daisy does enough barking for both of them. And at about 730pm every evening, he becomes a wild child and starts to act up in the house. He is really starting to be part of the family and he is still growing like a weed (36 pounds at the vet yesterday)!!!

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