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    So sorry to hear little Reggie was separated so early - it seems as if you now have to train him what his mum should have taught him long before you got him. I cannot offer much advice but it does sound that you need to bring in a trainer to help you work with little Reggie. That he goes for your partner's son is a sign of worry.

    Reggie is very young yet - how are your days spent? Is he on his own while you are at work or can you be with him and interact with him throughout the day? I would guess that a dog like Reggie probably needs a lot of socialization both with humans and with other dogs. Taking him regularly to a dog park might work but that depends on the other dogs there. Perhaps an older female dog who teaches him how to interact with other dogs might be a good start. You say he's afraid to go out. We live in the city centre and Castor has on and off been quite unwilling to walk among cars and buses. If you have a garden or nearby park, perhaps you could just go there to play. Walking is essential but playing in a smaller confined space needn't be bad as long as the dog gets his exercise and lots of positive input.

    And regarding the testicles - I'm quite sure Castor had both down when a pup but one of them climbed back up ... we can feel it in his groin so it didn't disappear but unfortunately never descended properly. As far as I know, that has nothing to do with any behavioural issues.


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    Hi @cefe13

    Thanks for your advice.
    Me & Kev own our own shop, so luckily we can pretty much have one of us with Reggie most of the time. Whoever is going to work will get him up & give the first walk and feed, then the other one takes over. We sometimes swap during the day, as our shop is 5 mins away from home. Sometimes we do leave him home alone (in his crate), but its never really longer than 2 hours.
    At night he is crated in the living room, he has never been in the bedroom or allowed on the bed, although he is allowed on the sofa if he sits & gives paw (asks nicely lol), and is put straight back down the minute he behaves.

    We are seeing small improvements, but bare feet or socks are still fair game - apparently he's got a foot fetish lol. Its just worrying as he is getting so big (around 15kgs) and everything we read says puppies should be out of biting behaviour by now.
    Luckily Kev's son is 16 so he's not a small child, and we have been teaching him how to deal with it exactly the same as we do.

    He gets plenty of interaction from humans, and loves to say hello to people. Its socialising him with other dogs that are the problem. Only 1 of the puppies in his puppy class would interect properly with him, the others seemed very wary. I thought it might have been because they were all nervous little pups, but since then no other dogs seem to want to interact with him!
    He is very bold and will walk right up to them and try to have a sniff, but they all seem really nervous of him. All he wants to do is say hello & play!
    We were wondering why, as it seems really sad that no other dogs want to be his friend, but I found the thread on here about other dogs not liking ebd's and it seems a really common problem.
    I just wish we knew some other bully owners in our area so we could meet for play dates & walks.

    I'm still hoping a lot of it is down to teething. I had heard that adult teeth were supposed to be easier than the baby ones, but Reggie is having a much harder time with the adult ones. And just like a human child, its worse at night. We were up until 6am last night/this morning
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    @Reggies Parents You seem to be consistent which I think is essential, and great that the boy is 16! That you are being able to spend much time with Reggie is great too.

    Apart from safety crates in the car, it is against the law to crate dogs here so we have never considered crating our furball. He sleeps in his bed or (now, as an adult) on our beds. If Reggie is high energy and perhaps very curious, you may want to consider using some other way of confining him to part of the house. Perhaps play pen or some kind of gate that would give him the possibility to move around freely? When Castor was a pup we closed bedroom doors when we left home and we blocked off the couch with a folded drying rack. Now, he didn't really bite much (the only piece of furniture he destroyed was the stereo rack and he chewed on a library book) and we didn't leave him alone until he was four months old, but I still hope you will consider whether crating is the best option. It may be - and I don't suggest you take any chances - but I would think a dog that might not rerally know how to behave would learn less in a crate than by roaming free. On the other hand he shouldn't be allowed to chew on your feet of course.

    Castor is I believe the only English bulldog in our town and he received very much attention from humans when he was a pup. Most dogs, however, were not very interested in him, so I totally see what you are saying about noone wanting to interact with Reggie! We were lucky enough to have many dogs in the neighbourhood, however, and a neighbour's female dogs told Castor quite clearly what was ok and what was not ok so he learned very quickly. Now he is 3.5 and still loves attention but is not seeking attention, if you see what I mean. I hope you can find some trustworthy older dogs in your neighbourhood that can play with Reggie!

    Please keep us updated and say hi to Reggie! I may have missed it, but have you posted any pictures of him?


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    When I say crate, its not that small. We were advised to use a crate just big enough for him to turn around in, but that felt mean and would have been ridiculously expensive as he grew! So we opted for a playpen style, with an open top so he shouldn't feel too enclosed. And i think he feels like its his safe haven where he can go if he doesn't want us to bother him. He is mainly just in there to sleep. Unfortunatly we can't leave him out when we aren't there. We do have baby gates and doors to confine him to one room, but in both the living room and kitchen there are just too many things he likes to chew on when we aren't looking - from the tv cabinet, coffee table, water bottles (full fizzy ones!), to cupboard handles. Sometimes he likes softer things like the sofa, and playing tug-of-war with the curtains is a favourite pasttime!

    I haven't posted any pictures yet as I keep getting an 'invalid file type' error when using my tablet, but I'll make sure I get my laptop out later and post some pics here in this thread.

    Thanks for the help everyone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reggies Parents View Post
    When I say crate, its not that small. We were advised to use a crate just big enough for him to turn around in, but that felt mean and would have been ridiculously expensive as he grew! So we opted for a playpen style, with an open top so he shouldn't feel too enclosed. And i think he feels like its his safe haven where he can go if he doesn't want us to bother him. He is mainly just in there to sleep. Unfortunatly we can't leave him out when we aren't there. We do have baby gates and doors to confine him to one room, but in both the living room and kitchen there are just too many things he likes to chew on when we aren't looking - from the tv cabinet, coffee table, water bottles (full fizzy ones!), to cupboard handles. Sometimes he likes softer things like the sofa, and playing tug-of-war with the curtains is a favourite pasttime!

    I haven't posted any pictures yet as I keep getting an 'invalid file type' error when using my tablet, but I'll make sure I get my laptop out later and post some pics here in this thread.

    Thanks for the help everyone

    The pen area is a great idea... even add the crate to it and he will sleep in there and go to the open area as needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    The pen area is a great idea... even add the crate to it and he will sleep in there and go to the open area as needed.
    Thats kind of what he does. The door to the pen is open all day, so he can come and go as he pleases. The only time its closed is over night and if we are out. At first he was out all the time unless we put him in there, now he jumps in & out when he wants a different chew and he even took himself off to bed the other night!

    We have gone back to basics with his training the last couple of days based on all your advice. Working on forming a solid sit, and we've started "touch it", which he has picked up brilliantly after 1 or 2 tries.
    We were following the general puppy advice to keep training sessions to 10 mins, once or twice a day but so far Reggie seems happier with more - he has such an active little brain and is very clever, so more intensive training might be just what he needed.
    I'm also looking into agility classes because apparently it works wonders for hyper pups but the classes I've contacted so far won't take pups under 6 months. I'll keep looking for starter/easy puppy courses with fingers crossed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reggies Parents View Post
    Thats kind of what he does. The door to the pen is open all day, so he can come and go as he pleases. The only time its closed is over night and if we are out. At first he was out all the time unless we put him in there, now he jumps in & out when he wants a different chew and he even took himself off to bed the other night!

    We have gone back to basics with his training the last couple of days based on all your advice. Working on forming a solid sit, and we've started "touch it", which he has picked up brilliantly after 1 or 2 tries.
    We were following the general puppy advice to keep training sessions to 10 mins, once or twice a day but so far Reggie seems happier with more - he has such an active little brain and is very clever, so more intensive training might be just what he needed.
    I'm also looking into agility classes because apparently it works wonders for hyper pups but the classes I've contacted so far won't take pups under 6 months. I'll keep looking for starter/easy puppy courses with fingers crossed!
    FREAKIN AWESOME.... stay diligent and he will be a wonderful little guy! Our Banks was a 9 yr training session.. it was a tough first 2 yrs, but after that she was beyond wonderful and I really miss her challenge and beechy personality
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    Sounds great with a playpen! And puppies will be curious and want to sniff out things around the home. We puppy-proofed our home - no delicate things within reach, cables hidden behind furniture, no curtains hanging down to the floor and all rugs rolled up until Castor was pottytrained and had lost interest in things he wasn't supposed to touch. Having a pup is like having a baby who is starting to move around and walk - you need to be one step ahead all the time!

    Looking forward to pictures!


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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    FREAKIN AWESOME.... stay diligent and he will be a wonderful little guy! Our Banks was a 9 yr training session.. it was a tough first 2 yrs, but after that she was beyond wonderful and I really miss her challenge and beechy personality
    Yeah, he is a challenge but we wouldn't change him for anything. Well, maybe I'd make his teeth a little less sharp

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    Quote Originally Posted by cefe13 View Post
    Looking forward to pictures!
    I'll get them up later I promise!!
    Just noticed your Castor is on Instagram, I've just followed him from our shop account (I don't have a personal one). There's a picture of Reggie at 8 weeks old on our page. Thinking of making Reggie one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reggies Parents View Post
    I'll get them up later I promise!!
    Just noticed your Castor is on Instagram, I've just followed him from our shop account (I don't have a personal one). There's a picture of Reggie at 8 weeks old on our page. Thinking of making Reggie one
    Found it - he's such a beauty! Thanks for following Castor!


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