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    I agree that getting the vet paperwork and/or a phone call to them is a must! Also, the current owner loved the idea of the trial so we are going to do it over this weekend. Thank you for all of the advice! I will let everyone know how it goes!! We are excited. I hope it is a good fit!

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    I agree! I was a behavioral therapist for children with autism and we used ABA which has strategies that work on animals also...basically, reinforce positive behavior. If we reinforce (or give in) to a negative behavior, the behavior will keep occurring..same idea with dogs. So I am thinking (hoping) that the nipping and the growling worked for this dog in the past so he keeps doing it. I guess I needed to "talk it out" on here to realize that this could be the case.
    I am going to do a trial to see how he acts when less excited.
    Thanks for the advice!

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    Ok so trial update---
    We brought him home and he was a little out of sorts the first night. Sweet, lovable and affectionate but a little nippy if we would stop petting him. We kept redirecting him with a toy once he nipped or growled/whined and it worked for the most part. He's definitely submissive Bc if we would say his name and "stop" in a firm voice, he would immediately roll to his back and show us his belly...(Which made us laugh)....so today he was more calm and settled in all day. Here's the part I need help with--it was again at night where he became very nippy, feisty and more needy for rubs and affection. (If you don't have a hand on him at all times, he's not happy) Tried to keep redirecting him to toys after we were done with a significant amount of petting. Why do you think this is only later at night? It's almost like a "witching hour". Also he is being re-homed bc the family said they work and travel a lot and he deserves more time spent with him. Do you think he is starved for attention and this is why he acts this way or do you think this is a learned behavior. "I whine and cry and nip and then they continue to pet me" or a combination of both? Thanks for input.

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    Sounds like a learned behavior... they were not home and may have just gave into all his begging for attention... it will take time to break it but if you implement 'nothing in life is free' get him socialized and he realizes he has attention and love he will settle in-- going to take at least 2 months for him to get it. Bulldogs are velco dogs meaning they need to be with their human.. that is how they thrive. It also is not a bad idea to contact a behaviorist for a session in your home to ensure you address the issue correctly.
    @oscarmayer --- any insight?


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    Thanks! I just messaged a trainer to pick their brain....

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    Update: So it is official--we have adopted the dog that I was asking about after the trial weekend...he came 2 weekends ago and pretty much, never left! He is adorable and loving and we couldn't be happier! Welcome Lenny to our family!!! He is settling in really nicely...we have a trainer coming tomorrow for a little "behavior tune up" which we are looking forward to! Thanks for the insight!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbgoldy View Post
    Update: So it is official--we have adopted the dog that I was asking about after the trial weekend...he came 2 weekends ago and pretty much, never left! He is adorable and loving and we couldn't be happier! Welcome Lenny to our family!!! He is settling in really nicely...we have a trainer coming tomorrow for a little "behavior tune up" which we are looking forward to! Thanks for the insight!
    Awesome news!!! Can't wait to see some pictures and hear updates!


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    Quote Originally Posted by lbgoldy View Post
    Update: So it is official--we have adopted the dog that I was asking about after the trial weekend...he came 2 weekends ago and pretty much, never left! He is adorable and loving and we couldn't be happier! Welcome Lenny to our family!!! He is settling in really nicely...we have a trainer coming tomorrow for a little "behavior tune up" which we are looking forward to! Thanks for the insight!
    AWESOME!!!! Congratulations to all.... wee need more pictures now!
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    I hope I'm doing this right!
    Here is our cutie, Lenny!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lbgoldy View Post
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    I hope I'm doing this right!
    Here is our cutie, Lenny!

    HE is freakin HANDSOME!! What a lucky little guy... hugs to him and be sure to keep us updated on his transition
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    Quote Originally Posted by lbgoldy View Post
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    I hope I'm doing this right!
    Here is our cutie, Lenny!
    Look at him!!!! Such a beautiful bulldog!!!!


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    Hello and welcome to EBN. I want say how sorry I am for the loss of your baby and want to say congratulations on your new baby!
    Lenny is a lucky boy since you decided to take a chance on a rescue.
    My Bentley was a "second hand" dog and I consider myself lucky every day to have him in my life! He is extremely smart, attentive, and loves me with all his heart.
    He does the mouthing thing but it's all in play. He understands.
    Oh and he was also three when I got him and he has done very well.
    Enjoy your Lenny!


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    American Cocker Spaniel, DOB: September 25, 2010, rescued June 1, 2011
    Domestic Shorthair Cat, DOB: November 2013, rescued December 6, 2017


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