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    Hello, my family and I got an english bulldog puppy about two weeks ago. The first two weeks have been a success however as of yesterday, she is displaying poor behavior, not wanting to walk on her leash, being a little aggresive/nippy, barking. We have been rewarding her good behavior and telling her "No!" when she does something that we so not like. I literally had a mini breakdown and started crying because I have been sacrificing my time/sleep to care for her and I feel like I'm being rejected. I know that they can be stubborn, so I'm not sure if this is part of the growing curve but I could use some help. I don't want to go crazy trying to correct it to no avail. Please help!

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    First of all, Welcome to EBN!!! And second of all THIS is all normal behavior... Lol Bulldogs are notoriously stubborn, some more than others... so believe me most of us have been there. Consistency is the key, so keep doing what you are doing... and eventually at some point it will click. I also would put them in their crate/pen for a time out... if they continuously nipped/or acted out after repeating NO for awhile in the pen they would go. They want to be with you, so this will be punishment enough for them to get the message to knock it off. Hang in there... I promise it will get better, and vent on here where you need to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kstarr19 View Post
    Hello, my family and I got an english bulldog puppy about two weeks ago. The first two weeks have been a success however as of yesterday, she is displaying poor behavior, not wanting to walk on her leash, being a little aggresive/nippy, barking. We have been rewarding her good behavior and telling her "No!" when she does something that we so not like. I literally had a mini breakdown and started crying because I have been sacrificing my time/sleep to care for her and I feel like I'm being rejected. I know that they can be stubborn, so I'm not sure if this is part of the growing curve but I could use some help. I don't want to go crazy trying to correct it to no avail. Please help!
    Welcome!!! @ddnene has you covered, please believe her. I just have to tell you that when Joey was about 11 or 12 weeks old (I got her at 9 weeks) I too was in tears....in the bathroom holding Joey...crying and saying "we WILL get through this together" LOL I had not raised a puppy in over 15 years and totally forgot. Joey is my best friend, snuggle buddy, etc. PLEASE hang in there with love, you WILL see

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    Hang in there!!

    The first month is real hard work! Sometimes it gets over your head :-) but a little tough love and all the naughtiest makes the bond so much stronger.

    I remember, my boy, when I had a viral arthritis, the way he used to drive me crazy! Soon you’ll find it cute!

    It is definitely part of the growing curve! These stubborn Bullies, ultimately, tug at our heartstrings, whatever tantrums they throw around, is all brought to none, with the immense love and affection they surround us with. This breed, touches the heart. Sure honey, won’t be honey first, he’ll give you stress, then will become the best stress buster you’ve known!

    Trying crate training, it can be a blessing. Specially when you need some good quite time, to rejuvenate.

    Good luck!! Hold there, vent it out, cry if you need too, but keep strong! Your raising a gem of a heart!! You’ll soon be proud!

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    Welcome!

    You need to Breathe! Raising a puppy is like raising a terrible 2 toddler. You need patience. This is not a quick fix. You’re describing “normal” puppy issues. How old is your puppy? For the leash, try walking him in the house as the house is a safe place for him. Keep some treats on you, hooked the leash on him n and do tiny walks like the length of the leash, call him n give him a little tiny treat cause you might need a few so you don’t want him to have a meal of treats. (healthy one of course). Get a good 6-8’ leather leash if you can. Good investment. Don’t pull on your dog to make him walk. Simply leave the leash on the floor n walk ahead of him. Call him n another treat. Eventually he’ll be dragging the leash not notice it’s there n that’s were you pick up the leash and walk with him. Always leave leash n puppy without tension. He’ll get it fast. Then slowly go outside in the backyard and do the same. No need to go on the streets right away. No rush. Nipping with baby shark teeth sure hurts. I would grab my dogs jowls, stretch it with a FIRM NO. Then in the crate for time out. They will stop n it works. But YOU absolutely need to be patient. Think of it as raising that terrible 2 little stubborn brat.

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    Thank you so much! I really needed to hear this and appreciate it very much. I think I'm going to be posting in here a lot lol

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    My puppy is 3 months old. Thank you for your recommendations and positivity!

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    Thank you! I'm sure this won't be my last breakdown on the way to a breakthrough. I definitely appreciate the suggestions and can use all of the tips I can get. Searching online is, of course, always the easy thing to do but sometimes it's nice to get first hand accounts from people, so thanks again!

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    Haha, so you can relate. I will listen to and take advice from anyone that can help! Here's a pic of our girl. -20190603_183833-jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by kstarr19 View Post
    Haha, so you can relate. I will listen to and take advice from anyone that can help! Here's a pic of our girl. -20190603_183833-jpg
    Love the black outlines around the ears! 3 months old is very young to walk on a leash. Start slowly. Baby steps!

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    Hang in there, @kstarr19 (I must say,I love pups) we have all been through this! Lots of tough toys,and lots of patience. A crate, and patience. Hang in there, pop on here to vent, and all will be well! (a little wine and whine) wouldn't hurt!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kstarr19 View Post
    Haha, so you can relate. I will listen to and take advice from anyone that can help! Here's a pic of our girl. -20190603_183833-jpg
    Welcome!!! The gang totally has you covered... stay consistent and patient and know we all have been there so we can help along the way


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