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    Default Re: Hello- new bully mom with a food question.

    I have (and still have) issues with Tonka's puppy biting too althought it's gotten much better. I tried everything and oddly enough what worked for us what putting him in a "time out" situation. When he would get really fired up we would put him in the kitchen (used baby gates to keep him confined there) for five minutes or so and ignored him. We did this every time he was really naughty and biting and would say "you're going in the kitchen" when we put him there. Now all we have to say is "do you want to go in the kitchen?" in a stern voice and he calms down haha. When we let him out he always looks guilty and sorry, it's so cute.

    His bed is in the kitchen area and he stays there during the day and when we aren't home and never is upset with us when we leave (which is a good thing since I suppose he could have started to view being there as a negative thing/negative place) but he is not happy to be in there and gated in while we are home so it works for us to threaten him with going in there for a calming down/time out.

    Maybe it's worth a try....nothing else worked for us. The bruises on fleshy part of the arm and the biting of the heels is NOT fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petee2 View Post
    What allergy signs was Brutus showing?-just so I know what to look for. It's been 7 days so far of switching his food to Wellness. Stool is soft, like soft ice cream but not runny. I will still do a slow switch for another week probably and watch his stool. puppy biting is brutal! I have two kids (4 and 8) so this is hard. "No bite" doesn't work well and neither does giving toys when he bites. He's not interested in Nylabones but likes the kong ONLY when I fill it with treats. Any other suggestions on the biting? He likes to go after the cats, especially the one that will fight back. I think that's what may be making the biting worse plus he starts growling.
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    As for the biting.....Coop was so so bad. It is just puppy play but those baby teeth OUCH!!! I have a 2 year old and 7 year old and my 2 yeard got the brunt of the puppy biting. He drew blood I don't even know how many times. He will soon lose his baby teeth and you will be thanking the lord the day that happens! The adult teeth are nothing compared to those sharp daggers. The advice I give you for right now if pt your hand around his mouth and close his mouth shut and say no biting. But the best resolution is when hes playing and biting and he gets too rough with you or the kids just get him out of the situation and kennel him until he calm down. its best just to do that because he is too young to understand that his playing is too rough. Coop was so so bad and i even has second thought about him cause I felt bad for my little boy but now at lmost 8 months Cooper is the biggest lover, cuddler, sensitve Bully ever! he is SO good with my kids! So he will grow out of it. Tell the kids NOT to run from him....he will think they are playing and will chase and bite and as he gets bigger he will be able to take your kids down. Make sure yo kids make a noise or say no when he bites to so he knows it's a Hang in there I totally know what you are going through! Around 5 months he should be over the biting or close to it anyway!


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    Quote Originally Posted by petee2 View Post
    What allergy signs was Brutus showing?-just so I know what to look for. It's been 7 days so far of switching his food to Wellness. Stool is soft, like soft ice cream but not runny. I will still do a slow switch for another week probably and watch his stool. puppy biting is brutal! I have two kids (4 and 8) so this is hard. "No bite" doesn't work well and neither does giving toys when he bites. He's not interested in Nylabones but likes the kong ONLY when I fill it with treats. Any other suggestions on the biting? He likes to go after the cats, especially the one that will fight back. I think that's what may be making the biting worse plus he starts growling.

    Brutus was having soft after the slow switch, he was licking his paws ALOT, the paws were red and his face started to get red as well! I spoke to some members who suggested a food switch to no grain and all stages at 8 mnths...It took about 1 mnth to see a difference from the food. It will take time for you to see a difference after the switch. We know he has some allergies but they arent bad..We were told to try and wait until at least 12 mnths before allergy test which is ok b/c he is sooo much better now! Its going to be trial and error on the food until you can find something...While you are doing the switch try to give him things that are in the food as treats...What I did was looked at the ingredients and gave him that as treats..For instance the Fromm Beef has fruit so the fruit that is listed is what he gets as treats until I know there are no allergies with food. Basically it will be easier to narrow down if you arent giving all different foods...Hope you understand my ramble...I am no expert in allergies...lol ---- As far as the ice cream I would add some canned pumpkin into his food to help with his stool...The food switch took me about 3-4 weeks to complete..I know some poeple are done in 2 weeks but I wanted to be sure I didnt upset his tummy and took longer so you can do that as well but def give the pumpkin a try!

    The biting is something I think every owner went through...They will grow out of it once the baby teeth are gone..I have a 2 yr old nephew and Brutus would bullie him bad! I made my nephew part of his training and llet him walk him give him treats and taught him to correct the bad behaivor it was hard but we got through it! BRUTUS HATES CATS HATES THEM TO DEATH! Dogs he is great with but anything like squirrl, bird, cats forget it!!!!! Your kids are a little older so make them part of the training process and letting him know they are above him in the pack!

    Sorry took me so long to answer back! Hope alll goes wel and please keep me posted
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    Welcome to EBN!! You have to the right place for any help/advice/support you need!!


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    I will try that. Also noticed he stops when you "crunch" a water/soda bottle and then I'll say "No Bite". Works for now but i will try your trick too; and yes, the bruises and biting at heels is NOT fun! Tonka is beautiful! I have to get my pictures on the computer and then transfer on site here. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChanelnBrutus View Post
    Brutus was having soft after the slow switch, he was licking his paws ALOT, the paws were red and his face started to get red as well! I spoke to some members who suggested a food switch to no grain and all stages at 8 mnths...It took about 1 mnth to see a difference from the food. It will take time for you to see a difference after the switch. We know he has some allergies but they arent bad..We were told to try and wait until at least 12 mnths before allergy test which is ok b/c he is sooo much better now! Its going to be trial and error on the food until you can find something...While you are doing the switch try to give him things that are in the food as treats...What I did was looked at the ingredients and gave him that as treats..For instance the Fromm Beef has fruit so the fruit that is listed is what he gets as treats until I know there are no allergies with food. Basically it will be easier to narrow down if you arent giving all different foods...Hope you understand my ramble...I am no expert in allergies...lol ---- As far as the ice cream I would add some canned pumpkin into his food to help with his stool...The food switch took me about 3-4 weeks to complete..I know some poeple are done in 2 weeks but I wanted to be sure I didnt upset his tummy and took longer so you can do that as well but def give the pumpkin a try!

    The biting is something I think every owner went through...They will grow out of it once the baby teeth are gone..I have a 2 yr old nephew and Brutus would bullie him bad! I made my nephew part of his training and llet him walk him give him treats and taught him to correct the bad behaivor it was hard but we got through it! BRUTUS HATES CATS HATES THEM TO DEATH! Dogs he is great with but anything like squirrl, bird, cats forget it!!!!! Your kids are a little older so make them part of the training process and letting him know they are above him in the pack!

    Sorry took me so long to answer back! Hope alll goes wel and please keep me posted
    Miss Gracie never went through the biting stage!!! But yes snook I think you are right most do! I think Gracie might just be special!

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    and it looks like you already got the advice you needed. Looking forward to seeing some pics!!!

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    I think Petee is having a reaction to the new food-Wellness puppy. I'm doing a slow switch but, like I said, poop is soft to mushy and today I noticed he's very pink around eyes, paws, belly ,and been trying to lick at himself at the hind legs and seems not right. I've looked into Nature's Variety Instinct beef and lamb--protein is 37% though. Don't know if that would be bad for him. Petee has no choice but to like cats...there is three in the house and the youngest one is as big as him and doesn't take any of his barks or bites. Stormy (cat) will smack him on the face and Petee runs away. Petee will bark and growl at Stormy-not sure if he's showing aggression or talking back to him. It's funny but not funny-if you know what I mean. Thank you for your advice. Cooper is beautiful-every Bulldog on here is beautiful! I sure hope this posts right. When I tried the "Reply with quote" it told me I don't have enough posts to do so which I thought I did, so please excuse me if this comes up wrong, again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by petee2 View Post
    I think Petee is having a reaction to the new food-Wellness puppy. I'm doing a slow switch but, like I said, poop is soft to mushy and today I noticed he's very pink around eyes, paws, belly ,and been trying to lick at himself at the hind legs and seems not right. I've looked into Nature's Variety Instinct beef and lamb--protein is 37% though. Don't know if that would be bad for him. Petee has no choice but to like cats...there is three in the house and the youngest one is as big as him and doesn't take any of his barks or bites. Stormy (cat) will smack him on the face and Petee runs away. Petee will bark and growl at Stormy-not sure if he's showing aggression or talking back to him. It's funny but not funny-if you know what I mean. Thank you for your advice. Cooper is beautiful-every Bulldog on here is beautiful! I sure hope this posts right. When I tried the "Reply with quote" it told me I don't have enough posts to do so which I thought I did, so please excuse me if this comes up wrong, again.

    Hmmm... normally it takes a while for a new food to truly get into their system and for the old food to go out. However, if there is an immediate reaction of soft stools and itchiness then it may be the food rather than anything seasonal. If I were you I think I would be tempted to try another food.

    But first of all ...... How long has he been on the new food ... and how are you doing the transition??

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    Quote Originally Posted by petee2 View Post
    I think Petee is having a reaction to the new food-Wellness puppy. I'm doing a slow switch but, like I said, poop is soft to mushy and today I noticed he's very pink around eyes, paws, belly ,and been trying to lick at himself at the hind legs and seems not right. I've looked into Nature's Variety Instinct beef and lamb--protein is 37% though. Don't know if that would be bad for him. Petee has no choice but to like cats...there is three in the house and the youngest one is as big as him and doesn't take any of his barks or bites. Stormy (cat) will smack him on the face and Petee runs away. Petee will bark and growl at Stormy-not sure if he's showing aggression or talking back to him. It's funny but not funny-if you know what I mean. Thank you for your advice. Cooper is beautiful-every Bulldog on here is beautiful! I sure hope this posts right. When I tried the "Reply with quote" it told me I don't have enough posts to do so which I thought I did, so please excuse me if this comes up wrong, again.
    O you are fine!! I didn't know you had to have so many post to reply with quote. You do have to make sure you write below the quote...sometimes when smileys and stuff are added you think u are below the quote but then it says you have to have at 4 words or something like that...so you would scroll down to the bottom! And Coop says thanks for the compliment! But yes that doesn't kinda sound like he may have an allergy to something in the food but it does take time for them to adjust to the new food. I am having issues with food right now also and Coop throwing up! So he is on an all veggie diet and he looks great no red face, no red forehead, no red eyes,,,,,I just got the Fromm beef fritatta today and gave him just a little today and a little more tonight and his face is getting red again UGH!!!! I also gave him a bath tonight and his sister Gracie (my mom has his sister) came over and they were playing...Bullies play rough and go for each others face so he could be red from either of the 3. I am hoping it was the bath! I just want to find a food that will work!!!! They say it takes time! You could go with Fromm it is an any age food....many have luck with it cuz its grain free! Seems like the older Coop gets the more problems he was...kinda like more $$$$ more problems!

    So yes you comment didn't notify anyone I just happened to come in here and see your post. Just use the @ Like @petee2 that works everytime!!

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