Welcome to you and Buddy! Lots of great people and advice here!
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I'm new to the site too, but not to Bullies. On my 4th now in 25yrs, and honestly, I would say your hands are full. Transition isn't easy on a lot of us folks, much less a dog. Unfortunately, you do have a lot of work ahead, but its going to be well, well worth it. You will be best buddies 4 Sho (no pun intended).
Always, and I mean always speak nice to him, no matter how it wrenches your patience. They are bull headed for sure, but you are smarter.
Leave his leash on the crate for a while before you take him out. Crate training is superior to anything you could do for him. It's not good to give in to him and allow him free reign while you aren't around. Bull puppies will always do what they want, not what you want.
Since you're potty training as well, I understand that you would like for this to pass quickly, but it may take a while. For a while, the crate will be your helper. Never use it as a penalty box or place he will go if he has made a mistake on the floor. But remember this for sure... Puppies pee after sleeping, playing, drinking, and eating. He needs to go out a lot at first. Once he gets it, that outside is where we potty, then worry about a schedule. If he will not go outside, you may have to use puppy pads for a bit at first, but be careful not to make it run too long or they become permanent.
Put his leash is near him, so he will not be afraid of it. The other guy may have used it to spank the dog or played with it too rough, etc. Something tells me he needs to learn that the leash is his friend.
Also, make sure it it his leash and not shared by every dog in the house. I can tell you first hand, bullies have a lot of sentimental intuition. He knows what is his and will care more about his stuff and less about other pet's things. These guys are territorial. If the leash is used, wash it asap to get other dog smells off.
The other advice seems pretty good so far, but if you always make it about treats, he can get fat, and it's always a treat thing rather than him pleasing you. He really does want to please you. I would recommend getting down to his level when taking him out of the cage. I find that baby talking him and wishing him a good morning is always a great way to get him out of the crate. I used to crawl in with Spurgeon and love on him for a second before taking him out of the crate. While you train him to go out, use one word commands as much as possible; "Outside" or "Outside Buddy".
While outside, don't talk about anything else. If you're hot, tough it out... If you're cold, tough it out... If its raining, umbrella over him and tough it out. You can not, and must not give in to his wishes. Potty is business, and serious business at that. On all my Bulls (2 girls 2 boys), I used the words, "Hurry up". I think it helped me as much as it helped them. lol
They all have been excellent on pottying outside. Spurgeon is two, and goes outside always for potty, and tucks himself in the crate at night or nap times. All I have to do is close the door. I still do that as well, because HE feels safer that way. It's his bedroom/safe-room.
To get Buddy to come out, when you get down on your knees to his level, he may feel better about you. You are more approachable this way and a whole lot less intimidating. But before it turns into a play episode, suggest he goes outside for potty business first, then pleasure. If you like to take walks, make sure he goes potty before the long walk, or he will train you to walk him a while before he does the business. Then, you'll be like every bulldog owner who has been trained to go on a long walk before business. I bet some are reading this right now.
Make sure you use the same voice tone and volume for commands, and then get louder or sillier for praises. Really go over the top when praising him, and he will love it, and will want to please you. Smile. They can tell. All I have to do is smile at Spurgeon and he knows what's up. Buddy is learning you every bit as much as you are learning him. This is NOT a dumb breed. Ask any of my friends an they would tell you the same. When I ask Spurgeon to give me a high five and he does, they're blown away! I get kisses when I want one, the different toys (by name) when I want them, etc. He will come when called, check his bowl when I say "Check your bowl", hit the freezer when I say "ice"... I'm not bragging here, I'm simply telling you that the sky is the limit. It all depends on what you put into him.
Give him time, and he will be the best dog you have ever owned. Unless you've owned other bulldogs. This breed is all that.
I hope I have helped you some, and if not, I'm sure the others will. The folks on this site give freely when it comes to 'how to love your bulldog", and then some. If you figure it out, please post what worked for you, so that others may benefit from it as well.
Congratulations on your new friend, Buddy.
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Re: Newbie needs help.
You've got lots of great advice. Hopefully Buddy will be waiting at the door for his walk like my BabyGirl.
Wilson & BabyGirl
Re: Newbie needs help.
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