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    Hi All! Duff from Florida here! Last Saturday we adopted a 9 month old red brindle and white female bully from the Florida English Bulldog Rescue! Her name is Bella. I have had many dogs in my 57 years but Bella is our first English Bulldog. Let me tell you, it is quite a challenge! LOL! Bella came to us completely untrained and very aggressive toward our other American Bull Terrier Mix and our cat. Her and Cain, our other dog have been getting along much better but she still is very possessive of toys and such. She has taken all the toys we had here and hoarded them! Today she went after Cain over an empty food bowl. So know I've come to the conclusion that bowls get picked up after feeding time. As for the cat. That will be a much slower resolve but I believe it too will end up on a positive note. I hope to learn much here.
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    Welcome and bless you for adopting. Patience will be the key with Bella. Feel free to ask questions and we love pics.

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    it sounds like you know what you are doing and hopefully it won't take long for you to have the sweetest bully girl. Well second sweetest...cause we have the sweetest.

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    Duff..we have met and I'm so happy to read your intro! We too had the same sort of possessive issues with a Rescue. Ours was a Rottie who came straight off the streets of Los Angeles. She had numerous behavioral problems..cats included! We found that keeping her on a leash for a week and close to us helped her focus when we corrected her. Not to mention when she tried to swallow my cat whole! we just let her know..in no uncertain terms...we were the Alphas. She was at the bottom of our pack. We fed her separately until she felt comfortable and never allowed her being possessive. It really wasn't long and that sweet girl became one of the best members of our family. I'll tag a few people who might offer other ideas. @Sherry..@Davidh..@2BullyMama..@Bella'sMom. So happy you found us!

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    Welcome to the site. This place can get very addicting, so WATCH OUT!

    I am in NE Florida. I have a Bella who is also food aggressive, it is her nature since she has a digestive disorder. We make sure to serve the others and her last. I even make her sit for her food, that way she knows I am the Boss! I am surprised the rescue didn't let you know about her being possessive and not getting along with others, that usually comes out with the application process. Thank you for rescuing her, she needs lots of love.

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    Becky nailed it.... be sure she knows you are alpha and teach her pack order. Her possessiveness most likely because everything was taken from her at some point.. after trust has been established you can work on it, but for know get the pack order in place.
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    You have some good advise above to try. Just be consistent and let her know you are the boss and not her. Cesar Millan has a great book on training dogs.
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    Welcome Duff, and thank you for rescuing a bully.
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    Welcome to EBN, Duffy. Congratulations on your new girl, Bella. This is such a supportive group of folks so I know you will feel right at home here. My boy Finn is also food aggressive so I have to feed both boys in separate rooms. Actually, I feed Finn in his crate and then I remove the empty bowls off the floor right after they're done. Consistency is key. Good luck and thank you for rescuing Bella.




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    Quote Originally Posted by bodypeersur View Post
    Hi All! Duff from Florida here!
    Welcome Duff! Your girl is gorgeous. Thank you for rescuing. I know Bella will repay that kindness in spades!

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    Hi Bella's Mom,
    Actually I was informed to not feed them together so I never did. Bella actually went after Cain over an empty bowl! LOL! As for the rescue telling me about her aggression, she had been in a foster home and they didn't have any problems. When I spoke to Jennifer (a WONDEFUL SOUL) who runs the rescue, she had told me that Bella was in a foster home with 7 other dogs and there were no issues. She also reminded me that Bella had just been spayed and was getting ready to go in to her first heat. This may have contributed to her nasty disposition at the time. As of now the aggressive instances are far less and they play a lot in the back yard.

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    Thanks for the Welcome Everyone! Looks like a great place not only to learn but to ENJOY!

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