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Post by Travis0309 on Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:34 pm

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Hi my name is Michelle and I have a 2yeat old bullie called Travis! He is a lovely dog! Typically of the breed he is very stubborn and can be hard work. Sometimes he is aggressive towards me and I would like some help with controlling this. A typical scenario is if he is on the sofa and I want him off he has been known to go for me, it's like he doesn't want me to be telling him what to do. I just want to feel more in control and not to feel uneasy and sometimes scared. He is amazing with other dogs, the only aggression is in the home! Thanks for reading. Look forward to reply happy

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Re: Hello :)

Post by Caryll on Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:38 pm

Eleanor wrote:
He actually seems very similar to Demps, right down to the sensitive tummy!

Yes, it does sound very similar!

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Depending on how practical it is for you, it would probably be helpful to restrict access to the sofa unless he's invited up. If he has to wait to be invited, it helps to get the message across that it isn't his own personal lounging space and he doesn't decide who gets to sit there! laughing

Definitely.

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Re: Hello :)

Post by Shisa on Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:56 am

It is a lot to take in and when you have a set behaviour pattern, that the dog enjoys, it is hard to break it.

As for treating when he gets off the couch ... This is a difficult thing to figure out because in Travis's mind you could be treating the whole sequence of events - he gets on, acts aggressive and you treat him for that aggression.
I think show him his treat, make him get off and give him his treat in his food bowl or in another room. Make sure he sits or downs before he gets it.
Also make a point of making a big thing off it if he doesn't get on the couch. Give him loads of praise and a treat jackpot without him having to do anything for the treat.
You want the association off not getting on the couch being the easier more pleasant thing to do.
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Re: Hello :)

Post by Caryll on Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:31 am

Good point Theresa.

But I'd also add - try to use the treat before you get any confrontation. Try to keep it all positive. Don't allow frustration/irritation to show in your voice.

Stay calm & consistent.

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Re: Hello :)

Post by Travis0309 on Sat Oct 25, 2014 8:40 am

Ok thank you I will try the treat! Sounds good

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Re: Hello :)

Post by Caryll on Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:03 am

Let us know how it goes.

Even if what's been suggested doesn't work, there are other things that you can try! It's a matter of working out what works best for your dog.

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Re: Hello :)

Post by Travis0309 on Sat Oct 25, 2014 9:51 am

Yeah ok will do! I am instructing the family too! So they do the same

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Post by Caryll on Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:03 pm

It'll come.

And don't forget that he will start to calm down with maturity within the next few months so with training and a calmer mind he should improve.

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Re: Hello :)

Post by Shisa on Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:14 pm

Good read for a bit more understanding.

http://www.canismajor.com/dog/drives.html
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Post by Caryll on Sat Oct 25, 2014 12:21 pm

Interesting!

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Post by Dave on Sat Oct 25, 2014 11:26 pm

Hi Michelle , just popped in to say hello , see you are in safe hands with our Bully experienced peeps , do let us know how things go happy
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Re: Hello :)

Post by Travis0309 on Sat Oct 25, 2014 11:43 pm

Hello yeah I will keep you posted! Funny he has been so well behaved tonight! I think he has worn himself out! It's really nice to be getting advice and a bit of guidance

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Re: Hello :)

Post by Caryll on Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:44 am

Maybe he's read these posts!

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Re: Hello :)

Post by Eleanor on Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:06 am

And strangely, Dempsey behaved in the opposite way last night! He had a complete mad minute and attacked dad's shoes! They must be conspiring against us! laughing
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Re: Hello :)

Post by Caryll on Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:24 am

It was funny, though!

I had trouble getting him away!

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Re: Hello :)

Post by Eleanor on Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:40 am

I noticed! tongue
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Re: Hello :)

Post by Travis0309 on Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:33 am

Ha ha so it's not just Travis then? That makes me feel better! Honestly no 2 days are the same in my house lol!

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Post by Eleanor on Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:27 pm

The breed certainly seems to have that cheeky, devilish streak! laughing

Demps still has his little 'zoom' moments, where he'll dash madly around like a hooligan, crashing into furniture and legs as he goes. tongue





All taken during one of his zoomies! laughing
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Post by Caryll on Sun Oct 26, 2014 12:36 pm

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Re: Hello :)

Post by LyndaW on Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:23 pm

Daft bat! Kuchar is prone to the zoomies too - he literally bounces off of the furniture rolling eyes
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Re: Hello :)

Post by Eleanor on Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:39 pm

laughing They're painfully adorable!
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Post by LyndaW on Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:44 pm

OMG I love Kuchar to bits - despite everything!
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Re: Hello :)

Post by Eleanor on Sun Oct 26, 2014 8:24 pm

I love Demps to bits, as well, despite how challenging he can be! laughing I'd be heart broken if anything ever happened to the little numpty. love
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Post by Caryll on Sun Oct 26, 2014 10:23 pm

Travis0309 wrote:Ha ha so it's not just Travis then?

Nope! They are all crazy, it's just a matter of degree. wink

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Re: Hello :)

Post by Eleanor on Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:08 am

How's everything going, by the way? happy Any improvement? It's okay if it hasn't improved yet, as sometimes it can take a bit of time.
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Re: Hello :)

Post by Chiara on Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:15 pm

Hi from the girls and me happy
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