Proper Bull Terrier Training is important because this specific breed needs a lot of structure in its life. The bull terrier is a high-energy dog that will make a good family member with the proper socialization, and training. However, they may be a little too rambunctious for families with very small children so this must be taken into consideration for families considering the Bull Terrier.
Your Bull Terrier will need a firm hand during training but this doesn’t mean causing physical pain or yelling at the dog. A firm hand can be presented to your dog through positive enforcement but using praise and edible treats.
Even though Bull Terriers were once recognized as intense fighters, they are a significantly gentler breed these days. Bull Terriers may act as a deterrent to any potential criminals based purely on their reputation, and they will generally protect their owner if needed. They can be trained as guard dogs but are better suited as companion dogs.
Bull terriers are courageous yet fun-loving dogs. They tend to be very loyal and become very connected to their owners. Because of this, Bull Terrier Training needs to be firm and consistent and tempered with affection and strong alpha leadership. Bull Terriers are very active and generally do much better in households where they receive a lot of attention, supervision and companionship. If you need to leave your Bull Terrier alone for long periods of time each day, consider having someone check in on them and walk them while you are gone. If left alone for prolonged periods of time frequently, they can suffer separation anxiety and behavioral issues.
Socialization and Leadership
Bull Terriers can be fantastic family pets when extensively socialized at a young age and trained properly. If you do not have time and energy to devote to training and socialization, they are potentially not the best fit for your family. Although they can get along with people of all ages, they can seem a bit aggressive with small children. Children need to be taught how to exert leadership over the dog in order to prevent the dog from trying to take the leadership role. Timid folks may discover they dog to be extremely protective, stubborn, controlling and even jealous if they fail to establish themselves as the alpha leader in the relationship early on.
In the absence of proper socialization, they may be aggressive with other dogs and small animals. They need to be introduced to any other animals in the household while they are still puppies. Male dogs generally don’t get along with other male dogs.
Health and Wellness
Bull Terriers need plenty of physical as well as mental exercise. All puppies need to be examined for deafness. Twenty percent of pure white dogs and just over 1% of colored Bull Terriers are deaf. Bull Terriers are prone to skin allergies and should be taken to a veterinarian if they show signs of itching, hives, or a rash.
With a firm hand and a loving heart, Bull Terrier Training will be rewarding for both the trainer and the Bull Terrier.
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