Training Your American Bulldog

>> 7/10/09

The American Bulldog is a lovable and loyal breed that has made a wonderful pet for many people and families alike. They are also extremely intelligent, which means they are a little hard-headed and can be quite stubborn. This leads to difficulty in training. Experienced American Bulldog owners know how to handle the intellectual quirks of the breed and can successfully train them to be obedient and affectionate companions. People who own an American Bulldog for the first time, however, can become very frustrated with how difficult it is to train their new dog. Frustration will often lead to anger or yelling, or just plain giving up. Resorting to these tactics will always backfire; if you are having excessive difficulty teaching basic obedience commands to your bulldog, it is best to pursue the help of a professional.

Obedience schools are not just for amateur dog owners. They are also for owners working with stubborn or problem breeds, or owners trying to retrain an adult dog or break it of bad habits. Obedience classes with a professional trainer or other dogs have several benefits for you and your American Bulldog. A trainer can help solidify your position of dominance in working with your stubborn pup. Lots of owners who are dealing with a dominant breed for the first time do not even realize when they are being submissive to their pet! Being such a smart breed, your bulldog will also be likely to respond favorably in an environment where other dogs are learning and master commands, as well.

Another bonus to training in an obedience school is the built-in socialization experience. It is extremely important to socialize your dog as early and often as possible. American Bulldogs have a strong natural hunting instinct, and can thus be prone to aggression towards other animals. If not properly socialized as a puppy, your bulldog could mistakenly eat the neighbor's cat if it wanders into your yard. If your bulldog is not used to being around other dogs, he or she could become quite a chore to walk, as well. If your bulldog grows up to display aggression towards other dogs, it is very likely that you will get pulled down the street as he chases any passing canine.

Training with your bulldog is an activity that requires a lot of patience and dedication, but the process is well worth it. A properly trained American Bulldog can make one of the most loyal and loving pets and protectors you or your family will ever know. If you reach a standstill in your training, do not be discouraged from seeking professional help. American Bulldogs are very intelligent animals, and even though they are often stubborn, they are very capable of learning and obeying. Once your Bulldog is trained, he will stop at nothing to please you. He or She may still exhibit some stubbornness, but will always adhere to your commands. Even though Bulldogs are stubborn, they love to please their owners. So have a little faith, and start reading up on how to train a stubborn breed.

Training Your American Bulldog by John P Jackson

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