Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Oh No, He peed in the house AGAIN!

Are you aggravated with house training your English Bulldog Puppies? Potty training bulldogs can be a formidable task; however steady perseverance will pay off. In this article you will learn some valuable resources for house training your new bully in the fastest time possible.

It is important not to send mixed signals while training your dog. With the vast variety of training methods, it is also imperative to make sure that your bully is getting enough exercise and recreation. But don’t overdue it! Bullies are known to over exert themselves and then have difficulty breathing.

English Bulldogs need to be housebroken. In order to accomplish this you will need a lot of time, effort and patience. They will urinate and defecate in the house. This behavior is normal, especially for the young bully. If this happens do not scold them. Immediately grab the leash and take them outside. If they go to the bathroom outside reward them with a small doggy treat. This way they will associate going to the bathroom outside with a yummy treat. Again, DO NOT hit, yell, or scold the bully for having an accident. Remember, he/she is still a baby. If you scold the bully for peeing while inside and reward him for peeing outside you will end up with a confused bulldog.

Make a regular schedule to take the bully outside to go to the bathroom and exercise. Your bulldog will quickly learn the schedule and may even come and get you if they need to go. Keeping a schedule sends the message to your bully that you will take them out regularly. Usually, they will hold it until its time. Don’t test the limits thought. Take them out often and as they get use to using the facilities outside they will have less frequent accidents.

Remember; don’t send your bully mixed messages. They don’t reason the way we do. Think of them as a 2 year-old child. Take them out regularly. They will learn that we go to the bathroom outside. I hope this helps. Keep reading for more tips.

Friday, February 22, 2008

So, You Want an English Bulldog

As a proud owner of an English Bulldog I feel compelled to inform people considering buying a bully of some important things to consider before purchasing a bulldog. Since I own one of these delightful dogs I have learned that a potential owner should consider the following before buying. Each potential owner should consider the costs involved, investigate the breeder they are buying the puppy from, and honestly evaluate the bulldogs general personality. These tools will prove quite helpful in deciding whether or not an English Bulldog is right for you.

If you are like most people interested in buying an English Bulldog you probably have been researching how much it costs to own one of these dogs. If you are looking for a great bargain on an English Bulldog you picked the wrong breed. You can't be frugal in picking one of these dogs. They are going to cost you plenty. If you do get one for a great price you need to know that you are potentially gambling with future potential health problems and chronic diseases this breed is known for. Pick a dog with the mindset of adding another member to your family. Generally, you can buy a bully from a respected breeder anywhere between $1,500-$3,000 dollars. Wow, they sure are expensive. Be skeptical of offers that sound to good to be true. Any reasonable person would not sell a valuable perfectly good product for much less then its value. You're not going to find a new Porsche for free nor are you likely to find an English Bulldog for free either. Some people do. However, these folks either know someone who breeds English Bulldogs personally or have adopted them from a reputable agency. If you do respond to something that sounds to good to be true via the internet prepare yourself for possible identity theft, unwanted cookies and spyware being installed on your computer, and a long list of spam in your inbox. Never give out your email address, phone number, or any personal information when responding to these type of ads. Use your common sense before you waste your time on something that is most likely a scam.

When looking for a breeder be aware that there are good English Bulldog breeders and there are bad English Bulldog breeders. A good breeder sells their puppies right out of their home. They know their dogs well and keep them in a safe, clean, healthy environment. These breeders generally can't help but show their love for their puppies when showing them to potential customers. Be aware of how the dogs respond to the breeders. If the dogs are scared and seem uncomfortable with the breeder make a note of it. You don't want a dog that has been potentially mistreated. Make sure that you are able to meet the parents of the puppies and observer there temperament. Compare the parent's temperament. Make sure they are not too shy, nervous, overly hyper, nervous, or aggressive. Again, use your common sense when meeting with the breeders and ask lots of questions. A good breeder will appreciate your questions and should not become elusive in answering your concerns.

If your looking for a hyperactive dog that loves to chase balls all day or go with you for a quick run, you will be sadly disappointed. When a bully is young they love to play ball and will follow you around the house but that will eventually disappear as the puppy grows. They do like to play chase, but only for a limited amount of time. These dogs find it difficult to breathe so any activity that is strenuous is not good for them. They are very loving and will lick you all over. Bullies love people in general and are not shy. They love to sit around and sleep throughout the day. These guys may even fall asleep while on your lap. If you are gone during the day thats not problem either. They will just sleep for most of the day anyway. That won't be problem because once you get one of these guys you're not going to want to be gone all day. So, if you're the type of person that likes to sit on the couch and eat potato chips a bully is good for you. However, your bully will want to sit with you on the couch and eat potato chips too.

Hopefully, after reading this article you will take time to reflect if this type of dog is right for you. They are going to cost you plenty, require lots of leg work to find the right one, and be one of the most lovable, laziest dogs you can find. If you like to relax, cuddle, and are willing to pay a hefty price then a bully is right for you! If you decide to get one feel free to send me a pic.

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