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House Training

If you want the housebreaking to go quickly and want to effectively follow the expert advice on house training a bulldog then regardless of the method you use you need to spend as much time as possible with your puppy. Probably the most important rule to remember when house training your dog is: If you don't catch your puppy doing it then don't punish him for it!

You have to praise your puppy when things go right so you need to ensure that the only time you interact is when your puppy has done something bad and you sternly scold her with a loud "no" .

If they do something right, let them know and as we stated earlier the house training of your puppy should begin with a good, constant feeding and watering routine; establish set times for eating from the beginning and feedings should be scheduled whenever someone will be home take or have your puppy go to the right spot for a bathroom break.

Most puppies like to eliminate within 20 minutes after a meal and your house training will be very successful if you can take the puppy outside at these times right after the meal as this puts the focus on this chapter of house training on teaching your puppy where to go to the bathroom. With such encouragement, your puppy will soon learn that where to go is outside and not in your favorite pair of slippers!

Inside the home, in the day to day schedule of a family's daily life supervision and confinement are the most important tools in successful house training. Keep him in the room with you, using a leash if necessary when she is younger to prevent her from wondering off; eventually the leash won't be necessary as the dog will learn not to go wandering. If you start to notice a restlessness or the start of whining bring the dog outside.

If you cannot supervise your puppy during these times then confinement may be required. Try using protective child gates or the dog crate but don't confine the puppy so often that it feels isolated.

A bulldog puppy is a sociable creature and needs to be with people or other pets. When you take your dog outside, you need to let her know what she is supposed to do. Repetition is important in dog training and taking them to the same place through the same door with the same leash is a good way to build positive habits.

Use a key phrase to encourage him so when she actually begins to eliminate, shower the dog with praise and once she has eliminated, it is a good time to play as the process of reward, praise and encouragement will go a long way if you take the time to continue doing it. Always make sure you make the dog understand that you are the boss; the leader of the pack!

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The Crate & Potty Training

What some people call "Crate Training" is one of the most important things we need to do if we want to follow the rules for potty training. The first thing is to make your puppy's crate a place that she likes and never use the crate as a form of punishment.

A good idea is to give a puppy treat when you first put the puppy in the crate; you can put their favorite blanket or towel along with their preferred toy in the crate. Putting a sheet or a thick quilt over the crate and leaving just the door side open up will allow the puppy to see out, and you to see in; this makes it almost like a cave which is actually a natural environment for a dog and this cave will make them feel more secure and they will enjoy the homey atmosphere!

If you continuously repeat these steps she will get the idea that the potty and the place to take a poo is outside. Always make sure to really "praise" the animal after she does her business, whether it is a number one or a number two and reinforces the behavior with rewards and treats. A puppy really doesn't quite understand all this until he is two or three months old and sometimes even older but it is your job, and it will work, if you are consistent as this consistency of rewards and praise makes the puppy understand what inside and outside is for. It requires keeping one eye open all the time but eventually the dog will catch on. As I said before, never use your crate as a form or in connection with punishment!

If you have a backyard that you can close off with a fence and arrange it so the dogs' crate has access to the fenced in kennel area and can still get back to the crate for naps and security sessions. Make sure you buy the right size dog cage which is one that has the floor space that provides just enough for the puppy to lay down.

The cage will be useful throughout a dog's life so choose a model that comes with or has a divider panel as an accessory so you can adjust the space inside the cage and the one cage will accommodate your dog as she grows. Using too large of a crate can often cause some unwanted and long term problems because often, if the cage is too spacious, the puppy will go poo and pee in one corner of the cage and the dog will start tracking the urination and defecation all around the cage and on her blankie and...ewwww! The bulldog instincts about not soiling its bed or laying in the mess will be forgotten if this occurs in the too-large cage, and the puppy will soon be doing it regularly when placed in the crate and the housebreaking method has turned into a behavioral problem as the bulldog hygienic habits become its way of life.


The Bully Breeds

Belonging to the "bulldog" and "Bull & Terrier" groups of pure-bred dogs. They are often mis-identified, mis-labbeled, or delibrately called "pit bulls". Many owners of such dogs face prejudice and may be the target of physical and even verbal attacks and campaigns on social media.

Breed Specific Legislation is a way for governments and local authorities to generalize and demonize entire breeds despite the fact that a small percentage of the bully breeds are a danger to society. Often any dangerous behaviour can be traced back to deliberate formation and training by owners.

Below is an example of some of the "bully breeds" and it shows the physical differences in the branches of the genetic tree. Some breeds have been ommitted as they are extremely rare or do not face the same stigma of being labelled as a dangerous dog or mislabbeled as a pitbull.
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A Deeper Understanding of Mixed Bully Breeds

We all know and love the fact that bulldogs are a stocky breed, with a compact body that has a very low center of gravity and short, sturdy and strong limbs.

The unique and unmistakable shape of the “breed” results in a peculiarly unique and well-known gait that is sometimes imitated when referring to weight lifters because they swagger like cocky tough guys! But that tough looking exterior as we all know is covering a real heart of gold!

Bulldogs and are known for their short muzzles with somewhat saggy skin on their faces, creating what looks like a “frown” which has become almost the trademarked look of the breed.

Bully mixes will often show slightly softer characteristics of the bulldog especially when mixed with larger and thinner breeds in which case we often see the skull and eyes revealing the biggest clues that the puppy is actually a mix.

The traditional bulldogs come in a variety of colors and ideally will have a short and smooth lustrous coat.

Beyond the bully mixes, which can come in a more varied size and shape the weight of what we consider the traditional bulldog is between 40 and 55 pounds (18 to 25 kilograms) when fully mature.

While it’s true that what some dog owners call “pit bulls” (i.e. American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers) can trace their genetic lineage back to the original breed of bulldog. Bulldogs were historically crossed with terriers to create what is known as the “pit bull” breeds (“pit bull” is not actually it’s own certified breed; rather,

it is a inclusive term which is used to collectively describe the American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Staffordshire Bull Terriers). After decades of selective breeding, however, all of the dogs that originated with bulldogs, all the “pit bulls” included, now have a unique set of traits and characteristics that are standard to that breed.

Pit Bulls (capitalized, that term actually refers to the American Pit Bull Terrier) are a recognized breed, with their own special traits and characteristics. So are American Bulldogs. Therefore, the most accurate description of many of these wonderful dogs would be American Pit Bull Terrier/American Bulldog mix.

Be cautious if people are just referring to such dogs as a “pit bull”; it really isn’t accurate. Dog owners sometimes refer to such dogs (a Staffordshire Bull Terrier/American Bulldog mix for example) just as a “bully breed” or “bully mix”.

It’s simple and more accurate. But if you really want to be an ambassador for the animal and to really educate people, you could always say the full and accurate breed name of your dog when asked, although smiling and saying that she’s a “bully mix” will likely be less complicated!

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