The Bulldog has earned a negative reputation as an aggressive dog that will bite and attack people if provoked. The image is exacerbated by the fact that the Bulldog tends to have a violent appearance. Their angry-looking eyes and strong jaws seemed to send a strong message to anyone who was bothering them.
In fact, the Bulldog by nature is not at all the violent and aggressive dog one might think. If you have a Bulldog, you will know that they are gentle, loyal, affectionate, and friendly. Like all dogs , they bite, and unlike most other dogs, they have very strong jaws that can bite strongly and cause serious injury to a person.
Here are some reasons why Bulldogs bite and what you can do to prevent this from happening to your pet.
The root of bulldog dog behavior
All dogs, including Bulldogs, will bite when they are young. They go through a phase called teething. During that time they will put anything and everything they can in their mouths. This includes the touch of the hand that people usually do when patting a puppy on the head.
Bulldogs who bite during childhood have not at all learned that biting humans is dangerous and wrong. If allowed, this behavior can be continued into adulthood, where it can become dangerous. You or the dog trainer must teach your Bulldog that biting is not okay.
Even the Bulldog’s most admirable traits can sometimes lead to adult biting behavior. Bulldogs are very loyal and they create strong bonds with children. If a Bulldog feels that its owner or loved ones are at risk or being threatened by other people, dogs or animals, the Bulldog can become defensive and show signs of aggression.
Bulldogs are not aggressive by nature, but like other dogs, they can become aggressive when provoked. It’s not that all Bulldogs will become aggressive when you show signs of being threatened, but there is a high probability that if the Bulldog is socialized incorrectly they will respond strongly to what they perceive as a threat to you.
If Bulldogs are not properly socialized, they will likely bite as adults. Although Bulldogs are genuinely gentle and calm with their owners, they tend to be wary of strangers and foreign dogs. A good dog trainer will be able to socialize your young Bulldog and make him feel safe and comfortable around dogs and other people.
Biting problems arise when Bulldogs are not treated well by their owners. If the owner treats their Bulldog aggressively, the Bulldog will become defensive and will become more and more aggressive until something bad happens.
Treatment of bulldog behavior
The best way to prevent your Bulldog from biting as adults is to train them not to bite while they are still puppies. It may be inevitable that your Bulldog will still bite your finger or hand when they are young, but how you respond is very important.
Every time an accidental bite occurs, you should make a “ouch!” and then immediately stop paying attention to your Bulldog. Your dog won’t like this because they just want to play with you and get your attention. By teaching the Bulldog that they will lose their attention when they bite you, you are teaching them a valuable life lesson about stopping bites.
This tactic can even be practiced with adult dogs, although it is a little more difficult. If you experience biting problems with your adult Bulldog, it is recommended that you take him in behavioral training. The problem may be related to poor socialization, which is a much more difficult problem to deal with from a behavioral point of view.
This may be triggered by your Bulldog’s specific personality or character, or perhaps your Bulldog feels overprotective of you and your family. In many cases, enlisting the help of a dog trainer can help ensure that the behavior can be addressed and transferred in a healthy manner.
Bulldogs do have an aggressive past, where their bite was the most desirable trait. Initially, the Bulldog was used as a fighting dog against wild cattle / bulls (bull-baiting). The Bulldog will bite the bull’s neck from under its body and lock its jaws to prevent it from escaping. They were the wild breed, aggressive, and tough at that time.
When these activities were banned, the Bulldog faced extinction. To prevent the disappearance of these beautiful dog breeds, trainers and breeders worked hard over several generations of Bulldogs to dispel the Bulldog’s aggressive nature and promote a gentle temperament. They did well and now we have a gentle and affectionate Bulldog breed.
While your Bulldog may look a little mean when he’s lying on the floor, he’s probably thinking about how much he loves you and how much fun it is to lie on the floor in the comfort of home. Once she lifted her heavy face, you would see the tenderness in her eyes and know that she really is a loving and loving friend.