Bulldogs are a great favourite with people for being kept as pets. There are many different types of bulldogs, and each has a unique nature and characteristics. Training bulldogs can be quite fun, but one must remember a few basic things.
1) Showing the pet who is in charge: The first step of training the bulldog is to make him realize who the leader is. Bulldogs are very intelligent dogs, and are excellent at picking human gestures, like the reading and understanding the look of the eyes, or recognizing the voice of the owner. They can understand the mood and the intent of the leader. They rebel and lose trust in the trainer when beaten or abused.
2) Daily walks: It is mandatory to take bulldogs out on daily walks. They are extremely energetic animals and their energy can be channelized into proper training. Thus, the daily walks can also be used as training sessions. Mission Viejo animal hospital even recommends regular exercise for dogs.
3) Commands: Bulldogs can be trained to follow command words like heel, sit, stay and come. It is easier to train by going about one command at a time.
- Showing the sit command: Sit command is considered the most basic of all commands taught to dogs. The dog must first be encouraged with affectionate addresses, and then be commanded to sit in an assertive tone. Eye contact has to be maintained while doing this. If, after repetition of the command twice, the dog fails to follow the command, its hind should be pushed down into a sitting position with encouraging words to make it understand what it is expected to do to please the trainer.
- Repetition of the process: The process should be repeated, and the dog can be rewarded, with snacks or with a rub on the belly to encourage it to adhere to the command. However, the snacks should gradually be decreased, to prevent it from depending on them.
- New command: The new command should be taught only when the dog fully learns to respond to the sit command. Until it does so, it should not be confused with new commands, or it will not be able to understand how to react to any of them.
4) Patience: Bulldogs have their own will, and it is important to be very patient with them during training sessions. Otherwise, there could be problems or negative effects, disrupting the training altogether. They each take their own time to learn and perform, not because they are not intelligent enough to grasp the lessons, but because they are too intelligent. Moreover, by basing the training skill on the learning speed of the dog, it is possible to build a strong and healthy bond between the dog and the owner. This builds respect in the mind of the dog for its master, making it want to obey the commands of the master more, and be more willing to learn.
5) Consistency: Bulldogs respond to consistent training sessions. If the training are not consistent, or there is lack of regular follow-ups on different aspects, the dog is likely to get confused or forget how to react.
By being consistent, assertive and encouraging, a bulldog can be trained well. But, it is important to remember to never use violence against them.
Alisos Animal Hospital
22902 Los Alisos Blvd # D
Mission Viejo, CA 92691