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French bulldog puppy aggression

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Bethbear, Jun 17, 2018.


  1. Bethbear

    Bethbear PetForums Newbie

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    Hello

    My 11 week French bulldog puppy is so loving and really funny. His not aggressive to us at all. Just the usual teething.

    We have had him for a week and today we have another puppy the same age mingle with him.

    My French bulldog puppy was so aggressive the other puppy was shaking. He didn’t bite however he was barking and growling and was going for him. He was jumping on his back and holding him down like a dominance thing. He was horrible and the dog was shaking.

    I have had puppies before and they have been so good with other dogs as puppies (just wanting to play) and as adult dogs.

    I really do not want an aggressive dog or puppy and I am really worried this is in him.

    Is this normal behaviour? Do they grow out of this? Please help

    Thank you

    Bethany
     
  2. labradrk

    labradrk PetForums VIP

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    At 11 weeks it was highly unlikely he was displaying aggression, more likely to be over the top thuggish play. Some puppies will indulge in this sort of play, others of the more timid variety will not, which sounds to be the case here. Basically, a mismatch of the two dogs who have very different personalities.

    Personally, I see no benefit for puppies to interact with other puppies for this exact reason. Neither puppy actually gained from this interaction; your puppy honed his thuggish skills, and the other puppy was scared by the experience. What is FAR more beneficial for puppies is to have short periods of interaction with ADULT dogs with good social skills.
     
  3. Bethbear

    Bethbear PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you so much! This has made me feel so much better and makes sense he needs to interact with older dogs. My old dog grew up with two older dogs who were brilliant and had the best temperament.

    Thank you x
     
  4. Lurcherlad

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    As Labradrk says, older calm dogs but don’t rely on them to teach your pup how to behave. That’s your job, so be ready to step in before he gets too much or the older dog has enough.

    The last thing you want is him getting a good telling off by the older dog. Sadly, many pup owners think that is part of “socialisation” :(
     
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  5. Bethbear

    Bethbear PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for your response and help. I have another problem. After sleeping in my bed for a week we are now dealing with the problem of Bear (French bulldog puppy ) sleeping downstairs on his own without crying. It’s reallt loud and really sad to hear. The first night which is tonight has been horrid. I have not slept a wink. Literally not a wink. When I walk out of the kitchen where Bear is laying and close the dog gate he immediately gets up and cries. I leave him to cry for a bit then go back into him as he will wake everyone ele up. In the morning I have work and have been up all night. Not gone back to bed since 11pm it’s now gone 4am. My heart breaks when he cries but I cannot do this every night. It’s not healthy

    Help would be very much appreciated

    Thank you
     
  6. Jamesgoeswalkies

    Jamesgoeswalkies PetForums VIP

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    Can he not sleep beside your bed (in a crate or pen in his own bed) so that the independence is gradual? He's going through the separation process all over again if you just suddenly leave him downstairs to cry after having him in bed with you for a week. And crying will exacerbate his anxiety and can create a puppy who has separation issues.

    J
     
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    Try staging the transition more slowly. So tonight, maybe back on your bed to reassure him and let you get a sleep. Tomorrow have his cosy bed at the side of yours where he can be close by, although not actually on the bed. Have him there for a few nights. Then near your bedroom door for a few nights. Then on the landing for a few nights. And so on.

    Puppies crying like that are doing it because being suddenly alone is scary. Build his confidence by letting him see you are nearby, and just gradually increasing his independence.

    ETA - cross posted with @Jamesgoeswalkies !
     
  8. Amelia Petherbridge

    Amelia Petherbridge PetForums Newbie

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    Hi

    I need some help on my franchise pup. He is a 6 month old Male Frenchie who has become aggrieve after he has eaten.

    He is not aggressive with his food until he has finished. He will lick the bowl spotless then sit bolted to the ground and give me crazy eyes. If anyone goes near him after he is finished he growls and goes to bite you. So far the bites are more of a warning and not a bite but it is getting worse and more frequent. It takes him a while to chill out.

    I have tried different things such as putting my hand in the bowl while he is eating, taking it away from him then making him sit and giving it back, giving him treats as he eats. I also stroke him while he eats. All of this he is fine with. It is only once he is finished he gets nasty. My partner has also had the aggression starting now when he is given treats.

    He eats super fast and barely chews. We feed him Raw food which he has been on since a baby. Could this be an issue?

    I am worried that when he gets bigger he will become more aggressive or he may go for a child.

    Another note we are going to have him neutered soon could this help?
     
  9. JoanneF

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    Leave the poor lad to eat in peace - I would suggest even leaving him alone in the room.

    I suspect that in doing this, you have made him quite anxious over his food and bowl and you are seeing the fall-out from it.

    Imagine you were sitting eating your favourite food and someone just decided to take it from you (and you didn't know whether they were going to give it back). You would probably be a bit annoyed too. Or, every time you eat, someone strokes your hair - it would certainly drive me nuts and I would have no qualms in forcibly telling the person to leave me in peace to enjoy my meal and stop interfering with me while I eat.

    I'm not sure why he is reacting after the meal rather than during (maybe he is just trying to focus on eating it before you take it off him) but he is giving you a clear and fair warning not to bother him around his food bowl.

    So when he finishes his food, just leave the bowl down until he has walked away - there is no need to make an issue over it, it can sit on the floor for an hour can't it?

    Once he is more relaxed, knowing he can enjoy his food in peace, he may be more relaxed about the treats.

    I don't think the fact he is on raw has any bearing, but if you think he is eating too fast you could get him a slow feeder bowl. Although once he knows he isn't going to be annoyed while eating he may feel less need to eat it fast before someone tries to take it away.
     
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  10. Siskin

    Siskin Look into my eyes....

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    This sounds like resource guarding which you have managed to start in him by taking his food away, touching him and generally not leaving him alone when he is eating. He’s now worried that whenever he’s given food someone is going to take it away, how would you feel if you were tucking in to your favourite meal and someone kept sticking their hand in or even worse took your dinner away?
    Feed his meals in another room away from you both and leave him too it, don’t go near him, don’t speak to him, just let him get on with eating in peace. Give him plenty of space when he’s finished, perhaps have a stairgate up in the other room that he’s fed in so he can see you if he wants, but knows he’s not going to be disturbed. Leave him in the other room until he’s settled
     
  11. Amelia Petherbridge

    Amelia Petherbridge PetForums Newbie

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    Great thanks guys for all the advice. I will go back to feeding him in his room and leaving him to it, hopefully this will help.
    Maybe it will take time to get him used to it as even when he comes away from his bowl now he is jumping to bite as if I have more food for him.
    I will see how it goes and keep you posted!

    Thanks again
     
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