To really help you in your quest with training Bulldogs, there would have to be a book dedicated to just training. Instead of doing that you will be given some quick and basic information here.
Bulldogs as a rule are very sweet and quite gentle. They can be, however, a little bull headed and somewhat slower to train. They do make “quite the perfect house pet” because they can deal with smaller spaces and are wonderful around small kids.
However, when it gets down to training Bulldogs, owners must be extremly patient. It is quite important to be “persistent” without really really high expectations or this will more than likely end in great frustration.
It will end up being a very unpleasent experience for both the dog and the owner.
When planning to get a Bulldog for a family pet, it might be a good idea to purchase one that is still fairly young. The reason for this is that young pups have better chances of adapting behavior than adult bulldogs do.
Adult bulldogs are very hard to train in order to fit in a very specific environment. Also, introducing young pups in their new home would be better so that they can grow up to be very familiar with the kind of behavior that is expected of them by their owners.
One thing that is important to note about Bulldog puppies, though, is that owners should not tolerate any bad behavior. As young pups, they tend to look cute while playing very roughly.
This often warms the hearts of their owners and they let is pass as accepted behavior only because they are still very young. However, it is important to curve these behaviors, while the puppy is still young.
If owners point out the unacceptable behavior and let the puppy understand that it is something that should not be done, the puppy will grow up knowing what is allowed or not in the household. This makes the bulldog less stubborn.
Some owners tend to hit their dogs, as they would their children. They believe that the dog will associate this hitting with some detested action or behavior and would be conditioned that each time an action like that is made, hitting will follow. They believe that this helps the dog understand the things it should not do. Contrary to this belief, Bulldogs tend to become more aggressive when struck.
Bulldogs have some aggression as part of their ancestry. Although it is not a widely displayed trait with the present Bulldogs, their defensive nature might result to violence or aggression when they are struck or hit by their owners. For this reason, it is important to remember that striking should never be done when training Bulldogs.
(Important Note: Never ever hit or strike a child or an animal. Please report anyone to the authorities who does.)
When it comes to commands, the most important one that your Bulldog pup should learn how to respond to is “No!” As soon as a pup is brought to its new home, it must start to get familiar with the new rules.
Using the “No” command as often as it is necessary will help the dog understand and will eventually stop whatever it is that it is doing or is planning to do. Although it will not be able to catch on real quickly, the more often it is used, the faster it will understand.
Are you ready to start training your Bulldog?