Hello, I am new to the forum. I hope I will get some help here for my 10 months old Ozzy.
Some short facts ABOUT OZZY:
- Pure bred / taken from a breeder
- Not FIXED
- 10 months
- Was trained for 3 INTENSE weeks: knows how to sit, come, lay down
- He usually sleeps on the couch or his kennel
- Raw fed (variety of different RAW meats, bone supplements, mineral and vitamin, organs, skin, tripe)
- Snacks on vegetables and some fruits
THE SITUATION NOW:Ozzy and I used to live in New York City. We are moving to LA and had to stop to Chicago, this has been a tough month for us. WE HAVE BEEN HER FOR A MONTH ALREADY AND WILL BE LEAVING AGAIN IN A MONTH. During our first move to Chicago Ozzy got some mites treatment that had to last the entire month. It was very harsh and made him become "high". He would be very lethargic and un-coordinated all day, not see well at all and walk around with no excitement. We got into this temporary house with my parents and stopped the treatment under vet's advice and after 2 week he is back the Ozzy from before. Ozzy has always been a very excited dog but not overwheleming. He used to pull but after the training he learned not to. Righ tnow it seems like he is doing it again.
Over here in Chicago he has a better temporary life that NYC. When I was in New York, he was home a lot - even though I would walk him 3/4 times a day. I lived in a studio and we had a very small space even though there was a yard and a private doggy park. Here in Chicago he gets to do long walks, stay at the doggy park for hours, plenty of exercise, a BIG HOUSE with three rooms and three bedrooms. He does not have access to all rooms but this is just to give you an idea.
He used to live with only me but now he also sees my father and my mother - who give him plenty of love. In NYC people did not approach him, here in Chicago he gets pet all the time and loved buy strangers and children. HE DOES NOT BITE CHILDREN OR STRANGERS. HE IS VERY NCIE TO EVERYONE. HE MAY GET EXCITED WHEN HE SEES STRANGERS AND BARKS AND RARELY JUMPS BUT NEVER HURT ANYONE.
I, myself am a little stressed out but I don't think he gets my mood TOO much, cause the life here by the lake is very relaxing and I am HOME ALL DAY.
The main issues I am having with him are such:
He has hyperactivity moments. In the morning, even though I take him out right away he barks VERY AGGRESSIVELY and as soon as I open the door he runs away. He ALWAYS has the pads available in the hous since he was little and has geniusly learned that they have to be used in case he can't hold it anymore. He never had problems with it at all, actually it makes me feel more serene to know that he can rely on that. However, he is pretty good at holding everything for a while, he does poop mostly outside and only inside when he is extremely in need.
Anyway, lately WHEN YOU TELL HIM TO COME BACK INSIDE THE HOUSE ONCE HE RUNS AWAY AND YOUTRY TO RUN AFTER HIM HE BECOMES VERY AGGRESSIVE. HE JUMPS, TRIES TO BITE YOU AND WON'T LET YOU TOUCH HIS COLLAR TO GRAB HIM. HE GETS VERY RED AND OUT OF BREATH.
HE DOES THE SAME WHEN I TRY TO PUT OIL OINTMENT ON HIM (WHICH DOES NOT BURN) OR TRY TO CLEAN HIS EARS OR WIPE HIS WRINKLES. IT HAS BECOME UNBEARABLE. HE HAS BEEN SCRATCHING HIS EARS AND I CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. I WENT TO PET STORES BUT I CAN'T SPEND 10 DOLLARS AT PET SMART FOR EAR CLEANING (ESPECIALLY IF I HAVE TO PUT A MEDICATION EVERYDAY or SIMPLY CLEAN HIS WRINKLES!!
We have been trying to prohibit going onto the bed an he knows it is wrong. Whenever we try to let him come down he start barking a move like a dominant lion at the Roman Colosseum. He seems to go on the bed also when he very upset. I don't know what to do, within 4 weeks I have spent $1000 dollars with all his issues and I don't want to have problems with some stupid ear cleaning or wrinkle thing.
He has a chain collar and it helps to pull him when he knows that he is doing wrong in general but IT IS HARD TO ATTACH THE LEASH TO IT BECAUSE HE BITES YOU. THE OTHER DAY HE BIT ME DEEPLY ON MY THUMB WHILE I WAS GENTLY GIVING HIM TREATS AND TRY TO CLEAN HIS EARS.
PLEASE DONT JUDGE. HE IS FINE AND I TREAT MY BULLDOG LIKE IF HE WAS MY SON.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I AM CRYING EVERYDAY, I AM SCARED. IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW MUCH I DO HE WONT SEEM TO UNDERSTAND. I LOVE HIM WITH ALL MY HEART AND I TREAT HIM HE IS EVERYTHING TO ME. I NEVER DISRESPECTED HIM.
HE IS A SWEET DOG, HE NEVER BIT ANYTHING IN THE HOUSE, HE WAS SO EASY TO POTTY TRAIN, HE IS PATIENT, PEOPLE LOVE HIM!!!!!!!!
I don't know if I want to fix him because I think it's cruel. In Europe we dont fix animals a lot and I want him to be natural and just like God made him.
I have heard about the pennies in a jar but he seems to bark even more. The only thing that he is scared of is the vaccuum but I don't know if it is right to put a bad fear in him.
At night he either sleeps on the couch or his crate (which I have started to close and he seems to be OK with it all night in my room.)