Adolescent Aggression

Hi Everyone-

Over the past month Rugby has been in some skirmishes at the park and I have noticed it is only with other intact males. As he has not yet had his man bits removed, is this part of his growing phase? (he will be a year next week). I am really starting to get nervous though as he has always had a reputation of being an easy going pup that everyone loves and he definitely was aggressive this morning but only to two other males, no one else.

Would love advice as we were hoping to neuter him in the spring, but it looks like we may have to move the date up...

I think you answered your own questions

generally, intact males aren't good candidates for dog parks. Unless or utill you have him neutered, do the other owners a favor and keep your dog home. Don't let him practice the unwanted behavior, it will be harder to modify. So for his safety and the safety of the other dogs, keep socialization to dogs that you know, females are the better choice.

Good luck


Lynn King CPDT-KA

thank you...

it has been a tough couple of weeks as we have been taking him to the same park with the same dogs since he was four months old. Rugs has a check up tomorrow so we will discuss with the vet as to when we should have him neutered... poor guy.

We just had Hershey's "Dingle Dangles" removed @ 7 Months

and he is recouperating - its tough keeping him separated from his sister and keeping him calm though!  LOL



Last steps taken May 26, 2014 -- Been rolling along ever since . . . . 

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LOL dingle dangles you crack me up Rick~~~~~

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Man Bits?! That was funny:-) 

I suggest neutering soon. Until he is neutered, keep him away from teh dog park or he will develop some nasty aggression habits you just don't want him to have. 


Amy and Sophia

Update: Thanks!

So my fiance took Rugs to the vet this morning (I am on a business trip) and they discussed getting Rugs neutered. Rugs has had skin allergies and we are going to wait until his random skin spots are on the up and up and then will get prepared for the big procedure. So it looks like in a few weeks Rugs will have some things missing... poor little guy :-(


He is very young, and his behaviour has something to do with his genetics, but maybe also with your attitude in the dog park. He doesnt need too much of a bad example from the owner, but the owners attitude in the dog park influences his behaviour a lot. The other owners might as well influence his behaviour. If they are afraid of the bulldog (many people are) then their dog will be afraid and bulldog will feel it and make sure to be the first one that reacts. My bulldog is a very dominant male, 28 months old, has gotten in many fights at the dog park at exactly that age (which i dont think is adolescency at buldogs yet, they stay puppies for a very long time) and now, after a lot of work, and after ive changed my own behaviour and attitude, he doesnt get in trouble with any dogs. The lack of confidence could be one of the reasons. Also, if the dog feels that you are in charge and that you are the guard, then he will feel less need to protect himself. Could it be that between you and the owners of dogs that he got into fights with there was some quiet annimosity?  My bulldog is not castrated, and i really dont believe castration is a solution to behaviour problems. It can help keeping the dog healthier, preventing couple of health problems, can prevent unwanted pregnancies (even though with bulldogs its very difficult to imagine making an unwanted pregnancy - hes probably never unattended and even if he had a chance maybe he wouldnt be able to get it done with any female except with a bulldog female (which wouldnt be unwanted then, and which also is possible in, as ive heard, only 2-5% of cases.

Bulldog is definitely very difficult to control in this sense, as aggressivenesss and domination are still very strong in their genetics, just a bit over a century ago it was the most aggressive and dominant dog that people knew of. I think you need to show him a lot of confidence, patience, no drama at all, no yelling, as little as possible physical contact in the behaviour correction, and you might have a much better result.