aggressive behaviour

I'm the owner of a 4 1/2 year old bulldog.  Ive had him since he was six weeks old. He has been a brilliant dog, I have a six year old son who has grown up with the dog and ive got a 6 month old son. Just the other day my bulldog bite my partner on the foot. We are devastated he has done this and we dont know what to do......we are considering having him put to sleep or having him neutered. We are thinking if we get him neutered it mite calm him down as he has been full of tension for the last 6 month. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions??? Many thanks for looking. 

What were the circumstances

that involved the bite, also, how bad was the bite?


Lynn King CPDT-KA

Pegsy's picture

went through the same thing

went through the same thing w/my archie...he started getting aggressive w/my dad,b/c he was trying to dominate him,he was trying to take over being the alpha male in the house...he indeed bit him 3x the second time my dad needed stitches!needless to say it was quite a stressing ordeal as we pondered those same questions...first off in my experience although i got my archie a lil over a yr old,i should've had him neutered right away,i didn't...when the
agressive behavior gradually started kicking in and then the worst happened...i got myself a trainer and had him scheduled to be my case,which is worse case scenario,he didn't make it passed the surgery b/c he was given a lethal dose of cocktail while being prepped which is fatal to barchycephalics!the whole neutering experience was a botched/fiasco from the beginning,they were completely incompetent!
my suggestion read up,inform yourself on getting your bully neutered w/someone who is experienced and specializes in the breed and find yourself a good trainer you can work closely w/,i know the feeling of being heartbroken and betrayed by him doing something like that...believe me,but before going the route of putting him down atleast explore all possible options,let us know how it works out!

1sttimebully's picture

I've been through this, Baron bit my sister...

I got myself a very good trainer and we worked through who was the took about a month.

I don't worry about him at all now, he knows who is in control and I have all the tools to keep him that way.

It was alot of work but well worth it, he is a super obedient now and an amazingly quick learner, he just needed some rules.


Ashley, Baron and Duchess

Vancouver, Canada

Deb and MacKenzie and Ester's picture

6 wks ?

First that is way too early for a breeder (term used loosely in this case) to let a puppy go. He should be neutered, and you need to consult with a trainer who uses positive reinforcment methods.

I normally would advise you to consult with your breeder but in this case this is not a reputable breeder to let a puppy go at 6 weeks so I doubt you have any relationship with this person. Do you know anything about the dogs pedigree and family temperment traits?

Also before you make a decision to put a dog to sleep, please consult with a rescue group who can evaluate the dogs temperment. He might be a perfect fit with a family that has lots of breed experience.

If the dog has been mistreated and/or kicked then maybe the bite was deserved. You have not told the circumstances and how serious the bite was. Maybe he was playing. Bulldogs can be pretty agressive when they play, especially if they have been roughhoused with by men.

You mention he has been full of tension for the past 6 months? What has changed in the dynamics of the household? Is it the new baby? Is he getting enough exercise? Have you properly introduced him to the baby? Is the partner new to the household in the past 6 months?

So many things to consider.

CathyandAudrey's picture

I read this after I posted mine

we do seem to think alike. 


Cathy and Audrey  

ShermanK's picture

Put to sleep?

At least give him a chance at a rescue or something first. 


-Sherm was here. 

CathyandAudrey's picture

full of tension for 6 months?

and you have a 6 month old baby? A new baby changes the whole dynamics of a household, sounds like your household needs some help making sure EVERYONE in it is adjusting to the new dynamics in a healthy happy way. 

PLEASE contact a trainer!

and PLEASE do not kill your dog, contact a rescue first. 


Cathy and Audrey  

karonelaine's picture

Please do not kill him.

Give him to a rescue first. Maybe he needs more time alone with you. Rescues are awesome. They will find the right home for him. I just adopted a rescued Bulldog that is blind in one eye and 50% in the other. He  is so loving . Yes I'm also Haveing problems with my girl. But she catching on really fast. Mom will crate her if she not nice. Your the one in control. Try a trainer first. Remember these babies are like kids. You have to teach them. Please don't kill him.