This is my first post...I have been an avid reader for a few months now. We just recently got a white English Bulldog named Lullabelle. She is 2 years old. Actually she will be 3 on February 2nd. She has been an absolute blessing to our house & we have fallen hard for her. She is a special dog because she is deaf. We had actually gotten her because her owners couldn't take care of her anymore & they had threatened to put her outside because she's a little rambuncious. I just couldn't stand the thought of that precious dog being outside with no love or support, so we decided to adopt her. We carry her to the vet about once a month & get her groomed every 3-4 weeks. It was one of the best decisions we had ever made.
I have read articles on how to care for a deaf bulldog & we've had her trained over the past month, but we are still having problems with potty training & some behavioral issues. As for potty training, she has a basic understanding. She knows that when we carry her outside that she needs to go potty & we usually carry her out for 15-30 minutes a time because we just want to make sure she got all of that out of her system. However, some days it seems like she's more worried about what is going on her around her than using the bathroom. Then when she gets back in the house, she finds my favorite rug & pottys on that. I've tried the crate method on her, but it doesn't work. We have now made her own little time-out room, so if she does something bad..she takes a time out. However, about 2-3 times a week, she does like I describe. Also, we take her out 4-5 times a day. What is your suggestion on how to correct his problem?
Another thing is that she is a bit rambuncious. We don't mind it & she is rather funny, but she has gotten to where she jumps a lot & barking like she's trying to find something or force something out of hiding. It was cute when the first couple of weeks, but now I've started to worry. Is something wrong with her? Is she just chasing her shadow? Is this caused by her being deaf?
Also, like I said that her previous owners didn't take real good care of her. What is the best way to get rid of tear stains?
Like I said, we absolutely love her. We feel in love with English Bulldogs when we started going down to Mississippi State a lot for ballgames & just seeing the Bullies with their owners in The Junction. I think that English Bulldogs are the best breed out there & we wouldn't want another breed of dog. She is like our child & she just loves us to pieces. We would never mistreat her or give her away. She is part of our family now. I've attached a picture of her.
Again, I love this forum & it's so nice to see other peoples' precious Bullies! Thanks for your help.
Johnathon & Kellie