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The Pet English BulldogEnglish Bulldogs are people dogs. Unlike other breeds, which might be happy outside sniffing out rodents or flushing birds in the backyard, Bulldogs need to be inside with their people. A English Bulldog left outside for many hours a day will be very unhappy. This could cause barking that will annoy your neighbors or destructive chewing that could destroy your wooden deck, the lawn furniture, or anything else in the backyard. Unhappy Bulldogs have also been known to be self-destructive, chewing or licking on a paw until they create a sore that will not heal.

English Bulldog Characteristics:
– Tenacious
– Loyal
– Loving
– Good with kids
– Dislikes rain
– Likes routine
– Thrives on attention
A happy English Bulldog, however, is unmistakable. His smile, wiggling body, and twitching tail will tell you exactly how much he loves you!

Kids and English Bulldogs

Bulldogs seem to understand that babies and little children are special and need special treatment. He will tolerate their poking and prodding, and if a child gets too rough, the dog will simply leave. However, in all fairness to the dog and for the safety of children, they should not be left alone together. Small children and puppies are not a good combination, simply because Bulldog puppies are big, clumsy, and often have little self-control.
Some people believe a puppy and a baby must grow up together if the puppy is to accept the child. This is not necessarily true. Some toddlers think puppies are toys. They like to poke at the puppy’s eyes or pull at his ears or maybe use the puppy to sit on. The puppy might think the toddler is something to chew. When the pup tries to defend himself by biting, he is reprimanded, although he has really only protected himself from the curious toddler.

English Bulldogs Like Routine

If you take your English Bulldog for a daily morning walk, he will come to expect it and may even bring his leash to you. (Unless it’s raining; most Bulldogs do not like to walk in the rain or through puddles after a rain.) Your Bulldog will also learn when to expect his meals, when to go to bed, and even when to expect you home from work.
Bulldogs are very much creatures of habit. Although this can help in some respects –  housetraining is much easier on a schedule –  it can have some unexpected consequences. If the schedule changes, your Bulldog may be unhappy. Say, for example, you are due home from work at 5:30 but decide to stop off to visit a friend. Your Bulldog will be waiting for you to come home, and when you don’t show up on time, he may begin to bark, or he may have a housetraining accident.

Introducing New Things

Sometimes a English Bulldog’s need for routine can cause problems beyond a time schedule. New furniture may be chewed on simply because it’s new and different. New dogs in the household may not be allowed inside or a new cat may be chased.
Anything new needs to be introduced to the Bulldog. With the dog on a leash, walk him up to the new item (or pet) and in a happy tone of voice, introduce them, “Bugsy, see the new chair? Yeah, sniff it!” and then let Bugsy investigate the chair.
New dogs and cats should be introduced in neutral territory, with both on a leash, and then supervise activities at home for several weeks until you’re sure there won’t be any problems.

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