Archive for August 19th, 2011

Choosing An Adult English BulldogA puppy is a blank slate. She is the result of her genetics and the care she’s received as a baby, but other than that, she’s just ready for the world. An adult English Bulldog, on the other hand, is already formed. What you see is what you’re going to get.
The adult English Bulldog also has a history. Perhaps she was in a loving home and lost that home due to a divorce or a death in the family. She may have been in a home where she was neglected or even mistreated. The things that happened to her have shaped who she is. She may always be worried about large men with sticks in their hands, or she may always be attracted to older women.
If you decide to adopt an adult Bulldog, it’s important to find out as much as you can about the dog and her first home so that you can help her make the adjustment to your home. For example, if the shelter people say she appears to be afraid of brooms, once she’s in your home, ask a trainer or behaviorist for help desensitizing her to brooms.
Tests used on baby puppies do not work on adult dogs; so when adopting an adult Bulldog, you need to rely on any information you can get from the people who have been caring for her. Then, before you make a decision, spend some time with the dog. Take her for a walk. Sit on the grass and give her a belly rub. Toss a toy for her to play with. Get to know her before you make any big decision. After all, this doe will be a part of your family for years to come.

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