Living with a Dog-Aggressive Bully
Many of the rescues we get are good with other dogs, or children, or sometimes, even cats (!). However, we do get dogs that just simply DON’T like other dogs. My Scooter was such a boy.
I got him when he was 10 months old and had been abandoned to life on the streets. He hated cats, and squirrels, and other dogs. The Rescue coordinator explained the limitations – no dog parks, no overnights with friends’ dogs, and never, never any off-lead time in public.
I was so desperate for a Bully that I didn’t care.
He was all the things we love in bullies: silly, energetic, smart (too smart), affectionate, fun-loving. I had no other pets and knew that as long as I had Scooter, he would be my only pet.
WE WENT TO OBEDIENCE CLASS – with a trainer who was patient and caring and got him to the point where he could stand 6 feet away from another dog and ONLY growl and raise his hackles. And he learned to sit and stay and come.
WE WENT TO THE PARK - fairly often, but our route was always dictated by the location of the other dogs there. Steering him away from other dogs gave us random paths and happy time together with no straining on the lead.
WE WENT TO THE GROOMER - by appointment ONLY. A few times, we stood outside the shop and she came out to do his nails. Other times, we scheduled a “Full Monty” visit when the other clients were through, and I would pick him up as soon as he was dry.
We NEVER went to PetsMart or PetCo or any store with dogs roaming around.
We NEVER went to the off-leash dog park.
We NEVER went to the street fairs.
We NEVER got a cat or a bird or another dog.
None of the adaptations we had to make for the public ever interfered with our relationship. He adored my friends, both young and mature, and always treated them like family laps. He loved to help me garden and cook and we were both happy just to be together. I never really missed the forbidden activities, because I had my Bully.
If your circumstances permit, you could find a best friend for life. I did.
|A forever home means the dog owner has made the commitment to create a safe and loving home for the dog for the remainder of it’s life. Prior to adopting a dog, do your research and fully understand the breed to confirm it’s the right breed for you and your life style. Dogs that have been put up for adoption require additional patience as they adapt to their new surrounds and build trust that you TOO will not give them up for adoption. Understand it will take time for them to learn their new human “Pack” and how to best fit in and please you. Go into the adoption knowing you will do EVERYTHING within your power to make the relationship work.|