Training Tips For Your American Bulldog

The American Bulldog is known for its muscular build and athletic strength. They are a confident breed and tend towards great tenacity and determination.

Because the bulldog bonds strongly to its owner, it can tend towards aloofness with strangers. Without proper attention and training this could lead to destructive behavior.

The American Bulldog can be trained to socialize appropriately, and live within family environment.

Breed Traits

Originally bred from the (now extinct) Old English Bulldog, its background was a farm guardian, and stock protector. Do consider the the American Bulldog Registry if you are after a purebred.

Life Expectancy 10-16 years
Height 50-60 cm (20-26 in)
Weight 30-50 kg (66-110 lb)
Suited to Singles, active people, experienced dog owner.s

Basic Tips for Training

Some breeds, such as the bulldog suffer from bad reputations due to poor training. They are a stubborn breed and require a significant time commitment to training.

  1. Start early – begin socializing with other dogs as soon as possible.
  2. Be confident and firm – the bulldog requires a firm, confident, and consistent owner.
  3. Due to its energetic nature, play training can be good – good behavior is rewarded by playing with the dogs favorite toy.
  4. Keep it short
    A series of 10-15 minute training sessions over the course of an hour or two are more effective than longer training sessions.
  5. Ensure the dog is exercised properly first.
The American Bulldog Bible is a great resource for learning more of the breed, and bulldog specific tips.

Author Mark Manfield is a long-time Bulldog owner and shares his advice for raising, feeding, training, and caring for your bulldog.

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Be sure to handle your dog from an early age. Rub your hands round his face and paws.  Get him used to being handled, and reward him when he accepts this without issue.

Train him to wait to eat his food until you say so. It’s essential the the Bulldog knows who is boss.

Other Training Essentials

The basics of all dog training is the same: ignore bad behavior, reward good behavior.

It requires considerable patience and persistence. For example:

  • If your Bulldog is pulling on the leash – stop walking, and wait for her to give you attention. Then carry on the walk.
  • If your puppy is nipping or biting (typical puppy behavior), then put your hands behind your back, and silently turn around and face away. When your pup has come down, reward him (with a treat or a toy).

Make sure you are feeding the dog properly. Bulldogs are a muscular breed, and required the right nutrition to avoid gastro issues.

Consider Video-based Training

Adrienne Farricelli is a CPDT-KA certified dog trainer. She now offers a complete online course made up of seven different video-based modules.

Called Brain Training 4 Dogs, the program is particularly successful in correcting bad behavior. It is focused on playing games with your dog, to build trust and confidence

See more about the Brain Training program. Currently retailing for $47, the program can be accessed instantly.