What is wrong with my boyfriends dog?

asked 2019-01-05 17:01:56 -0600

My boyfriend left his dog with his grandma and aunt’s family for a year. When he moved back I moved in with him. We live in the separated area. Every time I go in the house I say hello to him and I walk past him. When I’m trying to leave or talk to the grandma, he will charge at me, nip at me, and even grab my legs. He’s a miniature bulldog but he weighs more than me. I’ve been living here for 4 months and nothing has changed. I’ve never touched the dog because he doesn’t let me, and I give the dog treats just to be able to leave the house untouched. He even starts fights with the uncle. He will ask to shake hands with him just to growl and lunge at him. I’m assuming that the dog is possessive over my boyfriend and the grandma, but it’s been 4 months and I have to tiptoe into the house.

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Because he owns your boyfriend

Sunni M.'s profile image Sunni M.  ( 2019-01-18 13:55:11 -0600 ) edit

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answered 2019-01-10 18:45:40 -0600

Definitely what Lenka (Lenna) said about weight and the need to go to a vet for a health check up. It could be, if his health is suffering, that is causing his behavior. He could also have a brain issue that causes his behavior problems (it's not totally common but the vet should be able to indicate if he has some neurons misfiring in his brain). But it could be the dog has behavior issues separate from any health issues. In this case, and possibly even if it's due to health issues, he likely needs behavioral training. There are many great behaviorists that can work with the dog and the household members. It's going to take time, patience, and, yes, money, to go through the training to help the dog overcome his anxiety and anger. Good luck!

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answered 2019-01-07 21:26:57 -0600

A miniature bulldog weights less than 45 lbs. If the dog weighs more than you (and I assume you're an adult), then the dog is extremely overweight and unhappy, most likely suffering from some kind of an illness and definitely should be checked out by the vet to see what causes him pain/anger. Good luck.

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answered 2019-01-13 21:57:56 -0600

Hi, Alyssa! As a bulldog mom, my hunch is that your boyfriend's dog has some unresolved separation anxiety issues from your boyfriend leaving for a year and then coming back with a new, unfamiliar human. In my experience, bulldogs can be particularly possessive of their people and definitely know how to hold on to a grudge; when my little guy is feeling jealous or angry, he tends to make VERY intentional eye contact with us and then engage in a behavior he KNOWS is bad to communicate his dissatisfaction.

To second what Lisa said, it will likely take a lot of time, effort, and consistent training to try to resolve these behaviors. I would absolutely recommend consulting with a trainer in your area to discuss the dog's behavioral needs before you or someone else in the home is seriously injured. It's a sad reality that dogs cannot communicate their frustrations with us, and we're often left scratching our heads trying to understand why they are so upset! A great trainer will be able to provide insight and assistance with slowly building the dog's confidence and eliminating aggressive behaviors. Good luck!

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