To you he’s the cuddliest and cutest thing you’ve ever seen. He doesn’t argue back and he loves you unconditionally. He’d also never cause you any harm intentionally. However, your Bull Terrier's nature he can be extremely protective. Recently, he’s tried to bite at your new partner when he’s come too close. He also occasionally displays signs of aggression and biting behavior at other dogs when they get too close to you. This behavior could be seriously problematic. If he gets into a habit of being he could cause someone serious harm. Not only could this result in expensive medical bills, but worst case scenario he could have to be put down.
Getting a handle on this behavior is essential. Fortunately, Bull Terrier dogs are, on the whole, well-tempered and easy to train. So, all is not lost. Getting this training right could even save him from serious injury if he gets into a fight with another dog.
Because Bull Terriers are so receptive you can definitely train this biting behavior out of him. To do so though, you’ll need to take a number of steps to deter him from biting altogether. You’ll also have to react quickly and firmly when you do see any worrying signs. Part of training will also require you to direct his energy elsewhere. With the right incentive, you’ll soon see results.
Bull Terrier puppies are particularly energetic and responsive. This means you could see results in just a couple of weeks. If he’s older and this habit has developed over many years then you may need a couple of months to fully break the habit. Succeed with this training though and you won’t have to be on edge when you meet new people and pets. You also won’t have to worry about leaving him with the kids.
Before you start training you’ll need to get your hands on a few things. A water spray bottle and a deterrence collar will be needed for one of the methods. You’ll also need some treats or his favorite food broken into small pieces.
Some toys and food puzzles will also be needed for one of the methods. A muzzle may also be a smart move until training is complete. The main component though will be time. You need to be on hand to monitor and react to his behavior as much as possible.
Once you have all of those things, you just need patience and an optimistic attitude. Then work can begin!