British Bulldog Behavioural Problem, Sunbury, Melbourne, Victoria
Breeder of British Bulldogs asks: have kept four females out of same litter. Become startled at slightest noise and pounce on anything (any other animal in vicinity) as a pack, quite aggressively. What can we do to stop this behaviour. I realise being a pack animal they are supposed to do this but not to this degree. It is unacceptable if someone else's dog is around.
REPLY Behavioural Problem, Sunbury, Melbourne, Victoria
From litter age, puppies will play fight, tumble, show aggression and chase each other to determine which puppy is the quickest, smartest etc - and becomes the leader of the pack. This is a constantly moving feast. With four same sex canines, the battle will be more ongoing than had you eg a male and some females. As their level of alertness is activated, they need more space and therefore it is likely that they take it out on each other in a more confined space, eg like a car, crate or similar. The more you can bring them up separately, and socialise them to all there is in the world and the more you get the packing order right the more your problems will go. I would recommend a qualified trainer to assist you if need be as this can lead to more serious behavioural problems.