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Canine Behavior/jealous english bulldog


I have a 2 yr. old english bulldog that gets aggressive towards my 1 1/2 yr. old grandson. He jumps upon me in an attempt to get to the child. He snaps and is relentless. This appeats to only hapoen when I am home as the two have played together with no problems when I am not home. When I am home we have to put the dog in another room or he goed "crazy" trying to get to my grandson. Im not sure what to do at this point.
Thank you,

This sounds like a very serious issue as no dog should be displaying this kind of behaviorf towards another person, especially a child. You basically need to reinforce who the alpha is in the household.

I would start with making sure the dog realizes his place in the household by implementing an earn and reward process. Each and everything little thing including meals, treats, attention; must be earned otherwise the reward does not happen.

How do you handle the dog when he reacts? Yelling or physical means to move the dog?  

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Melissa Burg, RVT/Behavior Consultant


I have experience with multiple obedience issues, including anxiety, different types of aggression, introductions to a new pet and basic obedience situations, such as housebreaking, excessive leash pulling and excessive barking. There are several approaches to each behavior issue, depending on the animal's environment, as well as the breed, sex and age. I can also help you decide whether the problem sounds medical or behavioral.


I recently graduated with a Veterinary Technician degree with an emphasis in behavior and obedience training. I spent 5 years working in animal shelters where I trained shelter dogs in basic obedience and corrected behavior issues and educated adopting owners how to continue the training at home.

"Pawfect Pets;" a weekly column on canine and feline health and behavior tips.

Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology from Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa.

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