The thing is that soon enough, after a week or so, we will buy a young Bully Kutta (not a puppy, say 4 5 months). But I'm slightly worried.
We have kept a Bully Kutta before and as that dog was untrained, (that was our first dog so we lacked experience) it was one BAD dog! Whenever he used to play, he used to bite, bump and used to play as roughly as he would do with a fellow canine. For more detail, my arms were filled with marks from his biting.
Moreover, whenever he used to walk, he would pull so much that my hands started to hurt. Sometimes, when his leash used to get stick under his armpit, I would cautiously hold his arm up and take out the leash from below. Once I did it without caution and he barked and growled at me!
Whenever he used to eat, he would become highly aggressive, and not let me touch his food. He wanted to do everything his own way.
Whenever he was alone, he would destroy anything that crossed his path whether living or dead. I mean he destroyed my bike, our pipes and various other things. And if we played with him, he used to destroy us!
To sum up, he was an exceedingly difficult dog to keep. But from online articles, I learnt that I had not trained my dog properly. My dog thought that he was the boss, and I was a lower member of the pack! A Bully Kutta is already a very aggressive and assertive breed and we had actually created a monster!
Ironically, that dog ran away, never to be seen again!
So to prevent that experience from happening, I want to train my dog. But the biggest issue is boredom. How to release a dog's extra energy? I am a University student and I have a ton of other activities to look at. But I can give 2 and a half hours of energy burning time for my dog. So far, I have planned an hour of walking during early morning before my usual routine, so that while I'm away, he does not bug my family. Then at night when most dogs are active, I'll give him another walk/playtime for 1.5 hours so that at night, he will not get bored and destroy things due to hyperactivity.
I know I could be wrong but I'm no expert. So please help me in this regard.
1. How can a train a dog to be my subordinate without he being scared of me? I want to command respect and obedience not to draw fear. I hope there is a way to do that without being physical.
2. Though Bully Kuttas are boisterous, I must add that they do have one positive point that they are good for people who have an overall serious personality. My friend has a Bully Kutta and he has trained it so well that he is open in his house and whenever I enter his house, he is about to bark and charge towards me but when my friend shouts at him to get back, he at once obeys. And he also has a calm, non destructive demeanor.
3. I know that as compared with cats, dogs are highly social creatures. In my view, dogs should have companionship 24 hours a day. But how can a person do that? I mean a working class person cannot simply do that. But I have seen many working class people keep dogs and having no problem. In short, how to satisfy a dog in just 2.5, 3 hours? How to have the right combination of exercise and playtime to keep your dog mentally satisfied and prevent him to resort to hyperactive and malicious behaviors. But I should also add that I have 3 chickens. Can a dog be happy in the company of avian friends other than canine ones?! I suppose not because chickens are diurnal and dogs are mainly nocturnal.
I know that you will definitely say that I am unsuitable for being a dog owner, which I admit is. But right now, I'm am bound by some factors. I would have normally preferred to refuse the dog but right now, I have no choice.
Please help me!
I don't feel you and a Bully are a good match. You do not have a strong enough personality and you are starting with a dog that is already established at almost five months. It could be a dangerous situation. However, if you get this dog anyway here is what a person does to handle a dog.
He is not allowed to do anything unless YOU let him do it. He does not go out of the door first, you do. He has to lay down before he is fed. He must learn the "leave it" command. If he growls at you EVER, you take him and pick him up and throw him into a crate while yelling "NO". I don't care what he weighs.
If he bites you use pepper spray.
These may seem harsh, but in your position you have no strong tools to work with yet. As far as exercise, walking will not do it. Get on a bike or skateboard or skates and make him run next to you. Those dogs can go all day running. I can't tell you how to raise a dog in this limited space. You will have to research some dog training books. One of them is Cesar Milan, you can probably get one used, or his dvd used on ebay. You want a book about handling aggressive dogs which is what he writes about. I don't recommend this breed for you, but if you have to walk him then get a prong collar, you will need it to control him. It can be ordered through Jefferspets.com.
I hope this has helped and remember that YOU are the boss. If you need this dog for protection, the more you are the boss of him, the better he will protect you against others. So be strong.