Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Temper


I have owned four bulldogs and all but one have had the tendency to tantrum when things don't quite go their way.
To stop squabbles among the troops all of the dogs are fed separately and this morning because she was fed up with being outside a few moments longer than she expected Dorothy had the mother of all tantrums at the back door.
Within seconds she had broken Albert's cat flap, knocked over several potted cyclamen and kicked the shit out of the recycling bins
When finally allowed into the house she threw herself, gayman style onto the reading chair in the kitchen and refused to look at anyone for over half an hour

Mary, surveying the damage

Tantrums in Bulldogs are much deeper and more graphic than anything a terrible two toddle could bring to the table.
After years of practice , I did what any responsible bulldog owner would do in similar circumstances

I went to bed

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  1. I didn't know that about Bulldogs.I have terrier types who are lively and can get irritated with each other regarding toys and overexcitement,which means I have to be vigilante at all times- but no tantrums.Bless her dear heart John Dorothy does sound a little Drama Queen x

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  3. That would have scared the shit out of me.

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    1. They can be very noisey..just like toddler rantrums

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  4. I once had a similar experience with my ex brother in law's rottweiler. The beast managed to shred the inside of my crash helmet while I cowered in the next room with the door barricaded by a chair.

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  5. That makes me even more grateful for my gentle little cat!

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  6. Anonymous2:33 pm

    A terrible two tantrum could be dealt with more easily than with a pet. Dorothy did what nature dictated, and you did the sensible thing. There's no way to make her understand the human view of her actions. But what about the heat escaping through the cat door, and if you had to temporarily block it, how would poor Albert feel about that? Oh my - going to bed was the best option. It all makes you the perfect father to the quirky personality of a bull dog - and they are so lucky to have you!

    Never a dull moment in the John Gray Cottage!

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  8. That Dorothy, who would have suspected! She's sounded like such a sweet, shy dog.

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  9. But to look at butter wouldn't melt....... x

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  10. Maybe she finally feels she belongs there and can let her true personality come through. And she used to be so sweet.

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  11. Oh my! That's gratitude for you for housing and feeding her, plus all the trimmings!

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  12. Feeding times are meant to be squabbles. It sorts out the true hierarchy of a home.

    Now go to bed you naughty, sulky bottomdog!

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    1. Oh no dotty is too food led.....a massive fight would ensue

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  13. Makes me grateful for my quiet and retiring border Collies.

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  14. Oh, John ... that face ... those eyes! Dorothy's not yours! LOL Now you know what she is capable of doing! En garde! 😃

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  15. Barbara Anne3:46 pm

    I never knew that about bull dogs. It's good you knew from experience how to handle Dorothy's hissy fit.

    How easy will it be to fix Albert's door and will the cyclamen need to be re-potted?

    Hugs!

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    1. Like with a naughty child best to walk away

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  16. He looks so cute, so contrite! But that's why we only ever have one dog at a time. It's all we can handle!

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  17. countrygal3:51 pm

    She's a strong girl then to do that. She looks so adoring and quiet. How wrong I am, but I have never owned bulldogs.
    You know what to do - retiring for the night was the best option.

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    1. She's incredibly strong all muscle no fat

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  18. My pug has tantrums, less now that he will be 6 soon. The worst as a ''toddler'' he pulled all the books out of the bookcase and ripped them up! His longtime favorite is to take apart the sofas, not just the throw pillows but the big seat and back cushions, all are thrown on the floor and attacked.Throwing over and unseating the deck plant pots is a favorite too, and ripping off the canvas windscreens. He doesn't like the sound of workmen/ construction/ roofers/ pool guy/ gardeners with blowers or saws, esp if the men ignore him. Poor Dotty.

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    1. Yes pugs are well known for it too

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    2. I just ignore the chaos and walk away; to react and scold and clean up would reinforce the behavior. And books are now kept in a latched cupboard.

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    3. Oh My Goodness. After reading John and Lizzy, I am so happy all my Scotty does is bark (we are working on it) at the poolman, mailman and the pest control people ! I am trying to get him so stop when I give the command. So far he stops barking but does a low gurrrrrrrr.
      parsnip

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    4. Parsnip-Pugs, and I think Bulldogs, do not bark much if at all. So they display upsets in other ways.

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    5. Suky has never had a tantrum, she can have a sulk if she gets upset and thinks she is unloved … but that is about it. And Lizzy ... Pugs learn to bark if they are brought up with other dogs … Suky is a proper little barker now :-)

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  19. Oh you do make me want Bulldog!

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  20. I do like a dog with personality and character. X

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  21. There was a Bulldog on tv last night-The Dog Father behaviourist was asked to help as the dog was snatching food from strangers x

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  22. Anonymous5:34 pm

    Bet Albert is furious now!
    No treats for madam, she should loose her treat money to pay for a new one, or is it fixable?
    Tess xx

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  23. Yikes - I didn't know that about bulldogs. It makes me look at my two cats' incessant meowing with new (and more grateful) eyes!

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    1. Huskeys and French Bulldogs are well known for their tantrums too

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  24. I would love to know Mary's thoughts on the matter. Can't imagine as sensible a dog as she kicking up such a fuss.

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  25. I did not know that about bulldogs! You handled it correctly, as any parent of a two year old would do. Any attention only gives them more reason to repeat the fit throwing.

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  26. Wow! I had no idea a bulldog would be so temperamental!

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  27. I never knew! I bet when you came back down from your snooze she was sweetness and light, butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth type of thing?

    LX

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  28. Anonymous6:53 pm

    OMG look at that door. Furor of the bull dog, I had no idea of this characteristic. My Bernese Mountain Dog sulks if not let in when he knocks. He just knocks harder and louder and then ignores everyone once inside. His revenge. Susan

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  29. Poor Dorothy! How could you be so beastly to her? You are a heartless doggie daddy!

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  30. I didn't know about bulldog tantrums John - but think you probably made the right decision to go to bed - I suspect that like with small children ignoring is what probably annoys them most.

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  31. I have a cat who throws similar tantrums (without fortunately the strength of a bull dog).
    Going to bed is often the only way.

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  32. I've only ever had 'only' rescue dogs but always had numerous cats. The moggies used to bully the shit out of my staffie though.

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  33. It has been too long since I simply, went back to bed.

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  34. I get the same way when I’m ‘hangry’! Speaking of which - where’s my snack?!

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  35. oh my! what a beast! and to look at that face, you would never know. glad I have cats.

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  36. I never knew this. Amazing. Would love to see the video.

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  37. Anonymous10:53 pm

    Girl got attitude

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  38. Now I Really want a Bulldog puppy!

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  39. I guess she would not have listened!

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  40. I did not know that either about tantrums in bulldogs. We had Australian cattle dogs, they have dingo in their ancestry, no tantrums but one would become stressed if dad was away for the day. She would go into the garage with a dirt floor and dig an absolutely massive hole behind what ever vehicle was left so we couldn't use it.

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  41. What a stroppy madam - her not you.

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  42. Everyone is going to love being able to get fresh air through the cat flap in the early morning, no doubt your heating bill is about to go up noticeably!

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  43. This made me laugh out loud. I love your description "kicked the shit out of the recycling bins". I can just imagine the flouncing going on when she finally let back in!

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