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  1. Thank you both so much
  2. Ok - I need some advice and help. You have all been so helpful, so I really appreciate it. Basically, I bought Flash my French bulldog 6 weeks ago from a lady selling him on Gumtree. She had apparently had him for a year and she had to sell him as he didn’t get on with her 7-year-old Chinese crest female. The fact that she had Flash for a year and then let him go rang alarm bells, but I ignored them. I remember asking her if he was good with other dogs and she said ''he should be'' - at the time he was running around with my kids in the park and I figured all was well and that I would be taking him out twice a day, so it wouldn't be an issue socialising him. He had no papers and was apparently bought in the Gold Coast. His microchip wasn’t registered. She also had no documents of vaccinations. I wasn't invited to her house and she met us in a park. Apparently, she had a flood. She dropped the price by a $1000 within 4 days. Writing this all now I feel so stupid. 6 weeks later I have a dog who won't go out in the garden in the morning to have a pee unless I am with him. He stands at the back door waiting for me. He cries outside my door if I am in the shower. He has 4 other family members in the house but is only interested in me. All this stuff I can deal with, he's new, he’s unsure etc. The bit I am struggling with is the way he is with other dogs. Today for instance I am at the park, I have chosen a quiet spot, he is off his lead and runs to a male dog. They play like they have known each other for years. 20 Minutes later a female golden retriever comes along on her lead, he loses the plot and turns into a total different dog, and barks (He never barks), growls, tries jumping on her and biting her neck. She leaves, and he continues to sit nicely with the male. EVERY SINGLE FEMALE HE TRIES TO HURT OR MATE. EVERY SINGLE GOLDEN RETREIVER HE TRIES TO ATTACK. He then comes home and is the sheepish, following dog you could ever meet. The day I bought him from the lady she let slip that her daughter is a French bulldog breeder. A lady at the park today suggested that MAYBE he had been breeding but became too much to handle so they let him go. We are really trying, I am constantly on the internet searching for advice, asking other owners for advice, I have booked him in for training that starts in Feb (Obedience training in a field with lots of other dogs) He is being desexed in January. He is out twice a day without fail, he is so loved and looked after. Why is he doing this? Edited just now by Flash1 Ps - I dont have $200 an hour for behaviour coaches to come to my house
  3. Ok - I need some advice and help. You have all been so helpful, so I really appreciate it. Basically, I bought Flash my French bulldog 6 weeks ago from a lady selling him on Gumtree. She had apparently had him for a year and she had to sell him as he didn’t get on with her 7-year-old Chinese crest female. The fact that she had Flash for a year and then let him go rang alarm bells, but I ignored them. I remember asking her if he was good with other dogs and she said ''he should be'' - at the time he was running around with my kids in the park and I figured all was well and that I would be taking him out twice a day, so it wouldn't be an issue socialising him. He had no papers and was apparently bought in the Gold Coast. His microchip wasn’t registered. She also had no documents of vaccinations. I wasn't invited to her house and she met us in a park. Apparently, she had a flood. She dropped the price by a $1000 within 4 days. Writing this all now I feel so stupid. 6 weeks later I have a dog who won't go out in the garden in the morning to have a pee unless I am with him. He stands at the back door waiting for me. He cries outside my door if I am in the shower. He has 4 other family members in the house but is only interested in me. All this stuff I can deal with, he's new, he’s unsure etc. The bit I am struggling with is the way he is with other dogs. Today for instance I am at the park, I have chosen a quiet spot, he is off his lead and runs to a male dog. They play like they have known each other for years. 20 Minutes later a female golden retriever comes along on her lead, he loses the plot and turns into a total different dog, and barks (He never barks), growls, tries jumping on her and biting her neck. She leaves, and he continues to sit nicely with the male. EVERY SINGLE FEMALE HE TRIES TO HURT OR MATE. EVERY SINGLE GOLDEN RETREIVER HE TRIES TO ATTACK. He then comes home and is the sheepish, following dog you could ever meet. The day I bought him from the lady she let slip that her daughter is a French bulldog breeder. A lady at the park today suggested that MAYBE he had been breeding but became too much to handle so they let him go. We are really trying, I am constantly on the internet searching for advice, asking other owners for advice, I have booked him in for training that starts in Feb (Obedience training in a field with lots of other dogs) He is being desexed in January. He is out twice a day without fail, he is so loved and looked after. Why is he doing this?
  4. Today after 6 weeks Flash had an accident in his soft crate. He was in there for 3.5 hours when we went out. Do you think this will now happen every day or is it possible that this was just an accident. He is on medication for an allergy at the moment so is drinking twice as much. He gets walked twice a day and has full access to the garden all day. I am generally concerned that we have gone 10 steps backwards.
  5. Thank you both. I definately didnt want a meek dog, I love that he has lots of energy - its just seems he is unable to control it sometimes and often annoys dogs. Especially the larger dogs as he doesnt submit. I have got him microchipped and registered. He is a very wanted and loved dog, I just need to know if theres things I am doing wrong so I can improve them. I have just sat down with the family to give everyone jobs to get them involved and what you have both said makes clear sense. When walking him on his lead, I want to train him to walk passed other dogs without trying to run at them. Is this a mistake? Should I let him stop at every dog? He goes into such a defensive stance like he is ready to attack so I guess this makes me anxtious.
  6. Hi I have never been on a forum for anything but I feel I need some guidance regards to my Frenchbulldog. We bought him from a lady who has had him since he was a pup (Hes now 1). She decided to sell him as apprentely he didn't get on well with her 7 year old dog. She had no papers etc which was fine for us as we just want a pet. My stresses are that he isn't trained, he isn't socialised with other dogs and he follows me EVERYWHERE and hes very stubborn and wont listen to commands the first, second or third time. He seems to want to play with other dogs but becomes over enthusiastic to the point most dogs bark and want him to go away. When he is on his lead and sees another dog, he pulls and is desperate to get to them. He never barks. He wees whenever I open the front door and he sees someone new or someone who is willing to let him jump up and be all excited. I am working on this. I heard that French Bulldogs are companion dogs, but if I am in the toilet, he cries outside the door. He follows me everywhere and he wont give my kids a look in. Do I have an anxtious unhappy dog? Is it too late to train a one year old Frenchy? PS. I have had him for 6 weeks. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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