Auburn Leach K9 Solutions specializes in the training of bully breeds. As with all other breeds, bullies respond best to consistent, positive training methods that use praise and positive reinforcement.
The term "Bully Breed" can either refer to breeds that came from Bulldog ancestry or the breeds that, because of their size, strength or temperament, pose the most challenge to their owners, other people, or other animals in social situations. We use the term with the latter in mind.
Dogs in the "bully" category often come with negative (and often misunderstood or over-exaggerated) stereotypes. The image of the Pit Bull as a predominantly vicious and aggressive breed is an example of misunderstandings that can taint an entire breed. More often than not, it isn't the breed at fault, but the environment in which the dog has been raised and improper training (or lack of training).
As the photos above represent, bully breeds are often large, stout, athletic and muscular dogs. They are highly intelligent and can be very active even into old age (as is the case of many Boxers). They are generally working dogs, originally bred for herding, guarding, hunting, or even battle. Their energy, desire to work, and intelligence may play a part in some of the stubbornness and strong-headedness that some can be known for. Dogs that hail from bully breeds do best with dominant owners who are not afraid to demand obedience and set boundaries, are consistent in their training methods, and can maintain firm control in any situation.
Given their size, strength, and the fact that many in the bully breeds make natural guard dogs, it is especially important that they be well trained and socialized at an early age. If you've adopted an older dog, be assured that any dog at any age can go through training and learn new, positive behaviors that will make him or her a better pet and well-mannered family member and citizen.
Bully breeds may include:
- Alaskan Malamute
- Argentina Dogo
- Bull Dogs
- Cane Corso
- Chocolate Labrador (some)
- Chow Chow
- Doberman Pinscher
- German Shepherds
- Pit Bull
- Presa Canario
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