Bully dog behavior is more common than people want to admit. Owners of bully dogs are mostly unaware or in denial so the problem persists. The bigger problem with bully dogs is that they are making other dogs fearful and potential bullies in the future.
A child who is abused will often times grow up to be abusive. The same with a bully dog. A bully becomes a bully because they were bullied. Since there was no bloodshed or big fights to make it clear something was wrong, the bully continues to bully and the dog who is bullied takes it until she can’t take it any more. They don’t often take it out on the dog who bullied them, mostly on other dogs who are more timid than they are. It’s a viscous cycle that continues until the bully dog owner realizes that just because her dog isn’t actually drawing blood, that it’s still creating fear in other dogs. The potential for these bullied dogs to grow up to be bullies is not only possible but probable The bully dog is actually mostly in a stressful state most of her life so it would really behoove the owner of the bully dog to take note and get her dog help.
Signs of a bully dog:
A bully dog barks at others, people, dogs, cats, etc and doesn’t let up even when it notices that the animal they are barking at is fearful or trying to ignore them. Bully dogs don’t respect others body language and boundaries.
A bully is constantly pinning the other dog to the ground, doing the alpha roll and standing over them.
A bully dog engages in play in a very assertive manner completely unconcerned about whether the dog is interested or not and giving all the signs of “not interested”.
A bully dog consistently charges or aggresses another dog over toys, territory or food even when the other dog backs down or is just entering the room with no attention on the toy, food or anything just wandering into the same room or territory.
A bully dog actually gets more amped up when another dog tries harder and harder to say NO. They don’t back down but get more energetic in their need to engage and a fight is often the outcome without intervention.
Bully dogs can be any breed, this is not about breed but about behavior.
Learning about body language will help you understand when a dog is stressed and acting like a bully. When you understand the body language of the bully dog you will be better equipped to do what needs to be done to help your dog feel less stressed in her world thereby not wreaking havoc on other dogs giving way to the ongoing cycle of bully dogs.
The Dog Decoder app teaches you how to read dog body language.