Bulldogs don’t have many behavior problems when compared to other dog breeds. The primary issue with Bulldogs is their propensity for chewing, which can be alleviated by training the dog to only chew on safe items. This is not to say, however, that Bulldogs can’t engage in behavior we humans consider undesirable.

As annoying or embarrassing the dog’s behavior may be, it’s important to recognize that, from your dog’s perspective, what he’s doing is perfectly normal and natural. Once you understand this, you’ll have a better grasp on what may be causing the dog’s behavior and be able to take steps to change it.

Dogs engage in undesirable or destructive behavior for a number of reasons such as:

  • They are trying to get your attention or tell you something
  • They dig because they smell something interesting underneath the dirt
  • Bulldogs may chew because of teething issues, boredom, or stress
  • Dogs will chase after objects because they have been bred that way
  • The dogs may become aggressive in an effort to protect you or themselves

Many times, the dogs are displaying these behaviors because they are being ignored, neglected, or simply haven’t been trained (or received adequate training) from their masters. If your dog is engaging in behaviors you do not like or find disturbing, here are a few things that may be causing it.

1. Health Issues

Many experts believe that a good portion of a dog’s bad behavior can be attributed to health problems. The dog may be ill, in pain, or experiencing a psychological event. It’s important to take your dog to the veterinarian for a checkup, particularly if he suddenly starts acting out for no apparent reason.

2. Poor or Imbalanced Diet

Dogs require a mixture of carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and minerals for good health. Feeding them too much or too little in one or more categories can lead to hyperactive behavior, particularly if you’re feeding your dog sugar and starches. Carefully read labels of dog food to make sure the formula provides a good balance of nutrients. If you’re not sure what to feed your Bulldog, consult with a veterinarian or knowledgeable breeder.

3. Lack of Exercise

Although Bulldogs are not fans of exercise, they still need to get some everyday. A dog that does not get any exercise will be easily excitable and prone to destructive behaviors. This is particularly true of puppies. Make an effort to walk or play with the dog every day. If you’re not able to do so personally, hire a dog walker.

4. No Leadership

A dog’s natural instinct is to be a leader. However, they will quickly fall in line behind one. Your dog may be acting up because it thinks it is the master of the house, and this is because you have not sufficiently established to the dog that you are the Alpha Male or Female. Your role as the leader should have been established from the beginning of your relationship, but it’s never too late to assert your dominance. Consult with a knowledgeable dog trainer for tips and advice on how to lead your dog.

A dog’s behavior doesn’t develop in a vacuum. It is almost always influenced by its environment. With that in mind, you can set about finding solutions to your dog’s behavioral issues and prevent other negative behaviors from developing in the future.