Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: Previous owner, Attended conferences / shows, Group classes with a professional, I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Norfolk, United Kingdom
Posted August 25, 2010
My tri-colour Bully is 2 years old and is a nutcase. I can think of no other words to describe her. I have three dogs in total of different breeds and she is by far the most demanding. She is like the terminator, she never stops, if she does not like the answer she gets the first time she just persists in the behaviour until I either give in, or pass-out from exhaustion - which ever is quicker!!! Seriously, she is very strong willed and needs a consistent approach to stop her from going off the rails. She hasn't quite grown out of nipping when she gets excited either!
I train her for agility which some people think is a feat in itself. She is a very small Bully, only 16.5 inches at the shoulder and weighing about 18kg. Having said that she is not a miniature, she is definitely a standard and I have the KC Certificate to prove it! Because she is small and svelt she seems to find the agility courses easy to move around. She is really quick. She is also really keen. She loves to run the courses and is not crazy and out-of-control, she listens to the commands and so desperately wants to please me by getting it right. She has been a delight to train, she really wants to work for me! I have to say knowing what she can be like in the house - stubborn and down right annoying, I am surprised how hard she works in the agility ring! She is so disciplined I can leave her in a wait at the beginning of the course and she will stay there forever, like a coiled spring waiting for the 'go' command.
We train her to a toy, the toy only ever gets used at agility and she goes crazy for it - but she is obviously never left on her own with the toy - we have made that mistake with her before - the toys really don't last long so supervision is the key to not having a costly vets bill. I think she could ingest a blanket, toy, or other handy object in about ten seconds if allowed to.
She has had some typical Bully health issues - conjunctivitis, and some skin issues, however these have been minor and easy to treat so far. She is fearful of other dogs which comes across as agression when on a lead in a 'get your retalliation in first' kind of a way. But off the lead she never goes looking for trouble and has a fantastic recall so luckily so far we have had no actual fighting with other dogs. Considering we train for agility with lots of other dogs some of which will be off the lead at the same time, she is doing well!!
We toyed with the idea of showing for a while when she was apuppy but it really wasn't for her. I show one of my other breeds so thought it would be worth a go. She couldn't quite get the hang of running nicely at heel on the lead - she wanted to throw herself in the air and gamble around, she also wanted to bark at the other dogs who eye balled her - usually chow chows or shar peis! To my shame we were once asked to leave the ring at a companion show as she was acting like such a hooligan. I have no doubt with careful training and the maturity that comes with age she could have been trained out of this behaviour but it was obvious she was going to be very small and somewhat faulted as far as the show ring goes so I decided to channel her energy elsewhere!
Love her, love her, wouldn't change a thing! buy one now, no, buy two!!!