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Old 01-30-2017, 05:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Working Bull Terrier overview

Working Bull Terrier overview
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It is true what they say, Bull terriers are not like other dogs. Among other traits they have a mind of their own, form strong bonds with humans , are very energetic and require training and an experienced handler - not the best choice for a first dog. They are the only dogs with triangular eyes and a propensity to "trance" on hanging objects. In general, they are either loved or loathed.
Since the onset of the breed Bull Terriers gained popularity amongst dog enthusiasts and have recently reemerged as a trend - which is not necessarily a good thing.
Bull Terriers make good family members and contrary to what most people think they excel in many terrains. Some are trained for Schutzhund but they are mostly trained for agility and weight pulling. These are sporting activities that Bull Terriers enjoy and are very good at.
As far as their working abilities are concerned Bull Terriers are a highly underestimated breed. They can be therapy , hunting or guard/protection dogs. As hunting dogs they are used for vermin control and on larger game to bite and hold down until the hunter can come. They are successfully used as guard/watch dog due to their natural instincts. Not to be confused with the attack dog which is a totally different case, a guard dog is used to guard against, and watch for unwanted or unexpected people or animals. The dog is discriminating so that it does not annoy or attack familiar people. They can also get attack dog training which means they are trained by a professional to defend or attack when is needed. Well-trained attack dogs are socialized, loyal, and unerringly obedient. They will not attack unless their owners are facing a threat or have commanded an attack. When it comes to this type of training, strength, calmness, loyalty, a love of humans, and a highly developed intelligence are required.
Whatever the training purpose , Sporting or Working there is one main prerequisite for us humans to keep in mind if we want our Bully to become anything but a couch potato : Keep their interest alive. Before you wake the Body force in a Bull Terrier you need to wake his Mind force.
Working English Bull Terriers are actually very hard to come by. They have been long established as show dogs and pets and are only recently making a comeback as working dogs. They have a different , lighter body type than show dogs, higher drives and are game dogs meaning they have the willingness to go on regardless of what state or condition the mind or body is in.
In comparison to other members of the bully family , they are less easy to train because of their tendency to try and be the trainers rather than the trainees and therefore require a patient and experienced trainer. It is very easy to give up on training an EBT so you need to be more "stubborn" than your dog and really fond of it to succeed.
I am very glad to see the veil of misconception around the working lines of Bull Terriers slowly rising and people starting to see them for what they really are. They are family members with working abilities and an active life. They have it in them to be this way and are trained to do so properly.
Personally I would like to see the gap between show and working bull terriers diminish and I am working towards this direction. In essence there is no reason why a working dog cannot be a show dog and no reason why a show dog should live an idle life.
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