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Hello,

I have an 8 month old English Bull Terrier. I adopted her from the shelter when she was 4 months old. She is very good, my husband and I easily house broke her within a week, she knows sit, stay, lay down, paw, roll over, etc. She is extremely loving and affectionate towards us and is the sweetest little baby in the world. We occasionally take her to the dog park or to dog beach so that she can get some energy out, but occasionally she becomes a bully when playing with other dogs. She will play nicely with dogs much larger than her for about 20 min, but she then gets a little to riled up and ends up biting and pinning them by their neck. She has pinned an 80lbs pit bull and he was whimpering (she is only about 25 lbs). When this happens, we try to calmly intervene, but it gets to the point where she locks her jaw and will not let go of the other dog's neck. My husband cannot pry her jaw open, we have tried pulling up her back legs, turning her upside down and anything else to break her attention, but nothing works. We do not want to hit her because I read that just causes them to become more aggressive. Once she does release, we can take her to the complete other side of the park, but she will still go looking for that exact dog over and over again. It is strange because she does not exhibit this behavior any other times except every now and then. This has happened about 3 times in the last 4 months, but I want her to be able to socialize with other dogs and play friendly with them. Any suggestions?

-Bullys Mommy
 

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she locks her jaw and will not let go of the other dog's neck. My husband cannot pry her jaw open
Bull dogs do not have jaws that lock. They do have very powerful jaws. You should contact a dog behaviourist about this and, in the meantime, avoid having her off leash around other dogs.
 

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1. Let her play, monitor her, and stop her after 10 -15 min. before she gets excited. Let her calm down for a minute, and let her go back to playing. If that doesn't work,just cut it off at 10 min.
2. Release the bite - Try this only if you are positive that she won't bite you (you sound fairly safe). When she is biting something (even a ball) and won't let go, Run your thumb up the inside of her thigh to the line where her leg meets her belly and press. When you find the right spot, most dogs will let go... However, you're kind of exposed if they want something else to latch onto. I've tried this on all sizes of dogs... it doesn't seem to hurt the dog, just surprise them... and it's repeatable once you get the technique. You may have to press different spots in the inguinal area to get her to release.
 

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Once she does release, we can take her to the complete other side of the park, but she will still go looking for that exact dog over and over again.
Taking her "over there" a couple of hundred feet is insufficient consequence for this behaviour. Especially so, if she is allowed to continue seeking out the other dog repeatedly.
 

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...she will still go looking for that exact dog over and over again. It is strange because she does not exhibit this behavior any other times except every now and then.
She needs to learn to relax following the incident so she can move on to a new experience. You need to become relaxed, too. This is a challenge for me and my Pit Bull, I cannot give you good advice, but there are resources out there and a good dog behaviourist can help. I have found this site to be helpful. There is a sub-forum for Bull Terriers, too.

http://www.pitbull-chat.com/showthread.php?3113-Pit-Bulls-and-Dog-parks

http://www.pitbull-chat.com/showthread.php?63498-Degrees-of-exposure-deciding-safe-places-to-take-your-quot-bulldog-quot

http://www.pitbull-chat.com/showthread.php?61486-The-APBT-and-Aggression

http://www.pitbull-chat.com/showthread.php?13984-Always-Expect-a-Bulldog-To-Fight

http://www.pitbull-chat.com/forumdisplay.php?48-Bull-Terrier
 
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