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Why Bulldogs and Other Flat-face, Brachycephalic Breeds (French Bulldogs, Pugs, Etc.) Show Aggression towards Visitors and Strangers

Have you ever raced up to a bully breed only to have it stiffen up, turn away or lunge at you. Love a bully but wonder why they suddenly adopted stranger danger and visitor violence at about a year of age?  I have some insights that might help.  First I'd like you to meet a friend of mine.  His name is Sal.

Monday morning came, and I couldn’t wait to see Sal!  

Sal is one of my square-faced, saddle back puppy clients - a sweet, chubby faced bulldog who I almost packed up in my training bag when it came time to leave. 

But wait! Seven months had passed since our puppy series ended. Sal isn't a pudgy, roly-poly pup anymore. Sal is a big adolescent boy. And true to adolescents of all species, it not a pretty time. Although he is as cute as ever!

While all young dogs do something naughty, tree the neighbor's cat, dig up the flower garden, or eat the couch, Sal had just started to lunge and bark at people who approached him. Aggression in the dog world is a four letter word.  

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