Our expert says:
Socialising the bull terrier puppy is absolutely crucial, but the owners really should do that, so that they can also learn about training and caring for their dog. Puppy classes are the best and most efficient way to do this, so perhaps find out if there are any in your area and let your neighbours know. As well as that I suggest you socialise your dogs with the puppy, on both territories or on neutral territory, with the help of the puppy's owners, of course. You will need to do this every week at least for a year or more and this still may not prevent aggression, depending on all the dogs' temperaments. Although bull terriers have a bad reputation for aggression and therefore take a lot more work to socialise, they can be pleasant dogs around other dogs if their owners make an effort from early on (9 weeks, if possible). Fences seem to create aggression, but are necessary to prevent injury. The worst injuries and deaths occur when a dog gets bitten through a fence and then pulled through, so the best type of fence is either a double one or one with fine mesh. If the dog has all its needs met (has company most of the day, gets regular daily walks, can socialise with other dogs, has toys and things to chew, has a view out of the property, is allowed inside etc.) then stress and frustration levels will be low and aggression less likely.
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