I am the owner of a 1 yr old, male, English Bulldog. We got him when he was 4 months old and he has always been very calm, passive, and loving toward everyone - including other dogs, strangers, etc. We got him neutered when he was 9 months old. The past few months he has been suddenly more aggressive with me, but not my husband at all. We try to put him on his back as "discipline," like our breeder told us to but he doesn't seem to understand that I am in charge. He listens to my husband - but not to me at all.
It was bearable until the past few weeks when he began getting playful and excited outside to the point where he would just run and run and run - which I don't mind.. but then when I would try to get near him he would get very aggressive and snarl, growl, and actually bite me. When he first started doing it - it seemed like a game to him, but not it is at the point where I do not like taking him out by myself because he has bitten me to the point of breaking skin.
We are just at wits end. We tried obedience training when he was 5-6 months old and he just laid on the floor while all the other dogs were learning. We have tried "dominance training" as per his breeder as well as click training.
I have heard of the pennies in a can trick but he seems to be very skittish around MANY household objects like the broom, or anything that makes noise - so I think shaking a can with pennies would send him over the edge.
I have thought about just leashing him all the time in our back yard, that way there is no chase to get him inside which may be what is getting him excited but when you put a leash on him he cowls down like it is going to hurt him and won't go potty.
Please? Any suggestions would be so helpful.