Are Bull Terriers Easy to Train? [+9 Essential Training Tips]


Suppose you recently adopted a Bull Terrier or plan to do so soon. You likely are curious about what you can expect when you begin socializing and training your Bull Terrier.

We all want the path of least resistance and like to think the training process will be a walk in the park, and nothing will frustrate us.

Trust me, I get it.

I have been raising a Terrier for the past 3 years. I understand the planning you want to do in advance. I know that you want to learn as much as possible about how to train your new Bull Terrier effectively.

More importantly, I know that you are likely dying to know if a Bull Terrier will be extremely difficult or easy to train.

As I said, I have been raising a Terrier myself for the past 3 years, and here is what I can tell you on this topic:

Are Bull Terriers Easy to Train?

Bull Terriers are easy to train if you remain consistent and patient during the training process. Positive reinforcement and consistency are the two most important factors for success with training a Bull Terrier.

Trust me, I understand that you likely have plenty of additional questions on the topic of training your new Bull Terrier, and I intend to answer as many as possible in today’s discussion.

I plan to deliver my top tips you should implement when training your new Bull Terrier to ultimately prepare you mentally and have you set-up for the best chance at success during the training process.

Here is how I want to breakdown today’s discussion for you:



The Difficulty of Training A Bull Terrier

Bull Terriers are unique in many ways.

From their intimidating physical build to their naturally affectionate side, they can undoubtedly surprise many new dog owners with the loyalty they are capable of.

However, to achieve and benefit from a Bull Terrier that is on their best behavior, it is essential to understand how to train them effectively.

You need to understand the level of difficulty the training is going to present to you when you begin the process.

The good news is that the Bull Terrier will not be much more difficult than most other dog breeds except for a few unique behavior traits that are known to be more exclusive to the Terrier dog breeds.

Bull Terriers are smart but some behaviors can give you a tiny bit more work to do in advance and some preparation you need to complete.

Trust me, I know from experience with my own dog breed.

So, what traits do you think I am speaking about when I mention that?

Well, first, you are looking at a dog that is prone to have quite a bit of natural energy and loves the ability to burn off energy.

That is right, friends.

Bull Terriers are known to be a bit on the hyper side and demand to release some of this energy.

Allowing them to do this is going to make the training process much easier for you.

We will cover this more in-depth later in this discussion.

The key thing to understand is that a Bull Terrier is undoubtedly a trainable dog and willing to learn if you put in the time.

The training’s difficulty will depend on your consistency, routines, and knowledge going into the training.

After discussing the Bull Terrier’s temperament next, we will dive into my top 9 tips you can implement in your training routines to make this process much easier for you and your new dog.


What Temperament Can You Expect from A Bull Terrier During Training?

Understanding the temperament and typical behavior of a Bull Terrier before adoption or diving heavily into training can be a good thing.

It can help you understand how to communicate with your dog during training so that you can tailor training in a fashion they will respond to best.

Overall, a Bull Terrier can be mistaken as a brute and muscular dog breed that may display aggression due to its physical appearance.

However, this is not necessarily true.

While they may be naturally clumsy and very muscular, they are kindhearted dogs with the ability to become highly affectionate, highly connected, and extremely loyal to their owners.

Not to mention, Bull Terriers can even make great companion dogs for the children in the home.

However, due to being in the Terrier dog breed family, they are also known to have a lot of prey drive and a lot of energy that can pent up.

Exercise and mental stimulation are some of the best things you can do for this dog breed to ensure that they use that built-up energy and hyper personality towards positive behaviors and learning to become an obedient dog.

The more you can work with your Bull Terrier, the better they ultimately become with basic commands.

The better the process will go.


Top Training Tips to Implement for Success with A Bull Terrier

As promised, below is the list I have put together and what I would consider my top 9 tips for making the training process with your new Bull Terrier as easy as possible.

Time to dive into them.


1.)    Start Right Away with Training Your Bull Terrier

The number 1 thing you can do to help your chances with practical obedience training with your Bull Terrier is get started right away.

While you can wait until your Bull Terrier is a bit more matured, such as 6 months in age, to start full-command training, you can get started with other training the day you get home.

Part of this is simple socialization skills with supervision.

Examples can include getting your Bull Terrier around other family members, children, and other pets in the home.

In the beginning, supervise the interactions so you can intervene and correct negative behavior such as nipping or excessive barking.

And, of course, correct other negative behaviors if they occur, such as any form of aggression.

Additionally, training your Bull Terrier early and often to be okay with you being away from them is ideal.

Crate training can be an excellent way to do this.

Not to mention, it will help dramatically with the potty-training process.

The best way to sum up this tip is simple and straightforward.

Do not stress command training such as sit, lay down, and come on the first day but begin crate training, potty training, and socialization skills right away and immediately after the adoption.

The more you can expose your Bull Terrier to these situations early in the process, the easier it will be for you later in the training process.


2.)    Train the Separation Anxiety Out of Your Bull Terrier as Quickly as Possible

One of the things I struggled with most with my Terrier in the beginning, was separation anxiety.

Anytime I had to leave the room, she would either follow or get too uncomfortable with me being away from her.

Clearly, with an adorable new Bull Terrier, this not only makes you feel guilty but also makes it tough to go about your everyday life.

This is one of the first things you need to train out of your Bull Terrier right out of the gates.

I recommend crate training, although there is an audience that does not believe in crate training as much as others.

I am one of the ones that believe crate training is valuable and helps a puppy deal with separation anxiety, learn potty training faster, and allows you to leave home when necessary.

I have a post you can read that discusses how long you can leave a Bull Terrier alone for that you can see here.

Start slow and begin increasing the time you leave your Bull Terrier out of your presence and remain patient with the process.


3.)    Positive Training Techniques Seem to Work Better Than Negative Reinforcement

I have always found that when it comes to training any dog, positive reinforcement will take you the distance if you can remain consistent.

Dogs love to know they are pleasing you and love to obtain rewards.

When you start the training process with your Bull Terrier, and if you want it to be easy and go smoothly, be sure to offer up plenty of positive reinforcement.

With a Bull Terrier, this can come in many ways.

Of course, you have treats.

But you also have other ways such as high praise, belly rubs, and a hefty amount of excitement and enthusiasm during the process.

Offer it up and training your Bull Terrier will become much easier for you.


4.)    Get-Command Training Underway at A Young Age for Your Bull Terrier

Command training is a little bit different with a new dog.

Most recommend that command training does not begin immediately when your Bull Terrier is a puppy because they may not understand fully at this point what you are asking from them.

You begin command training as early as you please but no later than 6 months of age.

This is when you should be aiming for working on commands such as the following:

  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Recall Training (Stay and Come)
  • Lay Down
  • Shake

These commands are a bit more advanced compared to basic potty training.

If you remain consistent and use the tips, we have laid out thus far, this can be easy for you as well with your new Bull Terrier.


5.)    Keep Training Sessions Short for Maximum Results

Many new dog owners always get caught up with what is best for the dog when it comes to training and forgot about their own needs and patience levels.

One way to make training your Bull Terrier easier is to keep training sessions short.

This keeps it enjoyable for you and your Bull Terrier.

It also ensures that the attention span for your Bull Terrier is not being pushed too far.

Instead of having training sessions with your Bull Terrier that last an hour, try having 3-5 quick 10-minute training sessions working on one trick at a time to make it as easy and efficient as possible.

Trust me, this will keep you enjoying the process much more as well.


6.)    Remain Consistent with Your Training Routines

This tip ties back into everything we have discussed thus far.

Everything you do when training your Bull Terrier needs to remain consistent.

Dogs love consistency and routines, and your Bull Terrier is no different.

Try sticking to the same times of the day, always offer rewards and still use the same words for commands.

The more comfortable you make it for yourself and your new Bull Terrier, the easier the training process is ultimately going to be for you.


7.)    Remain Patient with Your Bull Terrier During the Process

I know, and I get it.

Sometimes a new dog can be very patience testing and very frustrating.

Maybe you thought you had potty training handled, and then they make a mistake.

Perhaps you thought you had a trick, or a negative behavior corrected, and your Bull Terrier makes a mistake.

This is not the time to get emotional or mad at your dog.

People make mistakes and so do dogs.

Let it go and continue being consistent and routine with your Bull Terrier without losing patience.


8.)    Understand That Training Does Not Have an Expiration Clock

Something a lot of dog owners forget is that training never needs to come to an end.

You should not have a clock or expiration set for your dog when you feel the training has been completed.

This can continue for the duration of your Bull Terriers life.

Everyone, including animals, forget things and make mistakes.

In fact, one could argue that the longer it has been since implementing any training or obedience work with your Bull Terrier, the greater the excuse they have for making a mistake.

Never stop working with your Bull Terrier when time permits if you want the process to be as easy and smooth as process.

Not to mention it continues building that unbreakable bond and friendship with your dog.


9.)    Provide Exercise to Wear Your Bull Terrier Out Before Training Sessions

For being number 9 on my list, this may be one of the most essential tips for you training a new Bull Terrier.

Trust me, I learned this the hard way with my Terrier.

Her ability to listen and remain focused is much greater if she has exercised and burned off some energy.

The terrier dog breed is known to be a working dog with a lot of energy.

If you want some focus and dedication from your Bull Terrier during training, be sure to provide some exercise daily.

This will allow them to burn off some of that nervous energy and focus more clearly on the training sessions, making it much easier for you to raise an obedient and well-controlled Bull Terrier.

Trust me, just do it.


With Patience and Consistency, Training a Bull Terrier Can Be Easier Than You Think

As you can probably tell by now, training a Bull Terrier is as difficult as you decide to make it.

Providing exercise, routine and consistency are the first significant steps towards training a Bull Terrier effectively.

Of course, some positive reinforcement and treats can also go a long way towards making the process easier for you.

Make it enjoyable, make it fun for your Bull Terrier, and they can become one of the most loyal and loving dog breeds you could potentially adopt.

Not to mention, one of the best family dogs you could adopt!

Luna and I wish you the best of luck with your Bull Terriers and the journey you have ahead of you.

Happy training!


What Further Advice Can You Provide the Community?

Do you have any further recommendations and tips to provide the community about training a Bull Terrier and what they should expect during the process?

Any training tactics you would do differently?

Be sure to share those thoughts, stories, and concerns by dropping a comment below.

As always, Luna and I appreciate you stopping by and reading today, and we will see you again next time.

Josh Martin- Founder and Creator of Terrier Owner

Josh Martin is the proud owner of a female Jack Russell Terrier Named Luna. Josh founded TerrierOwner.com to share the stories of owning a Terrier and to help all terrier owners with the struggles, excitement and common questions that come with being a new terrier parent.

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