I actually got my first B, Stella, fell in love with the breed and then we rescued Buster from BRAT, and their coats are totally different. Although they both have the markings of a B and neither bark (although Buster is quite vocal), the difference in the texture of their fur is different and Buster is a little bit bigger then the average B. Who knows….but they're great!
Thank you so much for your help! I was talking to my husband about Buster. He and I are working on some of the things that you all have suggested (i.e. not letting him on the bed, making him sit before doing anything). What is nice is that prior to this event, I always talked to Buster before doing anything, so we aren't changing everything in his routine.
I said this to someone else who said that their B pup was being aggressive toward her young daughter. But this seemed to work with Stella when she was little. She would get soo excited during play, that even if I yelped she would stop for a second, but then come back after my feet, ankle, pant leg - what ever she could get her mouth on. So to help her calm down a little, I would hold her down to help her relax. Once she was relaxed she could get up and go about her business. We never her told her no, just yelped, and if she didn't stop, we would restrict her movement.
When Stella was a pup, she would get quite mouthy and pushy, so we would restrain her movement (hold her to the floor) until she relaxed and calmed down. She would only get a little aggressive, but we both thought that it was just crazy puppy behavior. We have found that the restraint was enough to show her that she is not in charge, and she needs to do as we say.
I have a rescue male, who was being used as a stud dog. He was neutered two weeks before I got him. He was aggressive towards other dogs when I first got him, but he has settled down a lot since then - although he still "has to" mark his territory.
Stella is shedding too - but she has this short short hair!! It's almost prickly! I'm afraid if she sheds too much she'll be bald!! Buster has longer hair - I started brushing him with a shedding comb (?) and so much hair was coming out!!! Quick on the subject - any hints in bathing them without having them scratch up your legs?