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ALL ABOUT LIVING WITH HANK THE BULL TERRIER


– [Announcer] Dogumentary TV producing the best breed
documentaries on YouTube. (dog barks) (upbeat electronic music) – I’m Drew Lindstrom.
– I’m Ross Lindstrom. – This is Hank, our dog.
– This is Hank. – He’s a bull terrier and we’ve had him for
about five years now. We adopted Hank from the
shelter when he was about six months old. And he’s been with us
ever since. I love bull terriers,
I always have. I just think they’re really
special dogs. They have so much personality
and they’re really quirky. They’re known as the
clown dog of breeds and he really is just a
crazy goofball. Growing up my mom and I
read so much and one or our favorite authors was
Chris Van Allsburg and he did some classic stories
like Jumanji and Polar Express, just great kids books
and he had the same breed, he had bull terriers and he loved
hiding one his dogs in every book. So it just became this game
with my mom and I when w read his books,
we find the little bull terrier. And we always loved terriers,
we had a Wire Fox, growing up who was an awesome dog. And, I don’t know, terriers just
have so much personality and they’re so fun a lively. And also very affectionate. They’re really companion dogs. So I’ve always enjoyed the breed,
I never really thought I’d have one. – So I knew that Drew loved
bull terriers and I was, sort of, I had never really thought much
about them one way or the other. But I knew that she really
loved bull terriers when we were at the shelter
looking for a dog. We had gone three or four times
and not had a lot of success finding a dog. And we went the shelter
in Hanell Park and I’m sort of around the corner
and Drew was out of sight and I just hear her go (gasps)
from around the corner. And I said, oh okay, I think
we probably found a dog and as I come back around,
I look and there’s Hank and I said, oh of course,
it’s a bull terrier. (chuckles)
No wonder she’s freaking out. And then, kinda the funny thing is
Hank had just gotten picked up. I think they found him in a
Costco parking lot or something. So he’d been there, I think,
like that morning, someone had turned him
into the shelter and our plan had been,
when we’re looking for a dog, we wanna make sure that we
get along with the dog and that fits our life and that it’s not a problem
or something. So they let you take the dog out
and play with it and stuff at the shelter, unless the dog
is new like Hank was ’cause he hadn’t gotten his shots,
hadn’t got fixed, nothing. So they don’t want you go get
bitten or anything like that with a strange dog. But I heard her make that noise.
– All the rules go out the window. – All the rules went out window and
we just go, yeah, we’ll take him, give him to us, we don’t care.
(laughs) So then he came home with us
a few days later, we picked him up and
that was it, he was ours. – Oh, I mean, I’ve always loved
the breed because they have such personality and you kind of
think you have a sense of that. There’s so many iconic dogs in
film and TV that are bull terriers. Spuds McKenzie,
the Bud Light dog. The Target dog. There’s Chico in Friday. One of our favorite things,
now that we have him is judging people based
on which version of the celebrity dog they quote.
(chuckles) It’s like you walk down
the neighborhood and someone will be like,
“Oh, it’s Patton’s dog, “General Patton had that dog for
the movie, I love that movie.” Which is usually an old white guy.
(chuckles) And then like, all the young people
will be like, “Oh, it’s the Target dog.” – Kids always–
– Or Chico. – Kids always think it’s
the Target dog. – Or like people our age are like,
“Oh man, Spuds McKenzie.” So we have fun,
people just recognize the breed and immediately get excited
and he’s so fun. He’s just such a personable dog. – Hank is very enthusiastic.
(laughs) And he’s indestructible.
(laughs) No, he just kind a like
bounds around through life. It’s really fun to have
a dog like that. It could be challenging sometimes
but for the most part, he’s happy-go-lucky. You come and he goes nuts
and flies around the house and plays really hard,
so it’s been a lot of fun. – The bull terrier was originally
bred in England, in the 1800’s and they cross bred a bulldog
with a white terrier which is now extinct. They did it for fighting
but they quickly became companion dogs as they
were not as tough in the ring and he’s a total, our dog,
Hank is a total softie, so. I can see that not working out. They’re really good companion dogs
and they love people. So when they originally bred them
he loved the white color for the dog and just thought
it was really nice. But in getting the white color
while breeding, they got a lot of other things
like deafness which Hank is deaf and that’s very common
in all-white dogs, especially bull terriers. The white ones have, also a lot
of skin problems, they can have very sensitive skin
or sensitive tummies. But the color bull terriers which
are a little different have less problems like that,
less deafness, less skin irritations but then they have kidney
problems sometimes. So both breeds have a couple
problems in them but overall, I think his issues
are pretty mild. The deafness certainly creates
challenges but… – It was kinda funny,
they didn’t tell us at the shelter when we got him.
– I don’t think they knew. – Yeah, I don’t think they knew. I’ve heard that deaf dogs are
pretty good at hiding it. They’re attuned to
a lot of other things so people often don’t know.
– And their ears are still moving. – Their ears still move and
everything, he still barks at things. I think people think that a
deaf dog wouldn’t bark at stuff but he does. So it can be hard
to tell sometimes. So they didn’t tell us at the
shelter, I don’t think they knew. He went to the vet to get fixed
and they didn’t tell us. I don’t think they picked up
on it either. And then we had for maybe
two weeks at the house and I remember two things kinda
stuck out in my mind. One: he wasn’t really
learning his name. And so we were kind of confused,
we were like, it seems like, I don’t know, and I hadn’t had
a dog since I was in high school or something, so I was like, how
quickly do they learn their names? I thought it was pretty fast. This is two weeks now and he’s
still not responding. So we did this thing,
we had read somewhere that you, I don’t know if you remember this.
– Yeah. – You sit on the ground,
apart from each other, put the dog in the middle and just
call their name and have the dog go back and forth. And people say that’s a really,
if your dog’s having trouble picking that up, that’s
a good way to train them. And it didn’t work at all.
(chuckles) He’d be facing the other way
and it just didn’t work. So I was like, that’s a little weird. And then the thing that made
me really realize it was we were out for Halloween and we went to a Halloween party and then we were gonna stop
back at our house for a little bit and we had a friend with us
and when the door slammed shut, our friend has two dogs,
when the door slammed shut as we were going to our apartment,
Hank was sound asleep in his kennel. I remember my friend being like,
that’s really weird. Your dog should be barking
and up and crazy. And I was like, oh yeah,
that’s true, he never does that. And so then, sure enough, we took
him to the vet for his first checkup and the vet knew in two seconds.
– The vet immediately– – He walked in the room and
he didn’t turn his head and he went, oh yeah, he’s deaf.
– Yeah. – And then we tested him out
when we got home, we banged a pot behind his head.
(giggles) And he did not turn around,
we’re like, okay. We’ve done all the science.
– Yeah. – We realized we needed a way
to communicate with him and did some research. There’s actually a really cool website
called Deaf Dogs Rock. I had found some good
preliminary research on and sign language. We started doing signals for him
that were just for him and some of them are actual
sign language based. Like, when we fill his
water bowl, we do this, which is a W for water. And he knows and he runs over. We have other symbols we’ve
created to help him sit, stay and roll over and
do some tricks and he’s fine at all that stuff. The challenge is getting him to
pay attention to you initially, like getting his attention. ‘Cause most dogs you whistle
or yell their name, they come running
and he doesn’t have it. So in the house,
we stomp the floor. (stomps foot)
– Yeah. – Stomp really loud and he
feels the vibrations. Otherwise, you know– – There’s a lot of furious
arm waving to get him to look over at you. – Some people have recommended
collars, they make vibration collars. They’re not shock collars,
they don’t hurt them, they just alert them. But the only time we’ve every
had a need for that is when he’s off leach
at a dog bark and then I just figured
that just didn’t suit us and we haven’t
found it necessary. I know that a lot of people find
that to be helpful but I think, too, because he was born
deaf and now he’s used to us, he’s always checking in. So if he’s at the dog park or
in the backyard or running around, he’ll just like
look and check in on you and make sure everything’s
good and keep playing. So I think he’s also adapted
to that as well. But yeah, he’s the best sleeping
dog I’ve ever had. He just stays conked out while–
– Oh yeah, nothing wakes him up. – Getting the car packed up
and leaving the house and he doesn’t even care. So that’s actually kind
of nice sometimes. And you know, around here
especially, Fourth of July we get fireworks for like two weeks
around Fourth of July, nonstop. And obviously, he doesn’t hear them
and they don’t bother him. I feel so bad for people’s dogs
who go crazy with fireworks. It’s nice when you have deaf dog
and he’s like, those are pretty. (giggles) Yeah, we’ve always taken him
to the dog park since he was a puppy. We tried to really socialize him early
because especially with bully breeds I think that’s important. You want them to socialize
and not get territorial or us or their space. That was something we were very
in-tune with and we wanted to make sure we were
proactive about. The older he gets, I think,
the more stubborn he gets. And he has this thing about
tennis balls and got into an altercation
with another dog at the dog park over a tennis ball and the
other dog really just bit him hard and we have been
too afraid to take him back. But he loves playing with other dogs,
he does great at doggie daycare. Bull terriers, in general, and I think
a lot of the bully breeds if they’re not socialized young,
a lot of them just can’t be around other dogs. Like I know bull terriers have a lot
of situations where they have to be a one dog in a family. It’s nice, we’ve had actually quite
a few bull terriers in the Los Angeles area
we’ve met, other people. The most common instance I’ve seen
where they have multiple dogs is, they’ll have two bull terriers,
sibling bull terriers and those do great together. I think they definitely
pose challenges because of their stubbornness. Their companion nature is
also very protective. So if there’s a weird energy,
they sense that but overall, I think, he’s
just such a loving dog. – Yeah, we go hiking a lot. There’s a hill right here by the
house that we go up. It’s like a couple miles,
so he can handle that. It definitely wears him out
for the day. So they’re not like… You know, they’re big and heavy and they’re not marathon runners.
(chuckles) He gets worn out but he can do it,
he likes to do that a lot. And we play in the yard,
he’ll play fetch forever. – He sees mouth–
– Forever. – He will chew rawhides up in
no time, so likes doing that. – We have to get all the heavy duty
toys ’cause their jaws are so strong. Even the Kongs, they make
an extreme version now and he will eventually
destroy those too. – He will.
– He loves the rawhides. – We let him chew on those a lot. Just something very cathartic
I think about that activity. But yeah, it’s funny too,
on walks, he very much, the stubbornness will come in
on the walks because you get halfway up the hill
and your going and you’re ready and then he’s like, (smacks lips)
I’m over this and he just lays down where he his.
– In the shade. – [Ross] He’ll find a shady spot
and just lay down. (laughs) – Lately, we’ve been playing
with the baby. I’ll take her outside
with him and do fetch. And he really, he can just go
forever, he loves it. A tennis ball is the greatest
thing in the world to him. So that’s really fun. When he’s out in the yard
and we’re throwing I love that, ’cause you get to
see him do a little goat hop. So instead of just the dog
running out to get the ball, he does crazy leaps and hops,
all four legs will go up off the ground and he’ll jump down
and just does funny acrobatics. I think that’s where that clown
personality comes out. You’re just like, why are you
jumping up and turning circles just to get the ball,
but it’s awesome. – Ten months ago, we had a baby.
– Vivian Ray. – Vivian Ray, and initially Hank
was sorta curious and differential. He would just… We’d have the baby in here and
he would go in the corner and just sit and watch, he didn’t
know what was going on. Then, as he realized
she wasn’t going away, (laughs) he kinda got a little bit
depressed, you could see. You’d think it’s pretty common,
we just were ignoring him. – Well, yeah, he got a little ignored.
– He got ignored, that’s what happens. – He was the second class citizen
for a couple months. – He’d had this place to himself
for a long time. But then, as she got a little
older and we could, kind of, set her in her playpen or even
when she started crawling and stuff then he’s like more involved
with everything. And he’s been pretty good,
he’s kind of all over her. He licks her face. When she’s crawling around,
he wants to kind of just stand right next to her which is
sort of cute but also he’s a big dog, you kind a want
to make sure that she’s safe. Which, for the most part,
has been fine. I have not been very concerned. – Oh, and she loves him.
– And she loves him. – That’s the thing. That’s kinda funny, it’s less
about him doing anything and more, he could be
over there laying down and she sees him and just like
goes over there to go get him. And you’re kinda like, it can be a little nerve-racking
sometimes. – Or, the other thing she does too
is when he’s licking her and she’s just sitting around,
now she’s started to turn and open her mouth for the licking
like ack, oh no, don’t do that. – Yeah, it’s sort of hilarious
but it’s kind of gross. (laughs)
– Both at the same time. I definitely you can tell
the difference with him. He has this move he does
when he knows the environment’s
a little different where he actually, when your first
got here, he’ll tuck his ears back and you can tell when he gets
in that mode, he’s just kinda like figuring out the scene and he
doesn’t quite know how to act. So especially when the baby was
really young, he would do that all the time. I think our vibe too, you’re just
so protective as a new parent. But now, I don’t think
that’s a big concern. – The rules we have for Hank
around the house are… Subject to interpretation sometimes.
(laughs) On his part. He’s a lot on the couches. He sleeps in bed with us
every once in a while. Usually not, he sleeps in his
kennel in the bedroom with us. But every once in a while,
he’s allowed up on the bed. He gets in trouble for begging,
he doesn’t do it that much. – When the grandparents
come visit. – That’s the thing, with the baby,
we’ve had grandparents around. And one or two
of them are comfortable feeding him from the table.
– Jody, you know who you are. – Which we try to stop
but once it happens, anyone who has a dog,
you do that once or twice and then that’s what they
think is gonna happen so. He started begging a little bit more
so he gets in trouble for that. – You know, we do–
– We’re pretty loose with him. – He doesn’t chew anything.
– He’s older now. – He’s been housebroken
since we got him. He had one accident
when we first got him. Only other times he’s had an
accident has more been our fault, just away too long and for whatever reason
can’t get home to him. – We also started initially,
as soon as we got him, when he was six months old,
did crate training. I’ve always crate-trained my dogs,
that’s just something I grew up. That’s the standard and he loves
his kennel and I think it’s a good safe place
and a comfort. So, when he was young and
we had our apartment, when we would leave the house
we would kennel him. Just so he wouldn’t do damage,
the usual stuff. He wouldn’t have to be a puppy
and pee everywhere. He loves the crate and I think
it really helps in terms of giving a dog that discipline
and that space and that comfort. I think they really… He still sleeps in it now
almost every night. When he’s not spoiled in the bed.
– Yeah. – But for the first couple years,
when we’d leave him alone, he was kenneled. Now, he’s older and
he’s a lot more mellow and he’s used to the house
and he certainly doesn’t really chew anything. So when we leave the house now
we don’t kennel him. We just close our bedroom door
so he doesn’t lay in our bed. – [Ross] Yeah, he would sleep there. – He would definitely be sprawled
across our bed when we came home. But other than that, he kinda just
gets the lay of the land. Every once in a while, we also,
we have a little water bottle, a little squirt bottle.
(chuckles) So if he misbehaves, because he’s
deaf, you can’t just yell and be like, no, so we
have to squirt him with a water bottle sometimes
that’s our go-to disciplinary move because it doesn’t hurt him but
it immediately gets his attention and kind of snap him out of
whatever he’s going through. – The rules we have for other
people when they come over with Hank first is, don’t feed him ’cause
it gets him to begging. – Maybe like greet him
in the door– – Yeah, people will let him
jump up on them. I think a lot of people, especially
people are dog people who don’t have a dog,
will let… ‘Cause they like dogs,
oh it’s great, when he jumps up on you
but there are people who don’t like that so if he’s
doing it all the time, that’s not a good thing. So we try to tell people not
to let him jump up on them. – And it’s tough because, I know
you’re fine with it but the next person that comes
in the door might not, so please don’t let him
jump on you. But we also have weird things,
maybe we do because he’s deaf, I feel like in the beginning we
gave him so many treats ’cause you’re trying to teach
him how to do certain tricks or learn stuff and I think because
it was sign language and not just the usual practice,
that added an extra level of challenge. And we actually, he got really fat,
he put on all this weight ’cause we were giving him
all these treats to teach him. And we realized pretty quickly
that that was not healthy and had to figure out a new
game plan and started giving him carrots and veggies
for treats and as bribes. And that actually worked out really
good ’cause now his favorite thing is still veggies and he’s healthy
and not overweight. – We can leave Hank alone in the
house for eight to 10 hours. When we’re both working,
that’s usually how it goes. Which is fine for him, he does’t
have an accident or anything at that point but we try not to
go too much longer than that ’cause he definitely needs to get
worn out, he can get really restless or pace around the house. Or he’ll sit and stare at you, unbroken for 20 minutes.
(chuckles) Or with the baby, he’ll really
wanna play with her and that’s cute but you want him to be tired so
that she can kinda be free to do what she wants to do. So we try to get him up and
out of the house after about eight hours, at least get him
a walk or something like that. – And we’ve been really fortunate. One of us has been home a lot
because of the baby now. So there’s someone around with him
and I think that’s half the battle. Sometimes he doesn’t even need
a run or a walk necessarily, he just wants to know that you’re
around and he’s got people in the house and we try to give
him a walk everyday but when that doesn’t happen,
sometimes he’s just wants to curl up on the couch with you.
– Yeah. – Bull terriers also do this weird thing
especially if they don’t get enough energy exhausted,
they just get really amped up. The have the pretty neurotic
tendency called hucklebutt which looks hilarious. It’s like if the dog was chasing
his tail but he’s not trying to chase his tail,
he just loves running in a circle and he’ll just do it. But it’s also an alarming sign
because your realize he’s not gotten enough exercise
and he really needs to get out. And if that’s something a dog
is doing a lot, you wanna make sure you’re
giving him more exercise. Because the hucklebutt can lead to a pretty anxious dog. So, it’s funny with him,
they’re definitely signs to make sure like, okay,
he’s happy and he’s exhausted. – It’s usually nice weather, so we
usually leave the door open and he has in and out
privileges. He’ll sit out there for
a long time on his own, in the sun or whatever. I’ve only left him out there
and left the house, once or twice. I guess we could,
but we just don’t. This is kinda funny,
when we bought the house, I got excited to build
him a dog house. He’s fallen asleep in it
maybe one time. He does not go in it ever,
I don’t know why. So that was my thought is we
could leave him out there all the time and he could
have the whole yard rather than be inside but he doesn’t use the
doghouse, so… He’s not really out there by
himself ever, for long. – I think he would be fine as an
outdoor dog and I’m almost positive the environment that he was
in before he ended up in the shelter was entirely outside. When they found him his teeth
were grinded down, so they thought he was left outside
and some fenced area. He’s actually great in
the yard on his own but when he knows that people
are inside or he can see us, then he wants to be inside. It could be gorgeous outside,
I can run around all I want but there’s fun people,
I’d rather be with the people. So I think that’s a very breed
specific thing in terms of just wanting to be around people. I think if you think you
want a bull terrier, you have to be a good
alpha dog ready person. Because they’re such a stubborn
breed they will walk all over you if you let them.
– Literally. (chuckles)
– Literally. But I think you need to have a good calm attitude about it
and be able to be an alpha dog because they really crave that. It’s hard to have bull terriers in
the house with other pets unless they’re raised with
those pets. So I would definitely say,
if you’re thinking about getting a bull terrier, you may not wanna get one
unless, like, you know. If you have kids or other pets,
you may wanna get a puppy because then, if they grow up in
that environment, it’s okay. An older bull terrier is very hard
to integrate into a house with other pets and
a lot of kids. And I think they also just really
like a lot of personal attention. So if you are someone that works
all the day or isn’t able to be home with them, I just think they
wouldn’t be happy. They just really wanna
be around people. – You kinda also, physically have
to be able to handle them. Not that you need to be able to
walk them for miles and miles every day like a Husky
or something like that, but he’s a big strong dog
and if he’s pulling on the leash, you have to really be
able to respond. And that would be one thing
to be honest with yourself about. Like, am I really gonna be
able to move this dog around? Am I gonna be able to handle him in a forceful way?
– Yeah. – ‘Cause he needs that sometimes. You know, Hank is a bull terrier
whose got a lot of enthusiasm and fun. – A lot of personality.
– Yeah, he makes us laugh. – All the time, everyday. Literally, every single day we’ve
had him, we’ve laughed at him. – We nicknamed him–
– Well, we laugh with him. – We laugh with him.
(laughs) He hear us laugh at him so. A little sidebar, we’ve nicknamed
him Clank very early on because he is just a, like… So many dogs are so graceful
and aware of themselves and you’ve seen he,
if you close the screen door and he didn’t notice,
he’ll run right into it. He just has so much charm
and enthusiasm and he’s such a quirky guy. Yeah, he just makes us
laugh all the time. – Yeah. So if I mean, if you want
an entertaining dog the bull terrier would be,
(chuckles) he’s an entertaining dog. – And a really affectionate dog,
I mean, I certainly think that bull terriers are not for
everyone, you know. It takes the right mindset
and maybe a little stubbornness on the human’s part too but I think the reward of having
him has been all worth any challenges because–
– Definitely, definitely. – [Drew] He just like… – He brings a lot of fun. – He brings a lot of joy
around the house.

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