Some Mini Bull Terriers suffer from obsessive-compulsive behaviors such as tail chasing, excessive licking, or displaying an intense attachment to specific objects. These behaviors and others may arise if an MBT is left home alone for too long, or if they are not getting enough exercise and attention. If a Mini Bull Terrier is showing signs of obsessive-compulsive behaviors, consult a veterinarian or behaviorist for management advice and assistance.
Mild neurological behaviors such as tail chasing, pacing, and spinning can be discouraged through distraction, but more frequent or severe behaviors may be a sign of a bigger problem. In extreme cases, seizure-like episodes referred to as Sudden Onset Aggression (SOA) may occur in sleeping Bull Terriers—they may wake suddenly and attempt to bite or lunge until they reach full consciousness. SOA can’t be managed through training, as these dogs aren’t aware of their behavior during the episodes, but special considerations—including crating the dog during sleep and never disturbing them—may help manage the condition. Consult your dog’s veterinarian if you suspect she has SOA.