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Re: biting people

Posted by:  Leslie Hemsing
Posted on:  November 12, 2002 at 22:52:12

In Reply to: biting people
Category:   Aggression
Posted by:  Sherri Barnes
Posted on:  November 12, 2002 at 20:58:39

Question:

: We have a 6 year old male JRT and a 14 month old baby. Our neighbor entered our house the other day and had our daugter in her arms. Our JRT bit the neighbor on her leg and wouldn't let go. The bite broke the skin and punctured the muscle in her leg. This is the first time he has bitten a person although he has shown aggressive behavior before. I believe that he thought he was protecting our daughter, but we are concerned that he could bite other people including our daughter. I don't want to just get rid of our dog without exploring our options. He has had basic obedience training and is very loving. He isn't off leash trained and is sometimes aggressive toward other dogs, but not usually with people. What are your suggestions?


Response:

Dear Sherri,

Please contact a certified behaviorist for an evaluation of your terrier. Based upon the evaluation, he/she will be able to offer an explanation for the behavior and specific training suggestions on how to change it. Both your vet and obedience instructor should be able to give you a recommendation.

Thank you for considering other options. Aggression problems can result from our own "human" errors. Fortunately, dogs whose behavior has been "influenced" by their owners are the ones who most often respond to the training. :-)

Best of luck,
Leslie