Re: behaviourPosted by: Leslie Hemsing
Posted on: November 20, 2002 at 00:47:36
In Reply to: behaviour
You're correct that a confident terrier is a happy terrier. For a dog, confidence comes from absolutely knowing it's place in the household...humans first, dog last. This is not a "bad" thing as dogs need order in their lives to feel secure.
In my opinion, Boris does not fully understand his role in your household...his growling, showing his teeth is a show of dominance. What you think is a lack of confidence is actually confusion...he acted badly and you reward him with petting, etc.
Instead of sending him to his crate, I suggest you keep him off the furniture for a while. It's OK if he hangs out at your feet but it's not OK if he growls if you move your feet so he gets a time out away from you. There are levels of discipline; our job is to find the one that works best for our dogs...
Best of luck,