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Re: Biting & Growling

Posted by:  Marie Evans
Posted on:  November 24, 2002 at 20:04:49

In Reply to: Biting & Growling
Category:   Aggression
Posted by:  Amy
Posted on:  November 24, 2002 at 19:10:29

Question:

: I have had my jrt for almost two years now and about 4 or 5 months ago he started growling at me and my husband when we tried to put him in his cage or take something from his mouth that he was not supposed to have...and now he growls horribly and snaps and us even when we are in bed at night and we move him and he has tried to bite me several times and if he does not stop this we are going to have to get rid of him...and i am very attached to him and dont want to but i dont want a dog that is going to bite me everytime i turn around..do you have any suggestions to get rid of this behavior or any reasons why he is acting this way...i have read a lot of other questions and the answeres all say to go to the vet and get a behavioral trainer and i am in college with a VERY LOW income and TIGHT budget are there any other ways to take care of this at home rather than pay an arm and a leg for a behavioral trainer?? thanks


Response:

Hi Amy,

Yes there are things you can do to help remedy this situation, one is get him neutered if he isn't (and if you are worried about cost find a low cost spay/neuter clinic in your area).

Two get enrolled in obedience school with your terrier. It appears he has a case of dominance aggression and needs to understand his place in the pack (family).

There is no "easy" or "cheap" way to deal with this type of aggression and you certainly don't want to pass a dog on to someone else with this type of aggression problem.

Part of responsible pet ownership is also allowing for unseen expenses along the way. Like I said, you can look into low cost spay/neuter clinics, ask your local humane society about them. You can probably find a decent trainer and get into a class for around $100,sometimes a bit more sometimes a bit less.

And you need to devote time to working with your dog. None of his behaviors are going to change without working on correcting them.

Please see the following links regarding aggression.

Regards,
Marie

Dealing w/ Aggression FAQ, Aggression FAQ