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aggressive behavior

Posted by:  Nicole Kiernan
Category:   Aggression
Posted on:  November 26, 2002 at 17:11:39

Question:

My beloved jr, Brody, adopted at 8 weeks, has always been the friendliest and most popular dog in the neighborhood with humans and dogs alike. He has several "friends" in the neighborhood, including large and small breeds, puppies and older dogs. Lately, (within the last 2 weeks or so) he has begun snarling, growling, and attempting to bite his friends (male and female alike). He is now two years old (and I should add that he is unaltered; my husband is against neutering after losing a dog this way). My question is whether or not this is normal behavior for a JRT (Brody is our first, and none of the books I have read address this problem)? Is he playing the aggressive male, or should I see the vet? He has not shown any aggression towards humans (still our same loving boy at home), but I would hate to have to stop letting him play when he used to love it so much. Any advice?