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Re: Dominance Issue ??

Posted by:  Linda Cranford
Posted on:  August 13, 2002 at 16:53:02

In Reply to: Dominance Issue ??
Category:   Aggression
Posted by:  michell ford
Posted on:  August 13, 2002 at 16:21:26

Question:

: I have a 7 month old male JR that has loved stealing my bras every chance he gets and running around the house with them. He began doing this the minute we brought him home at 8 weeks. From day one, he chose me as his favorite person in the house...so I'm not certain if this is his way of getting attention or showing dominance. Of course, my daughters and husband laugh as we are chasing him around the house trying to grab the item...so he's definitely getting the attention that he constantly wants! By the way, he also steals any rolled up socks or beanie babies and does the same thing with them! Why do you think he's doing this?


Response:

Hi Michell
No this isn't a dominance issue, this is because he is a Jack Russell and anything that isn't put up,out of his reach is fair game.

18 years ago I learned very quickly that anything mine could reach was theirs and so I learned the hard way sometimes,to pick up, clean up and put things away! I have owners call me and say the same thing and even have thanked me because now their kids pick up clothis and toys when they didn't before because they don't want them chewed up.

Rule #1 if it in their reach, it is thiers and fair game. You are making more of a game by chasing him and so the simplest way is to put things out of his reach and teach your children also, what is in his reach is his. I know this sounds to simple but it works and has worked for me for the last 18 years.

Have a great day
Linda