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Re: Agression when people leave the house

Posted by:  Marie Evans
Posted on:  November 13, 2002 at 14:48:03

In Reply to: Agression when people leave the house
Category:   Aggression
Posted by:  Peter Cerra
Posted on:  November 12, 2002 at 09:52:05

Question:

: We rescued our abandoned 1 1/2 yr old JRT about 8 months ago from a shelter. His behavior and integration into this two person household has been remarkable. Here's the problem -- He hates it when we leave the house but becomes really aggressive when visiting family or friends make towards the door. He goes from being friendly and playful to excited and vicious when any one makes an overture towards leaving. He also does this when either one of us leaves the house to run an errand or leave for work. Any thoughts as to why he does this and how to best handle it. He is otherwise a wonderful companion.

: Thanks


Response:

Hi Peter,

It would be so much easier if they could talk to us! It's hard to say just why he is reacting this way.

When dealing with aggression you should get the help of a behaviorist. Ask your vet for a referal. A behaviorist will come to your home and observe your dog, give a diagnosis and write up a plan of action to help modify and redirect his behavior. One really has to see what is going on and spend some time asking questions of the owners to find out what is going on. Sometimes things end up bothering dogs that we, as humans, wouldn't even give it a second thought.

In the interim your quick fix is to crate your terrier before your company leaves. This keeps them safe and him too.

Regards,
Marie