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Re: Aggression to dogs in household

Posted by:  Leslie Hemsing
Posted on:  April 20, 2003 at 00:24:25

In Reply to: Aggression to dogs in household
Category:   Aggression
Posted by:  Sue Renz
Posted on:  April 19, 2003 at 20:18:05

Question:

: Multiple Jack Russell household: I have 3 female jack russells and 1 jack russell mix they are 1 1/2, 3, and two 4 year olds. Three of them keep getting into vicious dog fights (needing emergency medical care). They seem to fight for example: when someone comes to the door and they are all at the screen a fight will break out or one day we were at the park and each kid had a jack russell on a leash and a strange german shepherd came running up to them and they were trying to fight and we were pulling the leashes back and then they started fighting each other and we could hardly break it up and then one had to go for stiches in the neck. The next day they were all laying next to each other on a blanket licking each others ears. I do not want to get rid of any but the fighting is becoming more frequent and the emergency vet bills are getting quite costly so please let me know if there is any way I could prevent this fighting and direct this reverse aggression?


Response:

Dear Sue,

At this point, the best you can hope for is that your terriers never get over-excited again; obviously that's not going to happen. Why then are you allowing them to spend time together when you know what they are capable of in the blink of an eye? Surely you've heard that same sex aggression is well-documented in this breed and that a JRT is more then capable of killing another JRT...especially when it's two or three against one.

You can't reverse the aggression, but you can prevent further injury by keeping them separated from each other. You may be able to divide them into two groups of two terriers but you'll still have to closely supervise both pairs...especially the two females.

I'm sorry, Sue, but other then getting rid of any of your terriers, keeping them separated is your only option. Yes, it is difficult to do this but I suggest that separation might be "easier" then seeing a beloved pet torn up in a dog fight and dealing with the consequences.

Good luck,
Leslie