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Biting and Growling Jack Russell Terrier

Mayo is an English Jack Russell. He is 6 months old and has already snapped at 2 people. He often growls when someone goes to pick him up and he might growl if you try to take something away from him. The scary part is that he growls at the 2 little girls that he shares his life with. On the other hand he is adorable.

Mayo showing off the Fall Colors

Mayo showing off the Fall Colors

Loves to play games with the family and is very happy. The good part is that Mayo’s family is awesome. In fact I would hate to see if anyone else had him as I am sure he could be a big problem.

When he was very young around 10 weeks old, they hired me to do a puppy consultation. Mayo or should I say the family were shown how to teach him to walk on a loose leash, sit, sit-stay, down and come. The family really got on board and practiced all exercises. They were also very good at putting in place the suggested structures. Unfortunately, four weeks later I received a call that Mayo was starting to growl, so I went back. Upon arriving I was quite impressed that the family were practicing all the obedience exercises. In that regards he was doing great. The problem arose when one of the little girls went to pick him up. He would growl. So I told them about time out and discussed several other options. I also went over the calming or settle command.

The puppy is now 6 months old and is a little better, but will still occasionally growl. On top of it he tried to bite 2 people and is still struggling with housebreaking. So he went off to Bonny’s bootcamp.

When I went to pick him up, I could see he was very nervous about me being in his house. He would run around playing with his toys, but would always keep one eye on me. To be honest allot of his aggressive behavior is based on fear. Once again when a dog is afraid they will either flee or fight. Jack Russells for the most part don’t flee.

Once I got him home he wanted to attack and bite my dogs. Even my 15 year old Labrador Retriever (Eclipse). So I spent a good half hour acclimating him to my 3 dogs. He finally was okay with them, but still cautious. The funny part is that despite the fact that after several meetings and accepting them. When I let him outside at night in the dark. He once again tried to bite my dogs. Don’t think little kids are the only ones who think that there are boogie men in the closet.

I spent the first 2 days improving his obedience skills. I also worked on teaching him to ring the bell to go outside. The next step was socializing him by taking him places. Our first field trip was to Pet Supplies plus in Royal Oak.

Who is faster a Turtle or a Jack Russell?

Who is faster a Turtle or a Jack Russell?

He did great with the obedience exercises in this distractive environment, but we were also there to socialize him. So I started having everyone give him cookies. The good part is that he would run up to people to take the cookies, but as even one of the staff noted. “That he seemed very nervous.” I kept the visit very short as I didn’t want to stress him out. The next day I took him again to the store and now he felt very comfortable and greeted many people. The next trip was downtown Rochester and once again he was nervous. It wasn’t hard to have people give him cookies as he is so cute. After a while he relaxed and stopped trying to bark at everything that he perceived as fearful. The more I take him around people the more relaxed he gets.

Upon one of the visits to the pet stores we were faced with his aggressive reactions to other dogs. A dog came over to say hello and he tried to attack the dog. So off we went to get him socialized around other dogs. He seems very comfortable being around little dogs his own size as he can try to dominate them. Bigger dogs make him nervous. He is making progress. To be honest in the beginning he wouldn’t even play with my dogs.

Mayo with Coco and Bella a foster dog

Mayo with Coco and Bella a foster dog

His first friend was a more submissive Golden Retriever named Coco. He did try to snap at her first and after corrected quickly warmed up to her. Mayo and Coco now play very nicely together.

I have 2 more days with her. I plan to continue to socialize her and to work on some of her other issues. Such as when she has something in her mouth and you go to take it away from her. She will growl. Housebreaking is another. Yesterday she actually ran to the bell. Rang it and as soon as I took her outside she peed for quite some time. Of course the hardest part is when she goes home, but I have full confidence that his family will follow through

July 2, 2019 at 11:07 am 1 comment

Housebreaking a little Tea Cup Yorkshire Terrier

I am so Handsome

I am so Handsome!

Meet Pixel a very small 9 month old Tea Cup Yorkie. He is so sweet and would be perfectly content sitting in a person’s lap all day. I could just imagine taking him in a purse while I went shopping in downtown Rochester or Birmingham. It is hard to resist carrying him and I am pretty sure that he spends a lot of his time being held. This is one of the reason for some of Pixel’s problems. As I stated earlier when you leave him alone in the kitchen and he isn’t with you. He gets upset and pees. By peeing on the floor he figures his scent will bring you back to him. Sometimes dogs will pee when you aren’t in the room, because when they accidentally peed in front of you, they were corrected. So they either pee in a different room or when you are not in the room. Since you said he could have peed outside, you bring him in, leave the room and he pees. I would say it has to do more with the fear of abandonment.

So the plan for little Pixel’s rehabilitation is a threefold process.

1.     Build up his confidence by giving him structure and teach him some obedience exercises. This way he will fell secure when left alone.

I am sittin

2.     Teach him to ring a bell to inform you of his having to go potty.

3.     Socialize him using the obedience exercises, so that he is more assured of himself.

Pixels Training Program:

Pixel is very timid. Everything new for him is going to be fearful, so the training has to be slow and introduced in a positive way. This includes teaching him to ring the bell. If we just start ringing the bell the sound would probably scare him. For 2 days I had to lay the bell on the floor and let him get comfortable playing with the bell. After 2 days, I then hung the bell on the door and taught him to ring the bell.  It took 2 more days of constantly putting peanut butter on the bell for him to ring it. The good news is that with encouragement. He would ring the bell every time he was taken outside.

Day 1

I have to be real careful with a dog as small as Pixel. They can injure themselves very easily and if stressed, tend to get diarrhea right away.  We had our first session on introducing the bells and a worked on sit and sit stay. You must have taught him sit, but he didn’t seem to know stay.

Day 2 & 3

After one day of Pixel being at my house it was time to start training. We worked on him walking on a loose leash, sit stay and down. For loose leash walking he wouldn’t lunge ahead. In fact as is common with a lot of little dogs he would just lay down. I used the harness that you gave me and within a short period of time he was walking very well. We struggled a little with down. He would go down or least it looked like he was down. His front legs would be down and his rump would be on the ground, but his belly would be up in the air. He wasn’t really lying down. The bells also went from the floor to the door and we kept working with him touching the bell.

Day 4 & 5

He walked on a loose leash, would sit and hold a sit-stay at my house, so it was time to start socializing him. I took him to several pet stores and he did great.

Hanging out at the Pet Store

Hanging out at the Pet Store

At first he was a little over whelmed and would shake. Within 15 minutes and many people giving him treats. He actually started to go up to people. He was so cute walking through the store strutting his stuff. I don’t think there was one person in the store who didn’t try to pet him.

Pixel still has had no accidents in the house. He goes potty and poop outside almost immediately.  He still needs to be told to ring the bell in order to go outside. Nine out of ten times when told he would ring the bell. He was starting to get it.

Day 6 & 7

Still working with all obedience exercises and socializing him. The good news is this morning while he was playing. He rang the bell and when I took him outside he instantly went potty. I know it still is going to take some time for him to really figure out the bell. In fact the average is 2 to 3 weeks. Sometimes when he tries to ring the bell he barely touches it and the bell doesn’t make any sound. I also want to continue working on socializing him. The biggest challenge will be when he comes home and everyone wants to constantly carry him everywhere.

Can we go shopping

Can we go shopping!

Even I have this huge urge to take him in a purse and go shopping at Somerset Mall in Troy. Of course this won’t help him learn to walk on his own four paws.

September 19, 2018 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

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