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aggressive litter mates

by Debbie
(Dorset, ohio)

I have 6 jack russell terrior mixed dogs that we have had since birth that are just a little over a year old and they have attacked and drawn blood on 2 in the litter mates in the last 2 months and I dont know why. Nothing out of the normal before this happens. Need help immmediately before we are forced to give some of them up.

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May 28, 2012
Russell Rescue
by: Anonymous

So sorry to hear about all your difficulties. It must have been hard to witness all that was going on. On the Russell Rescue website there are links to regions that help with Jack Russell pet surrender. Here are the names I pulled from that site. I wonder if they might know of any good homes since they specialize in JRT's.

Andrea Pindell – Lima, Ohio
Gloria Balusik – Toledo, Ohio
Christie Remy – Troy/Dayton/Columbus, Ohio

May 27, 2012
aggressive litter mates
by: Debbie

I have 5 litter mates and a week ago there was a major attack on the one male that has been attacked 2 times before plus almost a year ago one of the other males was attacked each time were major trips to the vet and hundreds of dollars later we are now being forced to find homes for most of them with little luck. Each attack has gotten worse this last one caused stitches for him and numerous dog bites to myself trying to protect him. The vet said we must keep the one always away from his brothers and sister in fear of another attack. We are watching them carefully for any signs of aggression and keep them apart when you are not there to watch over them. We have tried to stop the pack mentalilty but it has been 6 months since the last attack was the worst so we have no choice but to start finding homes for most of our babies. Anyone out there who would know of anyone or place that I could find loving homes for them in the Ashtabula County Area in Ohio please let me know at We will be forced to consider the local APL or advertising them but if I have to let my jack mixes that I have had since they were born almost 2 years ago it would be easier on me and them if go to loving homes who understand jack behavior.

Dec 08, 2011
Jack Russell litter mates aggressive
by: James

Hi Debbie,
Even Jacks from the same litter that seem to get along swimmingly can turn on each other. While this is not uncommon it can get dangerous really quickly. When dogs fight each other they have a different level of pain threshold and things can quickly escalate. What worries me is that you have 6 and that blood has been drawn. Without seeing the dogs it is hard to know what causes/starts the fights....I would call a behavioral pet specialist immediately to see if they can come out and observe and give you some suggestions. In the meantime I would make sure to seperate them the best you can - seperate sleeping areas, seperate bowls and eating areas, different cages (and only give them bones/treats when they are in their cages). Leave collars and leashes on them so you can grab one if one starts going at it. Do not let any of the dogs stare at each other as this could get things to escalate. Try to figure out who the alpha/lead dog is and make sure you pet him first, feed him first, etc. I would also seriously consider rehoming some of them.

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