Agression

by Joe
(Jupiter Florida )

Hello, My name is Joe. I am 20 years old and I picked up a Parson Jack Russell a little over 2 weeks ago.

I did a lot of research into what breed of dog I wanted and I was decided months ago on a Jack Russell. What drives people crazy the most is what I was most looking forward to which is a very active dog that could accompany me fishing, running, and biking. (I am an athletic trainer and live a very active lifestyle)
My friend works at a shelter for dogs and informed me that there was a great looking Jack Russell who was a female and 1 year old. They had taken possession of her that same day and she was formerly a stray but was in excellent health and was house trained so in other words couldn't have been a stray for long.
I took her in and it was clear she was a great dog but needed some discipline and someone to be firm and in charge with her. I applied many of the techniques I read online for training Jack Russells and she responded remarkably. Even my parents were blown away by her intelligence and how quickly she became well mannered and disciplined. She is well exercised as I take her out everyday after work. In addition, she spends about 1-2 hours a day free roaming our + Acres of land and doing as she pleases. (hunting, digging) I am thrilled with her so far, the only thing that I haven't been able to fix is her on/off aggression towards my dad.
When she first came she did not like my father. She would bark and growl at him, she even tried to bite him a few times. I have firmly scolded her and disciplined her for these actions and she has improved quite a bit. However, there are still times (maybe 50% of the time) when she sees him that she will growl or bark and go up to him to sniff him. Sometimes she's satisfied with the sniff, other times it seems like she is really contemplating biting him, but I cant describe it as a ferocious bite, more of a slow, methodical, curious nibble on the calf, if that makes any sense. If I see her bark at him I give her a firm "no" or "stop" and she instantly retreats and will sit down. My dad is convinced she is just trying to play, but combined with the growling and barking at him it makes no sense. She does not act this way towards me, my mothers, or my sisters. It concerns me because there are times I'm not home but my father is and I would like her to be able to behave during these times. I have had my father walk her, play with her, and give her treats, and during these times she is well behaved and even playful with him. But during the next encounter she will have forgotten and starting acting aggressively again. At this point, she also shows no symptoms of being dominant or thinking shes the pack leader. Does anyone have any advice for me? Thank you in advance

Comments for Agression

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Aug 13, 2013
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
worried
by: Bret

I hope that your problem don't get any worse. The signs are not good i see future aggression issues headed your way. But it can be STOPPED. HOW ? I have no clue but research and a TON of Cesar Millan the DOG WHISPERER episodes and you will hopefully figure something out....GOOD LUCK

Aug 13, 2013
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
worried
by: Bret

I hope that your problem don't get any worse. The signs are not good i see future aggression issues headed your way. But it can be STOPPED. HOW ? I have no clue but research and a TON of Cesar Millan the DOG WHISPERER episodes and you will hopefully figure something out....GOOD LUCK

Aug 10, 2013
Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Same Issue
by: KE

We're having the exact same issue with our newly rescued 4 year old JRT Max. He has been to obedience training and has quickly become a wonderful dog for us, however, he's still aggressive toward men who visit our home. Even those who visit often and have gotten on his good side previously. Growls, barks and a tries quick nip to the calf. We now put him in an ex-pen when guests first arrive allowing him to be in the room and get used to their voices. We then let them out and ask the guest not to approach until Max has sniffed and feels secure. We're also working on the "silent sit" (having the guest stand with their hands casually crossed at wrists in front of their body with a treat hidden in one. Max knows if he approaches and sits nicely in front of the guest, he'll get a treat. It's been working pretty well, but definitely more work to be done.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Jack Russell Questions and Answers Forum.