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by Debbie Thompson
(Dorset, ohio)

I have 6 jack russell terrior mixes that I have since they were born and they are now alittle over a year old and they are starting to attack and hurt their own litter mates in a pack like attack we have had 3 of these in the last 2 months and are desparate in trying to find a way to keep our pets but need to stop this behavior immediately. I dont have any specific reason for these attacks. They are all fixed and have lived together since birth. Need help so we dont have to get rid of them

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Dec 08, 2011
Jack Russells 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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