I the honeymoon over?

by Ann
(Royersford, PA)

Hello,

I'm so glad to have found this site. 2 weeks my husband and I adopted a 4 year old JRT, Chett, who was rescued from a puppy mill. He was shy, submissive and never barked. To help build his self confidence I gave him lots of love and started on clicker training.
Well, this morning, after his walk and breakfast, while we were eating our own, Chett dove on the couch, started digging a hole and barked and growled at us, all the while wagging his tail.
At a loss, I took him outside where he proceeded to race around for 5 minutes. Back inside he settled down and went to sleep.
How should I handle these displays of attitude.? I don't want to squash his new found personality, because I have a feeling it is because he's feeling more secure in his home. But I've read about little dogs that rule the roost and I know JRTs can do that if allowed to get their own way. I have to admit that I did cater to him because I felt so bad for him, but I now realize that I need to give him some bounderies.
Thank you so much for your help, Ann

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Dec 03, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Hello Anne,

I would have him neutered if he has not been already and keep consistent with the boundaries you set him, if he's anything like my 2 then you have to keep on top of them as they will take advantage. My 2 hear my raised voice and they are on there beds like a rocket!! but to get them to the stage they are now they have had a couple of smacks and learnt from them straight away.

Kind regards


Michael

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