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by Angela
(Grabill, Indiana)

I have a 11 month old female JR (Luna), we got her when she was 7 weeks old. she is sweet and very lovable. The first thing is she extremely afraid of other dogs and animals, she is also afraid if there are loud noises. The second thing is at night when it's bedtime she becomes very aggressive. She loves to go our bedroom and fall a sleep on the bed, but when my husband or I try to move her to her crate she growls and will nip. Last night she took it a step further and actually bit me, leaving puncture wounds on my face. Otherwise she is really loving and good natured. Please help!

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Jan 30, 2014
by: Anonymous

When my jack russell was young he did not want to be told to get off the bed! He would growl and show his teeth and not move, defending his place on the bed. I did a lot of research on how to handle this. You must never physically move or attempt to move the dog in this situation. Always command the dog down with your voice, a very loud firm voice. This worked for my jack and I do believe that he would have bitten me if I had tried to move him. I hope that you are taking your dog to obedience classes as this will help with establishing your authority. My little guy was the sweetest thing ever but he would hold his ground on the bed. I would not be alarmed at the bite because if handled properly it need never happen again. Jack Russell's can be aggressive and we need to know how to handle their natural behaviors and not provoke them or cause undue stress. They are not golden retrievers - they are feisty and independent.

Jan 26, 2014
Jack Russell getting aggressive
by: William

It concerns me that your pup gave you a puncture wound. It definitely sounds like Luna needs more socialization with other dogs. It also seems ike Luna is taking the Alpha role rather than you. Maybe an obedience training class. But also, I would strongly consider a trained pet behaviorist to come to your house to help you. I'm just worried that things may get worse and I don't want anyone to get hurt. In the meantime, I would ban Luna from your room/bed so that you don't have that struggle with taking her off the bed and into her crate. Maybe adding a comfy blanket in her crate and then luring her there with a treat?

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