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Parson Russell owner

by Kate

Hi my 6 year old Parson Russell neutered bitch is fine with most dogs we come across off the lead in an open space. If an unfamiliar dog arrives she may be friends but can attack by barking and circling the dog and owner. This has only happened a few times. She seems to do this with friendly submissive dogs or can go for dominant dogs especially when they are both on a lead. I don't want to keep her on a leash when exercising in a safe open space but looks like I might have to. She has not actually bitten another dog or person, just won't leave it alone until we can get her away - not easy. Any tips? Why does she go fomr some dogs and not others?

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Mar 10, 2012
Jack Russell dog park
by: Frank

It sounds like your Jack may not be completely ready to be off leash. She may need some additional training first. A good thing to do would be to take some obedience classes which would promote socialization with a variety of dogs. When your Jacks has the skills in that setting, then move on to a setting like an open field, a busy street and then to a setting like a dog park. That way, your Jack has the skills and will listen to you when needed and is not barking/attacking other dogs out of fear.

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