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PLEASE HELP... My Jack Russell will not let ANYONE leave my house.

by Sean Lemon
(Derby England)

Hi there, my jack russell is about 19 months old and has got into a habit of spinning around and trying to attack peoples feet when they leave my house even though people are still in the house. He has been castrated but that has not helped......... Please help.... Thanks

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Feb 21, 2014
Jack Russell not letting people leave
by: Brian

The spinning behavior can be genetic, or can be the dog responding to some stress in their life. Stress in a dog’s life exacerbates the behavior and can be triggered by something as simple as allergies or fleas or more complicated like a change of environment, new people, changing schedules, new children or strange sounds. Has there been any recent changes in his environment?

You've got to make your dog feel more secure and remind him that he is a dog. First, set a few boundaries, like not letting him go out of the door first, making him sit before meal times and if he is allowed on the furniture, invite him up, don't let him just jump up. With the issue of going out of the house, you need to practice. You need to desensitize him to the cues of you going out, like putting on your coat or picking up your keys. Eventually, when he is calm and quiet, you will go out of the door and then come back in. This is going to take a long time. He should just learn to ignore you. Don't make a big deal of going out. When he is being good reward him with a treat. Think about getting some interesting chews to give to him when you are planning to go out and make sure he has had a good walk in advance. Maybe a kong filled with peanut butter and biscuits.
If those ideas don't eventually help, I would consider getting help from a trained pet behaviorist.

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