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Why does my JRT HATE a Male neighbor??

by Kim
(Chicago, IL)

I have a rescued JRT that wandered into my sister's yard injured almost years ago. She's a very affectionate and friendly dog. I jut moved in with my brother and for some reason one my girl LUNGES AT AND VICIOUSLY BARKS at the next door neighbor. This is the FIRST TIME I've ever seen her do this.

To put it into perspective, she usually barks a couple of times at the neighbor (male) on the other side of us and then she GOES ON WITH HER BUSINESS. When the other neighbor comes out she lunges to the gate, bares her teeth, gets super hyper/anxious and barks CONTINUOUSLY. I have to bring her inside it's so bad.

I'm starting to feel like she's knows this person from when she belonged to her previous owner (possibly him?). How can I stop this behavior??


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Feb 18, 2014
JRT barking at male neighbor
by: Robert

Thank you for rescuing this little guy! I have a soft spot for people who rescue dogs, as I rescued one myself. The one issue with rescue dogs is that you don't know their background. She could have (unfortunately) been abused by a male. I'm wondering if your neighbor somehow reminds her of a past bad experience. The best way to work on this is more through the leadership route. Maybe an obedience class and then coupled with practice at home with high value treats. When she is able to follow commands then you can work on desensitization exercises with men from the class and then hopefully at some point move those exercises to the outside world. It will definitely not happen over night but with a little patience things should improve.

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