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    Question Dog Getting Increasingly Aggressive.

    I look after my brothers dog while he is at work. He is about 6 months old and a Jack Russell x

    Over the last month or so he has become increasingly snappy towards my 2 kids. They love him and if they go near him when he is sitting on the lounge he will growl and then try and bite them. Today he went out to bite my 3 year old when she just walked past him.
    He is also extremely aggressive around food. I went to take him away from Kimbas food and he started growling at me and he knew he shouldn't be eating it as he ran off after.

    The girls at time can be rough but I have showed them the right way to treat the dogs and not to be nasty and I have to say they are gentle with him.

    I don't know what to do with him. I can't have a dog that is aggressive around the kids. If I can't find a way to calm him down asap I will have to ask my brother to stop bringing him over. Its not something I want to do as until the aggression this worked out so well, Kimba loves his company and Buddy isn't home alone, but I have to put the kids safety first.
    What should I do?

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    Hmmm tough one. I don't want to assume that your brother is cruel towards to the dog but I can't think of another reason why he would all of a sudden be so aggressive?

    Has your brother hit him recently for doing some thing wrong? I'd recommend letting him take care of it seeing as it is his dog. Maybe he needs obedience training? Good luck!!
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    A few tips for you:

    1. It is recommended that you should never punish a dog for growling. Your punishment or reprimand may stop the dog from growling temporarily, but he would develop a latent behavior where he bites or snaps at people, without any warning in future. So the best solution under such circumstances is to respect the animal and let him be. He would stop growling as soon as he realizes that there is nothing disturbing his peace any more.

    2. Explain to your children why a dog growls and if the dog starts growling suddenly, they should immediate stop doing whatever they were doing as it is obvious that the dog is getting irritated with their activity. Ask them to simply move away gradually from the dog's vicinity. Tell them to never run away from the growling dog as it irritates him further. Such incidents must always be
    reported to the parents, as then you could focus more on this area while training.

    3. It must be understood that dogs growl when intimidated by some one. Sometimes sheer size is perceived as a threat and the dog starts growling. So when a huge man approaches a dog, however kind his intention may be, the dog thinks him to be a threat. In such cases the man should squat and bring himself at the same level as the dog. Then approach him gently with extended hand - palm facing up. Then talk to the dog in a calm and gentle voice.

    4. If you find that the dog is growling for no apparent reason and is snapping at every thing, it might be right for you to get a medical check up done for the dog. Your vet could do some tests to check hormonal balance, neurophysiologic functions and allergies, if any. You never know, there could be underlying causes for his growling, which when corrected could stop him from growling.

    5. There are some dogs which growl when he is eating and someone gets close. The reason for this is that he is simply possessive about his food and scared that this person might take his food away. To correct this behavior, choose an adult who the dog loves most. Let this adult start feeding the dog and stay close to him while he is eating.

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    I have a mini foxy cross and he doesn't tolerate the kids rough behaviour. He's very protective of his food and his bones and the kids know they are to just leave him be.

    Being your bro's dog...because the dog doesn't actually LIVE with you and your kids...he is probably trying to fit in and get "his place" within the pack.

    I've always told my kids just to leave our little dog alone, always stay away from him when he eats (kids inside, dogs outside for food time) and they are NEVER pick him up.

    I totally understand your concern with the kids.

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    Small dogs tend to try to be the leader fo the pack. which is exaclty what it sounds like this dog is doing.

    As far as the food problem is concerned. give him a bone to eat and take it away for a while and then give it back again (repeat this a few times with teh same bone), if he growls or tries to bite all the more reason to take it away and show him that you are the boss.

    Also try feeding him out of your hand, dont let go of the food/bone and he will learn that you are in charge. If he growls take it away from him altogether and try again later.

    If he growls or trys to bite and you leave the food with him and walk away then you are being submissive and teaching him that he is boss.

    My sisters puppy was doing the exact same thing and these methods have fixed the problem to the point that her dog now brings her food over to you and offers you some.

    As far as the kids go, once again this is a dominance issue, he has put himself above your children in the pack heirachy. Your kids need to show their dominance. i am not sure how old your children are but if you feel they are old enough get them to use the techniques i discribed for stopping the feeding issue. This will teach the dog that your children are higher then he is. Also teach your children to ignore the dog if he is being aggressive and turn their backs on him , if they run away or show fear then the dog knows he is in charge.
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    Hi Sharoo

    I agree there is great cause for concern, esspecially for your children. Small breeds can still do bad damage if they bite and once it has happened it cant be reversed.

    I would not allow the kids any where near this boy. I would make sure he sees a vet and rule out any underlying medical reasons for his aggression.

    If he is not desexed do so asap.

    It is concerning that he is behaving aggressively on fairly neutral ground (ie not in his own home/territory)

    Does he behave this way at home? perhaps he is very spoilt....

    I would not allow him on any furniture or beds at all as he is being elevated in his position and he certainly does not need any more power. He needs to be pulled down a few pegs and realise where his position is.
    He is certainly way below your kids and other dogs in pecking order, you need to show him this.

    I would feed him last, separately and remove his bowl and all the other bowls after 15 mins.

    Your brothers next step would be to see a behaviourist.

    I wish you well, what a tough position to be in...have a chat with your brother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sharoo View Post
    I look after my brothers dog while he is at work. He is about 6 months old and a Jack Russell x

    Over the last month or so he has become increasingly snappy towards my 2 kids. They love him and if they go near him when he is sitting on the lounge he will growl and then try and bite them. Today he went out to bite my 3 year old when she just walked past him.
    He is also extremely aggressive around food. I went to take him away from Kimbas food and he started growling at me and he knew he shouldn't be eating it as he ran off after.

    The girls at time can be rough but I have showed them the right way to treat the dogs and not to be nasty and I have to say they are gentle with him.

    I don't know what to do with him. I can't have a dog that is aggressive around the kids. If I can't find a way to calm him down asap I will have to ask my brother to stop bringing him over. Its not something I want to do as until the aggression this worked out so well, Kimba loves his company and Buddy isn't home alone, but I have to put the kids safety first.
    What should I do?
    JRTs are tiny and I believe he must feel intimidated by your kids. Kids have different approach then us, they move diferently, perhaps he was bumped by a kid and just feels uneasy. Can you recall when and how it started, as I doubt it started out of nothing. It is certanly not comfortable, but try to see it from his perspective.
    As for growling at you, I'd just cut this c*ap at once. You must show him you are the boss, no growling is allowed, let alone snapping or biting. He's tiny enough so he won't do any damage if you're careful. Just in case put the glove on and grab him an pull him away from saying loudly "NO!", and ordering him to sit or drop and stay and wait. I don't like recommending taking away dogs food, as I think it's wrong, but in this case I would do it.

    Does he growl at your kids when you're with kids, or just when kids approach him on their own without you near by?

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    I agree with Nic. If he growls when he is on the lounge and the kids approach he needs to be removed from the couch asap. The last thing he needs is to be feeling that he needs to be the one enforcing boundaries in your home.

    If you're going to continue having him over I'd recommend a professional trainer to come and advise you about your particular situation.

    Best of luck, sorry you're in such an awkward situation...

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    Hi sharoo...
    I'd start by talking to your brother. Lots of questions about his behaviour, how he gets treated, are there any rules. Does he reward the dog for being good? Has there been physical punishment? - 'please don't take this the wrong way...i don't mean that your brother abuses the dog. I mean just a slap on the butt etc. I once caught my mum slap my dog and we had to have a big talk...she looks after mine when i'm away.
    I could also be time to have him desexed as it's meant to help with aggressive behaviour.
    I had a dog with similar behaviour years ago...he was not allowed to go on the bed but would sneek in. He used to get dragged off by my mum and told off. When he got older and you found him on the bed he would growl. He knew he was going to get dragged off and was being a smart arse before you got to him. So i'm thinking it could be a similar thing...but you need to talk to your brother to find out what goes on when he's home. Good luck and let us know how you go.

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