Aggressive Jack Russell

by Chris
(Orlando, FL)

I have 3 females. My two oldest are 10 and 11 and have always gotten along. I got a puppy about a year ago, (she is 1 1/2 now) and she is just not fitting in the mix. She is actually the sweetest girl to people and loves the older one most of the time but she attacks my middle girl. They will go several weeks and be okay but then something just snaps.

I thought I had figured it seemed to be food related most of the time but this last fight food was not around. Since my olders girls were never fighters they do not fair the fights. And now my middle girl which she fights growls at her when she walks close to her because she is scared of her. My puppy will also growl at us if she is tired and we try to pick her up. My husband wants me to get rid of her but she is my baby!! One small thing I left out is they are all spoiled rotten!! They were brought up as kids!

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May 01, 2013
Stop Jack Russell Aggression
by: Adam G. Katz

You need to:

1. Establish yourself as the pack leader.

2. Put all three dogs on a "Nothing In Life Is Free" program.

3. Do not leave these dogs together unsupervised.

4. Get your dogs fixed/neutered/spayed.

5. Keep a leash and collar on your dogs, when you're with them-- so that you can start correcting the aggression.

Employ the "Nothing In Life Is Free" approach, so that your dog starts to view you as the "pack leader." If your dog doesn't see you as the leader, then your corrections will be meaningless. So, if you're doing subtle things (inadvertently) to undermine your leadership role around the house-- it will be counter-productive.

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