Aggressive terrier ... what are my training options?

Abby and

Abby and

On leash, my five-year-old Jack Russell Terrier Scout aggressively reacts to other dogs when we hike nature trails. After training for six-months, using professional training sessions, consistent positive-reward methods, and maintaining Scout's tolerance threshold distance to other dogs, his other-dog aggression is getting worse and worse! I am frustrated and ready to give up and just leave Scout home alone!

As a result of training, Scout does very well with "heel," "sit," "stay," "look," and "stay" commands, indoors and outdoors, that's cool, but I want a good hiking-trail dog. I'm I asking for too much from my "hard" little terrier? What are my training options?

P.S.: I have another non-reactive terrier Abby who is a joy to walk with on nature trails :)


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Dec 30, 2013
Nothing In Life Is Free
by: Adam G. Katz

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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