Agressive Wire Fox Terrier 10 Months Old

by A Salus
(Severna Park, MD USA)

We have a 10 month old Wire Fox Terrier (neutered) that acts like the perfect gentleman while going for a walk on his leash. He'll be polite with children, adults, other dogs, and is not a barker. He'll sit patiently if I stop to talk to someone. However, he has an issue with his leash when I try to bring him in from outside and needs to go into his crate. He jumps up and bites the leash and won't let go. A trainer told us to squirt him with a spray bottle mixed with water and vinegar. I swear he likes the stuff. I've also tried a small squirt bottle with lemon juice. Now the issue has escalated in that he does not want to go into his crate. (He doesn't mind his crate, but seems to only want to go in on his own terms.) He'll pull the leash in with him and won't let go. He has a very strong bite and it turns into a fierce game of tug of war. I'll squirt him with the vinegar/ water mixture and he'll let go of the leash for a second, but then try to run out and grab it repeatedly and bites at me before I can shut the door to the crate. I've whacked him briskly with a ruler under the neck. Now, he'll grab the ruler and yank that into his crate and won't let go. I eventually manage to shut to door to the crate, but usually he'll try to come out and bite me about three times before I can get the door closed. This is very stressful and the dog is a serious power chewer, so I know what he's capable of with his bite. He has actually nipped me a few times, but fortunately my reflexes are quick. He'll act like a deranged dog and try to bite me through the wire door once it is closed. There's also a lot of growling/barking going on during this daily & nightly scenario. It's definitely a challenge when I take him out during the middle of the night and try to get him to go back into his crate. He can't be trusted out of the crate, because of his chewing. He has to be supervised at all times in the house. Can you offer any suggestions?

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Sounds exactly like mine who is also 10 months
by: Anonymous

This is my first experience with a wired. I had a schnauzer for 16 and half years, a beautiful boy. That being said I love this foxy too but they are different I have in 3 classes so far. He too is 10 months. This sounds all too familiar. What is being a pack leader. He’s very well behaved outside and in class. This guys are super smart. Right now I see an improvement inside but one thing I could say is it’s his way or no way. I’m hoping over time he will have a little more empathy for me his owner. They are true to there breed. Some of this is puppy stuff. They are fun great smart dogs. Patience is required for sure. After terrorizing me at night he falls asleep into a ball of mush near me at night -lol. Well I wouldn’t give up. I love him but he’s a challenge

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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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