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?