Not a fan of bicycles or thunder or my 1 year old or...orrrr
(Naples, FL )
So we rescued Jack, an 11lb Rat Terrier/Chihuahua, 6 weeks ago from our local DAS. We were told he was 4 years old, and I just found out this week that he is actually 7 years old. Not a big deal... We also believed he was deaf when we first got him, and our vet confirmed. He has since done a 180 and can miraculously hear perfectly; we joke and say he has "selective hearing". He hate thunder and we live in Florida, so the thunder is a regular occurrence. We do not think there is any way to overcome that, so we do the best we can with him in a storm.
I went on a fact finding mission on Jack because after 6 weeks with us, and after taking a nice long walk earlier this week, he nipped at my 1 year old's hand when we got back in from the walk (literally for no reason at all; I saw the whole thing go down). When I went to pick up my son, to get him away from Jack, that is when Jack jumped up to nip my son again, but he bit me on my thigh instead; in two places.
Pump the brakes, Mister! After 6 weeks in the same house with the same family, this happens? My husband and I are trying to figure out where, why, what, how. Was it the long walk we took, was it that he was too hot when we got back into the house, did he suddenly not like my son? We also have a 6 year old girl who is like Jack's BFF! We think that is because when we rescued Jack, she was with me picking him up and taking him home. Maybe she was his hero. Either way, 6 weeks go by and he snapped. Now, this morning when I was walking him with our other dog (8lb Jack Russel/Chihuahua who Jack gets along famously with), a bicycle went by and Jack flipped his stuff, started going bonkers and I locked his leash and went to hold his harness to keep him from lunging, and he went up to bite my wrist. He did not get me this time, but he would have if I wasn't paying attention the way I was.
Can you really teach an old dog new tricks? HELP US! Surrendering him is NOT an option.