Hi A couple years ago our family dog bit a child that bent over to hug him. We wanted to get rid of him but the shelters said their only option would be to put him to sleep. Since he got along well with adults and was well-trained in other way, we didn't want to do that. Now a more urgent problem has arisen. Since our neighbors got a new dog, our dog runs back an forth along the fence barking all day. On friday our neighbor finally snapped and started screaming at him. He then came over to our door and started pounding on it. Our dog must now remain indoors from 8 am until 3 when someone comes home. his bathroom breaks must be supervised and then he must be immediately brought back into the house. He is a 7 year old jack russell terrier/fox terrier. I've written to numerous rescue organziations but so far the ones that have replyed said they canot take a dog who has bitten someone. We don't know what to do with him, he is a big source of stress for us right now. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you Lisa
Jack Russels are a high energy breed. As you probably know. It is unfortunate that you are under such stressful conditions. Maybe a bark collar, training him no to bark, or possibly debarking him if all else fails. Just so he can live peacefully with your neighbor. I think it is great that you have been haonest about his biting history. I would really work with him on getting all of that energy out when you are home for atleast 45 minutes. He is only inside for 7 hours. That isn't too bad. He should be fine in the house. My dogs are mostly kept in doors out of consideration of my neighbors. This may save his life to keep up this indoor schedule.
Thank you for your suggestion. It seems that it isn't just the barking that bothers our neighbor however. He constantly runs back and forth along the fence panting loudly and that seems to bother him as well.
i would seriously consider debarking. having to only be outside when someone is present and be brought immediately back in is hard on you plus the dog. a terrier would be almost impossible to train not to bark. and dogs can develop fence aggression when left outside for long periods. i can relate to the neighbors annoyance, too; my neighbor has a rat terrier that barks nonstop when outside. they try to keep her in but she has a doggie door, also. i keep my dogs inside when i am gone so they won't disturb. as for the biting incident, actually i'm not surprised about the biting when someone bent over him and hugged; dogs can take that as a dominance challenge or be frightened and bite, esp. a breed like a jack russell. not a good idea to bend over a dog, especially for a child. again, debarking may be the best thing.
Yeah, I agree with Pearl. To a dog a hugh is a head lock. Not much fun and really rude. I suggested the excersizing for 45 minutes to help stop the running back and forth. Taking him for walks, fetch, agility, etc. Can give him an outlet for all this craziness.
"He constantly runs back and forth along the fence panting loudly and that seems to bother him as well." i guess i'm not sure the neighbor should be complaining about panting! unless your dog is outside 24/7, which it really shouldn't be, and isn't now, anyway.
what worked for me was a stockade fence around the back yard .are you sure your neighbor isnt teasing your dog .? the stockade fence worked for me with my great dane the neighbor kids were throwing rocks at her know she doesnt like kids . mine stop the barking once the fence went up and she doesnt chargethe fence like she use too expensive but worth it ........
who told you your dog has to stay inside all day? did the animal control or police tell you that or was it just your neighbor? the noise ordinance in most towns is from 10 pm to 7 am. which doesn't seem to apply here. i doubt he is running the fence and barking all day long. i would imagine he is only doing it when either the other people are out or their dog is out. maybe they should be told they aren't allowed in their yard or their dog isn't allowed out during the day cause it upsets your dog too much.
I agree. The barking may be a problem but your neighbors have no right to be pissed that your dog is panting and running back and forth. Not to mention life was fine until they got a new dog. It seems that they should also take some responsibility and keep their dog inside. At least create a compromise of hours or days to switch.