I have a 4 yo male, toy fox terrier. For the most part he's an amazing dog. He has a few behavioral problems... mostly with housebreaking/marking in the house. (Although he's made leaps and bounds of progress in the last year).
Last night I had him at a friend's house and he lifted his leg. She corrected him and told him "No." He ran over to me and jumped up on the sofa for solace, and I told him "No" and went to lift him off the couch. When I did this, he growled at me and snapped. He got my hand. He didn't break skin, but I am really upset by this.
He gets fearful and aggressive when he knows that he's done something wrong and I correct him.
I dominated him by laying him on the ground and holding his head and body down. He has not been allowed up on the sofa since then and I forced him to sleep in his crate, rather than with me, like he normally does.
I don't know what else to do... Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I'm not convinced that you dog is "fearful" when you try to correct him. It sounds like he thinks he is the boss, and he sees your corrections as insubordination. You trying to put him off the sofa was the last insult he was going to take from you!
My advice is to keep him off the sofa and out of your bed. He needs to sit and wait to be fed (waiting after you place the dish until you give the ok). He needs to sit and wait before entering and exiting doors. To put it simply, he needs to know that YOU are in charge.
I'm definitely NOT an expert. I would advise you to get some obedience classes started soon. Consult a dog behaviorist ASAP if you are really upset.
Is this the first time you have dominated him by forcing him on the ground and holding him down? I think this can make a dog fearful and untrusting. Is this the first time he's growled at you or bit you?
You mentioned he has improved in the last year. Is this is a rescued animal?! You also mentioned 'other' problems. Do you mind elaborating a little? Very often rescued animals have the same 3 behavior challenges. (among others) ~Fearful reaction to you when you reach to pet him or, flinching. ~Bolting when a door is open and he gets a clear shot at the opening or, running away. ~Jumping up on people to get attention. Jumping on your furniture is also an indicater of disrespect and/ or fear. How is he normally? What is his typical day like? Any destructive habits? How often do you dominate him in the manner you described? Have there been any 'culture' changes in your family, a new child, dog, friend, hubby/wife? Have you recently/all of a sudden, switched his food? All or any of these could change your dogs view on his place in your life. Take a look at any changes first and try to address them if you feel they may have an impact on him. Just-a thought. Happy training,
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