My dog is a terrior cross jack-russel and is a lovely family dog. He never hurt anyone in the first two years of owning him and we got him when he was 13 months- ish . But he started to growl if we tried moving him off the sofa or from living room to kitchen before we went out. He used to also growl and on one occasion snapped at my mum when she tryed to get him out from under the bed but my mum shouted "no" and jumped back in shock. My dog then knew he did wrong and went down stairs. We then stopped allowing him upstairs and on the sofa to see if this would help. And it did. We have a regular routine with him and hes very playfull and lovely but now has a habbit of hiding under the table when we are trying to get him in the kitchen before we go out. We ring the door bell, get his lead out and tease him in because he started growling agressively if we tried to just pick him up or hold his collar. But this morning my 17 year old sister was home alone and was ready to go to college so she needed to put him in the kitchen... He was sitting at the bottom of the stairs and when she came down realised like he does every morning she was leaving, so he ran under the table. She just called him a few times and he didnt move. So she got his lead and went over to him. She went slowly to hook it on because normally he would growl but he didnt so she thought it was okaii when suddenly, he turned his head and grabbed her hand. It was more of a graze than a bite but she was so shocked (it could have been her face) she flung him off crawled back and then she came at her teeth bared, growling, got the bottom of her jeans, so she jumped on the sofa and he was growling and shouting "no" and shoving him down with her foot. in the end she ran out crying left him in there and rung her boyfriend and my mum in tears scared and panicy. My mum is now worried cause she came home still shocked and shaken and said she has never been so shocked and scared and dont want to be near him but loves him. so we all dont know what to do. Or why he does this, and dont want to wait till he bites someone for real ... CAN ANYONE HELP US??? x
it sounds to me like he is being dominate. He has learned your routine, and is saying no I am not going to listen. I wouldn't allow him off a leash at all, and hire an animal behaviorist. This is a very serious situation, and you really need professional help. Bark Busters if they are in your area, have been excellent trainer in my area. Many people highly recommend them. Good luck
Why not reward him instead of terrify him? Try using his favorite toy or a treat and a positive tone or praise to motivate him to do what you want him to do rather than physically moving him and making it a tense experience. Your family has to learn how to respect and communicate with your dog before you attempt to train him.
Is he spoiled otherwise?
Sometimes we speak to change the world other times we speak to keep the world from changing us.
my dog is a cocker and she is agressive so we did this trhing she loves socks soo we laid out a sock but we laid out a treat and i went to pick up the sock my friend let her go and she went for the treat ang i got the sock try that if it does not work sorry!
OH BROTHER. A Lovely family dog that's growling and snapping at family members. Get real. Why hasn't anyone suggested yet that this dog is not just dominant, he has taken over! He needs some firm discipline and that means, if he is a smaller dog, when he so much as growls, don't wait for the show of teeth, he needs to be taken by the SCRUFF THE LOOSE SKIN HERE, NOT THE ACTUAL THROAT but the loose skin, taken down to the floor, with a bit of a shake, again don't rattle his teeth out but shake him a bit and in a loud LOW tone say NO GROWL...just like his Momma would do, but he is a bit old here and this behavior has been allowed to go on. Muzzle him for the first few days if neccessary. Remember...LOUD "LOW" tone, not a shrieking screm, the idea here is to sound like YOU'RE growling, teach him that HE is not the ALPHA, YOU are. If you can't be tough with this dog, you are in for some serious trouble. Dominant growling becomes dominant BITING and the liability is high since you know he is aggressive. NIP THIS IN THE BUD
Oh yeah... Since I'm already somewhat unpopular here, this should get a great response. Bharathi, that was about the STUPIDEST response I've seen on this forum and over the past 6 or so years I've seen alot. YIKES