I have a 6 month old Jack Russell named Hurley. He, for the most part is very lovable and playful. However, there are times that he can be kind of aggressive, especially when I have to put him in his crate or take something he shouldn't have away from him. He will hide under the kitchen table and get very aggressive. He will back himself into a corner and when I try to reach for him, snap at me. It can be pretty frightening , especially for my wife. He hasn't bitten hard...yet but he gives us this look like he will tear our hand off if we go near him. Any suggestions to fix this behavior would be appreciated.
If you need to take something from him offer him a trade. Offer him something better than what he has. You really, for his safety, have to get through to him on this. As a puppy he may get something that is dangerous and you need to be able to get it from him.
Google resource guarding and NILIF for more ideas and good luck.
Hi, I hear you on this one. My chiweenie is doing the same thing only she is not trying to bite when trying to take something away from her, but she will run away from you so you cant get what she has. It is very frustrating, but I am working with her on the "leave it" command. She is doing well with this. If she is out in the yard and for example goes to pick up an acorn of something else in the yard I will say leave it and if she does this gets rewarded with a treat. This has been working pretty well, of course if I don't get the command out before she gets the acorn in her mouth this is a different story, but hopefully with reinforcement she will learn that leave it means just that. They are puppies and think that everything is a game thats why you need to get the puppy to focus on your commands and obey them. Also when my little one gets rambunctious (probably not spelled right) and starts to nip I will tell her to "be nice" and she has learned that this means she needs to calm down and she will now do this without even being rewarded.
They are pups and reinforcement in your training and consistency will be your best bet. Don't get frustrated your hard work will pay off and will have a good little buddy right by your side thankful for all the hard work you put into him.
I am thinking this will only make things worse. We are planning on resuming our training classes but the trainer wants to wait for a class with fewer dogs since he was nearly impossible to handle around 10 other dogs..he could not focus on me, no interest at all. Here at home we have continued training and work with him nearly every day.