hi evryone i,m hoping someone can help me as im worried i,m gonna have to give up , iv never given up on a dog in twenty years of having jack russells so you can apreciate the concern. we adopted a jack from the dogs home two months ago he has lost a back leg and we were told this was due ti ill treatment but apparently becouse there was a court case involved they cant tell us any more. he initially chased my cats but over the three month period we have had him this has calmed down the cats will sit in living room while hes there but given a chance where i,m not watching him he will still snap at them. he has most typical jack traits, not having good recall total tazmanian devel level of energy aggresion with other dogs although i do think his is more severe than normal. the main problem though and my reason for posting is his aggresion with my son! my son is seven and disabled the second i leave the room the dog is jumping all over him on the sofa mouthing him, the dog isent allowed on the sofa since he started chasing the cats he dosent get on the sofa while i,m in the room but the second i leave wether to go in the kitchen to flick the switch on the kettle or go to the loo things that take seconds i hear the dog on the sofa and my sons distressed cries! i am now using my dogs lead to chain him to the radiator evry time i leave the room! has anybody got any ideas whatsoever as to what i can do??????? i really really dont want to give up on him especially with his background but we cant live like this, my son certainly cant! he has speach problems so cant tell the dog like a normal seven yr old would1
Maybe look through some past videos of the dog whisperer or buy his book. It is obvious your dog feels he is the alpha over your son, so maybe keeping him on leash around the house is best. It cannot help your son to have him around, as whether or not he is hurting your son, the fear must always be present. That is no way to live.
He is your friend, partner, defender, your dog. You are his life, love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.