I adopted a puppy mill dog age 3 years, a yorkie 2 weeks ago. He has started acting very aggressive to anyone who comes into the home including my husband. He barks, shows his teeth, ,growls, and lunges and snaps at who ever comes into the home. He does not do it to me but everyone else. It very frustrating and dissapointing to me. He just started this in the past couple days.
Type of Animal: Dog yorkshire terrier
Name of Dog: Jacl
Picking him up and telling him its ok. Also putting him in his pet taxi.
Poor baby- he just needs traiining-he is fixable! Is neutered?
Yes in April
good. Is he food motivated?
He does not like treats!!! I bought him 2 kinds and he will not eat them but he eats his dog food fine.
The first week he was the sweetest lovable dog I had ever seen, now the rest of the family is not liking him so much, but he is fine to me..no one else.
last ?--who feeds him?
I do, Ive been off this summer since Im a teacher.
We just need to show him the way. Everyone in the house has to be involved. Everyone should take turns feeding him-this wayhe will associate them wilth a positive experience. Also, we need to have him sit BEFORE everything. Before he gets fed, pet, walked, etc... This will remind him we are in charge. Do you think you can get him in a sit before you open the door to guests?
I can sure try. But just 15 minutes ago my husband walked into the dining room where we are and he showed his teeth and growled at him.
Was the dog on your lap or couch?????
I am in a chair and he is laying beside e on the floor.
Never allow him on the furniture- This will take a few weeks to see results-but if everyone is having him sit before everything-he will learn they are in charge.
When guests come over-it would be best to have him on a leash gethim in a sit focused on you. When they come in they can throw a treat to him so associates them with good things. Reward him for being in a calm sit-always reward the desired behavior to encourage it.
We have not let hi on any of the furniture. His problem is that he thinks he is in charge? Or is he trying to protect me?? I dont understand why he was fine last week and this just started.
Both are an issue! He is now comfortable in your home, now considering it his territory. Which he just needs to be shown was is acceptable/appropriate behavior.
Its hard when he is so sweet and lovable to me but is a meanie to everyone else! I recently had to put my other 18 year old dog down, and just love Jack with all my heart. Im hoping with alot of love and patience he will get better...My husband and grown son are not really liking him as much as I do right now! :(
It will take a few weeks to see results-hang in there!
Ok thank you for your advice. I appreciate it.
Practicing small animal medicine since 2004, also involved in working with rescue groups.
Hi,I'm just following up on our conversation about Jacl. How is everything going?Dr. Jenn