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Old 10-03-2006, 03:39 PM   #1
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i just got an urgent case with a 9 week old fox terrier puppy, he is aparently extremely agressive and is a biter, he is also food agressive (has already broken skin with another foster mom) i know i can handle this pup as he is so young, and i was just wondering if any one had suggestions as to break the puppy of this, im just a bit curious as to why a pup so young is so aggressive already.... and what could have caused this behavior so early on. im planning on using the dominant (non agressive) training with him, but if anyone has better suggestions on how to curb this behavior it will be appreciated. (he will be crated as well)
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Old 10-03-2006, 03:54 PM   #2
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Aw, bless you for taking him in like that. Sounds like a tough case. Is he smooth or wire? Just curious (see avatar <---).

I'm kind of surprised he's so aggressive at 9 weeks. We got Tilly at 10 weeks, and although she turned out to be very "challenging" throughout the years, at that stage she was asleep by 9pm every night, and really not bitey or destructive. When we got her, Gator was already with us, and was 2. I wonder if he'll adjust better when he's around your other dogs.

I think you have all the right ideas. For the biting I would always yelp (sounds silly) and grab the jaw of the puppy and say No. I found with Tilly, unlike all the other dogs I've been around, I had to be careful about not over handling her. By that I mean I was firm, but noticed she would react poorly if she perceived I was "too firm". I don't know how else to describe it. Does that make sense? The breeder told us about this behaviour in advance, as apparently it's common in some terriers. They are a handful for sure. Good luck.

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im hoping my other dogs will help to train this pup as well as they are not agressive to any other dog or person, and they do not allow it in their pack, if another dogs tries to get to rough they give them a warning growl to warn them it is unacceptable, and if that doesnt work they usually snip (not hard but enough to let them know) im unsure if it is a smooth or wire pup as i have not seen him yet, i will be getting him either tonight or tommorow afternoon. i agree with the jaw grab to keep from biting, i used it in the humane society alot with nippy dogs, another good way is to hold the jaw with the lip inside so when they bite down they bite their own cheek and it shows them it hurts when they do that and tend to stop fairly easy, im going to have to keep a close eye on this pup as i have 2 young children (2 and 4) but my girls also know that they are not allowed to be rough or chase the puppy, or run from it, because they will be bitten. at the moment he is at a boarding kennel/groomers, and she does not have the time to train this pup properly and run her business, (that is why its so urgent) apparently his first owners did not understand the breed at all and just got him because he was cute, and when he started biting they didnt want him anymore.
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I agree that your existing dogs will be your biggest asset in this situation. Well done for taking on the little terrorist - I hope he quickly learns to be a polite doglet.

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ok well i just picked up the pup, and after talking to the lady that was fostering him, i have found out the problems already, he is deffinitly from a byb litterealy, he has never had proper human contact, and was poorly treated (yes he is only 9 weeks!!!) at first attempt of petting him he snapped and tried to bite visciously, and i calmly held him down and let him have his temper tantrum, i let him up after about 2 minutes of him being submissive and calm, and he went about his own way, and i tried to pick him up and he was calmed down completly and giving kisses, he even let me hold him down for his nails to be trimmed. i cant beleive how someone could do such a thing to a puppy but they did, he is extremely smart and is almost potty trained already, also he is NOT a fox terrier, he looks more like a jack russel/rat terrier cross, but if anyone else can give me a hint of what he is that would be cool. i will post a pic asap. he has a face that makes you melt.
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Aww, Sabledog, it is great to hear that he is now in good hands. It's such an important thing you do in taking on dogs in this situation.

I would be seriously worried about what a person that could abuse a tiny puppy would be capable of doing next! No coincidence that most serial killers have a history of abuse to animals. People can be very scary.

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ok well i got a few pics, he is definitly cute,







so what do you think he is? jack/rat mix, fox mix? im unsure lol
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Oh my gosh! I've been dying to see him. He is beautiful!!

His shoulders and front legs are not right for a fox terrier. His nose is also a bit squat. I'd lean more towards a JRT mix, as they are also more common.

I think I could love him to death despite his current issues.

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Looks like a jrt to me too.
Glad to hear that he is behaving better with a decent person to care for him.
I did want to say that I am not sure about how adult dogs will help train a 9 wk old pup, since up to about 4mos puppies can get away with a lot and adult dogs will put up with it.

Ans he is adorable!!!
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that may be true with alot of adult dogs, but not mine lol, my female had her share of pups (riken who i kept was from a litter of 1 it was just him) and she had a litter of 8 (unintentional) and after about 7 weeks she would puit them in their place, and my other dogs as well, we have had lots of pups in and out of the home, so they know what to do when a pup comes along. he is doing great in a crate, and is going potty very well, he is also learning sit, (still isnt so sure of what the clicker is yet though lol) but i will keep updates on this cute lil pup .
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