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Old 09-23-2009, 06:01 PM   #1
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i have a 13 week old border terrier, and a 3 year old cairn terrier.

my border is showing signs of aggression, which worries me. how do i go about putting it in it's place?

It barks at my cairn for no reason, growls at us when we try to pick it up, barks when we are getting her food ready, and quite a lot more.

this worries me because we had to put a dog down last year due to his aggression being so bad (this was not caused by us he was a rescue dog that was treated terribly)

any advice on putting her in her place will be taken on board, thanks alot.

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Old 09-23-2009, 06:13 PM   #2
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You definitely need to show him who is boss of the house. He is testing all of you and trying to find his place. Is he the Alpha or part of the pack? You can determine that for him. Have you started obedience classes? This will greatly assist you with basic commands but also with the aggression. You need to begin making your pup work for things (i.e. food, affection, and play time). Make him sit and/or lie down before you give food, affection, or toys. If you are giving him attention during these negative times, immediately stop. For a puppy, any type of attention seems to be affirmation. Ignore him for a few seconds and then try again. If he is biting/nipping at your body parts, tell him "NO!", get up, and walk out of the room. Come back in about 10 seconds w/ a toy to redirect.

Does this make sense? Again, I highly recommend obedience classes ASAP. This will also give you someone face-to-face that knows your pup's personality and can advise accordingly.
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Old 09-23-2009, 08:17 PM   #3
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A thirteen week old puppy normally doesn't show aggression, I'd be worried! Is it possible to talk to the breeder about it?
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