Help my Jack Russell Terrier
I hope that you can help me with my 7 year old JRT. Mickey. He was bought from a breeder in Carmel NY in May of 2001. I have to admit that 2 weeks prior to purchasing this terrier, we had to put down our beloved Golden Retriever, which we had for 11 years. I feel as if the terrier purchase was rushed, and we didn't do our homework on the breed. The breeder where we purchased this dog, housed a lot of JRT's out in a pen. I feel that they were not socialized enough. They were never allowed into the house, nor were they allowed to visit anyone else other than their owners, and certainly they were not socialized with other dogs. I feel that part of the problem lies with me. I really didn't socialize this dog with people nor with any other animals. Herein lies the problem. Mickey doesn't really like to be handled. Petted or picked up etc. That's the whole point in having a pet, is too love and hold him. He also has food issues. You can not go near him when he is eating..gets very very aggressive. He has bitten all of us . There are 3 people in the household. My dad has been bitten the worst. Broken skin, very messy. The thing with my dad is..he is very passive, and he lets the dog run all over him. Now my mom is becoming like him. I am the only dominant one, but he still gives me problems. We also have a 1 year old cat, who stands up too Mickey, so that's not a problem. If we are all sitting in the living room, and Mickey is lying on the recliner, and you just look in his direction he starts growling and snarling. Plus when I get home from work, or wherever...he snarls and growls. I am used to loving animals..and when you can't even pet the animal..or only being allowed to pet the animal on it's terms.. I'm not used to that. Mickey hasn't been bathed in 7 years, because we are afraid to. I don't know what else to do. The barking the growling the biting is all to much for me. I am the biggest animal lover you will ever meet, but I feel defeated. Anything that you can do for me ..would be much appreciated.
Mickey has just bitten my mother on the foot while we were eating because I came too close to my mom..he is now in my room locked up..PLEASE HELP