by ruth
(n ireland)

i have a 2 and a half year old female jack Russell she has been spayed since she was 5 months old. she will snarl bare her teeth when you go to take something off her that she knows she shouldn't have but i am able to put my hand in her feed bowl when she is feeding and she eats away no problem. Now this last two days her aggressiveness is worse she was in her bed and my husband spoke in a friendly way she jumped out of the box bared her teeth and snap at him now is she is even looking anything and maybe you think she shouldn't be near it if you go near her to ask her to come back she jumps bears her teeth and barks at the person she has caught my husbands finger a couple times. so what it the answer to this problem i would appreciate your help thank you

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Nov 15, 2010
by: ScooterMama59

Hello Ruth,
This is a very common behavior in JRT's throughout their lives. Male and female alike. I agree with the last writers comments, she is testing you right now. I don't think that she needs a VET unless you see a problem or she is demonstrating a physical problem.
The JRT is notorious for this. That's why I always advise new puppy JRT owners not to play with them in a "rough" way. Based on the JRT's intelligence level, later on they will figure out how to you this "rough-play" to get what they want.
You must stand your ground, first with the toys and then with you and your husband. Being consistent with this and your JRT will be back on track in about 2 weeks.

First and foremost start with the toys. Place gloves first then take the toy and if she growls and shows her teeth, say with a very firm LOOK and VOICE --NO! Do this with all of her toys and things that she likes until she STOPS! Your husband should do the same.

Next, concerning your husband and yourself, when she growls and shows her teeth, once again use the very firm LOOK and VOICE and tell her NO, until she stops.
If she does not stop, then you can pick her up and put her in the kennel box. Give her 5 minutes (for her age) and then tell her before you let her out that there will be NO more growling and showing her teeth. JRT's understand lots of words! If she continues increase her time-out by 1 minute each time that you need to put her in the kennel box.

Please, also go to this website. It will help you with your JRT:

It is excellent and extremely informative for us JRT owners and friends!
Best to you in Ireland,
Stef, Belgium, JRT Lover from Texas!
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Nov 14, 2010
Dominant aggression
by: Maria

This little jack is trying it on with you and the longer you allow this kind of behaviour to continue. It will become increasing more difficult to deal with.
Your body language speaks volumes to your little jack. Try and remain calm look her in the eye. Stand firm that is stand your ground did not give in. Start firstly by taking back the proposition of whatever she think is her's. Wear gloves if you think she will bite. If she tries to get physical with you pin her to the ground-fingers poked to the neck works for me. Make sure you dominate her not the other way round. If you fear this little jack she will play on it. And it will make it more work for you.
I wish you well.

Nov 14, 2010
Vet visit I think.
by: Anonymous

First of all I would have her checked out by a vet, there may be something going on that is bothering her, she may be suffering some pain of some kind.


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