Josie: My dog is becoming aggresive towards people, especially men, she has bit someone before, how can I stop her?
I'm looking some advice on my dogs behavour. She is a 3/4 year old terrier crossbreed. She has been spayed. I got her from the dog warden when she was about 6 months old, I don't know much about her history except that she has had a few different homes before she came to me.
The problem is that she is becoming very aggresive, especially towards men, she runs at them barking and growling with her teeth showing, she has bit somebody once on the leg. She has always been quite protective of me but she is getting much worse and I fear she will hurt somebody seriously. Often when she gets near her she is fine with them and wants to play, the problem is her initial reaction to them.
She is well socialised with other dogs and shows no signs of aggresion towards them, she also has met a lot of people. She is with me all day as I manage a riding centre, so she is free to run around, but I am now having to start tying her up. She gets plenty of exercise and can be outside for around 15 hours a day. She is also very rarely left on her own.
I live on my own with her, and have a few neighbours in the village, she seems to accept them sometimes, but other times she will run at them.
Any advice you could give me would be much appreciated, thanks in advance,
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Answer by GreyhoundAdopter
You are doing the right thing, tying her up when you can not keep her under supervision. Could you leave her in a kennel enclosure on the facility or inside the farm office instead of tying her up though?
Running a business at the riding center you can not chance her biting one of the clients. The liability and possibility of a lawsuit is just too great.
Answer by Mya
The first thing you should do is read up on her breed. This could be their trait as they go older.
I guess secondly, you should scold her when she does that, letting her know it is not acceptable.
If you have disciplined her then she should know the difference in your voice. Also only tie her when she snarled and growled, telling her no, bad. She will associated being punished with that act. Maybe she will realize you are not happy when she does that.
Did something happen that she is becoming overly protective of you all of a sudden? It sounds like she sensed you were in danger and now it is just everyone, especially men. But you definitely need to break her of it if you have her around your business.
If all else fails, call your vet and have her checked out.
I wish you luck, I know pets become like your children.
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