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I'm taking advantage of your free consultation. My family and I have recently rescued a Boston Terrier named Zane. Zane is 6 years old and we don't know much about his history. He has been a pretty well behaved addition to our family and great with my two boys (ages 4 and 6). We've had him for about two months now.
My problem has come when I've taken him out on walks( on lead). I walk him everyday. On two occasions he has bitten someone. I've been fortunate that the people he has bitten have been very forgiving but I'm now nervous about walking him and terrified at the possibility of him getting out off leash. We just got through the Holidays with many people coming and going and he did a great job... indoors. I'm not sure what it is that set him off those two times. We definitely cannot have a third. Thanks for your help,
Thank you for your email regarding your 6 year old Boston Terrier. From what you have told me, no you cannot really afford for this behavior to carry on any longer. In fact you are very fortunate those that have been bitten have been as forgiving as you say. It is very important for us to tackle this problem right now and stop any more situations like this occurring again.
Firstly I think it is very important (at least for the next little while), to make Zane wear a muzzle in public. You can buy these relatively inexpensively from pet stores and they will be able to help you find one for the short faced terrier breads. By making Zane wear this will ENSURE that something similar doesn’t happen again while you are re-training him.
From what you have stated in your email and from the nature of his behavior it sounds as though the two times he has bitten people on walks could be due to a territorial aggression problem that has also spread to include aggression to dogs and people he sees in the neighborhood during walks. Perhaps you should try to avoid the problem to begin with by choosing ‘quiet’ times to walk your dog – i.e. early mornings and late evenings.
From your email it sounds as though Zane is generally very well behaved. Despite this I would recommend that you start re-training him on a regular basis and under a variety of conditions. The progression below is a useful one that many people have used to get better results from their dogs. The first step is to have your training session in an environment where Zane is comfortable and not threatened. You can decide where you start on the progression if you feel that you would get a good response out of the earlier progressions and do not need to do it again.
You will also be the best judge of when you should move on to the next progression, but I would recommend that you move on when your dog completes a 5 to 10 minute sit-stay and a 5-10 minute down-stay. This may require you to go back to the beginning to quite basic commands but you are better to take things slowly and complete this program over a number of weeks.
1. inside, on-leash, with no other dogs or people present,
2. outside, on-leash, with no other dogs or people present,
3. outside, off-leash, with no other dogs or people present,
4. outside, on-leash, gradually introducing dogs and people to the vicinity,
5. outside, off-leash, gradually introducing dogs and people to the vicinity.
Try to minimize the contact Zane has with strangers and those people he meets during his walks – even if he has been muzzled. The more exposure your dog gets to confrontational situations the harder your problem will be to fix.
Outside of training it may be worth trying to socialize your dog a bit more preferably with friends and family who would be forgiving if there was a slight nip! In saying that, if you think that your dog may react badly by biting then consider using a muzzle even in these socializing situations.
Again, this will have to be a gradual process where the new person/people is/are introduced at a neutral venue and from a distance. By that I mean you should get Zane to sit and have the person in his sight but a long way away. You want to keep your dog’s focus and attention on you as your friend gradually comes closer.
By reprimanding all bad behaviors Zane exhibits and rewarding behaviors where he would otherwise have been bad usually, his all round behavior should improve. Use the commands you have taught him when walking him, use a muzzle and short lead if initially and resist tightening your grip on his leash when you see another dog or person approach.
Best of luck with Zane. It sounds like ultimately he is a very well behaved dog that for some reason has lashed out on two occasions. You should be thankful that no further action was taken, and act quickly now to nip this problem in the bud, before it either gets worse or leads to any bites. Ensure that you and your family are "Alpha" over Zane also, by reading or re-reading the bonus book "Secrets to Becoming the Alpha Dog". This may also help the problem, however I still believe it has something to do with a territorial aggression and the methods above will help the most in aiding this particular problem.
Thanks again for your email. Let us know how you get on with Zane over the next couple of months.
Daniel Stevens and the Secrets to Dog Training Team
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