Hi, my hubby and I are an older couple with 2 dogs. We're looking for help with one who is very possessive of the house and will bite! Hope we can find some answers, we're at our wits end!
We have 2 dogs, both terriers.
The first one, Dixie, is very sweet and laid back.
The second one is Zephra. We adopted her about a year after Dixie.
The shelter says she was "crate crazy". When you approached her in the crate she was jumping around, snapping and snarling. But as soon as they took her out, she calmed right down. We took her for a walk and she was fine. We fostered her at first because we wanted to be sure she'd get along with Dixie.
And she did. She immediately seemed to recognize Dixie as being the Alpha... and still does. There's never been an issue between them.
Never an issue with us, either.
When we walk on the street or at a park, she's fine with other people and dogs.
The issue is when someone comes to our house.
She watches them intently. If they get up and walk she'll run after them and try to bite their leg! If they reach out to her to let her smell their hand, she'll try to bite them!
We had a wonderful house-sitter/dog sitter who came to the house, sat on the floor and fed them both treats and spent time letting them get to know her. But when she came to sit she had to use the doormat to protect herself from Zephra. Once she got in, let them out in the yard and fed them, it was fine, but each day she had to go through it all again!!
When someone comes to visit, even our family and grandchildren, we have to muzzle her! And she'll still jump at them but the muzzle keeps her from biting.
We've taken her to the vet who tried her on meds... the latest one is clonidine... it makes her sleepy until someone comes in, then boom... it's like she never took it.
I don't know what to do. Of course, we tell her NO, we put her in her crate or muzzle her, but she doesn't get the message that we don't like her behavior. She knows commands like sit, stay, come,shake, roll over... but when someone comes into the house, that all disappears.
Here's her picture