Suddenly….he started biting!
Bolt, Yorkie-Poo guest columnist: I have a concern lately that has been gnawing at me. I live with a six-year-old Wheaten Terrier that has become equal parts anxious, scared, and sometimes hostile. This past week, he has nipped at one of the kiddos in the house….not once, but twice…and I am trying to figure out what is going on here! His behavior has become erratic and downright strange lately. It’s as if he is hiding a secret or warding off a dangerous personality change.
I went to dogbitelaw.com and was surprised at some facts I learned:
- A dog is more likely to attack when it is in its own yard, with no mater present.
- When dogs are in packs, they are more likely to attack. Even docile dogs have been known to becomne vicious when in packs. (Not me! I just go with the flow!)
- If a dog is chained or tethered, they are more dangerous. (You would be, too!)
- Being male is also a strike against a dog here. Male dogs are several times more dangerous than female dogs, especially if unneutered.
- Did you know just being the new dog in the house has its risks? For the first 60 days when new to a household, people in the home can be in danger of an attack by that dog.
Still trying to figure out what’s up with the Wheaten dog. Old age? Mood disorder? Need for personal space? I sure don’t know, but we need to fix this quickly. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!