Posted 29 August 2007 - 11:10 PM
I just got a dog, his name is Jack he is Jack Russell Terrier/Boston Terrier mix and he is 11 months old. I adopted him from the humane society a few days ago. He had 3 or 4 previous owners, they brought him back for various reasons like small children and other dogs that he did not get along with. He was very nervous at first and did not trust me but after a couple days he seems to trust me and is happy. He is house broken, doesn't bark or growl, does not bite furniture or shoes or rip anything apart he loves to play and also loves just laying with me on the couch.
He is a really great dog but there is just one problem. For no reason at all he will try to bite my friends. They will just be sitting on the couch and he will jump up on their lap and he tries to bite their face, Then a little later when that person is leaving he will try to bite their feet, he has done this two times and he made my one friend's lip bloody. When he bites people he gives no warning(growling, barking) that he is going to bite, he almost sneaks up on people and attacks. Also, while he is laying by himself on the couch when someone goes over to pet him he tries to bite them, this may be because he is resting but it is still not acceptable behavior.
He has never bitten me and when he bites others I do yell at him and I give him no attention for about 20 minutes. Can anyone help me with this? I really do not want to have to bring him back or for him to bite someone I don't know. Please if you know anything I can do please contact me, either on this board or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you. -Will