Thankyou for your in depth reply. NOTED !!! I will battle onward, bearing in mind all your information & advice.
Hi Rebecca. May I ask whether ***** *****s have a split personality ? ie. little Benji is sweetness & light during day - excessive play & rushing in & out of garden, thru cottage & back around garden MANY times at full pelt until he collapses panting on floor (??) THEN SLEEPS a fair amount. HOWEVER, come late evening when FOXES are about (my garden is long & backs onto fields, much wildlife out there) he goes frantic indoors & when out for his last visit prior to bedtime TAKES OFF into the night. Can understand how he became lost & possibly that is why I think he was tied up where he was before. Unfortunately my next door neighbour cannot get his broken fence panels replaced until Oct so it is a nightmare how Benji can just go straight thru sheep wire on my side of fence. Late at night he will not return to house so I trudge down to the fields to find him .... there he sits in the moonlight & rolls over on his back when I appear beside him ??. He appears subdued and I carry him home ! I just hope that my neighbours think it is a FOX barking when he starts barking in the distance !!? So Rebecca, I will follow your advice and concentrate on simple obedience AND suceeding with training him to walk on a lead - not getting results despite treats, encouragement etc. It will all take time but WILL GET THERE EVENTUALLY !!!!! He is a very loving little dog and I will look after him. Apologies for the length of this ... you will never have time to read it. THANK YOU AGAIN.
KERRY the cat is just keeping a low profile & at present seems content with her domain upstairs ... as long as HE doesn't try going upstairs !!
I did reply to your 4/9/14 but fear it went into the ether as I do not see it posted ... computers are NOT my speciality ! Situation is slowly improving. Have been training JR to walk on a lead (didn't know anything about a lead/walks) plus 'other issues' and now making good progress ie. over the fields on harness and long extending lead, having a great time. Doesn't know about Car travel and fearful of Puppy Crate, despite doing all the things one does to convince it is "his home" ... he's not falling for that one ! Now have a seat belt for him & taking it slowly. MEANWHILE Kerry the cat remains upstairs in her domain & EVENTUALLY the situation will improve. He KNOWS he must not chase her but the strong terrier instinct is there. He also knows he is not allowed into the hall area area (where her food/litter tray is in an annexe) but did so yesterday & pursued her partway up the stairs. CAT appears very relaxed and happy upstairs so hopefully situation will settledown.
Many thanks again for all your help.
Slow progess with CAT problem but at least she seems happy enough in her domain upstairs !!! Will let you know WHEN situation resolved !!!!!!
An update but, as my question is now re. BENJI the ***** ***** (have given up on CAT problem and she keeps to her domain upstairs !! Plenty of purring & seems happy), please advise me how to pay for additional information from you ! Specifically wish to ask you as know you have EXPERIENCE of JRs !! Benji is doing well, bounding over fields on harness/extending lead, now travelling by car (seat belt) to stay at my sister's at w/e, still very nervous of strangers. The growling, snappy behaviour is calming down, as is his excessive chasing round & round in garden/in house/then out again into the garden. Round & round he chases until exhausted. My Vet says possibly stress related & will decrease as he feels more secure & result of his castration op hopefully makes him more calm. Now coming to point of WHY this further communication (??) :-
Walking over fields (twice daily) we encounter a FEW dogs, usually they are off the lead, as is my labrador. Most of the time all goes well but BENJI can SOMETIMES produce really bad behaviour ... it is a random occurence and he totally ignores any commands as he leaps around on the end of a SHORT lead. He furiously paws the ground in a war dance, continually barking. He did get to a friend's German Pointer 6 month old puppy some days ago managing to bite her twice. Perhaps it was a 'guarding' or jealousy thing ie. was OK with puppy until I approached. reeling in the lead. DON'T KNOW !!!!
Would appreciate any ADVICE PLEASE as to WHAT I can do ?????
THANK YOU Rebecca ... tis a long road to well trained dog !!! Your good advice (from what I can recall from when Jet the labrador was a puppy ??) worked well , possibly because labradors are SO interested in FOOD. The terrier breed perhaps prefer to go find their own and Benji is not that interested. Seems strange when used to greed of labrador breed ! ! HOWEVER, will PERSEVERE along the lines you recommend
& Report to you later !
Hi Rebecca - any advice welcome re. PROBLEM (Benji, JR) :- I'm out afternoons, if not back for afternoon walk ask friend to walk dogs. Benji accepts his harness & lead then hides refusing to go out ... then Snaps & Bites if friend goes near him. When I am here he is FINE with visitors and knows the Friend well. Unfortunately I live alone ie. had a Family found him when lost in July he would have become better socialised ? He just wants his safe little world with me but there will be times I have to go away so I'm desperate to try to solve this problem. Whatever background he came from (still think from Travellers) he has FEAR problems; I don't think 'guarding' is part of it.Would really appreciate your advice please ... it is a very difficult one.
Possibly the fear aspect will always be there ?
Thank you Rebecca. Would he 'hide' if protecting my property ?
Think that, having put harness & lead on , that's when Benji first bit Andy,then Andy went into garden to encourage him to leave cottage to go out for the walk ..... I'll tell him to hang onto the lead IF there's a next time (??). Andy visiting on Thurs so will have a clearer picture of what happened and will report my findings !
Thanks Rebecca ... you are always HELPFUL & PATIENT !!!!
Dog warden visited yesterday to check on Benji ... could be FEAR/ANXIETY problem that, possibly was tethered under caravan & just put into vehicle to be put down rabbit holes. Poor little Benji. If so, that would explain a lot.
Will forward Andy's comments when I see him tomorrow.
I will stick with it cos he is a lovely little dog, so trusting and affectionate. Really sad how dogs can be so damaged in their early lives.