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My dog has bit a child and bit other people he is a jac Russel

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My dog has bit a child and bit other people he is a jac Russel . He is seven and we love him very much we have had him since he was a pup . We never let him off the lead because he would run up to somebody and bite them . Once he gets to know you he is loving and friendly . We are know at a point that he may have to be put down but I wounded if we could have his teeth taken out and how much it cost so we can keep buster beer than having him put down.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Training
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi JaCustomer,
My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
In order to supply you with an informed answer, it is necessary for me to collect some additional information from you. When I receive your response or reply, it will likely take me between 30-45 minutes to type up my reply if I am still online when I receive notice that you replied. I hope you can be patient.
Is he at danger of being put down by animal control due to biting?
What obedience training has he had?
Has a thyroid panel been run on him yet?
Is the field that is fenced in yours?
If so, why are others on your property?
If not, do you have a fenced area on your own property?
What have you tried so far?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.

No because nobody as reported him yet but I fear he will be. I have not taken him to training .No a thyroid panel as not been running on him yet .yes we are fenced in but it happens at are caravan he was chain to the caravan on his lead the kid ran past and he bit him twice. On first meeting people buster will just run up to them and bite them. That's why we will never let him off the lead . Once he knows them he is fine he is loving and playful. He is the same with other dogs . We have never hit him so I do not no why he is as he is . I can never trust him with my grandchildren all thought he as never bit them he as snapped at the if you are giving them sweets he wants them . I just thought I would be kinder to have his teeth out than put him down . Because I fear he will bite somebody one day and we will have too. We tack him walking on a very long lead so in the field he can have a run keep him away from other dogs . I am now going to block a area off in the garden and chain buster in it when my grand children come . So he never has chance to bite them. When they are not hear he can run around the garden as he like. Even in the garden he is barking all the time at things that go by he doses get himself very stress . Could you tell me if training could stop him from biting .All so if I am eating he barks at me to give him some and doses not stop barking until I do .

Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Julie,
Thanks for the additional information. No vet will remove a dog's teeth to stop them from biting. In fact, it would likely be considered abuse.
Now while you can not have his teeth removed, you can put a basket style muzzle on him which will prevent bites but still allow him to eat, drink and breath relatively normal. It will stop him from biting people and is immediate.
You can also have his thyroid tested. Hypothyroidism can cause sudden aggression. You can read about this and other medical issues that can cause aggression can be read about below.
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/medical-causes-of-aggression-in-dogs/page1.aspx
http://www.apdt.com/veterinary/assets/pdf/Dodman_MA10.pdf
Obedience training can help as well. You should eventually do a class but you can start at home. The following site is helpful in helping owners train their dog. Be sure and click on the link to the page on obedience at the bottom. and links on subsequent pages leading to detailed instructions.
http://www.schutzhund-training.com/training_theory.html
Training works best if you train at least 30 minutes a day (two 15 minute sessions). I would start making your dog work via the Nothing in life is free program (NILF). It is outlined below.
http://www.pets.ca/articles/article-dog_nilf.htm
http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/dogs/tips/training_nothing_in_life_is_free.html
The BAT method may help as well. Read about it here:
http://functionalrewards.com/BAT-basics.pdf
http://www.petexpertise.com/behavior-adjustment-training-dog.html
By becoming the dog's leader and boss, it is your job to protect him and when you do, he won't feel the same need to lash out to protect himself.
I hope this information is helpful to you. If you need more information or clarification, please reply and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are satisfied, please take the opportunity to rate.
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