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Ongoing aggression issues since being ill

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by James K, Dec 28, 2018.

  1. James K

    James K PetForums Newbie

    Oct 28, 2018
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    I posted originally back in October regarding an aggression issue with my bedlington.

    “Hi, I’m hoping somebody has some advice or similar experience that could help.

    We have a Bedlington Terrier who from the age of 6 months one day when unwell and had an infection in the penis and testicles started becoming randomly aggressive. He now randomly displays this behaviour however you are not able to tell when it’s about to start. He only displays signs of this when possibly laying on your lap for a stroke or groaning and rolling on his back, he then shows his teeth to which we then stop. He then goes on to groan again as in for a stroke but raises his teeth. He also displays this if eating a chew on your but if touched he growls (sometimes aggressively barks).

    He has a good routine of sleeping in his bed - he never sleeps in our bedroom however he may sleep on the bed if we’re in there however when we go to take him downstairs for the night again he growls.

    He has been well socialised with other dogs and gets on great with them.

    I’ve had dogs all my life, however he is the only one who seems to display traits like this and I feel as if we’re doing something wrong or something is wrong with him.

    It does however seem strange to me that he would come to us for a stroke, then growl and bite when we actually go to stroke him. It’s very hot and cold behaviour but I cannot seem to get to the root of it. He has yet to be castrated and we are planning this but not sure whether this will curb the behaviour.

    Any questions or advice would be appreciated”

    Since having him neutered we seem to not be getting any improvement.

    An update on all of the above. We have had our dog neutered a couple of months back just after my original post. He disliked having a cone on and his behaviour continued for a week or so.

    Once the cone was taken off he went back to not being aggressive, his attitude changed a little and was able to lay on the bed without growling when being stroked and his general behaviour went back to his original self. We are now making him lay in his bed whenever he wants to sleep.

    A couple of weeks following this it seems that he has now gone back into his previous behaviour and it seems to be getting a little worse. He now jumps if you touch him and he cannot see you. He also growls instantly if you move near him when he’s asleep and he’s very quick to snap around at you.

    It has got to the point where I’m paranoid about people touching him to say hi incase he bites, he snarls very easily and anybody touching. The frustrating thing however when up and playing he is happy for anybody to touch him however the second he stops and sits down as soon as he is touched his lip goes and he becomes angry.

    It’s very easy to read posts which say to let sleeping dogs lie etc but I don’t feel as if this behaviour is normal, he definitely has some issues going on which we just cannot figure out. I have him booked into the vets on Sunday to try and rule out illnesses however think they may say it is purely behaviour related.

    The dog is very routined and has been in the same routine since being a puppy, has 3/4 walks per day, has good food (no rubbish to eat) sleeps in his bed in the kitchen, happily plays but it’s just this element which makes me worry. We have even had to consider the long term possibilities of his behaviour when acting like this and it’s extremely frustrating.

    Any further advice would be appreciated.

  2. Boxer123

    Boxer123 PetForums VIP

    Jul 29, 2017
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    I would definitely revisit the vets. Could you get a 1:1 positive behaviourist in ? I would limit interactions with people until this is sorted.
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  3. Twiggy

    Twiggy PetForums VIP

    Jun 24, 2010
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    It sounds behavioural rather than medical although I would still want him checked over by a vet.

    It maybe that he is a dog that simply doesn't like being touched or handled. Many years ago I had a Collie/Corgi crossbreed that was very similar. She was like Jekyll and Hyde - one minute seeking attention and the next either showing her teeth or snapping. I learnt pretty quickly to leave her alone, and was very careful about other people fussing her, but having said that she was my first competitive obedience dog and she did very well.
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