Territorial Wars: Territorial Aggression in Glen of Imaal Terriers

Dog owner question

"Hi! My Glen of Imaal terrier is very aggressive when strangers come into our house or when we meet other dogs while walking. What can I do?"

Veterinarian's answer

"Dear Enquirer!

Based on what you have described, it appears that your dog is experiencing territorial aggression.

This behavior is not uncommon among terrier breeds, including Glen of Imaal terriers. Your dog's defensive instincts may be activated by strangers entering his home or by meeting other dogs on walks.

Fortunately, there are different ways to deal with territorial aggression!

Glen of Imaal Terrier

One of them is behavioural therapy, where we can work with a qualified behavioural counsellor to train your dog how to handle stress and respond appropriately to different situations.

It's also important to provide a stable, loving environment for your dog and to provide regular exercise and mental stimulation.

Changes to the home environment, such as the introduction of new people or animals, can increase your dog's stress levels, so it is important to introduce these changes slowly and carefully.

It's important that if your dog's aggressive behaviour persists or worsens, you should always contact a vet or behaviourist who can help you determine the cause of the problem and work out the best treatment plan."

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