Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Protective aggression will take time to curb.(Final)

Byline: Dr. Jeff Nichol for the Journal Pet Care

Q: I have a 3-year-old Min Pin that I acquired as a foster. She is a wonderful dog. However, she is so overprotective that she has actually bitten someone that came to the house. This person got out of the car and started walking toward me and she nipped him on the leg. What can I do to stop her from acting like this?

Dr. Nichol: Miniature Pinschers are active little dogs who get highly bonded to their owners. They can easily get carried away defending their people and their homes. But they're not alone. Protective aggression is seen in plenty of breeds.

This is serious business. Another bite, or even a close call, is unacceptable. …

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