4 Responses to Rat Terrier

  1. Serena says:

    I rescued what I thought was a jack russell but am now sure is a rat terrier. So intelligent but previous owner didn’t socialise or basically do anything. … he’s afraid of loud noise and mostly aggressive to big dog any hints or tips? He could be so much more

    • admin says:

      Hi Serena,
      Generally, whining, shaking, or pacing is a sign your dog is scared. If your dog starts showing any of these signs of anxiety, distract him with a game of tug or fetch, or play music that can block the scary noises. Find a recording of the noise that your dog fears, whether it is exploding fireworks or thunder. Play it low so that it does not bother him. Reward him with a treat for calm behavior. Practice by raising the volume slowly and keep giving him the treat.
      For inter-dog aggression, you should try to prevent and control the problem. Make sure your Rattie is adequately exercised so that it can burn his excess energy and maintain his healthy state of mind. You should keep your dog away from potentially aggressive dogs or victims in situations where this behavioral issue is likely to occur.

  2. John Burdick says:

    Just saying… I’m 70. I grew up at the edge of a small town. I was the youngest of eight children when my father died when I was just two. We had a rat terrier. That dog made all the difference in the world. Named him Stinker. We lived next to a field where we had a milk cow. One day I observed first hand Stinker located a rats den out in the field. He rounded up and killed eight rats in a very short period of time. I was amazed. My brother and I would go to the woods a lot which was about a mile from home. This was back when your mother would say ok just be back before dark. I wouldn’t anymore do that with my kids for nothing now. We would say “Stinker, you want to go to the woods?” And he would run like a bullet halve way down the block then back to us as though he was telling us to hurry up. He was the best dog I ever had. Just saying. Thanks for listening.

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