Occasionally a dog will have an early traumatic experience causing them to not get along with their owner.
Everyone thinks that dogs worship their owners — viewing them as gods of some sort.
While that may be true in the majority of cases – it isn’t always so.
As a veterinarian who has focused on animal behavior and the human/canine bond for 30 years – I can confirm that sometimes no matter what a dog and his person just aren’t going to get along.
Take Ruckus – an adopted Wheaton terrier with an attitude.
He pretty much hated his new owner Rick and was none too warm and fuzzy with Rick’s wife Cindy.
Although Rick was a terrific guy by human standards – Ruckus gave him hell — much the same as he had done with his previous male owner.
It started slowly with some space guarding and territoriality.
It eventually got so bad that Rick had to call on his way home to tell Cindy to confine Ruckus for fear of being attacked.
To Ruckus – Rick was persona non grata in his own home.
It all ended very badly one day when Ruckus was tied up outside while Rick was mowing the lawn.
Ruckus’s constant lunging eventually dislodged the tethering post and he flew at Rick – teeth bared and intent on committing grievous bodily harm.
A wrestling match ensued; the police and animal control were called while Rick hung on with Ruckus in a choke hold.
You really don’t want to know how this story ended – not well for Ruckus I’m afraid.Rick adored Ruckus but it was one-way love.Ruckus truly hated him and engaged in what I called unidirectional aggression.(cont..)