Older Dog Doesn't Like to Be Touched?

We have a Jack Russell Terrier who is 15. He has become increasingly temperamental. For several years he has not liked to be touched and recently he tried to bite my husband when he tried to put him on a leash. Consequently, we have not been able to walk him. He goes out into the front yard, which is fine. However, it is becoming very distressing because we cannot touch him at all anymore. At this point, I do not believe training would help. We simply want to be able to make the rest of his life as comfortable as possible. We would appreciate any advice.


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October 6, 20150 found this helpful

Have you taken your dog to your vet to address the problem? This new behavior has a reason-medical, emotional, etc., and the best step would have been for a vet to evaluate your poor dog early on, provide appropriate medical treatment, and advise you on what to expect in the future. There could be many reasons why he does not like to be touched-arthritis in joints and back, body aches from an unknown condition, skin and internal allergies, bone problems, etc.

Please take your dog to your vet to address the problem now to help make his (and your!) older years much more comfortable with less pain and stress.

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October 8, 20150 found this helpful

I have seen this many times, sadly. Your dog has arthritis. There are wonderful drugs for this now. Take your dog to the Vet. You will be amazed.

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October 12, 20150 found this helpful

I have a senior dog who has arthritis in her hips and is on medication for it and what a difference it makes as she's able to move around more and do things that otherwise hinders her abilities. If your dog shows signs of laying around more and the gait has slowed down considerably and the walking is more like a hobble, then it's for certain as old as it is, a visit to the vet for medication is necessary.


In a week or two you should see a change in your dog's behavior and it will let you pet/touch it again.

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October 19, 20150 found this helpful

This is a sign of pain. Dogs normally have no way of telling you they're in pain except by saying, "Hands off! That hurts!"
Your dog is a senior and probably has arthritis.

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