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Old September 18th, 2008, 07:22 AM
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Black Lab Mix is Getting Aggressive

We recently moved to a new city and new house, our 2 year old black lab mix (mixed with a Newfoundlander) has been meeting new people because of lots of different people coming into the house to connect one thing or another. She is so friendly and excited when they come in, the tail is wagging and she is peeing all over the place but when they leave she has started barking, growling and showing her teeth. I don't like this behavior and I am so afraid she will actually bite someone, I would put her down in an instant if she ever did that. What has caused her to become like this and what can I do to stop this behavior?
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Old September 18th, 2008, 09:13 AM
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I think we need more info, she's excited to see them come in but when is it she's growling etc? And at who?? what do you do when she growls? has she ever shown aggression before?
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Old September 18th, 2008, 11:16 AM
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Melinda is right - please provide more information so that we can assist. Euthanisia is not necessary - it sounds like a slight set back that can be corrected.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 12:00 PM
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We really noticed her doing it last night, the builder of our house stopped by and Carly was so excited to see him, she doesn't know him but the tail was wagging and she was lying down to get her belly rubbed, she was great. Then when it came time for him to leave, she started snarling and showing her teeth, barking in not a nice way. We just took her by the collar and pulled her away, just in case. The same thing happened this morning, the cable guy came in, again she was nice, wagging tail, peeing(because she does that when she is excited) then when he went to go to his truck she started with the snarling, baring her teeth etc. I don't know what to do with her so I just pull her back so she can't do any damage. I know labs are known for their friendliness but I am afraid of her getting close to anyone, especially kids, just in case. Does this help?
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Old September 18th, 2008, 12:11 PM
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Your dog's routine is completely messed up due to the changes. This is not uncommon behaviour. This is only a temporary set back. Once a routine is established and there are less strangers coming and going, everything will be fine. For the time being however do correct the behaviour. Is there a spot in the house (dogbed/room) that is designated for her? Let me know.

Simply removing her physically is only aggrevating the situation.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 01:27 PM
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Interesting that she greets them so enthusiastically and only becomes aggressive when they leave. Seems backward. Have you always had her or is she a rescue?
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