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Old May 5th, 2018, 02:55 AM
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Unhappy Iím in desperate need of help with my aggressive lab!

Hello first time posting! I have a year old chocolate lab and my husband and I give him loads of love and attention so I donít get why heís becoming so aggressive. This started happening a couple months ago and I have no idea how it started and if itís too late to stop this! Example, he sleeps on our bed with us but at the end. He tries to sleep at the top and thatís when I move him down and as soon as I touch he he starts growling and going to bite me. And not a Iím going to bite you but not clench down hard he goes hard and itís insanely scary. What are some things I can do? Iím due in August so this aggression needs to end. HELP
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Old May 5th, 2018, 08:35 AM
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Your dog needs obedience training big time.
None of these problems seem huge, but you need someone with hands on experience to show you how to be boss.

Make your dog work for everything.... no free food lying around.... make sure your dog sees YOU are the food giver. Feed your dog AFTER everyone else.

No Toys lying around - EVERYTHING belongs to you.

And a dog that consistently ends up growling in your bed...... That should end today. Get your dog a 30 dollar bed/sofa from Walmart - put a tshirt with your smell in it, That's his new bed.

These are just basic ideas I'm throwing out....but you need a pro for a short while. Things will only become more topsy turvy as the due date approaches.

Group obedience training from a place with good reviews shouldn't be too expensive - and will be the best investment you'll make for your dog.

Good Luck!
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Old May 5th, 2018, 02:10 PM
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Ditto what Marko suggested!

We also went through this with our first setter. It's very stressful, but hang in there.

Obedience training is a must. Giving your dog a job might also be helpful--if there are agility or tracking programs near you and you have the time to invest, sign up! Exercises both the mind and the body, and a tuckered dog is always a good thing.

If the behavior persists, start looking around for a good behaviorist. Your vet might be able to give you some recommendations, but do some homework and check out any names. (Not all behaviorists are equal--you're looking for one with a proven track record on aggression and who uses methods that you agree with.) Ask lots of questions before making your decision.

Please keep us posted on how you get on.
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Old May 21st, 2018, 06:54 AM
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I'm late but, this is a symptom of low thyroid. Hypothyroidism is fairly common in dogs. Any change in behaviour or other things like movement, warrants a Vet visit. Training too of course, is always a good idea.

https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/is...m_15723-1.html
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