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aggressive black lab

by , Posted to on 10/17/2008 1:37 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/30/2007
Location: ND
i have a 2 year old black lab that is aggressive towards new people and he has been this way since about 6 months old. we tried to socialize him as a puppy but his fear/aggression only got worse. he acts very fearfull of new situations and then becomes aggressive. he has not bit anyone yet but i think he would if given the chance. we are taking him to the ambush kennel for an assesment in a few weeks, but i was wondering if any of you have dealt with this issue with a dog before and what did you do to try to help them. does anyone have suggestions for a good trainer? if he cant get over this i am afraid of what his future looks like.
Re: aggressive black lab
by on 10/17/2008 1:47 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/16/2006
Location: ND
Flame me all you want, but watch the Dog whisperer on National Geographic Channel. My lab is way to excited when new people show up, I have been working very hard with her to settle her down. That show gives you some very good pointers. You need to take control of that dog and become its leader not the other way around like it is now. That dog has assumed the pack leader role.
Re: aggressive black lab
by on 10/17/2008 2:01 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/14/2004
Location: ND
same thing happened with our springer. found out, that when he was a pup, little kids from the neighborhood would tease him and make him mad. had a trainer work with him and now he's alot better than he was, but if somebody comes to our house, that he doesn't know, he tries to take a chunk out of them, luckily it has happened yet. but when he gets outside the house and yard for a walk, he is fine. little kids come pet him and he has no problem playing fetch with them. hes just very territorial. We used a guy out of Dickinson, if your interested.
Re: aggressive black lab
by on 10/17/2008 2:04 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/14/2004
Location: ND
sorry, luckily it hasn't happened yet.
Re: aggressive black lab
by on 10/17/2008 4:08 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/10/2002
Location: ND
ihuntlikeagirl,

My wife is a veterinary technitian in Fargo, whose specialty in in behavioral problems. She says that you should talk to the vet that you goto before any trainer in order to see if there are any trainers in your area that are knowledgeable in this type of problem the vet would be your best resource for this info. I am not saying that Ambush doesn't know how to solve the problem but there might be a better resource in your area.

Good Luck
Re: aggressive black lab
by on 10/17/2008 6:31 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/17/2006
Location: MN
Act swiftly, my father had a GWP that was the same way. Then one day she just took a chunk from a guys thigh while he was talking to my dad at a park. Called me for advice and thats the end of the dog. The dog whisperer is amazing.
Re: aggressive black lab
by on 10/17/2008 8:30 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
Yeah, that dog whisperer program gives a lot of good pointers. I suppose he never shows his failures, though. But the leader of the pack thing is something to explore and maybe change.
Would lopping off his twin turbocharged testosterone producers change anything? No harm done as it doesn't sound like with his aggression he'd be breeding material anyway.
Re: aggressive black lab
by on 10/17/2008 9:36 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 10/10/2002
Location: ND
I've never watched the dog whisperer, but now you guys have me interested suppose I will have to set the DVR to record it.

Of course anytime I bring up animal behavioral problems and start asking questions my wife get pretty wound up and she starts going off on tangents about different cases. LOL.

She does make me think, and sometimes go "hey thats why they do that!". Couple examples she brought up were a dog that has fear problems from a young age might have had it conditioned by the owner because the puppy would show fear around people and the owner may have coddled/consoled the puppy. Bulb goes off in puppies head that if I show fear I am rewarded with attention. Dog over time becomes conditioned to show fear. Another one that got my attetion was a dog hears the door bell ring and owner yells "whos there", dog barks because you raised your voice. You yell at dog and reaffirming in their mind they are supposed to bark at door. Over time dog is conditioned to bark everytime the doorbell rings.

Of course I am not saying these are in anyway related to your problem ihuntlikeagirl, just things that make you go hmmm. Only a professional of sorts in my mind is the way to go, and you have to stick to the regimine they layout and be consistant to make any change in behavior work. The first course of action may not be the right one they ussually have a couple tricks up their sleeves.
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by on 10/17/2008 9:43 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 03/13/2007
Location: ND
I have a black lab who was the same way. he always shyed away from new objects and sounds. and eventally his attitude became more and more aggressive. One day my brother came over to visit and when he did my lab didnt take to him at all? he just kept growling and barking? Then my brother reached out and slapped him across the head and told him "no, and lay down". and when I though about it, he was always aggressive to my lab. even when they played. He was always rough with him, and when he did something he shouldnt have my brother would take more action than neccessary. and would be very hard and aggressive back to him. When I took him into his first obedience training session the trainer asked if there was an aggressive male living in the house? I said my brother visits me a lot and he is aggressive with my lab. and that was the main problem! my lab was getting harassed and played with aggressivley by an older male (my brother) and he eventually picked that aggressiveness up from him. He just learned to be aggressive because thats how he was handled. After a few weeks of training he was definatley improving and now he is just fine when it comes to meeting new people. I will have to find the papers of the trainers name I took him to in fargo. he was great... I hope this helps you some? and good luck.
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by on 10/17/2008 9:50 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/30/2007
Location: ND
I have watched the dog whisperer guy and tried to contact him via his website but not much luck. I dont think the dogs problem has to do with a pack leader type issue. He listens to all comands and if a stranger has his favorite toy he will play fetch till he drops but as soon as the fetch game stops he gets fearfull/ aggressive again. I will talk to my vet also to see if she has suggestions, good idea. Also, if he starts to go nuts at someone as soon as a scold him he settles down but still acts in an aggressive way and I just dont trust him. Thanks for all the good advice.
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by on 10/17/2008 11:28 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/31/2002
Location: ND
If McCain is voted president, you wouldn't have to put up with this agressive dog BS.
Re: aggressive black lab
by on 10/18/2008 10:07 AM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/29/2003
Location: MN
Do you keep him chained up in your yard? Or is he fenced in?
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Re: aggressive black lab
by on 10/18/2008 12:48 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/30/2007
Location: ND
he has been fixed since he was 7 months old, and he is an inside the house dog. he has skin allergies so he cannot stay outside all day.He does get exercise every night and gets lots of attention.
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