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I have Lab he looks somewhat irritated moreover he is not that energetic as well, help?

i have 10 months old lab, he is too cute & calm.He is friendly with humans specially kids & other dogs as well. he never barks on other dogs & waves his tail always. but since last two days im facing a problem. he is started growling for anything he is having & tries to attack if any comes near back. he looks somewhat irritated moreover he is not that energetic as well. he gives some diff kind of sounds as well, but eating & sleeping properly! please suggest the solution
By allan · 10 Sep 2009 11:41 am


By Dinkar Singh · 10 Sep 2009 5:21 pm
Have you trained him as a pup or has he just been a like a toy and being pampered. Generally not seen in labs, but then it can be dominating behaviour due to spoiling and he reaching maturity. It can also be some injury etc causing pain and hence change in behaviour, get him checked by a vet.

Tell me more about him and where he sleeps and how he has been brought up so see if its a behaviour problem/ maturity assertiveness
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By allan · 11 Sep 2009 9:07 am
he is being trained since he was 6 months old. As far as pampering is concerned he is being pampered like a kid.he gets a slap for wrong behaviour. but regularly he is loved by everone in our home.
No, he is not dominating at all.even when we start to roll newspaper, he sits down starts to forward his hand for a shake hand. he sleeps in my mom & dad room since he was 1 month old.
actually we are having construction done in our home as well becoz of which he has lost his favourite place of sitting in or nearby bathroom.
since he has strated this type of bechaviour we have started pampering him more because someone told us that he is having hormonal changes this time that is why he is behaving in this way. moreover now we keep him always busy by playing with him, taking him out for walk or anything.
one strange part is that we are having our grandpa at home, who also love him alot like everbody in home,he never growled on him, even if crosses neraby....
anyways from last one day his has not done t8 at all( touch wood).........may be he is getting matured & we'll definetly take him to vet this weekend
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By Dinkar Singh · 11 Sep 2009 5:20 pm
Most behaviourial problems as seen by me arise when people take pup s from their mothers too soon, as in your case. Pups should be take only at 2 + months and not younger.

I also do not believe in hitting a dog to discipline it. I am a strong believer that dogs should be trained by the owners themselves to build a better bond. Pampering a dog is not the answer to problems or situations. Dogs are like children if you have spoilt it then overnight you cannot rectify things.

Love your dog and be just and fair, if you want to pamper him then do it within limits otherwise dont mind his bad behaviour.

The above is general info which should be of help to you. I wonder what your trainer is doing as he is a proffessional. Anyway, aggression of food or belongings is nothing to worry and can be sorted out. Teach the dog drop command. Ask ur trainer otherwise I can explain. He should also allow one to touch his bowl and take it away when eating or allow you to put ur hand in it. You can start with holding the bowl in your hand when feeding him and praising him while he eats and then may be after a few days even touch him when he is eating on his back and praise. You can also take his bowl away and put more food and give it to him again so he knws that he will get more food or treat if he allows the bowl to be taken away etc. It goes on and on....

All the best
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By allan · 12 Sep 2009 10:21 pm
he is having no problem while eating. the only problem was with his chewing bone.
that 2 is sorted to a lesseer extent
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By Dinkar Singh · 13 Sep 2009 10:18 am
Its kind of interlinked. Aggression or pocessiveness of its belongings. The food thing which I told you is in a way a training way. Better do your training properly like I mentioned before your are sorry later, just incase something happens. Rest is upto you.
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By Runni · 14 Sep 2009 2:27 pm
@Kasmanda: Sorry for deviating from the topic but how can I teach the "drop" command? I have being tying to teach my pup "drop" without any luck yet!! He brings his toys if I say "bring it" but will not drop it...he is not possessive about his toys but wont just drop it...
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By Dinkar Singh · 14 Sep 2009 4:47 pm
How old is your dog and what breed
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By Runni · 14 Sep 2009 4:50 pm
Well...my dog is 6mnth old gsd...I am right now doing his basic obedience training...he knows many commands but I am nt being able to teach drop command ....may be I am nt following a proper method...
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By allan · 15 Sep 2009 8:55 am
my dog allows to take away his bowl.
but how 2 teach him drop command?
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