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How to overcome the behaviour of my dog, please help?

my lab who is going to be one year old by next month has developed a strange behaviour, the behaviour is he is very friendly with my family members, strangers, and other family dogs too but the concern/issue is he hates pariah dogs/street dogs, whenever he sees street dogs his neck stands erect, tail moves upwards and bark first then he starts chasing them, i am finding difficulty to control him on that time. I thought this was dominant issue initially and later I was confused that he moves friendly with all dogs in boarding kennels when i left him in pet boading last month, amazing he was also awarded most well behaved dog by the pet boarding owner. How to overcome such behavioral issues as we dont want him to get injure by pariah dogs anytime as i beleive pariah attacks in packs.
By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 24 Aug 2011 4:51 pm


By pennypup · 24 Aug 2011 6:38 pm
Where is he encountering the pariah/street dogs? Are they near your home?

It sounds like he is becoming territorial, especially now that he is starting to mature. Most likely, the reason he doesn't react like that to other dogs while being in a boarding kennel, is probably because he is on neutral territory.

To make sure he doesn't get injured, you should keep him on a leash and correct him with a leash snap every time he barks at a street dog. Don't let him run loose, or he may very well end up being attacked.
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 24 Aug 2011 6:53 pm
Yes, its near my home only. Now I understand the issue. Thanks a lot pennypup, I didnt think about this, i will try correcting him.
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By Navjot Singh · 24 Aug 2011 10:11 pm
Smashing, pennypup!!
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By pennypup · 24 Aug 2011 11:53 pm

Glad I could help!
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By Navjot Singh · 25 Aug 2011 1:18 am
Pennypup and kamal one more thing you guys could help me with as we're talking about labradors. When i play fetch game with him and as the game progresses my dog tends to run from one point to another with his tail curved along with his hips, barking intermittently as if something is hurting from inside. Im not sure if its normal. He eventually lays down barking.
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 25 Aug 2011 9:11 am
Hi Navjot,

I have also noticed similar thing in my lab but the thing is he doesnt barks. One of my office colleague told me that this might be the problem in hips/backbone, when I consult my vet regarding this he told that this is genetic that he inherited this kind of walk from his parents. Lets also get views from pennypup meanwhile I feel the master mind who answer such question is Mr.Anil (DoggiesDude) lets wait for his answer, as he has done research about labradors.

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By Navjot Singh · 25 Aug 2011 11:27 am
ok. I was thinking since puppies tend to get overheated easily and during the play session he becomes so excited, his body temperature goes up and he looks for cooler surface and digs the ground. Ive started keeping water bowl to ensure he calms down but his behaviour- barking as if something inside his body is bothering him- remains persistant. This hips story is new for me. Did vet recommend something to you,?
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By KamalRaj J Kuppal · 25 Aug 2011 11:45 am
Yea, my vet told me to bring him for medication as his hind legs are little bit bend inwards and that made him to walk zig-zag. My lab trainer told that this walk because that he walks on smooth surface. Let me check with my vet and update you accordingly.
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By pennypup · 25 Aug 2011 10:48 pm
Labs are prone to hip dysplasia. Has your vet looked over your labs hips Navjot?
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By Navjot Singh · 26 Aug 2011 1:28 am
He walk perfectly fine and i see no signs of hips dyslasia. Its just when he's hyperactive he runs from one corner to another. He curls his tail inward just like a wary dog does. He barks as if there is something in his body thats bothering him. He runs for cooler surface. He digs the ground relentlessly and then eventually calms down. His hindlegs are parallel to each other no bending whatsover and when he walks it doesnt seem he has problem moving his hindlegs
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By Jolly · 07 Mar 2012 2:31 pm
I have two question regarding taking my puppy on walk..
he is now 5 months and there are plenty of stray dogs around. Sometimes he tries to approaches stray dogs happily but most of the times he is too afraid when they are around or all are barking loudly..it becomes difficult to make him walk even after trying to catch his attention. Even I get worried cz those dogs try to follow. how to handle this?
another thing is his picking up any garbage habit. I am forced to put a muzzle while taking him on walk..how long would it take for him to outgrow this habit?
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By Navjot Singh · 17 Mar 2012 2:52 pm
You must always keep a stick when you take your dog on walk. Straydogs may bark and try to approach your puppy but if you show them the stick they'll all run away. straydogs consider you and your dogs as intruders so they may see be wary of you but as they get used to you, they will hardly be any problem. I have hundreds of stray dogs in my area. They live in packs and if they come together they can easily kill a human, forget the puppy. However, they are used to us and never cause any threat. But, for safety I alwas keep a stick with myself. These straydogs now accept us as a member of the pack. They all welcome us when I take my L12 months Labrador on walk.
The bottomline is respect them and they'll respect you and never cause any harm to yourself.
You must supervise what your dog is sniffing. Keep him away from garbage. If he sniffs the road, it's fine and there's no need to cover his mouth with muzzle. Should he chew anything then you must immedietly take it out. Also, let your dog sniff as that's a requirement which you should respect and let him do. However, set a time for him. For example, don't let him sniff for more than 20 seconds. When the time is over, ask him to come on. You should also teach leave it command to your puppy. You can watch youtube videos to see how you can go about it.
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By Jolly · 19 Mar 2012 12:04 pm
Well, my puppy does know leave it or drop command.. he responds most of the time only after eating the non-eatable like stone etc.. he is so fast in picking up that I am forced to put muzzle on him now..
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