7 year old lab mix suddenly biting

Go Back   Dog Forum > Keeping and Caring for Dogs > Dog Training and Behavior

7 year old lab mix suddenly biting

This is a discussion on 7 year old lab mix suddenly biting within the Dog Training and Behavior forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Dogs category; A little less than a month ago my boyfriend and I adopted a 7 year old chocolate lab mix from a shelter. At first he ...

User Tag List

Like Tree2Likes
  • 1 Post By AlwaysTomboy
  • 1 Post By Aspen726

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-28-2017, 12:21 PM
  #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
7 year old lab mix suddenly biting

A little less than a month ago my boyfriend and I adopted a 7 year old chocolate lab mix from a shelter. At first he was exactly what we were hoping for - a lazy couch potato, but he has steadily become more aggressive. At first on walks he might just give a little snarl under his breath at other dogs but now he will fill on growl and lunge and being as we live in a pet friendly apartment with tons of other dog owners this is a huge problem. He has also been getting more destructive with his own toys, trying to chew up things that aren't his, and will try to nip at us - this has gotten to the point where he bit my boyfriend hard enough last night to draw blood. We are becoming increasingly more afraid of him and I just don't know what to do. ANY advice would be helpful.
AdreannaX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2017, 12:12 AM
  #2
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
You should have been told about this behaviour before you took him. You deserve a dog whom you can love and trust and he deserves a home with someone who will take him on as a project and restore his faith in man kind. You should take him back and get your perfect mate. Make this decision sooner than later. You have not failed and your hearts might break doing it, but loving your new dog with heal you and hopefully, his next home will have the conditions that better suit him. Good luck to you.
elkeva is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-01-2017, 09:12 AM
  #3
Senior Member
 
AlwaysTomboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: near Reading, PA
Posts: 340
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
A month is still early days as far as an adult adopted dog is concerned, so he may still be adjusting, but given that his bites draw blood, a consultation with a behaviorist would be a very good idea. I wouldn't jump to any conclusions regarding whether or not the dog can be rehabilitated without a professional opinion (or two).

Start CARE protocol, muzzle training, and basic obedience training (sit, down, stay, come, leave it, etc.).

If the dog is snarling and growling, that's actually good! Please make sure you don't punish those behaviors. You want your dog to be able to tell you when he's uncomfortable, and growling and snarling are harmless ways for your dog to get the message across. He's helping you to learn what his limits and boundaries and warning signs are. Pay attention for warning signs and respect his boundaries. Gradually, you should be able to help him expand his comfort zone so he'll be less reactive/aggressive.

My dog is also reactive and dog aggressive, so I (and other folks here) can sympathize with your situation. Good luck to both you and your pup.
leashedForLife likes this.
AlwaysTomboy is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old 09-01-2017, 09:18 AM
  #4
Dog Forum ModeraTHOR
 
Aspen726's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: New England
Posts: 8,032
Mentioned: 1599 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
If you plan to keep this dog you need to seek the help of a qualified, professional trainer who utilizes positive methods. This issue needs to be addressed sooner rather than later.

Should you choose to send him back (no judgement, sometimes these things just don't work out), you need to make the shelter aware that he has bitten and drawn blood.
leashedForLife likes this.
Aspen726 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New puppy biting more than normal puppy biting AngelCayman Dog Training and Behavior 6 08-17-2017 12:50 PM
Dog Suddenly BITING Strangers vilhiem Dog Training and Behavior 4 06-28-2017 08:25 AM
Puppy Biting Problem- REALLY BAD! petittaam Dog Training and Behavior 3 07-01-2016 12:15 PM
Year old dog suddenly chewing wood in house?!! elkie Dog Training and Behavior 2 02-07-2016 04:01 AM


Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:56 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.1.0 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.