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Old 03-08-2018, 11:49 AM
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I have a Catahoula mixed with Lab that is two years old. We have had her since she was 6 weeks old and she is generally super sweet. She tries to sit in our laps...she was raised with a Yorkie so she may think she is small too.
When she was really young she would nip at our heels as we were getting into the shower but we would firmly tell her NO! and she quit doing this.
She has free run of our 10 acres during the day and spends alot of time down at the "shop" with my father-in-law and the other dogs. She play well with the neighborhood dogs (we live out in the country). She comes in around 7 every night and we let her back out in the morning on our way to work.
Recently, when my FIL has visitors to the shop and they start to leave she will try to bite them, or nip them as they are walking out. He said she jumped at an older cousin and grabbed his jacket about the middle of his back. He said he is worried that if the jacket had not been on, the bite would have hurt him. Any ideas as to why she would be doing this?
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I have a Catahoula mixed with Lab that is two years old. We have had her since she was 6 weeks old and she is generally super sweet. She tries to sit in our laps...she was raised with a Yorkie so she may think she is small too.
When she was really young she would nip at our heels as we were getting into the shower but we would firmly tell her NO! and she quit doing this.
She has free run of our 10 acres during the day and spends alot of time down at the "shop" with my father-in-law and the other dogs. She play well with the neighborhood dogs (we live out in the country). She comes in around 7 every night and we let her back out in the morning on our way to work.
Recently, when my FIL has visitors to the shop and they start to leave she will try to bite them, or nip them as they are walking out. He said she jumped at an older cousin and grabbed his jacket about the middle of his back. He said he is worried that if the jacket had not been on, the bite would have hurt him. Any ideas as to why she would be doing this?
Hey! I believe this could be part excitement, part protection/guarding and territorial. She is really in fact still a puppy and has all the energy of young puppy. I am not sure about Catahoula but know that labs stay more energetic far into their older years than most other breeds. She might not want them to leave!

However, traits like this can be very breed typical as well. I rescued a Belgian Malinois which is similar to a German Shepherd. They are both shepherd dogs and of course, shepherds are bred to "protect and guard territory and their people." Although my dog wasn't showing these traits, I was advised by a police dog trainer to be mindful of this breed because most shepherds have been known to let a burglar in, but won't let him leave. In fact, my husband remembers a friend of his had a German Shepherd and anytime you would go to his house, the dog would like you sit on the couch but if you went to get up, he would gently (not harmfully) nip at ankles. This is kind of what you are seeing. I just googled Catahoula Protection dog and articles come up saying these are a protection breed. Labs can be too. So you may just have yourself a good protection dog. This is certainly not a bad thing! You just have to train her what is acceptable and what is not and be consistent. Maybe think of a key word that you will always use to prevent the action like "Leave it" or have her come to you before others are walking out. Maybe research more on the breed and ways to prevent dogs from guarding. Hope this helps! I don't think its a behaviour thing, probably more so breed typical. Just like you see golden and labrador retrievers often pick up a shoe or toy upon greeting guests, they are doing a breed typical action which is "retrieving." That is what they have been bred to do for generations. Same with your breed. Its just about teaching your pup what you want and what you don't want them doing.
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