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Old 03-02-2019, 12:12 AM
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Need help with 1yo rescue pup

We got a black lab hound mix pup at the shelter back in november, and he is such a sweetheart, but we're having a hard time training him and getting him to obey. He knows commands and can follow them, he's very smart, but it's very inconsistent. He has also always bit, not hard but sometimes he gets carried away, and teeth hurt. I believe it to be in play/excitement, but last night he had gotten a food wrapper, and when I told him no he moved away. When I went to show him and tell him no he bit me, hard. Not visciously, there was no tearing, just punctures. He has never exhibited this behavior before. I have interacted with him many times with food, and he was fine. I could see the regret in his eyes afterward, I know he felt bad, but I have a 3 year old and can't let her get hurt like I did. I don't have the heart to get rid of him, we are his 3rd owners in his 1 year of life, and I believe he deserves a permanent home, where he is loved. I dont know what to do with this one, I've worked with other dogs and have never been snapped at let alone bit, so I'm kinda shook up and at a loss
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Old 03-02-2019, 05:29 AM
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Speaking from experience, I would not keep a dog that has resource guarding issues next to young children. We had to rehome one of ours for that reason.


That being said, I would hire a behaviorist. I'm not sure what you mean by 'I want to show him', but that doesn't sound good. When my dog steals something, I always use treats or something more appealing to 'trade up'.
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He's never had guarding issues though. I've interacted w him w his bones, food, toys, never a negative reaction. And it wasn't when I took it, it was when I went to show him what was "off limits", because when i heard the sound of plastic and asked what he was doing he walked away, then i went and picked it up, went over to him, and told him no with my hand out, and he bit me. He's always been a very happy, hyper, loving dog, just stubborn and hard of hearing like the rest of my kids

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So how do you 'show' a dog what is off limits? Seems like the dog just defended himself because he felt threatened, IMO.
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Old 03-02-2019, 12:13 PM
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A 1 year old dog leaving punctures is probably not play/excitement. Sounds like he may have been " correcting " you...which isnt his place to do that.....he also doesnt listen consistently. Sounds likely its a relationship issue to me. He probably needs to learn that he doesn't get to make those kinds of decisions. If thats the case I'd be starting Nilif with him. He's also at that age where his adult temperament is starting to show, he's going through growing phases etc. Its a good time for Nilif.
For what its worth, I've owned several dogs that would do the same or worse in the hands of someone who didnt really know how to handle them. Its not that uncommon and its not the end of the world. Nilif is great for dogs like this. You have to get him to learn that you're in control of what he does not him.... The trick is to make him understand that without fighting with him to get there. And if I'm misreading this whole thing, Nilif still wont hurt anything. You'll get better obedience out of it if nothing else.
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I also agree with the above comment about not having him around young children at least for now. I cant say I'd rehome him but you never know what a child will do that'll trigger whatever it is that caused him to bite. It could literally be as simple as the dog having something as stupid as a rock in his mouth and your kid walks too close to him.
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