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Hi all.

My fiance and I bought a goldendoodle from a pet store back in May. He was 3 months old at the time. We brought him home and he was very well behaved until one day we brought him over to a family members house in June. He was sitting under the table chewing on his bone and I reached to grab the bone and he snapped and bit me. This was the first time he every showed aggression of any kind and he drew blood. We immediately put him downstairs and put him in an isolated room.

This triggered more aggressive tendencies and occasions with our dog. He would get ahold of things he knew he should not have - like socks and would growl and snarl if I tried to get them from him. He has even snarled at my mother and my fiance, but the aggression is definitely towards me (the male).

He probably thinks he is the alpha.

Anyways, we just got him neutered and found out he had cryptorchidism and they needed to remove one testicle from his abdomen. Since he has been home the last 5 days, his aggression towards me has gotten worse. He growls anytime I come near him. I don't know what to do and it's heartbreaking. We are planning to have children soon and I don't want to bring that into this until with help our pup.

Should the aggression die down once he heals a bit? Any advice is welcome.
 

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That is certainly not the usual temperment of a Golden mix. Being from a Pet Store he could be from parents with poor temperments as he should certainly not be like that. No amount of training would make me feel comfortable to have him around children.
 

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I’d suggest you consult a positive reinforcement trainer with good references as a first step. There is a lot you can do to work with the dog and work out what is triggering him, but it it’s likely to be partly related to the fact that he’s an adolescent now and that is a hard period.

While you are waiting concentrate on reinforcing his calm behaviour and take any changes very slowly.


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Im sorry but your first mistake was buying from a pet store. Your dog is very likely the product of a puppy farm with all the problems that it can bring.
Resource guarding is common, you have no idea what he was subjected to before you bought him, if he was fed often or able to get enough without competition.
You have no idea of his background regarding partentage either.


I have to say if you reached across and snatched my dinner or treat from me I would yell or slap you. If you then treated me badly by locking me in a room I would lose faith in you and wouldnt want you anywhere near me..

See where Im going???



Seek advice form a good trainer and avoid any that use outdated and daft ideas like Alpha male rubbish.. You dont need to dominate your dog, you need to build a relationship with him . Respect is a two way street show him respect and Im sure he will show you some but if you want to play a game of macho men ...be warned his teeth are bigger than yours.
 

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My golden retriever became aggressive towards me at 8 months old. I'd also had him since he was a young puppy. It was almost as if he would react and then not be able to control himself once he got into that mode. I couldn't brush him without being snarled at. He became aggressive towards our other dogs especially over toys. He was NOT a puppy mill dog and in fact we went to a family to ensure we weren't even getting a dog that was over bred. I think personally that when those hormones come coursing in some dogs react to it differently and can't rein it in. I've always had male dogs (over 40 years) and never experienced that. Long story short, we had him neutered and were patient to allow for some time and maturity and that was now nine years ago It probably took about 4 months after neutering to for him so settle down. He is the best and most wonderful dog we've ever had. He never leaves my side, is perfectly behaved and would go to the ends of the earth for us. He's amazing with my granddaughter and incredible with absolutely anyone who comes to visit-everyone wants to bring him home!
 

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Instead of taking things from him try trading him for something better. Some dogs just dont respond well to others taking what they perceive as their stuff....... Teach him its in his best interest to work with you not against you. Avoid conflict. Taking is stuff is like picking a fight with him. If he's got something he shouldnt have, go get something he'll want more. Give alittle distance between the two of you so he has room to drop what he has as he makes his way to you to get the better stuff. Act like what you have is the best thing ever to get his attention. If what you have is good enough he should drop what he has on his way to you. Give him the goods and with no fuss at all go get what he dropped and put it away. The distance is for your safety so he doesnt take what you give him and then bite you for taking what he's dropped if its right under him. You can do the same with 2 toys playing fetch also. Throw the first and when he's got it show him the second toy. He ought to drop the first on his way back for the second. Eventually you should be able to get him to a point where he'll voluntarily hand stuff over to you. Build some trust with him- show him that you're not a bully thats going to take his stuff all the time.
Trust and respect as someone else said is a two way street.
 

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I should add that he may get to trust you enough to give up his stuff but that may not extend to others. Some breeds the high possession value is bred in on purpose for a reason. If its there, you have to learn how to make it work for you rather than against.
 
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