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So I have Had Mackz since 10 weeks old. He is a Lab/Bloodhound mix (mostly Lab) He is now 15 weeks. He has finished his Vaccinations and is starting puppy play dates with 2 of his brothers. He has been around other dogs in my family so I knew it was safe. Also meets all different people no aggression other than around bowls etc see below:
When we first got him he was a Slow eater and never ready begged for food or rushed to his bowl. Now he is always after food and has started growling at anything that comes near his bowl he did try to nip me once and was corrected. I have been working with him and he will get so for that day he wills top growling and walk away from his bowl when I ask him to. But next day right back to the same thing. I want to kill this issues before he is full grown and attacks another pet or my daughter. He also growls with toys, bones etc and he nips alot, mouths which I know is just normal puppy thing
He also came to us always using bathroom outside. For 2 weeks he didn't poop or pee on the floor and now he will pee on pillows, couch, blanket etc. He does use a peeped by the door if we miss his ques to go out. But he also started peeing a bit when you reach for him or you go to put him on his leash to go out. He isn't excited but more nervous. And NO idea why this is all new within last 3 weeks. He doesn't just squirt like marking he full out pees in these places? Housebreaking issues or UTI. My vet thinks he was just having a housebreaking set back.

Other than that he is a good puppy and fast learner. Also he eats like 4 cups daily 1.5 am,1 noon and 1.5 pm and he always seems hungry and he is on High quality large breed puppy food.
 

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Big question: how are you correcting him?

If you've used any sort of physical or verbal punishment, he could be expecting you to hurt him when you reach for him, and he then pees out of fear.

For the resource guarding, start with management. Feed him at structured times, in a separate room where no one bothers him. Only give him access to treats and toys when he's alone and not bothered as well. Honestly, if he just has the peace of mind that you're not going to take things from him, that will go a long way.

Then, start offering him goodies just for your presence. Don't take anything away, but walk past his bowl and toss a really yummy treat (chicken or hot dog, something smelly and delicious) in there. If you're worried he's going to bite, stay at a safe distance, but try to slowly work to the point where you can get next to him. Do the same with his treats/toys.

Once he lets you put your hand there, do some trading games. So, you take his toy with one hand while giving him a yummy treat with the other at the same time. Do some practices where you take his toy away, give him a yummy treat, and then give his toy back again. He really needs to learn that you taking things = good things happening.

But, while it's really nice to have a dog where you can remove things if necessary, it's still a good rule of thumb (and a good thing to teach your daughter!) to let dogs eat in peace. I extend that to really high value treats as well, like bones.


For the potty training, just take it back a step and take him out on a more rigid schedule. He's young, so he still needs that even if he seems reliable. I'd also do away with the potty pad; it's really, really easy for dogs to confuse that soft surface with others, so he may not realize what he is doing is wrong.

And again, don't punish or you'll reinforce his fear of you and may create a dog that is afraid to go to the bathroom in front of you at all. Just give him every opportunity to succeed and reward heavily when he does.
 

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All I do to correct his peeing inside is pick him up and take him outside but then he is already distracted and just goes back to the door. No punishment. I'm not sure where the peeing when reached for came from. He has always been kind of a nervous puppy. He used to stay in his crate in the am when we opened his door and unless we reached in for.him he litterally stayed in there one day all day...i was waiting for him to come on his own but then he started peeing in there and wouldn't come out for drink or bathroom so I had to go in to get him. That was after he had been with use a few days. He was very mellow and quiet the first 3 days. Now he also barks at nothing just rolla around on the floor barking and also barks at his toys etc like he is trying to get there attention. It's very odd. He doesn't bite when I reach for his bowl but he growls and I don't want it to turn into anything worse he tried to nip once about 3 weeks ago and that was it. I have hand feed him. Also offer treats walking by as you suggested. He will nip fingers if you offer a treat by hand makes training painful. He gets my fingers all the time. If I say gentle and try to get him to take it gentle then he will actually jump and Nip my clothes or shirt or something. ...
 

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. He has always been kind of a nervous puppy. He used to stay in his crate in the am when we opened his door and unless we reached in for.him he litterally stayed in there one day all day...i was waiting for him to come on his own but then he started peeing in there and wouldn't come out for drink or bathroom so I had to go in to get him. That was after he had been with use a few days. He was very mellow and quiet the first 3 days. Now he also barks at nothing just rolla around on the floor barking and also barks at his toys etc like he is trying to get there attention. It's very odd. He doesn't bite when I reach for his bowl but he growls and I don't want it to turn into anything worse he tried to nip once about 3 weeks ago and that was it. I have hand feed him. Also offer treats walking by as you suggested. He will nip fingers if you offer a treat by hand makes training painful. He gets my fingers all the time. If I say gentle and try to get him to take it gentle then he will actually jump and Nip my clothes or shirt or something. ...
You may want to check out Fearfuldogs.com as this sounds to me like a fearful dog, possibly genetic. Where did you get him?
 

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I got him from someone off my Facebook site. Her Neighbors Lab Bloodhound mix busted her screen door to get to her Lab female while she was out in her barn. She came in and found them tied. All the puppy were running around playful and active when I went to see everyone. I'm not sure if his brothers are the same way or not. It wasn't a intentional breeding or anything. The parents were shy or anything mom was happy and playful and dad was loud and active. He was tied up next door but he didn't shy away from anyone. He settled when we went up to him and he seemed happy and social when we met him.
Mackz is also nervous when walking if a car goes by he spooks easy or loud noises he jist lays down He dowsnt pee. How do I make him not scared to walk when cars pass.
 

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he did try to nip me once and was corrected.
How was this done? I'm pretty sure you didn't put him outside because he nipped XD

If I say gentle and try to get him to take it gentle then he will actually jump and Nip
He's a dog. He doesn't understand English. When you say "gentle" to him, he doesn't know what you're saying and what it means. He's hearing a foreign language and he's offering the first behaviors he can think of. There's a great video on Kikopup's YouTube channel on how to train a puppy not to mug you for treats and take them gently.
 
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