Aggressive 8 week old Double Doodle

We just brought home our much anticipated puppy. He's an 8 week old double doodle (labradoodle dad, golden doodle mom). He's only been here a day, but in that day he has bitten my 4 year old daughter several times and broken the skin. Now she is terrified, as am I. When he bites, it is NOT play. It is territorial. He does growl before he bites.

The first time was when my daughter went to open the gate of his crate in the morning. He growled at her and snapped, but missed. The second time was when he was playing with a toy in his crate with an open door. My daughter went over to pet him and he growled and bit her. When I intervened, he growled and bit me! He also growled at her when she went near him while eating. While on a short walk today, a passerby stopped to pet him and he growled/barked at him as well!

While I'm trying to give him the benefit of the doubt because of his age and an adjustment period to our home, I'm concerned we have an aggressive temperament here. Since I bought him from a breeder and paid a fair deal of money for this dog because of his temperament, I'm considering sending him back (much to my children's heartbreak).

Any thought or advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks!!

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Nothing In Life Is Free
by: Adam G. Katz

Employ the "Nothing In Life Is Free" approach, so that your dog starts to view you as the "pack leader." If your dog doesn't see you as the leader, then your corrections will be meaningless. So, if you're doing subtle things (inadvertently) to undermine your leadership role around the house-- it will be counter-productive.



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Adam G. Katz is the author of, "Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer!" -- which you can find at DogProblems.com.

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