Aggressive cockapoo

Hi, we have a 15 mth old cockapoo named Teddy whom we love very much and have always tried to do the right thing by him regards diet, exercise, training and understanding his body language. We have 3 children aged 15, 13 and nearly 2 so have always been conscious of how the children and Teddy interact with each other - obviously the toddler and Teddy are always supervised in play. For the majority of the time Teddy has been an adorable puppy/ Dog but on occasion we have had to resort back to the recommended hand feeding to correct food aggression - this usually works well. Teddy was bought for my 13 yr olds birthday last year after years of her anchoring for a dog so she is the one who plays with him the most - along with my husband. I think he see's her as a play mate as she does roll the floor with him and if she's not paying him attention he dives at her and nips her while barking at her. Our concern is that twice this week he has growled and then snapped at her. The first time she was saying goodnight to him and stroking him in his bed - I didn't see this and assumed she was probably annoying him with cuddles and fuss. His aggresive growl startled both myself and my husband and terrified my daughter. She said he went for her but I explained that it was probably his way of saying go away I'm tired. Tonight she went to take a plastic wrapper off him and he did go for her braking the skin on her finger - no warning. I had just taken something off him minutes before and although he didn't exactly hand it over he didn't object. I would really appretiate some advice on how we handle this because we can't have an aggresive dog around our children no matter how much we love him. By the same token if this is normal behaviour for a young dog that just needs understanding and nipping in the bud then please advice.

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Nov 27, 2015
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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