Chocolate Lab is aggressive

by Alicia L
(Tarrytown, NY USa)


I have had my chocolate lab since a puppy. She is almost 4. She went to training classes and later we worked one on one with a trainer. She liked other dogs until we adopted another dog. They fought 5% of time. We have solved this issue, with a trainer.

We moved last year and she started barking at people walking by from inside the house like crazy. When we go to the park for a walk, if we see another dog she wants put it on the ground on its back. If free, she will run up and do this first seemingly friendly, then growls and puts the dog on the ground. If on a leash she just try's to pull me over. Also if free and she sees a person coming she starts too bark at them. She doesn't do that if on leash. If I'm playing ball with her and the other dog seems like they want the ball she growls at them.

She is really good otherwise but I would like to stop this behavior.

Thank you

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Aug 04, 2014
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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