Help - My youngest lab too over-protective

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Help - My youngest lab too over-protective

Post by Janet C » Tue, 04 Apr 2000 04:00:00



Hi,
   I have 2 labrador retreivers. The youngest one I am having a problem with and wonder if/how it is resolvable. He is very lovable, but has a tendency to bite strangers who come in the yard, or if they get too close to the car or to us when we're out for walks. Other than that, he is very lovable, and I love him very much. But I fear this has become a big problem. I'm wondering if maybe it's because he's alone too much during the day, and maybe because he's always with his mother dog. I would like to socialize him more, and have decided that once a day I will take him out for a walk without his mother. It has me scared though because he's a bit unpredictable. I am wondering if I should find a new owner for him who has a fenced yard (I'm using a radio fence, which means anyone can walk into my yard). Or if I should keep him and keep trying. Or, if he should be put to sleep because this is a bad trait (this would be very hard for me to do. I don't think I could do it). Any ideas?

Janet.

 
 
 

Help - My youngest lab too over-protective

Post by robinandlynn » Tue, 04 Apr 2000 04:00:00


I have read your letter twice, Janet and do not see how old this dog is?
?
No matter, though... my advice is the same if he's six months or four
years.  Get some good training advice!  Call around and interview
trainers.  See if you like them and their methods.  A class once a week
will be just as, if not more, valuable to you at this time as a daily
walk (He needs that too).  You need an experts opinion about his
temperament.  You need to find out the ways you are (or may be) "sending
fear down the leash".
Labs are wonderful all round dogs and if he's got the (mistaken) idea
that it's a really scary world out there, well, yes indeed, they make
very good guard dogs.  What i'm trying to get at is that this behavior
is not entirely out of the bounds of lab nature and you need a
knowledgeable trainer's advice and evaluation before you put him down.
Please don't give him to a junkyard just yet.
I would be very happy to learn how this turns out.  It's this kind of
thing that keeps me awake nights.
yr friend, lynne