Hi All To update some of you, I have a golden puppy--she snapped at my yesterday, bit my brother in law sunday (drew a little blood) and I have been told by 3 vets that she is NOT showing healthy puppy signs...vets have said to be concerned because she sounds aggressive. I have a specialist coming to evaluate her Thursday...can anyone tell me if they had a problem similar? Are there warning signs I can look for that are severe. I have another golden, she is 7---shes such a good dog, this one is starting to scare me. HELP!!
Well, do not give up. Getting rid of her won't solve anything. Since she is this aggressive, mix 2 part vinegar with 2 equal parts of water in a spray bottle. If she shows ANY sort of aggression, grab her by the scruff, spray her, and say NO loudly. The next time she bites, force her to roll over, even if it means to be a bit tough. Spray and NO. The behaviorist may tell you, "No, that method is wrong," but it is not. It is showing that YOU are alpha, and don't give up your spot! ---Allie the Chihuahua http://www.dogster.com/?41063 ---Mönica the Kitty http://www.catster.com/?57596
have you spoken with the breeder about all of this ? without actually seeing what this puppy is doing i cannot tell you if it is abnormal puppy behavior . i am glad you are getting a behaviorist in to see the dog. i hope she is coming to your home as that would be the best environment to really judge the puppy in. i hope you have researched this behaviorist thouroughly before hiring her for her advice. unless the behaviorist has a degree in vet medicine just about anyone can claim to be one. not saying that she is a fraud but outside of a degree there really are no guidelines or standards one has to meet before claiming to be a behaviorist.
Actually, dont know if this will help...I called the breeder this evening...He said he would refund my money due to this problem , or give me one of the male puppies he has....does this sound suspicious????
How old is the puppy. When these events occur what is happening around the dog. Getting a behaviorist is a great idea, hopefully they will spend the time needed in finding why she gets aggresive. Did you get her from a breeder, or someplace else.
The puppy is 11-12 weeks old...breeder is in Ct, raised puppies in like an outside barn with other goldens, english setters and german shepherds. (as well as cats)...she is now in a quiet environment with another golden who is 7 (this sog is very gentile)....so the breeder is willing to refubnd my money 100%.....
Is he going to take the dog back? I would forget about the money right now. Don't you think something must have happened to the puppy to act this way? I have had a Golden for 14 years and never came across that kind of problem. I have never met one like that either. I can't even imagine what would cause a Golden to act like this unless he/she was hurt by humans or other dogs or health problems. Especially that young. How long have you had this puppy? Maybe it just needs more time to get to know you.
it sounds as if you may have gotten her from a back yard breeder from your description of her environment. it is possible if thats the case that your puppy may have a genetic problem that makes her this way, or a medical problem. i think it is fantastic that the breeder is willing to refund you rmoney. i most certainly would take it.
When I was growing up my parents purchased a golden puppy from a reputable breeder in the area. This dog was sweet in the beginning but within a few months she became the devil. She used to bite at our heals and rip holes in our socks. She chewed on everything ( i know normal puppy stuff) but She would bite me and my sisters on a daily basis. We tried everything to get her to stop. We were in constant communication with the breeder. She offered to take the puppy back and train her for us this was at 5months. needless to say by the time the dog was a year old we still didnt have her back and the breeder ended up having to return my parent's money. The breeder said the puppy was agressive she would not feel right giving her back to my family. A year later we got another golden from a different breeder and he is a doll.
I've never heard of an aggressive Golden Retriever. I don't think you should give her up. You should probably speak to the breeder about this. I don't know is any of this is helping. She is only three month, and hasn't developed her personality yet. I don't like when people raise puppies in barns. If he will take the dog back, then you should. The breeder is definatley a backyard breeder. When I was 9 years old, my mother bought a Yellow Labrador Retriever from a reputable breeder, and she was a very very good dog, with a great temperent, perfect health, and completed and won in the AKC show ring.
Because goldens are one of the most popular and most commonly "milled" and back-yard-bred dogs out there, more and more aggressive ones have began to turn up (because of poor and excessive breeding by bad breeders). If your pup is being that aggressive at such a young age, he was most likely NOT very well-bred, meanig he came from a byb or similar type. I would NOT get another dog from this breeder if I were you. ~Seij
NO NO NO. Don't give up. I had a friend who had a german short haired pointer cross who was like that. She gave up. She said it was the worst thing in the world. Just because she gave up. Never give up on your dog it would give up on you. How would you feel if someone did that to you.
Take the money. I breed Labs. If you are the least bit unsure. Get your money and run. Otherwise, if you have problems, it will be your fault, as you had your chance to let the breeder share responsibility.
Hi BCB! I did not mean to make my opinion different from yours, we posted at the same time. It is a dog, not a person, and if the owner later decides that it is a problem (like it seems to be, big time) he will lose $100's of dollars. Goldens cost $1,000. in CA.
One thing that may relate to this. If the dog had been competing w/ siblings for food, she may be a bit aggressive at this age. However, if the beast is too wild to be reasoned with ie: does not have a brain in it's head, you will be in trouble...
BCB: the breeder may be able to counter the animal's behavior, when the puppy buyer cannot. I once had an ugly, cowardly pup that I did not sell w/ her litter...I socialised her and gave her away, completely trained, and not scared of nada, when she was 1 year old. Some times there is a bad apple in the bunch. They have a chance w/ the right handling. Nothing for an inexperienced buyer...too hard on the dog... and it could get better, if a breeder takes responsibility for it. We have huge resources compared to the average pet owner.
BCB: Yes. That applies to people with children... When it is a dog...If the animal can be helped, and placed in a better situation, there is no need to flog the unlucky person who got an animal not suited to them. This person indicated they feel something is hugely wrong. The breeder, or a person that can counter those personality glitches, may turn the animal around and make it a good family pet. The puppy buyer may try for a while and then give up, euthenizing the dog on a vet's rec. This lady said she had 3 opinions...