Could someone please give me some advice? I received a black Lab for Christmas. It was a present from my daughter and son and it is six months old and seems to be developing a terrible problem of biting. Some times she is so sweet then at other times she seems ferocious. They told me that they were very quite dogs and very gentle, but this little lady is a real bitch ( no offense intented )in the true sense of the word. Please help with ideas.
Your dog is probably starting to test you by being dominate. Make your dog go to a down stay for 5 full minutes everyday. Don't stare at your dog when you do this just doing while you are able to pay attention and correct her if she stands up.Also do not pay attention to the dog when you first walk through the door until you have it in a sitting position. Everytime the dog nips at you growl "no" at her and make her go into a down stay for atleast 1 full minute. You may want to 'tag' your dog by leaving a 12 inch lead on its collar to help you control her at all times. This behavior doesn't mean that your dog is bad. It is just testing the boundaries like an adolecent would. In dog terms she is now a teenager, so be ready for giving her standards that are acceptable manners.
what do you mean by ferocious? labs are very mouth oriented and will mouth and want anything and everything in their mouth. every time she puts her mouth on a human she should be corrected. i grab the lower jaw of mine and squeeze her lips a bit. she learns mouth on human is unpleasant. have you done an obedience class? highly recommended. labs are very very active and you need control over them. have her sit before all attention.
I agree with the previous posters. If you haven't taken her already, you definitely need to start taking her to obedience class, that will help you get some control over her. Labs are great dogs, but they are so active they border on spastic to me. They need an outlet for all that energy, and obedience classes will help. An organized game of 'fetch' with your kids and the dog can help as well. Start making the dog 'sit' for everything, food, to be let out, to get the ball back during fetch, to be petted, treats. Keep a leash on her at all times in the house until she gets a little more controlled. Anytime she puts her mouth on you, you can either correct her as others hae suggested, or stuff something more appropriate in her mouth, like a ball or one of her toys. I've also heard labs are a breed that has to have something in their mouths, you want to teach her what is appropriate and what isn't.