My last two dogs were well socialized and brought up with children never a moments worry. After my last dog died we took on a 10 week old Black Labrador Retriever from a rescue, she was extremely nervous when we got hom and it took quite some time to get her use to going outside. She has had issues with territorial barking she goes mad whenenver she hears someone on the other side of the fence hackles raised and everything we bring her straight back in. I walk her on a gentle leader and a martingale collar as when we are out she will lunge towards cars, hates children on skateboards and generally anyone making noise. She has issues with some men. We have socialized her with all the dog walking people letting her run off lead in the fields andd she loves everyone accept couples walking alone. We have to be careful with her around people on bicycles and joggers as she will run after them but as soon as they stop so does she. Thank God! We have walked her endlessly through cities and towns and she is very well behaved. She accepts my grumpy cat, but she only has to see one outside and she becomes a lunatic trying to get it. I was told that she is a Black Labrador Retriever/German Shepherd Dog Mix, but I feel she is a Black Labrador Retriever/Black and Tan Coonhound Mix becasue she will bay at the bottom of trees at raccoons. She will be two as of July 2nd and thankfully only comes in at about 27 inches, I couldn't handle her if she was any taller. I have come to the conclusion that she is fear aggressive and has a high prey drive. I had never realized how difficult it would be getting such a dog, as all the Labrador Retrievers I have met have been so very placid. I am finding it difficult when I think we made some sort of progress we take 10 steps back!!! She is a real Jekyll and Hyde character. She has a lovely gentle side which has endearded her to many people but when she goes out on this aggressive side it makes my heart sink. She is particularly bad on the small block I live on and will bark and growl when she sees children running out of their houses. I could go on and on. Is there anyway I could make her more realxed on percieved threats because I have exhausted every avenue so far. And as the heading says, I feel like sauch a failure.
have you tried going to parks with lots of people and children? i mean, so it can get more socialized with different people. i would try taking her to parks with lots of different types of people and children, BUT don't let anyone pet her. when she growls or snarles, correct her gently, but firmly. Show her that it's not approprate behavior. and maybe you could shake the person/child's hand to show her that the person is ok. It may take a while, and she may slip and fall back to her old habbits...you just have ta be firm and keep showing her that other people are ok. you have to keep in mind, no one really knows her past. She may very well have been abused or teased by some of the people you discribed that she acts aggresivly too, and that's why she does it. she sounds like after most of her 'kinks' are worked out that she will be one sweetie! :) keep showing that you love her and will keep her always, and she'll get better. :)
You may want to seek the advice of a professional trainer. It seems that you are really trying to socialize her. This may be a bit expensive but in the long run I think it will pay off. On the surface it seems you are doing everything right. A proffessional handler could dig a little deep and aid you in correcting the behaviors.