we got our chocolate lab at 9 weeks old. he is now 11 weeks and seems very aggressive lately. he's biting everything and everyone. i know puppies like to chew..but it looks as if he's trying to attack everyone. he rarely does it to me or my husband (although he has tried to several times) but he loves to go after our children and neighbors. we picked him out of his liter because he was very laid back compared to the others when we went to visit him at his old house. he stayed like this for 3-4 days after we bought him..but started to get aggressive the older he got. is this just him teething and will eventually grow out of it after he is 3 yrs old? another thing i'm concerned about is his crate training. i'm home all day so i'm able to take him out to pee or poop as much as i can. i used to let him run around the house..but now that he's gotten aggressive and starts trying to bite my kids and everything he can at my house...i've started to keep him in there except when it's time for potty or take him out for a walk. he was doing a great job at not peeing or pooping in his crate..but a few days ago he started peeing in his crate every morning at 4am. so we tried to stop his water at an earlier time and he didn't this morning...BUT he peed TWICE in his crate..once at 9am and the other at 12pm. it's not like he's stuck there for a long period of time..i'm taking him out alot since i'm home..when he goes out he pees..but alot of the times just plays outside not seeming to have to go. and when i put him back.. that's when he chooses to go! overall we absolutley love our Brownie....but this is the first time we ever had a dog so we're new to all this. thank you in advance for any tips!
Hi I recently posted a similar bulletin about my puppy Summer who is a rottie.I was given great advice to contact a behaviorist.I dont know know how much time or money you want to invest but it was an amazing help.Summer had 2 visits and shes a new puppy.Her agression was out of control.Shes now 9 and a half weeks (we got her early) and shes sweet.you should also contact the breeder and they should give you great ideas.were the parents sweet?
It sounds like your little chocolate lab has a lot of energy and is in need of some basic manners. Realize that as a retrieving dog, labs in general are known to be a very 'mouthy' breed. You can redirect his chewing by keeping toys handy at all times and put them into his mouth when he chews on you, so he goes for those instead of tender skin.
Unfortunately I think you are making matters worse by crating him so much, because you're forcing him to be still in a confined area for such a long period of time out of every day. Imagine how your children would act if they were confined to their rooms 22 hours out of the 24 hours in the day... with the only exceptions being able to come out and go to the bathroom. They'd be wired for sound when they were let out of the room!
Keep your puppy under control by keeping him on a leash any time he is outside of his crate, indoors and out. That way if he starts acting overly rambunctious you can correct him using the leash and collar. When he bites/mouths people, you can also have them yelp and turn away from him... this mimics what littermates and the mother would do in a similar situation. For me personally I'd go with the leash correction accompanied by the words 'no biting!'
If your kids are older, they can work with you to reinforce this. You hold puppy on the leash, your child comes up and interacts with the puppy. As soon as he gets overly excited and bites down, have your child immediately turn and leave the room and his line of sight. He will learn that when he bites, his playmates leave.
Consistency is the key here.
Regarding the housetraining, again you're overdoing it on the crate. And he's very young, many dogs aren't fully housetrianed until they are 6 months old! Keep rewarding him when he goes potty outside, there's not a lot you can do to correct him when he goes in the crate.
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Sign yourself up for a puppy class ASAP. Your dog sounds like alot of puppies and dogs I would call pushy, not aggressive. True aggression is more like a true attack, to hurt or scare the person, other dog or object away, it stems from fear. Pushy dogs/puppies use biting, jumping up on people just obnoxious behavior in general. It really is the puppy or dog trying to get attention, somewhere along the way he acted a bit pushy and found that he got some attention. To a Lab weather its bad attention vs good attention, its all attention and they want it. Between birth and 16/18 weeks is a huge learning/Imprinting stage, so get some training now, look up NILIF(Nothing in life is for free), also stop giveing him attention unless hes earned it. Good Luck PS>Look into a gentle leader.
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I had the same problems with my Black Lab at the same age. He slept on his way home with us the first day and was a terror after that. He was very very mouthy but it was not aggression. It was playfulness and, as one of the other members replied, a lack of manners. They are very mouthy. It took a while to grow out of it. The only thing that worked for me was walking away from him. Everytime I played with him, if he bit me, I would pull my hands away, say "No!" and walk away. That ends the attention. Eventually it stopped.
As far a crate training was concerned. I would put him in for short periods of time and gradually increased it. I would feed him all of his meals in his crate so he would associate the crate with something positive. And nothing is more positive to a lab then food. I would also hide treats in his crate so when he came back to it he would find them. At night I would move his crate into my bedroom so he would be close by. I found that this was a really good strategy because he would never cry as when I would crate him and go to a different room in the house. I could also hear him if he wanted to go out in the middle of the night, which was pretty often in the beginning. One of the reasons your chocolate is having accidents could be that the crate is too big for him. I have read that if there is enough room he could use part for his den and go in the other part. They suggest putting a box in the crate to take up some of the space. I don't know if it works, it's just what I read.