Hi, We have a almost 4 month old goldendoodle. And I was wondering if anyone else has a Goldendoodle that they have had food issues with. Although I have not seen any agression yet with his dog food just plain. When my husband put a little of our dinners beef juice on his food once, I was petting him as he ate and he growled. Then just today I made him some boiled chicken and rice because his poop was loose and there were a few tiny red spots in it. well we have been making sure to put our hands in his bowl and I was petting him, after a few minutes he started to growl, I scolded him, he didn't care still growled again then my husband came to yell at him and he turned and went to bite my husband. If he did not get a hold of his collar fast enough he would have bit him bad, I was shocked and scared to see this behavor in a 4 month old pup over thev food. It was very aggressive not like he was a puppy, he acted like a large dog. I know the table food I'm sure was an issue. But we had a lab for over 15 years that passed away in the summer, that never would do this, was not aggressive at all with his food or scraps of table food. Also when I was young I was attacked by a dog in the face for no reason other then I was in the room with many other family members when the owner was getting his food ready. so I'm assuming he thought I was a threat to his dinner.
How aggressive our dog was really scared me and I have 2 small children in our home that are 6 and 4.
I don't want to be scared of him but now I really hate to say I'm nervous and may think we have to get rid of him which breaks our hearts. He has not shown any other agression, just very nippy and gets a little crazy with my 4 year son, like playing rough and play growling (I'm assuming thats what it is) as they run around. Because I was attacked at a young age of around 8 I am now scared for my kids. If you have any info to help us out on how to correct this or what you think we should do please let me know. TIA
Any time you have a mix breed dog with no history of lineage, anything is possible. Unfortunatly most of the people who are breeding the doodle/poo mixes have absolutly no history on the dogs being used. Agression can be in any breed, and as seasoned breeders we do out best to pull those potential problems from out breeding stock (it broke my heart to neuter one of my nicest males for fear agression). Those who are doing those mixes are not doing those kind of things, they just pump out as many pups as possible.
I have heard of people having problems with agression in both labradoodles and goldendoodles. The biggest problem you have now, is making sure the dog belives you are the alpha. I would NEVER give him any more table scrapes. Give him only his dog food, dog treats, and nothing else. NEVER feed him from the table again, only in his feeding area. AT feeding time, try hand feeding him. Sit down on the floor, and give him the food in your hand. Once he has eaten his normal amount, you are done. If he growls at you get up and come back later. He will learn, that you are where his food comes from and growling is not acceptable. I would HIGHLY reccoment getting a trainer to help you with ANY training you are going to do. Enroll him in obediance classes right away, and get him started on the right track. Anything you try to tackle by your self that isnt done right can lead to bigger problems, and someone getting hurt.
Good luck with what every you do, and I hope things turn out much better for you
This is not really aggression. This is fear of losing food. Scolding is a natural reaction but the dog does not know he is doing is "BAD"...He literally thinks your going to be a threat to his survival. Your going to take his food. And the more valuable the food the more he wants to guard it. Just like a little kid may willingly share his peas but not his cookies. So, I would not freak out. I would respect the dog when he says back off. He only has one way to let you know that he is comfortable with you that close. If you want respect from the dog, give him a little. So when you scold him, He most likely will stop growling, but still feel very threatend by your presence when eating. This usually leads to a "bite out of no where".
Here is a plan that really works. Were going to change how he feels about the food and you. Get some of that yummy food and his bowl...call him over to the bowl. put a little, just a few pieces of food. put your hand in the bowl all the way. Let him finish, let him look around for more. Then put a few more pieces in. repeat for the whole meal, in one or two meals, he will start to associate your hand as giving him more food, not taking it. But do not do anything to provoke him. You'll just make it worse.
Give him lots of food from your hands. hands mean he is getting food, not losing it. You are the giver of food, not the remover of it. This also builds a certain amount dependence on you. You are the provider, not the enemy or competetion. This also builds subordination....I have seen this style of pack building much more effective than scolding, or rolls, fingers in the neck...whatever. My dogs know I am the guy that brings the essential for survival to them.
I believe a dog's finest hour, the greatest fulfillment he holds dear, is when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle-with a ball in his mouth."
Food aggression in a dog can lead to further aggressive behavior if unchecked. Remove the dog food bowl after he finishes eating. Hand feed your dog. Put extra bits of food in his bowl as he eats, to tame his food aggression. Remove children from the dog's feeding area. Feed your dog enough. Visit a veterinarian to rule out medical causes. Any dog can bite, regardless of breed.
Food agression. My dog will only be that aggressive after giving birth. But I agree that you must give your dog only dog foods... Scolding him while eating isn't really good, I don't think he'll be caring with what you say if he's hungry... The fact that you have fear that your dog might attack your kids... I think it's better that you don't let your children play with him if he's taking his meal. And never leave them playing without your supervision.
I once had a terrier and she really loves to play rough, but never did she bit anyone it's just that she loves to run around and growl but she's very sweet... (may she rest in peace now) Also, i agree that it's not about the breed. Cause my sister had been bitten by a chihuahua though.