We have a fluffy 6 Month old English (teddybear) Goldendoodle. She was a great pup until about 3 weeks ago. Out of no where she became VERY aggressive with the neighbor through the fence. The vet say she may be hormonal so I had her spade. She is now 16 days out from her surgery. While I was not home, my family let the puppy our in the yard. The neighbor came in the fence and the puppy started growling at him. He reacted horribly, lungeing at the puppy, growling at her she was terrified but barking and growling back. I immediately scooped her up and brought her in the house. Today, I brought her to dog obdience class as I do every Sat. I told the trainer what had happened the day before, asking what I could have done. While re inacting the event, my puppy became very agitated and when the trainer reached down to pet her, the puppy growled and tried to bite her. It was so frightening. Class was over and the trainer asked for my number to call me to discuss. She didn't call today. Tonight, my once loving puppy is now growling at my husband each time he walks by. He is afraid she will bite him. I am too, I just don't say it out loud.
This crazy neighbor who yells at my dog has instilled such fear in her she is acting this way.
NOW WHAT??? I cried most of the day, I didn't trust her outside with us when friends came over. It was a sad day.
if a crazy neighbor yelled at your dog all the time, then she/he shouldn't have been left out there to be yelled at. That is probably not a big deal through, because you dog is now aggressive to your husband.
the reality is you have a mutt, a cross between 2 breeds. I am sure the breeder you got the dog from didn't do any health testing, temperament testing, ect. on the 2 dogs they put together to make your pup. Your dog is 6months old, the time in which dogs start to come into their personality. She probably has aggression in her background, either the poodle or golden and it is coming through in her. Most of the oodles of doodles breeders really care less about what they are breeding and more about the money. So it happens, you get a bad cross or bad bloodlines causing a problem. The best thing I can suggest is trying to find a behaviorist, not just a trainer.
I wouldn't be so quick to blame the neighbor. Most dogs will have people yelling at them at some point in time-it should not be that detrimental. I live in a loud house. We yell to each other downstairs,outside,across the fields etc etc. Even if I was to directly yell at a dog I think they are much thicker skinned than to care lol! Now if the dogs been hit or something negative with the yelling I could see a problem.
The problem with these golden doodles and labradoodles is that the parents are usually not good healthy stock. People cross breeding are not in it for the good of the breed. They want to make some money. There are a lot of purebred goldens and labs out there that are just awful. I have heard it floating around that there is something like springer rage going around in goldens now. We had a girl mauled by one not that long ago here and it seems to be you have to research the heck out of lines to find a good temperament. I have fostered some labs lately that are more dobe in personality than my dobe is!
How old was she when you got her? Sometimes spaying will actually make a female more aggressive. I can not remember why but I have seen it.
I would be really careful and keep a very close eye on her. If she is outside you are out with her to. control her environment and set her up to do good.
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons -James Thurber
It has been proven that "FEAR" and "SHYNESS" are gentetic traits that can be passed from parents down to offspring, PROPER temeprament is VITAL especially in labs, goldens and poodles (actaully ALL breeds), A fearful or excessively shy dog should not be used for breeding PERIOD! Unfortunatley with the crosses the breeders do not care and will THROW 2 dogs together just to get the resulting puppies to sell. I would like to know if you got your pup from a breeder or someplace else like a pet store and how old was the pup, did you meet BOTH parents? If you can find yourself a GOOD dog behaviorist or trainer that also does behavior problems it can be controlled with a lot of work and commitment on your part. I would call your Trainer AGAIN, do not wait for her to call you, and ask her for advise and if she knows of others that may be able to assist as well, get more than one opinion concerning your dog, being that she is still young will be easier for you as well. Where are you located I can help you in a search to find someone capable of helping you.
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