We have an intact male 18 month old goldendoodle. He is cute beyond words! BUT...he is aggressive and tries to bite when scolded. He is well trained, we completed 2 levels of training classes but dropped out of the third class midway thru till we can get the breeder (we co-own him with her) to decide to nueter him due to dominance and aggression. He is so sweet until he is scolded and not a problem every time. This morning he pooped on the floor upstairs (whole other issue for another day!) My son yelled down that he pooped, I stood up, looked at the dog and he ran. I told him to get in his crate, he showed his teeth and tried to bite my leg. I grabbed his collar and put himm on the floor and sat with him a while, when I again told him to go to his crate he growled, showed his teeth and trotted to his crate. 2 weeks ago he ran off for my 15 yr old son, when he was able to get him back home he told him to go into the house, opened the door and the dog tried to bite his leg. We re-started our pack training...leash on in the house, tethered to someone, crated more, penned in the hallway more, no freedom in the house etc. (sort of EdFrawley style) I have been told we should be able to work with him, but I am not always sure. I trust him enough to put my face down on his and snuggle him, but not while he is growling of course, he sort of scares me. Any thoughts?
this is the problem with mutts and mixbreeds. You never know what you are going to get. I would have him neutered asap, If the breeder says no, tell them you want your money back. Temperment is the most important thing, and it why mutts can be so unpredictable. No testing no nothing, just pump out puppies, and make a buck.
I agree get him neutered ! I don't necessarily agree he is like this because he is a mixed breed. While it is true more often than not that mixed breed breeders dont breed for temperament or health, just money, he is at the age where he is jostling his position in the pack to see where he fits in. It's an age thing and not a breed thing.
The worst thing was to stop training him, especially since he is unneutered. Now establishing your position is going to be harder but not impossible. You just need to be more vigilant about it and may need to make it part of your life with him instead of ever slacking off from it.
Thanks so much for the advice. I thought the breeder decided to have him nuetered but just last night she said she was contacted by another breeder and wants to 'use' him next month so she wants 'to try it to see if it calms him down at all'. I am thinking this will only make things worse. We are planning on resuming our training classes but the trainer wants to wait for a class with fewer dogs since he was nearly impossible to handle around 10 other dogs..he could not focus on me, no interest at all. Here at home we have continued training and work with him nearly every day. I would love to do some agility training with him but it will be impossible if there are other dogs around, it will never work. Off lead he just takes off and never looks back. All the advice I have been given has been to nueter, not sure why the breeder is not on board. She breed for temprament and personality, but found out our dogs mother is dominant with other dogs and she has to be careful which dogs she puts out with her...so there you go, he comes by it honestly! My vet said nueter, her 2 vets say they really cannot be sure aggression/dominance is hereditary...duh!
I am thinking this will only make things worse. We are planning on resuming our training classes but the trainer wants to wait for a class with fewer dogs since he was nearly impossible to handle around 10 other dogs..he could not focus on me, no interest at all. Here at home we have continued training and work with him nearly every day.
Your dog is 18 months old, and still showing aggression. The reason may be that the training was not proper. But it's never too late to make corrections to bad behavior but for you I would suggest to make corrections immediately. You need to have patience and confidence that you can lead your doodle and not the other way around. Set rules or boundaries for your doodle. Because generally Golden doodles are not an aggressive dog. But they turn out to have behavioral problems because of improper training.
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