Now it is reversed. Such advice cannot be given over the internet and if you are given and follow the wrong advice on the web, you may make things worse which could end in disaster! If he is going to make a fuss then take it away. sometimes he pee in home. I bought a good leash and harness that holds her chest from and clips in back rather than on her collar. Is there anything that I can do to discourage this behavior, or is there any advice you can add about this situation? It is a perfectly normal way for a dog to communicate. He seems to be communicating with the farm dogs a few miles a way. Her name is Ayla and she just turn 2. That sounds like one very happy hyper pup. Something every owner should keep in mind is that many unwanted behaviors from their point of view are perfectly natural and normal behaviors for a Lab. A friend of mine adopted a 3yo bitch Lab called Mollie a few months back. In the morning as my wife and i wake up, I come down to let him out and find some drool close to the crate door and his blankets out of place, almost as if he was digging? Our veterinarian reveals why the payoff for your pet is well worth any extra work. For a very good and detailed article on this, please see the following article: Regarding stopping and turning back on walks, could this be down to a noise? I have actually stopped taking him “off lead” over the past few days but I’m just perplexed why he all of a sudden started. Behaviors such as self-harming, being very destructive, aggressive to everybody around them, going to toilet anywhere around the home, compulsive and obsessive behaviors, these are true behavior problems that signal true problems that need to be addressed. Once he understands a ‘speak’ command, you can then train a ‘quiet’ command. Ive had dogs before and I have gotten her to stop pulling the leash and she no longer lunging after squirrels. © 2001-2021  I adopted a 4yr old black Lab from a rescue shelter and ive had her for about a week. Secondly and quite sadly, often what people call behavior problems are just natural behaviors for a dog. You need to have people deliver a paper through your door when you’re prepared and have your dog on leash and under control, ready to prevent them getting at the delivery and to distract them and ask for an alternative behavior. A lightweight blanket draped over the top of the crate can help reduce the distraction of people moving around outside the crate and may help your puppy relax. If there’s one thing I’ve learned as a guide dog puppy raiser it’s how to crate train a puppy.. More importantly I learned how to stop a puppy from barking in his crate at night!. Do you have friends with well socialized and well behaved dogs you could arrange communal walks with or play days? Many will barely create a seem. Pulling is very rewarding and the reward for pulling needs to be removed before the behavior will change. Some possible causes of Labrador behavior problems are as follows: But perhaps the biggest reason is simply a misunderstanding or lack of understanding of what natural dog behaviors are and not providing outlets for their natural urges and desires. I love more than one person (girlfriend, mother, friends, and so on) and dogs can do that too :-). I own a 1 1/2-year-old black lab named Abby and she seems to gain no weight! We are committed to her for the long haul and I believe there are no problems that can’t be overcome with love and time. I live next to a park and there are many people with dogs that walk in this park and I see other peoples dogs mingling together, sniffing each other and either playing or walking away. It addresses all dog behaviors without causing trauma to your animals. Some people may be happy with a quiet dog that sleeps all the time and mostly keeps out of the way. It is also possible that your puppy is displaying early signs of separation anxiety, a condition best treated early with professional help. it is doing tat for a month and we don’t know what to do. Teach your puppy to love her crate by making it part of her daily routine. With these simple dental care tips, you can help keep your canine’s adorable smile shiny and healthy for life. Many thanks Does he still go in there when it’s not raining, but only doesn’t when it’s raining? Also, I wanted to point out that my wife is pregnant and im not sure if that has anything to do with our pups behavior. We have been growing dogs for the past 8 years but this is the first time we witness such an activity over our dog. I really feel like these dogs are for an active household only. Cheers, I have a 1 1/2 yr old lab mix. We have 3 grandchildren under the age of 4 & cannot let her around them for fear she’ll hurt them without realizing it.We need help! Starting the next night, which has been about a week and a half now, she has not made a sound (even on the weekend we we slept a little later). I am a new dog owner and learning lots as, we are currently into a 2 week trial for re-homing a 3 year old golden lab retriever, name Norski. We want to make it work but take 2 steps back from trusting him each time an occurrence happens. It’s likely that he’s not forgotten his previous owner, just he’s now happy with you. She has growled at him and snapped at him twice now while sitting next to me. Reinforcement takes place when behaviors have pleasant consequences to the extent of causing such behaviors to strenghten and repeat. Eventually you want to be able to have Allie completely focused on you, following your obedience commands reliably even when close to other animals. In positive reinforcement, something perceived as pleasant to the subject is add… A barking puppy can drive owners and neighbors crazy. Usually the problem is a symptom of something being wrong or missing in the dog’s life and the behavior is the way they try to cope. He is very energetic and wound super tight!! This can be disturbing for your neighbors and even for you. I was wondering if anyone here has any ideas on what I could feed her so she starts gaining weight?? We are having a labrador breed which is 1 and half years old. he also craves my attension all the time is that because he never had much in his last home ?or is this his way of saying he has accepted me i look forward to hearing from you, Everything sounds completely normal to me. Buy him a chew toy, but train him to give up objects as resource guarding if not corrected could lead to serious biting. Hope this helps. I really hate seeing him standing in the rain. Do this regularly throughout the day to get her used to being in the crate. She has never been aggressive, but I took her to the vet recently and she was very aggressive toward the other animals. Have you been spending time teaching bite inhibition, then a ‘no teeth on skin rule’ and a ‘no jumping rule’? Fact: Labrador Barking can drive neighbors and any family member a bit crazy at time. The basic process will involve walking into a room if your Labrador starts barking at you say use your signal and then assume your stance. I am struggling right now with my Pyrenees Lab mix barking at night. Please help! Recently he has been going after a Maltese we have in the house. It’s simply wrong to get a Labrador, a retrieving breed and then be shocked when you find they’re very mouthy and love to carry objects in their mouths and tend to chew. You need to actively train bite inhibition, and finally a ‘no teeth on skin’ rule. Hi Annie…..by now since its been over a yr Iam sure your lab has at some point calmed down a bit….but I know what your going thru we adopted a 6 mon yellow lab 3 yrs ago and she’s still a major handful…..exercise is the only thing that my husband and I have found that works for most of the problems we have been delt with with her….but exercise is not always a solution because of weather or if we are sick or have to work etc so Ive tried other things like ignoring her when she takes something she knows she cant have like my towels, pillows, any girly thing and I have to laugh sometime cause she knows what shes doing….if my husband and I are talking she tries to get our attention and if she doesn’t she finds something to take and shows it to us….I have to crate her when we have company and family at our home because she will jump on them and its just so annoying so we have to crate her….we have had 4 dogs in our life time…all of them were male wow what a difference with a female dog….any comments or help with how to keep her from taking my bathroom towels when were not looking other then keeping the door shut….geez Ive tried everything I can think of nothing is working….Trish. However for true behavior problems, meaning ‘abnormal behaviors’ such as excessive fear, anxiety, aggression or obsessive compulsive behaviors, very specific advice taking into account the very specific circumstances of your individual dog will need to be given. I have a 3 year old black lab. It’s simply wrong to get a Labrador, where loyalty, sociability and companionship are sought after traits bred into the breed, and then be shocked when they develop behavior problems if socially isolated and kept alone. Food aggression was mentioned and quit obvious from the beginning, we are working on that, hand feeding has started for the last 4 days and going well. The owners would then have to go bail her out. Common Indicators: Your dog spends the night in the crate and mostly barks right away at night. But it can be done, and many people do. we’re not happy either but he does listen when we tell him off. To collaborate on this board, send us a message and we will add you. Once reliably following ‘speak’ and ‘quiet’ at home, proof it in different situations: Have people come to the door, ring the door bell, enthusiastically say ‘walkies’, whatever gets him barking, and use the quiet command, treating for silence. A lot of dogs bark too much, even at imaginary friends and foes. He gets aggressive and attacks the smaller dog when I am getting their food or when the dogs are in a tight area. I have not heard her bark once! If you know when the paper delivery is due, you can hold your lab on leash and when the paper comes distract them by asking for an alternative behavior, a sit or a down. Their lives will have been filled with regular, mentally stimulating training and long hard days of doing meaningful work. That is odd…are you sure nothing has changed? Cold can exacerbate and make worse many ailments and health issues, particularly any joint problems which Labs are prone to. Your vet can help with this, too. This is fairly common and as long as you teach her it’s not acceptable, it will pass. My puppy Von is 6 1/2 months old now. What would you recommend i do to stop or at least tone down this behavior? while moving slowly in the car – and his squeeling/whining is more of a happy sound (that drives us crazy). Or have you been able to notice anything that could be making him fearful and scared at the point it occurs? With time, as long as you exercise her well, dedicate yourself to training her well and often, many times per week, she will come out the other side calmer and better behaved. I hope you can get this sorted, let us know how you get on. OMG, she is in heat and duck season is upon us. This happened suddenly in the past few weeks, and nothing has been changed about his house. For potentially serious cases of aggression such as this, you really do have to speak to a professional. We have tried saying no etc but it’s not working I end up having to put her in the kitchen with the baby gate shut until she calms down. Instead of calling many behaviors a problem, it’s a duty to know they’re natural and provide alternative and more acceptable behaviors, train your dog to know how you want them to behave but still find ways to satisfy their needs. Powered by Brightspot. Ive taught him to give the paw a bit more work to do with that and he will fetch and to give it to me with the command leave a bit of work to do there he has to think about giving it to me lol he is not sure if he wants me to have his treasured toy, and he is forever grabing my hands wanting to playing tug of war but like all dogs it doest matter how long the rope is they always inch they way up to your hand im bruied big time lol, he also grabs my hands alot can you tell me could you tell me why he does that please, you cant believe how long it has taken to type this i look forward to reading your answer kind regards Denise. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. If you’re going to try and kennel him outside during winter, then the kennel needs to be big enough for him to stand, turn around and lay down in with paws stretched so it isn’t too small, but any bigger than this and it will not hold his body heat. (usually the first thing to try is to provide more…up it by half hour a day and see if her behavior improves.) Actually, Allie does not get to spend time with other animals. Crate training a puppy is an exercise in patience (with Stetson it certainly was).. Vetstreet does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. He also sits when he knows we are on our way back home even though we’ve ran together, played games , hes endlessly ran through fields chasing the ball or chasing stones for an hour an a half or more. Mine still acts like a puppy at times when it comes to swimming or playing with his ball. He’s learned sit quickly but chooses to totally ignore down command. Thunder-phobia and fear of loud noises is seen fairly often, and there are ways to treat this by desensitizing them with the sound over time and for your dogs peace of mind and overall enjoyment of life I would recommend taking steps to solve the problem. Be firm in your command to tell him stop so he understands. We’ve had our 18 month old Black Lab, Louie since he was 16 weeks and have take him to all the “normal” training classes plus I have enjoyed quite a bit of extra training to the point that up until very recently and under most situations he’s what most people would say is a very obedient, smart dog who sits, comes, waits, heals off lead, even fetches the paper from the letter box most mornings, etc Has she previously been fine with other animals and the aggression has suddenly developed? They are a highly sociable breed, and an energetic breed. It’s just organic. It can be done successfully but I think you’re Lab will find it hard now. Hi! We have had her about 7 months and she has made great improvement, she still gets nervous when I get up, but if i sit or lay next her she will come right up to me and I pet her and she will let me give her all the love I have. We have a 12 week old Shitzu he loves her but she can not come out on the lead yet. Here, she has 20 acres to roam on but that is not enough for Allie. Is the ground getting wet where it didn’t before? She may also be getting used to sleeping in her crate or sleeping alone. This just equals a lot of love to give :-) If you really must have down time and to be able to get on with things where you cannot supervise him, you should have a confinement area where you can close him into a small secure room. Your dilemma is a common one for new puppy parents. My 4 year old black lab, has suddenly become afraid of his doghouse. BUT, they aren’t impervious to the cold. Have a vet appt in the morning to rule out ear infection or anything, as he is running them in the snow and carpet. I have started clicker training with him and he has caught on very quickly that the green clicker means a treat the last owner did do a little training with him he knows the sit and sit and wait for me to feed him and to wait until tell him he can eat. In today’s world living largely as pets, many Labradors are mentally and physically under-stimulated with their strong drives and urges left unsatisfied. Although in most cases you can train alternative more acceptable behaviors. He mostly comes up on her fast and chases her thinking it’s a game. Recently has started having skin issues, which the vet has determined now is a zinc deficiency, and have begun treatment for. It can be hard to sleep at night with all the noise. Labs are generally social and mild-mannered dogs. I’m a senior who doesn’t have the energy to play with him but am committed to taking him to the dog park more often. Thanks again! Hi, I have a 2 year old male labrador retriever who has become very lethargic and stubborn. Secondly, have you tried having treat dispensing chew toys to keep him distracted, busy and happy? She has been loving towards me from the moment i first met her, wagging her tail and has been the same with my family since bringing her home. A couple of weeks ago, she started barking at night. I have a 9month old black lab that was attacked by another large dog over a month ago and now he is afraid of everything from other people to other animals. Puppy keeping you up all night? Would it be financially viable for you to book a series of training sessions with a professional trainer? A Lab barking at night can be quite irritating if its barking is unnecessary and excessive. Initially work outside the car (at home, normal situations) on first teaching him to speak on command, clicking and treating each time he barks and tying a command to it. This one is driving us crazy!! he never allowed us to go out of the house.a very healthy and loving dog.but its been 3-4 days that he has become very lazy and has an increased appitite.he is restless all night and and make different voices.i am really worried about him..i give him my whole day and night.hug him at night so that he can have a sound sleep.but still he is not behaving normal.. please tell me what could be the problem? A 6 month old, and especially a Lab puppy will be very demanding of your time, yes. Any suggestions, Hi I have a male neutered Black Lab named Petey Dog and he is 10 years old and awesome ; I found your forum after noting for several years that when I feed him, he always turns and (what I perceive as very politely and thoughtfully) looks at me before he eats , and always wondered if he was / is trying to communicate something..he finishes what I give him every feeding , we walk a couple of miles every day …no leash as our neighborhood abuts many walking trails and I feel comfortable that he will stay by my side ..so far he hasn’t proven me wrong. I also notice that he has gotten alot more anxious in his older years. Hi, I have a very frustrating problem. Items with the scent of the puppy’s previous home or with your scent may also help — toys like Scents of Security have pouches to hold scented items. At 3 years old, the whining and barking will be very habitual. You simply must train your Allie an extremely reliable recall, so strong and proven that she would rather come to you than give chase. To train a dog to stop chasing, especially a dog with quite high prey drive, is notoriously hard to do! Please see my answer to Anne here: https://www.labradortraininghq.com/labrador-training/when-to-start-training-a-puppy/#comment-11966. For individual and potentially aggressive behavioral issues it would be wrong for me to offer advice as it’s beyond my knowledge and skill set. And no dog should be left outside if the weather really does get freezing. By training your puppy to stop barking during the night, you can get a good night’s sleep and stop the worry. . The Role Of Dogs Has Changed In Life But Their Genetics And Needs Have Not! How To Stop Your Dog Pulling on Leash. This article was merely an introduction to Labrador behavior problems, offering a definition of what they are, listing some common causes and quite importantly showing that often, behavior problems are in fact just natural behaviors that need managing, not really ‘behavior problems’ at all. He was too hyperactive (but then again he was less than 2 ), Should I be concerned? We had a Lab/Aussie mix that did the same thing. However as the article as rightly pointed out,, knowing the instinctive behaviors as against the abnormal, can help us readdress the situation appropriately. Teach your puppy to love her crate. Anything I can do to help the two get along better? But today they’re mostly just kept as pets. Ignoring the barking may mean missing what she's trying to tell you — fortunately, there are some simple strategies that can help her learn to sleep quietly through the night. I’m afraid this is the only advice I can give because situations such as this require an ‘in-person’ consultation, where a professional behaviorist can see your two dogs, how they interact, likely root cause of the aggression, any triggers and more…before then using their extensive knowledge to advise a way to tackle the problem. They love to be near and with their family always. A possible…but hard to trial…solution would be to use a travel crate with semi-solid walls so he cannot see outside distractions. I’ve been raising puppies now for the over ten years and I’ve now raised 11 total puppies Nevertheless throughout the beginning, pup woofing might be some thing you’ll encounter, particularly during the night whenever remaining alone at night-time. For the aggression toward other dogs and animals at the vets, you need to start a behavior modification program. It seems that when Bruce is trying to initiate play, gets excited, or overwhelmed in a situation, the only response he has is to mouth our arms and then jump and bite down. Your dog is resource guarding and so you need to start correcting the pup and let him know it’s unacceptable. stubborn and attack my family members. Maybe an evening stroll before bed may work if not possible then try throwing things for her to fetch. Vetstreet does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. We have been taking her out 3 – 5 times a day. If the video doesn't start playing momentarily, However, you’ll probably want to work on the biting and nipping if it’s becoming a problem. The outside mail box can also be a bit risky depending on the area you live…the mail may get stolen…But you can get boxes that fix to the outside wall rather than one on a post at the end of your front yard. She couldn’t look or be happier. 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