My yellow lab is out of control and nothing is working? (Don't tell me I "abuse" or "neglect" and am a bad owner or I WILL block you)?

Im 15 and my family have 4 beautiful dogs. Theyve all grown up in a loving and caring home, they are all HAPPY and cared for. They are not abused, and not neglected in any way. Theyve all been taught basic commands, even tricks and have been taught to listen when called but over the years my yellow lab has just suddenly started ignoring those. He has ALWAYS been a crazy hyper puppy, used to be just like Marley from Marley and me, and that was his personality we always loved him. But now not only is he hyper, he's starting to get aggressive with our other dogs. He growls NON STOP at the other dogs, even at nothin. If he happens to be laying next to a food bowl that's not even his, if the other dogs approach he growls. He also has SUCH A BAD problem with people coming home. This is something I can not stress enough. Whenever someone comes home, he goes INSANE! He jumps, barks his high pitched bark, whines, growls at the other dogs, an repeats. And that aggravates the other dogs so they always bark at him and that makes him growl or bark even louder and it's a huge mess. My other dogs are fine its just he recently got so bad. Spray bottles do not work, yelling at him does not work, even as a puppy training collars or even shock collars (last resort) does not affect him the slightest. He hurt his tail badly as a puppy and even then, the pain from it didnt stop him from being his hyper self. I know it's because hes happy to see us but it's getting to out of control, what can I do?


E.Elsea
  • <cite class="sig">Castellaw-JENELLE</cite>

    Take him to the vet for blood work & an exam. Tell the vet what you are printing here. Determine if anything is "OFF" like a low thyroid or parathyroid, that might make him aggressive. Have the vet palpate him for hip or back pain, & examine his mouth for cracked teeth etc. If his urine also checks out as Ok (no signs of stones or UTI) then some things at home will need to change. If he is NOT neutered, please have it DONE, ASAP.

    He will need more exercise, preferrably with a Ruffwear doggie saddlebag pack on him to carry extra weight (like bottled water bottle or cans of dog food). Extra weight for a mile or two will help burn extra calories & wear him out (better). Walk more briskly, or see if you can ROLLER Skate with him, trotting, unless you can actually JOG.

    He will either need to be crated when you leave the house, or he needs to be put in an outdoor kennel run, because he is UNSAFE when you return, if he is not worn out enough by the added exercise. My mantra is, "a Tired dog IS a better behaved dog, because he has NO choice." But that is only IF he is a healthy dog.

    He may also need to be mentally engaged in some activity or problem-solving game. He may be very BORED, if he is never used for what he was bred to DO; hunting OR retrieving. Of course, you Can take him to a field or pond, & get a Retriever Trainer to Fire a Dummy or Tennis ball FOR him, to further exhaust him, or you can HIDE a TENNIS ball or some FAVORITE TOY & ask him to FIND it or even a few hidden DOG COOKIES. (Dogs LOVE to use their noses.) Hence, the new sport and games called Nose Work.
    Yes, we will show you Labs & other dogs doing nose work:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?
    v=jkXtAup14Sg

    How to start teaching nose work:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otPCbMG_

    (A good thing to do on rainy days)

  • <cite class="sig">Kessner</cite>

    Begin by taking it to a vet to rule out any medical problems, such as thyroid, seek the advice of a behaviorist.

    Entire families responsibility to train the family dogs. Dogs don't come trained.

    Training never stops, families responsibility to enforce what was taught on the daily basis for the life of the dogs.

    Hyper dogs require a lot of daily aerobic daily exercise, such as playing fetch, walking is not considered daily exercise.A tired dog is easier to train.

    Seek professional help for yourself on how to train a dog properly before it injures someone, you're sued and the innocent dog is euthanized.

    Re-read your own post which states "he's starting to get aggressive with our other dogs. He growls NON STOP at the other dogs, even at nothin. If he happens to be laying next to a food bowl that's not even his, if the other dogs approach he growls. He also has SUCH A BAD problem with people coming home."

    Not correcting this behavior the next step will be injuring someone/something, the rest is history, including the innocent dog, and it will not be an accident but due to your negligence.

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