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We have a 4 month old lab/pit mix that has shown ferocious aggressive behavior. We worked with him and thought he was better. We trained him to sit before he ate and also to allow us to take food away. Yesterday my nine yr. old son tried to get him from eating something outside. He growled and my son took him by the loose skin on the back of the neck to gently correct him . He bit my son and left a nice puncture wound. Later in the evening my 13 yr old tried to take a toy away and he bit her. Today he growled at my husband when he tried to stop him from eating something dropped on the floor. Our vet recommended we not keep him. He has not been neutered yet. The vet said he does not attribute this behavior to testosterone, due to his young age. The vet said some dogs are just unpredictable in biting and should not be around children ( we have 4 kids and lots of neighborhood kids visit).. I visited a behavior specialist today, but they charge $175.00 to evaluate. Please advise if you think his behavior can be corrected.
 

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My first thought is that many dogs, especially puppies, don't like to be approached from behind. So, if your 9 yr old grabbed him by the back of the neck, even gently, and your puppy didn't see it coming, it could have been perceived as a threat.
That said, it sounds like this could be a dangerous situation for your family. I'm sorry he bit your children. :( Rehoming might be best.
How long have you had him?
 

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You need to try a different tactic. Please do a search on resource guarding, there is great info on this site. Your puppy needs to learn that hands are GOOD, that hands bring GOOD THINGs. You should NEVER take anything from a puppy without offering something in return. This will over time relieve his anxiety about people coming up and approaching him when he has items he values. Teach your child NEVER EVER to do this to any dog or puppy. Sorry, but he got what he asked for!

I have not seen your puppy, but MANY puppies behave this way. Food items are survival for dogs, and many will ferociously defend it, this is instinctively ingrained, and they must be TAUGHT that they need not have anxiety.
 
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