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Hi everyone ! I don't know if there is any thread like this but i need help and didn't know where else to go. I have a 4 and a half month old golden lab and i need some advice. In short words he is becoming more and more dominant by the day. He keeps jumping and bitting people on the hands and on the pants. He has toys but when there is somebody arround he forgets about them. When i want to take him on a walk the keeps bitting my hand till i put the leash on and then on the leash until we exit the house. During the walks he is very tense and doesn't really relax and starts to bark at other dogs and becomes agitated. When you say no or try to corect him he becomes more agitated and starts biting and jumping. When somebody opens a door he runs inside/ outside.

First of all i want to know how to exercit my dominance over him. I tried training, he knows sit, i couldn't teach him to lay because when i lower his treat he start biting my hand and when i give it to him he gets back up. He is fixated on the food.

And secondly i want to know how to make him not enter or exit a room/door without my permission.

Please help.
 

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WEll, first you need to forget everything you've ever learned about dominance. It's complete bunk.

Your puppy isn't being dominant, he's being a puppy. Puppies bite, and 4 month old puppies bite a lot because they're teething and it hurts. Be sure to give him lots of toys to chew on to help with that pain. There is a sticky on this site called "The Bite Stops Here". Read it and follow the advice. It doesn't work immediately, it takes a few days to a few weeks and everyone in the home needs to do it the same, but it does work.

As for other training, check out kikopup on youtube. She is fantastic and has a video for every sort of training/problem.
 

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Also, he is a Lab puppy. He may be mixed with Golden, but they are not dogs... they are vampire bats or furry pirahnas, depending on whether they are flying at you or swimming towards you. Labs are very mouthy and you have to teach them Bite Inhibition. In the New Owner section, there is a Sticky: The Bite Stops Here that will help.

The Bite Stops Here takes about 3 days to kick in, even then you only get a reduction of bloodletting, slowly resulting in bloodfree nipping, leading to mouthing, etc. Depending on the reaction of the pup, you don't have to use a Yelp!, you can say Ouch!!!, or Oops, where you want a marking word, to indicate when you are withdrawing attention.

Read this and note the 3 days and the apology....maybe, he ignored the Yelp!, because you ignored the apology. Instead of the Yelp, you can say Ouch! or Oops!

Some Tweaks to Bite Inhibition (to get him to stop biting when he wants to play or otherwise):
1. When the pup bites, then yelp. It should sound about like what the pup does when you step on its paw... don't step on his paw for a sample :). When you yelp, the pup should startle briefly and stop nipping. (Look for the startle) Praise and pet. He'll bite.
2. When he bites the second time, Yelp. When he stops, praise and pet. He'll nip again, although it may be a little gentler. ...
3. Whenshe bites a third time, Yelp (see a pattern?). But this time, turn your back for 15 - 30 secs. If he comes around and play bows or barks, then that is an apology. This is important. Accept it, praise and pet... and cringe in expectation of the next nip...
4. When he bites the 4th time, Yelp, then leave the area, placing him in a 2 min. time-out. It is better if you can leave, rather than moving him. Then, return and interact. (He's still hungry...)
5. When he nips the fifth time, yelp, and leave the area, stopping interaction for now.

You can modify the number of steps, but not what you do... for example, you can leave in a huff :), after the second nip or even the first, but you have to provide a vocal marker, to give him something to react to. I still use a light yelp with my 11 yo when he lets teeth touch skin as I give him a treat. No pressure or harm, but I want him to appear very safe to everyone.

Pups need to sleep over night in order to learn their lessons. So, keep doing this for 3 days. By the third day, you should notice signficant Bite Inhibition. He may still nip, but it will be softer and he won't draw blood. And, he should be less aggressive, especially, if you notice the apology. Keep up the training and make sure that everyone yelps.... Very powerful method.

If you learn the technique, then you can apply the "yelp" to other circumstances, also. I believe that "yelp" is "Please don't do that, I don't like it." in dog communication. I currently use the yelp when my dog plays tug, then runs with the toy, when he fetches and keeps it out of reach or when he takes a treat too quickly....
 

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My 4 month old black lab/terrier mix does the EXACT same thing. And "OUCH!" it hurts really bad. Every time she would nip i would place a toy in her mouth. I froze some toys for her and she loved those and it seemed to soothe her pain. She has lost a few teeth and now they are coming back in and wow she's starting back up again full throttle. She bites on everything, including my bull mastiff's ears, tail, nose and all! Poor big man =( but he tolerates it very well. Give it time. I've had labs my whole life and have the scars on my ankles to prove it. They nip and bite everything when younger but as they mature they are wonderful pets! =) Best of luck! She also would bite and eat her leash during walks but i got some sour apple spray and put that on the end of her leash and quickly nipped that in the bud. The only issue now is teaching her how to walk on a leash and not run and pull!
 
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