Behaviour Problems Articles & Information

Discussion in 'Labrador behaviour' started by editor, Feb 22, 2013.

  1. editor

    editor Administrator

    May 10, 2011
    Many people will have problems with their Labrador's behaviour at one point or another. These can usually be overcome with information, patience and a little support from your forum friends! Here are some of the most common problems dealt with on the main site:

    Fears and Phobias
    • [li] including seperation anxiety, fireworks, swimming and socialising an adult dog [/li]

    Over Excitement
    • [li] when excitement causes issues such as barging, knocking over and jumping up [/li]

    Coping with Naughtiness
    • [li] how to combat naughty behaviour, through planning and training [/li]

    Resource guarding/growling over food
    • [li] including the vital stages to follow to stop your dog growling [/li]

    • [li] including shaping, accurate timing and using an event marker [/li]

    • [li] looking at shared living space, restricting access and expectations of behaviour[/li]

    • [li] including redirection and the use of crating [/li]

    • [li] including barking at passersby, and how to solve the noise issue[/li]

    Inappropriate eating is another frequent issue for Labrador owners, we look at two of the most common areas below:

  2. Stacie Burke

    Stacie Burke Registered Users

    Jun 16, 2017
    Hi there,
    2 questions: Does anyone have a dog who is taking anti seizure meds and noticing behavior problems that weren't there before? If yes, is one of those behaviors eating rocks instead of playing with toys?
    Does anyone have a rock "eater" who is not on anti seizure meds?
    Thank you
  3. Sue Vernon

    Sue Vernon Registered Users

    Jun 28, 2017
    Yes Got one of those not on any meds.
  4. Chantal

    Chantal Registered Users

    Jul 21, 2017
    I'm new to the forum and have a 7 month old Labrador Maremma cross. She is very intelligent, gets lots of daily exercise and clicker reward training. Here is the problem we are experiencing...when she is told no or given the command "come" and chooses not to obey, she is lunging and nipping/biting and showing her teeth to me. It is scary and difficult to stay calm. I give her a time out until she calms down (and I take a breather too).

    Is this aggressive behaviour? It feels aggressive and I'm worried this behaviour will continue or worsen with age. She is otherwise friendly and obedient. Any suggestions would be wonderful. I'm feeling very frustrated at this point. Thanks!!
  5. snowbunny

    snowbunny Administrator Forum Supporter

    Aug 27, 2014
    Andorra and Spain
    Hello and welcome to the forum!
    When you say, "she chooses not to obey", tell me, how have you trained "come" and "no"?
  6. Chantal

    Chantal Registered Users

    Jul 21, 2017
    Thanks for the warm welcome and response. Well, she usually comes when called and this was reinforced with the clicker training classes we did and still practice at home. For example, Kuma will sometimes ignore the command and run back and forth if we are outside and nip and lunge. I have to try to grab her collar or leash to take her inside and she drags her feet like a tantrum. I'm not sure if she is overly excited or trying to take on a dominant role. Also in the evening when it's time for bed, she doesn't want to come when called. If I try to get her to stand up and hold her collar she tries to bite or snarls and won't get up.

    Another example that occurred recently was that she started pulling at the couch was told no, she nipped and then took a few steps turned around and lunged to bite.

    Lastly, when we go for walks and she interacts with people and dogs, she will bite at the leash and my arm when we start walking again. Like she isn't ready to go yet and is giving me attitude.

    Long response but just trying to give some context. Thanks for reading and any insight or advice you may have:)
  7. Emma Griffiths

    Emma Griffiths Registered Users

    Jul 27, 2017

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