Need help with 7 month labs behaviour

Discussion in 'Labrador Chat' started by Rose0311, Jul 12, 2019.

  1. Rose0311

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    Hi, we got our first lab at 8 weeks old. She is now 7 months old and recently has destroyed my sons mattress and bed. She has never been crated and has always slept in my sons room. She was spayed a couple of weeks ago and the past few nights she has woke up at 3am and after taking her outside to toilet, she has not settled back down. She jumps up on us and not sure if she is playing or not but seems to be trying to bite us. We have tried distracting her but this only lasts a few minutes and then she will jump up again and nip at us. If we say ‘no’ to something she should not be doing, she growls and shows her teeth and snaps at us. Is this aggression and what should we do as we are exhausted with the early rises and do not know how to deal with the snapping.
     
  2. Jo Laurens

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    Well I seem to be the only person left in the world who thinks cages for dogs are unnatural and inhumane. I'm really hoping that some research will come out proving me right and we'll all look back on this era of caged dogs with the same disdain we now view things like dominance theory and punishment based training methods.

    At 7 months the only thing that calmed my dog was leaving him alone in a safe space - in our house this is the kitchen. We would return when he'd settled. It took a while but we got there in the end, he's 2 now and a lovely dog.
     
  4. Joy

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    @Rose0311 If your dog is waking in the middle of the night full of beans then perhaps have a look at your daily routine and see if your dog is getting enough physical and, especially, mental stimulation and interaction with humans during the day. Do you play games like tug and fetch? Do you take your dog out to different places and let them sniff?

    You don't have to use a crate if you don't want to (@Ruth Buckley - I don't use a crate either) but you do need to provide a place for your dog to be when she is left alone that is safe for her and where she can't damage anything you value.

    The jumping up and biting is either over-tiredness, in which case put her somewhere safe to rest, or the need to interact with you shown in the only way she knows. I would suggest coming up with a plan for interaction with your dog multiple times a day. Each time decide what you are going to do (play tug, practise loose lead walking, teach her to find a hidden toy etc.) Also provide things like a stuffed Kong, using some of her daily food allowance, as chewing is very relaxing.

    Finally has she had a vet check to ensure all is ok after the spay?
     

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