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Labrador snarling/snapping (only when i'm walking him)

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Richard Misters, May 5, 2010.

  1. Richard Misters

    Richard Misters PetForums Newbie

    Jun 11, 2009
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    Hi all,

    Just retracting the post I originally wrote. Thanks for the replies.

    #1 Richard Misters, May 5, 2010
    Last edited: May 14, 2010
  2. Bearpaw

    Bearpaw PetForums VIP

    Dec 10, 2009
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    Hello Richard,
    If you have been stressed,that could be a contributor,When you have been out walking him and 'thinking' of whatever made you stressed,have you ever been a bit short with him wanting to play with other male dogs?
    Also,has he been neutered?
  3. Sleeping_Lion

    Sleeping_Lion Banned

    Mar 19, 2009
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    I hope other more experienced people come along to reply, a couple of things that stick out to me, I've got two bitches, one very archetypal Labrador, happy to see everyone and everything, the other, happy to make friends, but will squash a dog without manners. Regardless of either character, I never let them go running up to strange dogs, and endeavour, although it's sometimes difficult with Indie the flirtiest gertie in the world, to ensure they wait to be allowed to run up to dogs they know. So I have a 'go play' command, until they're told they can 'go play', they shouldn't move, I say shouldn't because they're not robots, and things don't always go to plan. So I just wondered if you have a similar command, which might help with responses?

    Also, the lying down thing, isn't necessarily 'common' amongst Labs, more common with collies, although Labs do have collie in there. One of my bitches does this, BUT she only does it with my other dog, she never does it with other dogs, known or unknown.

    Not much advice there, but just for comparison might be useful, and also hopefully you might be able to expand a bit on a couple of bits of the unwanted behaviour.

    The only other thing I'd say is just be careful with sticks, dogs have died from owners throwing sticks from them, or had serious injuries. You are better off carrying a tennis ball or other retrieve toy with you.
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