We purchased a male Labradoodle puppy (Alfie) last June aged 8 weeks as a family pet. We took him to puppy socialisation classes early on and attended a few starter training sessions which we all practised regularly with him at home, but Alfie proved very strong-willed and too boisterous for other family members, so I very much took him under my wing. He is 10 months old now and despite my very best efforts and a great deal of time and energy spent, he seems impossible for me to control. He is good in terms of not chewing items around the house and he learned basic commands such as 'sit', 'lie down' and returning to me very quickly, however, myself and other members of the family can't seem to 'boss him'; despite extensive practise in a range of contexts/settings, he will only obey commands when it pleases him (and there is a food reward visible). He jumps up uncontrollably at anybody coming into the home and bites family members and visitors often hard enough to really hurt or bruise the skin. He tugs at people's clothes meaning that they often wind up ripped since he just won't let go. Following advice I upped his exercise quota by adding regular runs at the beach alongside his morning and evening walk (an hour total) but even this is difficult since despite lots of lead training he pulls so hard on the lead my hand is often bruised just keeping hold of him. He has a lot of toys around the house and there is usually somebody about at home so he gets lots of interaction. We feed him Large Breed Puppy Eukanuba alongside tinned dog food. He was castrated 2 weeks ago as the vet suggested this would take the 'edge off' his aggressive tendencies, but so far we've noted no real improvement. Alfie tends to be very 'clingy' and will even refuse to run in the back garden if nobody steps out with him. He also gets very nervously excited by other dogs, despite completing socialisation classes and having regular interaction with other dogs whilst out walking in the area, so I do suspect that anxiety underlies a lot of his behaviour. I bought an adaptil plug in hoping this would help, but it has had no effect. These are the strategies I have tried to correct his behaviour thus far; -Ignoring bad behaviour. (I have actually found this to be the most successful strategy, and found that wearing old house clothes around the house for a few weeks so that I wasn't so prone to respond to tugging really helped - he does not tend to tug at my clothes so much any more. However, other family members didn't feel willing to do that and find Alfie's clothes-shredding tendencies intolerable. I have also had moderate success with leaving the room following bad behaviour, but again other family members found this too disruptive so the success wasn't generalised.) -Scolding bad behaviour. Tried this consistently for a few weeks and actually thought this made him worse and less responsive. -Displaying 'alpha' behaviours. I have tried to do this consistently all the time we've had Alfie, for example, pretending to eat his food before setting it down, not giving excessive praise and attention etc, but to no avail. It's very difficult to pull off any kind of structured approach since he can be so boisterous and aggressive most people's interactions with him just end in yelping and running away from him. Other family members are so exasperated with him they insist that he will have to go, I'm desperate to prevent this as I spend a lot of time with him, love him to bits and do have successes at times. I'm sure he could be a really lovely pet with the right guidance. I have done a lot of research into trainers/behaviourists in the area and intend to get some specialist help as soon as I can afford it. I am also hoping that the rest of the family might get more on-board with training if we have advice from a professional to refer to, as I'm certain more consistency would help. However, this is very expensive and I'm between jobs currently so it's not possible in the short term. If anybody could offer some advice as to how I might get Alfie under control I would be so grateful, I'm desperate to sort this out. Thank you for reading!