Tuesday, October 14, 2008

My Chocolate Labrador Retriever is Biting - part I

Subject: 4 month old Chocolate Labrador Retriever biting and attacking -part I.

From: Amy (USA)

Labrador Retriever name: Tybee

Reader's E-mail - Amy Writes:

Hi, your website is fantastic and I have learned a lot. Here is my problem with my almost 4 month old chocolate lab, Tybee.

We got Tybee when on vacation in South Carolina in July. He was almost 9 weeks old. Never had a dog before. My husband thought this would be a good idea so we took him home with us - 19 hours..long car ride..he was great..since he loves cars and has no problem going for a ride to one of the local state parks.

Had a bad nipping problem for the first 4 weeks but seemed to subside for about 2 weeks. Now the past 2 weeks it is back but not so nippy, more really biting hard. He has bit me drawing blood. He has ripped my clothing when on me, attacked my sons 4 year old friend when I was walking him with her and my son (also 4 years - my other son is 7) where he pushed her down and started to bite her - so quick that the leash yanked out of my hand when he went at her.

He also does not listen anymore when his name is called and he is allowed w/o a leash in the yard. We have a big yard and he is hard to catch now. Today he ran out of the house and took me half an hour to get him back inside and my poor 7 year old was late for his first day of school.

My husband says there is no way we are getting rid of Tybee. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt but I am out of clothes (he has ripped my clothes and shoes) and I'm out of patience. He does sit when told (most of the time) and when we are walking I taught him to sit when he sees a car. He does get playtime with other dogs but now he is attacking them - not really playing so much anymore so the neighbors don't want him playing with their dogs anymore. Please help. I am desperate.

Thank you

All About Labradors Response:

Hello Amy,

Congratulations on owning a new Labrador Retriever. You made an excellent choice!! They are a very high energetic breed and in the beginning will take some work (you might even think you made a mistake at first but believe me, the are incredible dogs. Loyal, loving and extremely playful, they are always there to put a smile on your face.

OK, I can write a book on how great it is to own a Labrador Retriever, but lets get on to trying to help you out. There are a couple of different things I need to know to try to be of further assistance to you. When you get a chance, please answer the listed questions for me.

Where did you get your Labrador Retriever from - breeder, pet store, rescue, etc?

When he bit your son's friend do you feel he was being aggressive and vicious?

What other commands have you taught him?

What kind of leash do you use for him?

Do you own a crate?

Is someone always home with him, or do both of you work?

With all the email questions I receive, I always ask a favor of the person writing. If you have any photos of your Labrador Retriever, that you could email me, I would love to post them to the Labrador Retriever Pictures blog. You DO NOT have to send a photo to receive an answer to your question.

If you do send a photo, and would like any caption to appear under the photo (Ex: Fido eating the garbage, my trip to the beach, dressed up for Christmas, etc.) make sure you let me know.

Awaiting your reply,

This is part one of a two part e-mail. To read part two visit: My Chocolate Labrador Retriever is Biting - part II

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