Posted by: Nessa | 2009-03-27

strange behaviour

We have a X labrador of 2 yrs old. He can' t seem 2 get enough of playing with children i.e. our 2 as well 6 or 7 from the neighbourhood who often come 2 our house. The rougher the kids play the more he enjoys it, but he refuses 2 let any other adults except my sister + her husband onto our property. If another adult even touches the gate he wants 2 bite them. We have 2 lock him up even when the meter reader comes. What could b going through his mind? He' s never ever shown any agression 2 children, only the opposite. I find it very strange &  can' t figure out his behaviour.

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Dear Nessa

It is important for your dog to meet adults outside your property. Take him to a park and meet your firends with their dogs there. He will soon learn to appreciate the company of adults.

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Posted by: Nessa | 2009-03-27

The kids don' t play wrestle games with him. It' s usually ball games, running + throwing things that he fetches. It seems as if he has taken it upon himself to look after + protect kids, thus his protective instincts when strangers come near. We do have big warning signs on the gates. He is quite ok when we walk him, just at home that he is like that.

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Posted by: Chill | 2009-03-27

Don' t let him play ' rough'  games with the kids - if one turns nasty you could end up with a disaster. Energetic games are fine, but play-wrestling with a big dog is quite dangerous. Their hunting instincts could kick in under some circumstances, with very bad results.

If he is showing signs of wanting to bite someone - do something about that NOW. Take him to dog training classes, or consult a behaviourist, or do some SERIOUS reading up on dog behaviour. You are legally liable if your dog harms someone.

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