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Most Labradoodle owners who complain about their dog's over-protective behavior are usually concerned their dog may bite someone.

In most cases they saythe Labradoodles' on-guard behavior is acceptable and even desirable.

However, the possibility of a lawsuit or the fear of being maimed usually motivates them to seek help.

This type of ambivalence relative to the dog's behavior indicates some basic insecurity in the owner.

When this can be brought into the open through consultation, the problem can be placed in its proper perspective and a corrective program undertaken.

Who's In Charge?

In the daily interaction between a Labradoodle and their owner, most overprotective adogs have devised ways of telling the owner when to get up in the morning, when to open the doors out or into the house on cue, when to pet and stroke in response to nudging, etc.

On the other side of the ledger, these Doodles only do something on command when they want.

Commands to Come when called, Sit, Stay and various other commands are rarely obeyed, except when the dog happens to be in the mood. In other words, the dog is in command and is naturally going to become upset when some outsider interferes with its concept of how life ought to proceed.

Your Labradoodles response to such intrusions can range from submissive recumbency to a vicious attack on the incoming party, be it other dogs or other people.

An overprotective dog usually combines its jealousy of its owner's attentions with overdeveloped active defense reflexes.

Overly developed defense reflexes usually result from the owner's deliberate encouragement of early signs of aggression toward strangers, lack of any attempt to control this tendency, or an excessively physical or emotional response when the aggression begins to emerge.

In fact, most cases encountered involve Labradoodle owners who have committed all of these errors.

In such cases, the Labradoodle behaves as if it feels responsible for rather than to its owner.

Most of these people can see the value of having a dog take its cues about protection from the owner, rather than allowing it to make the critical decision regarding toward whom it should be aggressive.

The corrective procedure requires that both the owner and dog possess one vital personality factor: a sense of humor, an element missing in some older dogs.

If this is absent, then devices for your Labradoodle must be improvised to develop it.


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