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Old 01-03-2013, 10:15 AM
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Food Aggression and Chewing?

Noah has been with us for nearly a week. He will be 1 in March and he is huge. I've spent most of his first few days observing him rather then working with him that is probably bad on my part. I have been replacing bad things to chew on for better yummy things to chew on. I've also notice he scarfs his food down fast and gets aggressive when anyone or anything is near his bowl. Kids, other dogs, me and even inanimate objects like a toy. I really need advice on this. He bared his teeth and snarled at my 5 year old son when he was chewing on a rawhide. My son went to pet him as he walked by. He also acts as if he's been hit. He can be head shy especially when he is playing. If I can't get this fixed I will have to I guess find a rescue. I have too many children in and out for this type of behavior. I love him to pieces and have so many great plans for him including therapy dog training. Any advice on how how to correct his behavior? I'm new to Goldens and will at least a few months to see some sort of improvement but I'm certainly not expecting a miracle I understand he is just a puppy
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:46 PM
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You definitely need to work with a qualified trainer, suggestions were provided in your other thread, though I just learned that Sandy at Positively Canine just passed away. There is Angel in Yukon who has had great success with aggression issues--working with the dogs and teaching the families how to manage, his facility does free consultations last time I checked. I will say the food issues are something I've seen with the line of dogs from which Noah is from. Not saying you're doomed, but I would bring in the help of a trainer ASAP and closely monitor interations with the little ones.

Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue (Sooner Golden Retriever Rescue | dedicated to finding good homes for Goldens in need) is the local rescue should you find the need to re-home Noah. I do wonder if the real reason his first owner sold him on Craigslist was really due to a move or for behavior issues.
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