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Is there any hope for Quincey?

My golden just turned 2 yrs and he still out of control. His name is Quincey.

Quincey steals and chews everything he can fit in his mouth. I actually don't mind the stealing part, but his chewing messes he makes are insane. Two days ago he got a hold of my prescription meds and I had to throw them out. Thank God he didn't die.
My main thing with him is he is aggressive with me. He will get up on the couch and when I gently go to tug his collar he will snap. He is also possessive with my 8 yr old son who he loves and will get jealous if I play with my son.
He is pushy when he wants to be pet....will nudge me until I pet him.

All this aside he is a great dog. He has lots of sweet moments and I am glad I have him. But how can I get control over him.
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You've listed a variety of different behaviors and it would be hard to address all of them here. The most worrisome is his snapping at you and interfering with you and your son. I think you should get a personal dog trainer into your home right away to assess the situation, diagnose what's going on and then work with you. It sounds like he's overall a good dog, but confused about where he fits in.

I hope you'll get help soon and keep us posted on how he's doing.
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My golden just turned 2 yrs and he still out of control. His name is Quincey.

Quincey steals and chews everything he can fit in his mouth. I actually don't mind the stealing part, but his chewing messes he makes are insane. Two days ago he got a hold of my prescription meds and I had to throw them out. Thank God he didn't die.
My main thing with him is he is aggressive with me. He will get up on the couch and when I gently go to tug his collar he will snap. He is also possessive with my 8 yr old son who he loves and will get jealous if I play with my son.
He is pushy when he wants to be pet....will nudge me until I pet him.

All this aside he is a great dog. He has lots of sweet moments and I am glad I have him. But how can I get control over him.
This sounds like a job for someone local rather than a forum. We can't really diagnose exactly what the issue is without seeing it first hand. Truth be told, your best bet is to get someone with experience dealing with these types of situtations such as a trainer or behaviourist. I would feel terrible if I told you to do something and had the wrong read on the animals behaviour and rather than him being aggressive he was actually terrified.
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I agree! By age two he should have mellowed out. I would absolutely hire a professional who can assess Quincey and help you to work with him.
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Hw did he get ahold of your meds? My bubba is also 2 years old. And every night when we go out for potty call if I grab his collar he shows me his devil teeth. I laugh and tell him let's go. Some people would think he is aggresive LoL! And Wyatt nudges me all the time. Cause he is a true golden��

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Petsmart here will do a free evaluation - if you can't afford a trainer, or don't have anyone local, that's an option.
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I think shes only doing that because it gets him rewarded. Ive been reading a lot about dog psychology to help my self with Kaesie and if we dont let them know that No means you wont get anything until you do what i want, theyll think by snapping at u, shell get attention.


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Welcome to the forum. At 2 years old Quincey can learn and change those bad habits. It will take time and hard work on your part to do it. Things will stay the same or escalate if you keep doing the same things to get him to comply. You have to learn new ways to train him and stay consistent in the new training. I would suggest getting into a basic manners training school. That way you will have a trainer that can work with you to teach you how to work with him. A dog that chews up inappropriate items for some reason feels rewarded by doing so. So Quincey is in some way self rewarding. At this time the best thing to do for both your home and Quincey's safety is to manage him when you can't keep your eye on him. He needs to be put behind a baby gate, crate, x-pen or leashed to you so he cannot practice these bad behaviors. Then you have to train alternate behaviors to replace the bad behaviors but again this takes time. Those behaviors either need to be self rewarding or you need to be able to actively reward for them.

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