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I do not play any games with him that involve biting, and do not promote any growling either - there were 2 occasions where he lashed out - once was in the middle of the night, i was heading to bed, he was laying on the floor next to my side of the bed and when i went to pet him before i got into bed he growled and snapped at me, i made him go lay in the living room for the night.

The time he got a grip on my hand was the following day, when i got home from work and I had told him to get up (so that i could harness him before walking him) and he growled... when i sternly said NO, and pointed my finger at him he lunged up and managed to get a grip on my hand... I had to lock him out on the balcony to calm him down. I had him vet checked after those incidences and they found nothing that could make him behave that way.
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You have gotten some good advice here. Animal behaviorists will tell you that the truly dominant dog doesn't go around snapping when it doesn't want to do something. If it were my dog, I might attach a leash to the collar when I am home so I can move him without confrontation... I would also enroll him in obedience class to work on cementing his response to commands. And remember dogs' sexual and social behavior/ maturity occurs usually from 18 to 24 months and you will sometimes see things in your dog that you didn't see earlier. I have seen puppies in practice that were great until they reached 18 months and then they would try things in here to intimidate and make you back off...

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