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Next week Hektor will do his vaccine, as he has turn 1 year old...
I will ask the vet to do blood tests for hypothyroidism if it is necesery bc I am thinking the possibility hektor has this problem. Its this "agression-fear" problem that he has, not all the times.Explain: sometimes he dosent growl to all strangers when they come at home, and some times (when he is at the yard) he let them come in as they were invisible, but when they try to leave the house he gets upset, chasing them!or he growls at some people (he sees for the first time) but not to other...is so strange! Regarding there is no socialisations problems (they might be, but im interested in hyp/dism right now), which are the symptoms? He is skiny, is a picky eater, but has nice shiny coat, very gentle with the family, and very active at the walks...
I would like to read your experiences!
 

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You may as well have him tested. I have my doubts about whether that is what is going on with him. Maybe there is something else, though. There are many different symptoms for hypothyroidism. Increased aggression in a dog prone towards aggression is one. Weakness, lethargy, thinning hair, thickening/darkening of the skin, weight gain, muscle aches, mental dullness and depression are many of the other symptoms.
 

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Your dog is very young for hypothyroidsim but if it's genetic, I guess it could.

My boy had anxiety/aggression to ward other dogs but really no physical signs. I was concerned because our previous golden had it. Make sure you have a full panel done and the vet will need to send it away to Michigan State or Dr. Jean Dodds for results.
I would even email Dr. Dodds with your results for her recommendation.

  • Dr. Jean Dodds: Hemopet / HEMOLIFE Office: (Wed/Thurs)
    Phone: 714/ 891-2022 -- Pacific Time
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Our golden lost weight, his coat was much better (even though it had been fine) and his anxiety with other dogs improved on meds.

I have no idea if this is really your dog's problem.have you discussed all this with your vet and a behvaiorist?
 

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Your dog is very young for hypothyroidsim but if it's genetic, I guess it could.

My boy had anxiety/aggression to ward other dogs but really no physical signs. I was concerned because our previous golden had it. Make sure you have a full panel done and the vet will need to send it away to Michigan State or Dr. Jean Dodds for results.
I would even email Dr. Dodds with your results for her recommendation.

  • Dr. Jean Dodds: Hemopet / HEMOLIFE Office: (Wed/Thurs)
    Phone: 714/ 891-2022 -- Pacific Time
    Fax: 714/ 891-2123
    11561 Salinaz Avenue
    Garden Grove, CA 92843 USA



Our golden lost weight, his coat was much better (even though it had been fine) and his anxiety with other dogs improved on meds.

I have no idea if this is really your dog's problem.have you discussed all this with your vet and a behvaiorist?
I will talk with the vet this week to know what is she thinking of that...the last time I went, hektor growl at the woman who works there and was trying to put on his skin the antiparasite medicine. It was the first time that this happend, hektor knew her, thats why i am worried...but at that time there was a lot of poeple - dogs around and not time to discuss, this time I will....
The trainer just said that its a matter of like and dislike people, as we do! I dont take this as an answer!
Apart from that he is ok with sit, stay, come commands, very playfoll with other dogs and he walks quite good on the leash, and its a very sweat boy...with us!
I had to say tha
 

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You may as well have him tested. I have my doubts about whether that is what is going on with him. Maybe there is something else, though.
I would like to hear what something else could be!
I am working on socialisation, with treats when we are with other people, he does it well, only needs a few minutes to fell confortable, and the I can handle the situation, he even let other people touch him.
Not making this long, but I would like to tell this story: I have my horse shoe last week, the farrier came, I controled hektor with treats as he was coming in the stable, and during 1 hour hektor was acting like the farrier even wasnt there. After he finished, he went outside at his car, and returned to wash his hands, and then hektor run towards him barking, like he was seeing him for the first time!! I dont know what to say!
 

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I would like to hear what something else could be!
I am working on socialisation, with treats when we are with other people, he does it well, only needs a few minutes to fell confortable, and the I can handle the situation, he even let other people touch him.
Not making this long, but I would like to tell this story: I have my horse shoe last week, the farrier came, I controled hektor with treats as he was coming in the stable, and during 1 hour hektor was acting like the farrier even wasnt there. After he finished, he went outside at his car, and returned to wash his hands, and then hektor run towards him barking, like he was seeing him for the first time!! I dont know what to say!
He may have a bit of fear aggression. Here is a good article and it suggests a few books that you can read.

https://www.msu.edu/~silvar/fear.htm
 
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