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    Help!! in the last month or so Radar has become really protective. He goes to my in laws house during the day while we are at work and recently radar has started barking and trying to attach strangers who come over. THEN on Friday my husband picked up my son (doesn't happen a lot as he is almost 10) and when he put him down Radar tried to attach him, growling, nipping etc., this morning Gavin was being funny and crawled towards me on all fours and Radar went after him again, and just now I tried to give my son a hug and Radar growled and tried to nip at him again. I know there have been other posts to have Gavin take him out and to be in charge of the food so I am going to try that and see if it helps. How do I stop the aggression to strangers at the in laws house and any other ideas, suggestions, tips would be very much appreciated.

    Radar is 1.5 years old. I need to get a fix on this cause if I don't my husband won't tolerate it. Radar and Gavin are the best of friends until he sits next -radar1-aahc_2014-jpgto or hugs us etc.

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    Is everyone in the house following the same training rules with him? Also. Keep him on leash when visitors are over and correct him if he tries to jump or lunge at them
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    We all try to follow the same rules I will try the leash and having my son feed him and hopefully he will stop
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    Keep him leashed and have your son walk around with him while giving simple commands like sit, stay. Make sure all interactions are supervised so you can be sure everyone is calm and ok. The dog has to respect your son and right now it doesn't like he does. Make sure your son rewards radar with a treat when he walks nice or listens to his commands. Training has to be consistant and done everyday until you see a change in behavior.
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    I don't understand why he is being aggressive, unless he has not had to learn to respect his place in the "pack". Or he has a pedigree of dogs that tended to be aggressive.
    I have never had this problem, and I have raised alot of breeds of dogs. I agree that you need to keep him on a leash, and he has to learn that your son is his alpha,and he is in charge of Radar, and Radar is not the one in charge. I would have your son do everything with the dog-walk him, feed him, and do training with him. He has to learn that your son is not intruding-as Radar may be becoming jealous of your son. For the time being, I would tell visitors NOT to pet him. He must be "taken down a peg" and get under control before he bites someone who may sue you.
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    I will admit after this that I was ready to be a dog owner but not as educated as I should have been radar has been in his harness and on his leash tonight gavin gave him his supper him and dad checked homework and no episodes hopefully with x mad break and my husband being off we can fix this. Thank you all for your advice
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    Quote Originally Posted by bengardradar View Post
    I will admit after this that I was ready to be a dog owner but not as educated as I should have been radar has been in his harness and on his leash tonight gavin gave him his supper him and dad checked homework and no episodes hopefully with x mad break and my husband being off we can fix this. Thank you all for your advice

    Keep in mind consistency is the key here... Radar is in the 'teenage' years and is going to take every inch he can get. Even when he starts to improve STAY on him with the training. Banks was 9 yrs old and was in traing for 9 yrs - whnever she knew we were not 'on her' she would push that envelope
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    Keep in mind consistency is the key here... Radar is in the 'teenage' years and is going to take every inch he can get. Even when he starts to improve STAY on him with the training. Banks was 9 yrs old and was in traing for 9 yrs - whnever she knew we were not 'on her' she would push that envelope
    Gavin has been feeding and walking Radar, but something you said in another post got me thinking and doing more research about his aggressiveness. You mentioned thyroid -- I used my google machine as my husband calls it - and everything about hypothyroidism fits Radar to a T -- and I also see that English Bulldogs are in the top 10 of dogs that can suffer from this condition.
    So off to the vet on Friday to get blood work and fingers crossed we can figure it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bengardradar View Post
    Gavin has been feeding and walking Radar, but something you said in another post got me thinking and doing more research about his aggressiveness. You mentioned thyroid -- I used my google machine as my husband calls it - and everything about hypothyroidism fits Radar to a T -- and I also see that English Bulldogs are in the top 10 of dogs that can suffer from this condition.
    So off to the vet on Friday to get blood work and fingers crossed we can figure it out.

    Good idea... be sure to still stay consistent on the training -- they are buggers at this age
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    I will definitely stay consistent with the training, with all of my research I have found that a Dr Jean Dobbs in CA is a leader in this field so I think I am going to request that my vet send his blood sample to them as well.

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    GREAT.... keep us posted and I hope it all goes well!
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    We had our vet appointment today -- things went well I think - my vet was very receptive and thought that the thyroid test was a really good idea - she said it's been in the back of her mind especially because he will lose a few pounds 1 visit and then gain it back plus 1 or 2 each time we are there. She isn't sending the blood to the doctor I read so much about on the internet -she is going to send it to Iowa State, and said if he was in the low normal range she would still treat him to get his levels in the normal high range and see how things go and adjust from there.

    Gavin has been feeding Radar and making him sit, stay, and walking him when it isn't super cold here and things are going better we are not separating them per say, but are limiting the time they are together especially in the early afternoon/evenings when Radar seem to be the most disorientated.

    I will update again when I get blood test results.

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