Dog Has Become Aggressive With Owner

March 6, 2011

I am so sad because I was suddenly attacked by my own dog that I love very much. His name is Max and he is a German Shepherd. We've had him since he was eight weeks old and he's four and a half years old now. It is difficult for me to make the decision to put him down, but even the pound asked me why I still have him because they said it could be dangerous for me, my family, and the people around me. They are not giving me any options, because they said that if they catch him outside, I will be charged $1000 dollars.


So please, if anyone can help me I will greatly appreciate it. I know inside in my heart that he is a nice dog and he can be saved by someone that can help him. Thank you for reading this message.



March 6, 20110 found this helpful
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Be really careful. I was in this situation. We adopted a great dog who was fear aggressive. He was fine with us but would get scared and nippy around noisy children (even though I had children) and strangers. I did a lot of work to socialize him, but eventually he bit someone out of the blue (a single tooth went in) and that person took my home-owners insurance company to court. If it hadn't been the first reported bite, the insurance company wouldn't have covered him. I had to put the dog to sleep and pay a ton of money to have him quarantined first, even though he had shots. It was a giant mess.

A lady at works beloved dog attacked her 3 year old daughter while they were out of town because the sitter let the little girl get between the dog and his food. The little girl needed surgery and 80 stitches. There's no way to know if something like this WILL happen, but you need to decide if the risk is worth it. Once a dog bites it's easier for it to bite the next time.

I recommend talking to your vet to make sure there isn't a medical cause. If you're dedicated to keeping your dog, invest the money and go to a behaviorist (in person, not online). I wish I had. They're going to know a lot more of what your choices are than any of us in a forum.

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October 31, 2015

I have raised my Pit Bull since she was 6 weeks old. She is a house dog and very spoiled and babied. She just turned one year old and suddenly she has become very aggressive. When she's sleeping or just laying down, and we go by her to kiss her or cuddle she growls and snaps.

She bit me on the ear causing my face to bleed. What could cause this onset of aggression? Do females get aggressive in heat and bitchy?


November 1, 20150 found this helpful
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Your dog may have an injury or undiagnosed medical problem as her new behavior happened suddenly. Please take her to your vet to check on her current health and possible treatment to help her and you.

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February 4, 2018

We have a 3 year old chocolate Lab, we have raised since he was 8 weeks old. He is an indoor dog and gets lots of love and discipline. He is very smart and well behaved. We have a 4-6 month old puppy now in the house. They get along fine, however, the Lab does act jealous (over toys and attention) and has now become protective over his food.

We are working on that, but now he has very aggressively lunged towards me when I reach my hand out to pet him. This was a very ordinary gesture and movement. He showed teeth, growled very loud, and lunged. I was not prepared for this and screamed to my husband as I was instinctively turning my back to him. I have always felt he was very obedient with me and I am shocked at his behavior. And to be honest, heart broken and scared. How do I handle him now?


February 5, 20180 found this helpful
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I can certainly understand why you are upset by this. Ideally this is a question for your Vet or a dog trainer. It does sound like your lab is jealous, which is understandable. I think I would begin looking for professionals who could help me. In the mean time I would make sure the lab and the puppy have separate crates, separate eating areas, and are not always together. Puppies can be really annoying to a mature dog. I would make sure the adult dog gets plenty of exercise (long walks with you, but without the puppy). When you come into a room be sure and greet the lab 1st and fuss over him a bit. He should get the choice seat on the couch for TV time. For toys they both want, just put them away for now. You get the idea... Good luck with this.

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May 8, 2017

How can I stop my dog's aggression towards me during the night. My husband gets up at 4 am and I take her out to potty. Within the last month she doesn't allow me to touch her.

She growls and is ready to attack me. My husband can grab her, but not I. She is 2 years old and has been with us since she was 6 weeks old. She is a Morkie.


May 8, 20170 found this helpful
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She feels you are a threat to her because she is competing with you for your husband's attention. He should muzzle her when she gets aggressive. I would invest in a trainer before anyone gets hurt.

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December 14, 2016

I have a 1 year old female Chorkie and I take her to my friend's house to watch her when I am gone. She started liking it too much there because today when I went to pick her up she growled and tried to bite me, she didn't want to go with me.

She apparently, likes my friend's better. What can I do to make her not be aggressive to me next time? I just started crying because she means the world to me and I was so hurt. Any ideas?


December 15, 20160 found this helpful
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First of all, check her health with the vet. Perhaps she simply felt pain on being picked up.
If she is OK, then ask yourself what is the difference between the two environments. Is one livelier/quieter than the other? Are there children who might tease her? or alternatively play with her?
As she is so young, I wouldn't worry too much about this 'aggression'. She can learn better habits if she is properly understood, and treated accordingly.

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April 13, 2018

I've had this dog for a few years now--almost five. He's always been protective over me, and he's always been uncomfortable with men (except my husband). We recently got another dog, and he and the dog get along rather well. However, about three days after we got the dog, our old dog started becoming more aggressive specifically with me. Sometimes he would only growl at me if I peeked into his hide-y hole while he was in it.

The worst bit of aggression that he's had, has been literally in the last bit, where I tried to put his leash on him. (note: I never jerk his leash or drag him. He lashed out at me, barking, growling, and biting; he bit my hand pretty hard, and then kept trying to jump up to where I held my hand to bite it again. For the next few minutes, he stayed where he sat, growling at me, and refusing to let me near (I just wanted on the bed at that point, I would have gone around him, but he wouldn't even let me do that).

It doesn't seem to be a dominance issue, it's not a food issue either I don't think, but it definitely seems to be stemming from our new dog.
Any advice on how to counter his aggressive behavior and please don't suggest putting him down or getting rid of him.


April 16, 20180 found this helpful

I agree with Judy you need a professional trainer. You need to act quickly. This a dangerous situation.

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March 6, 2011

My boyfriend has had his Pit Bull for 5 years and got him when he was a puppy. He has never had any problems with him as far as being aggressive.

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