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Hello was hoping for some words or wisdom and advice. We have an overly aggressive 4 1/2 month old female Goldendoodle. She is beyond aggressive with my 11 year old. I’m sure CoCo thinks she’s “playing” but it’s hurting my son. She has also done this to my other 2 sons and my husband. She hasn’t been that agressive towards me.
We tried the ignore and remove yourself from the room but when you return she starts back up. She will Lunge at them and staring biting. My poor son is so upset about this.

Also while I’m asking for advice. CoCo is a standard and weighs about 35lbs. Can you recommend the amount of food she she have and how often should she be fed? What type of dog food do you feed your dogs? TIA

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Comment by Lois - Izzi on November 11, 2018 at 7:30pm

Jules, I'm NOT sure CoCo 'think's she is playing... I do hope you have taken the advice of a professional trainer and I don't mean a Pet Store... Check Web for a place like 'man's best friend'.    What I am sure about is she has become dominant.   Neither you or any of the family should have to leave a room because of a 4/5 months old puppy...   

By this time she should be trained with collar and lead... for short walks,  if she is 35 lbs at 4 months she will could be 75 lbs full grown..  1st generation can weight as much as 90lbs.  (sadly, aggression is the number one reason why you find any breed in dog pounds.)   The Golden Doodle should be true to  type... friendly always a pleasure to be around..  But manners in your home are taught... they are not push button dogs..   Sorry If this reads harsh, but a child should never cry because his dog bits him.  There are so many sports that the kids can join and take home blue ribbons with a doodle..  A true companion.   

One simple training tip:  Food.  CoCo does not get to have food unless you can put your hand into her bowl while feeding.. If she growls or shows teeth.. pick the bowl and tell her to sit.  If she does not know the command you need to start training immediately.  She should know sit, down, quiet (as in constant barking) so you can answer the door.) 

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on November 1, 2018 at 10:18am

Seek the help of a trainer.  They can teach your whole family how to interact with your puppy.

Also, realize that CoCo is likely teething at this stage, so provide lots of good chews.  There used to be a chilly bone (if I recall correctly), it was a rubber "bone" with a sponge inside that you're supposed to wet and freeze, to ease the teething pain.

At 4.5 months of age, you should probably be feeding her three times a day still, and not go down to twice a day (the recommended for all older pups and adult dogs) until she's about 6 months old.  Check with your Vet on this.

How much to feed depends on the calorie content of the food.  Read the bag for suggestions (they're usually good, but be sure to read the part about multiplying the amount for a growing puppy).  I don't have any recommendations for food at this point, but I do suggest buying a decent quality food (350 KCalories / cup or higher - should be on the bag somewhere), and avoid those that include corn, or are loaded with "peas" and / or "potatoes".  At least the first 2 ingredients should be meat, meat-meal, where the type of meat is specified (chicken, lamb, pork, venison, whatever...).

Comment by Juno on October 30, 2018 at 11:04pm

Sounds like Dominance Aggression. She is probably trying to be leader of the pack. You may need to get a professional trainer to help out. We trained our puppy at a very young age ourself who the “Alpha” members of the family were in our home. Takes some time and patience but it can be done. Need to be consistent. We searched various websites and tried different methods of training. The internet has many resources. This link may be helpful http://inch.com/~dogs/taming.html

Hope this helps. Golden doodles are always wanting to please you so it shouldn’t take very long to train your puppy to be calm around your child. Our Doodle is such a blessing. He is well behaved and listens to many commands. He is a fast learner. Still gets excited when meeting new people so we are still working on that. We always pet with a purpose. So he has to sit or do something to get a reward. He has touched our lives and we love him so much.

Comment by Sandra Myers on October 29, 2018 at 4:41pm
It also seems that as each month she gets older she drops a bad puppy behavior. These dogs are so smart, but I gather females are just a little more stubborn then males. Anyhow, my Bella improves every month and she knows so may commands and words that it amazes us all the time.
Comment by Sandra Myers on October 29, 2018 at 4:38pm
My Bella use to do that to me a lot when she was around your puppies age. I started with giving her toys, ignoring her. She tore several of my shirts but then she got a month older and stopped. I did start wearing her out by walking her about a 1/2 mile to a mile a day. I also started throwing a ball in the yard. I think she was doing this when she was cutting teeth, because it stopped after she lost her baby teeth. I use to give her a hard toy that I kept in the freezer. I don't know if that is your problem, but hopefully this might help.
Comment by DonMarie & Picco on October 29, 2018 at 4:01pm

You can try sticking a toy in her mouth and see if it helps but yous should talk with a trainer and get some tips or private lessons on aggression.  If you search "foods" in the blogs tab you will gets lots of information on feeding.

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