We are having an issue with our 3 year old lab becoming aggressive towards other male dogs and our ten month old baby. The other night the dog snapped at our child and got him in the head. Our baby is o.k. I talked with my vet and a few trainers in the area and all of them said the same thing: that is can be fixed and the dog sees the baby as a puppy in the pack.
Here is the history of the dog if this matters.
Almost 3 years old, neutered, hyper as all get out, will retrieve with the best of them. Has never showed any signs of aggression prior to this towards any human being. He is the type of dog to lick a person to death and will retrieve a 2x4 if you throw it. Started out doing obedience training in the area along with the Smartworks program geared for waterfowl hunting and fell off of the band wagon due to life getting in the way. (new career, new house, new baby.) He comes from the Troublesomes pedigree.
From my understanding he thinks he is Alpha. He still listens to me but it is sometimes a battle. Basically he needs some strict obedience laid down as well as this aggression issue taken care of or he is going to be sent down the road.
Does anybody have any recommendations for a trainer that can take care of this issue. I don't want to have to get rid of the dog and I honestly feel that his obedience is so far out of whack at times that with my knowledge and experience on dog training I am left stumped.
Thank you. Todd