anyone with experience with Labradoodle Puppy Growling at children when resting or sleeping?

asked 2020-03-03 08:05:28 -0500

Hi All, My husband and I are looking for feedback regarding our 14 week old intact male labradoodle puppy. We have had him just about a month and overall he has been a wonderful addition to our family. We also have a 12 year old lab and three children ages 6, 4, and 2. Our concern is our puppy has growled at our two older children on three separate occasions while either sleeping or resting. Each has either gone over to pet or pick him up, and one time, he also nipped immediately following at our 4 year old. Each time this has happened, we have given the puppy a swift NO followed by a time out. We have also discussed with our children about giving the puppy space, not overhandling and so on, but they are children and they are bound to walk up to our dog and pet him at points. With that said, this behavior is unacceptable to us. I am wondering if anyone has had a similar experience, if it stopped at they aged, or what you did to curb this? Our older dog has never growled at a child or adult. This is very concerning to us. I am aware of the saying let sleeping dogs lie, but on a home with three young children, I have to be realistic. Any support would be greatly appreciated.

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How’s it going with this? We adopted a mini labradoodle in April 2020 hand have notice similar behavior.

Annmarie M.'s profile image Annmarie M.  ( 2021-01-03 08:15:07 -0500 ) edit

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answered 2020-03-06 12:29:11 -0500

Just like human's every dog has it's own personality, likes and dislikes so there is no right or wrong answer. It's highly likely that the dog is being startled while sleeping and what you see is really normal behavior. I suggest giving the dog it's own space like in their crate and keeping the small children away from them. Best of luck this behavior subsides.

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answered 2020-03-13 10:02:15 -0500

To add to the previous answer, if you are concerned about aggression. You can always have the children take on the responsibility of the puppy. Like the old saying goes "don't bite the hand that feeds you" I recommend the kids feeding the puppy at least.

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