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I have a 9-month havapoo. She was very sweet, but very

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I have a 9-month havapoo. She was very sweet, but very naughty. Suddenly she has become a little aggressive. She has been groomed several times but today she tried several times to bite the groomer, and has tried to bite me previously too. My husband passed away 2 months ago and, of, course, there was a lot of chaos around her for a couple of weeks. She hasn't been the same since. Any suggestions?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. John replied 4 months ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I am not set up to do phone calls but would be happy to answer any questions you do have online. Scolding won't do any good, but you do have to assert yourself as the dominant in the relationship. Often, these dogs want to assume that role, and many owners let them. After a while, it becomes difficult to break the behavior. She has to learn her sit and stay commands and understand that you are the one who provides the things she enjoys. This would include food and treats. Making her sit and wait for feeding and treats makes her understand that you are in control. There are many other techniques and training regimens you can go through with her. I would highly, highly recommend getting her into obedience classes ASAP. Working one on one with a dog trainer is really the only way to get a handle on this. Better yet, having your vet refer her to an animal behavior specialist (a veterinarian with more extensive training) would be ideal, but they are not easy to find in some areas and can be expensive. A certified dog trainer may be the way to do initially. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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