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I am beyond stressed about current events in my home.

I  have an 8 year old male dobie ,he has been the most fantastic dog, always gental and calm. A few days ago my boyfriend was walking up to our house dogs where outside. My dobie ran up to him, and just suddenly bit him in the arm, this shocked my boyfriend and he came and got me. When I walked up to the house my dog acted like everything was fine. Now about 2 days ago, boyfriends brother stopped down at our house and he lives up the street so hes always stopping over. When he was walking out of our home my dog was standing in the kitchen and when his brother walked by my dog reached out and bit him right in the leg. I was gone  at work when it happend the second time. Then this morning he was growling at my cat who hes always lived with. This behavior from him is shocking, it frightens me that my dog seems to be having an issue. I am worried that he is either sick or that his mind could be going. Hes 120lb so if he chooses he could very quickly over power me. Just wondering what others think or if anyone else has had this issue in the past. Is it medical or do I just have to face it might be time for me to say goodbye to him. 

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Id take him to the vet and have him checked out. 

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Most definitely have some labs taken.. especially his thyroid..

Don't worry just yet.. it could be an underlying health issue that's easily corrected.

Please let us know..

When a dog experiences sudden personality changes, the first thing you should do is make an appointment at the vet for a full exam with a full blood panel + thyroid panel. This is especially true for a senior dog! Low thyroid is extreamly common in Dobermans - especially as they get older - and low thyroid can cause personality changes including aggression. Low thyroid is very easy to treat and the medication is inexpensive. 

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I second Fitzmar's post. 

The fact that this dog is 120 lbs is a hint that he may be hypothyroid.  Healthy, well-bred, standard Dobermans are not 120 lbs.

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Help,

I have a 14 month male, he is normally very docile, but lately at night he is barking in his crate, at 2in the morning, and when we take him out he pees, and then starts barking again, unless we stay with him for an hour or so, but tonight he got agressive because he wouldn't put down an plastic ornament.   so I had to get my son to help me get it out of his mouth.  He was not happy about that and starting growling and showing teeth.  This is twice this week that he has done this, my son makes him sit and even takes him for a walk to ensure the dog knows that he (son) is more dominant then the dog and to calm him down.  My concern is I have an 11yr old how loves to hug him and he lets her lie on his belly.  I am considering getting him neutered but not sure if that will help.  

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sounds like he is pushing his boundries , is he getting enough mentel and physical exercise ? also on a full moon lots of critters come out he might be smelling something in his yard at night and has to go scare it away we have an armidillo that comes around at times and suna always knows when it's out there , ilet her out to bark at it for a min. or so then tell her it's ok and bring her back in ,she will then go back to sleep . if posible wait to neuter till around 18 mos. to 2 years old . good luck and happy new year !

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I have a 2 year old male Doberman that has not showed a any aggression toward anyone until a few days ago. My granddaughter 6 and daughter neice 11 was sitting on the couch petting and hugging him my granddaughter was in front of him,they were letting him on his side and belly well things went way wrong he bit my granddaughter in the face now I don't know if they touched something he didn't like or if he just snapped. It took 4 stitches under her eye but no damage to the eye thank god. He hasn't been neutered yet that's coming in the next day we just find this hard to deal with it is not like him for this. Also there is a stray dog running around outside in heat we live in the country so a lot of dogs are loose could this have had anything to do with this ordeal. Him being excited? Please Help

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I have a new rescue, she came to me March 5...a doberman/collie/malamute mix.  Sweet and gentle and never any signs of aggression although she barks alot to say "hey look at me, I want to meet you"....She has had a visitor dog in the house for the past week, a ten month old playful big dog...she got along with him well, but the last day he was here, she did snap at him becuase he would not stop playing and she was tired.  She is in the habit of sleeping all day while I am at work and she missed this sleep for a couple of days.  That night she was sound asleep in the bed and I as usual when I was getting into bed, put my head on her to kiss her good night...in an instant and with no warning whatsoever, she bit me on the head..it was only a second and when she realized what she had done, she stopped and let go...of course I was totally freaked out by this..I do realize I made a mistake by putting my face near her but we do this all the time, every night.  This night however, she was so totally asleep that I think she didn't know what was going on...Anyone got any thoughts on this or has it happeneanyone out there?  I'm worried now, hoping it was just this one instance and she'll never do it again but not feeling like I can trust her now.  I can't have a dog who will bite me, it's just the two of us and I felt like we had really bonded..I'm devastated, fearful that I'll have to put her down.  She is only about two years, the shelter thought.  We have just started training to try to change the barking habit...the trainer just said "well don't let her sleep in the bed with you any more and be careful when you wake her".  I'm look for more advice than that..can anyone help?
 

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just my opinion on the little information I have from your post to me it does sound like you startled her and she may have an underlying pain issue might want a vet check? I know after our rottie had serious life saving surgery and was on heavy pain meds my husband leaned over Sampson while he was trying to rest and he growled and brought his head up like he would snap and I told my husband leave him alone he feels terrible don't touch him.....he got worried that he was going to be a biter but in the end after healing up he was a sweetheart just precious but pain can do weird things.....and being sound asleep can be hard - imagine if you were asleep and suddenly opened your eyes to find someone's head larger than yours in your space - being a rescue you don't know this dogs history something may have happened similar to the action you were doing and she just reacted the same as she did in the past......I bet you tuck her in when she's aware you are there so this was probably something totally out of the ordinary for her the fact she recognized you and let go is promising to me that this was just a fluke - just don't do that when she is actually asleep again.....that my take on it

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thanks for your input.  That's what I have been hoping/thinking...that it was a fluke because I have had her with me for four months and no sign of anything like this.  I don't think she's in pain because I have since "massaged" her all over and no sign of flinching...but she may have had a little tired body after all the running and playing with the visiting dog that she is not used to.  Again, thanks for your input and if you have anything further to add, please do...

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I hope that's all it was, of course be aware and alert to any changes and don't hesitate to take her to the vet for a recheck just to make sure......keep us posted on her and how she progresses

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I will keep you posted...thanks...so far so good, she seems her normal loving self. 

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That happened to me with Dobie shortly after I got him. He was on my bed and I jumped onto it and startled him and he bit me on the head. My bf pulled him off and Dobie seemed very scared. I had a stocking har on, so I didn't get hurt, but I never made any sudden moves at him again. And I definitely should have stopped letting him in my bed, but he loved to burrow under the blankets and cuddle! We don't know what our rescue dogs have been through, so we don't know the issues we are dealing with. In hindsight, I would have set more boundaries for Dobie, more structure. He thrived when he had a regimented schedule, despite my years of treating him like my baby. I would talk to a trainer to help evaluate her, I wish I would have done that at the first sign of aggression Dobie showed.

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thanks for your input...I know, I should probably not allow her on my bed either but she does love to cuddle and I miss her when she is not there...I am talking with a trainer and we are working together to try to decide what she needs.....i will be very careful in the future not to startle her when she is sleeping...