aggression/thyroid

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My 2 1/2 year old male Dobe bit me multiple times and broke skin during a single incident. This was unprovoked   He is normally a gentle living dog but does have anxiety and we believe he was not properly socialized as pup before we got him. Brought him to vet and discovered has low thyroid for a young dog. He is now on meds but we are so nervous around him now. Hoping this will work but feel we will never be sure. Anyone experience this before that could offer some words of wisdom. Thanks Jacks mom

 

 

Hopefully the thyroid meds will help - but it does take awhile for them to make a change. However, do not rely on meds to take the place of training and work!  You need to work with a good obedience trainer - one that understands how sensitive Dobermans can be. This is not a breed that does well with harsh training methods! 

I would also suggest asking your vet for a referral to a behaviorist - they will work with you on his anxiety issues. 

I would also suggest having him neutered if he is not already - you would not want to breed a dog that has low thyroid at only 2 years of age OR anxiety/aggression no matter what other good qualities they bring to the table. Temperament is highly genetic. 

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He's neutered and has been to obedience classes 

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One thing I've learned as well is that these dogs are probably one of the best at knowing our emotions. Although I would say to still be cautious, it is very important to keep strong like the alps dog. Your nervouse, scared, happy etc is his as well. Around us their are no behaviorists for dogs and really only pet store obedience classes.  So I can't give any advice on that.