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Swarl
Off-leash is so grand. I agree with you on that.
Sun Dec 31, 2017 2:59pm
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Here are 2 suggestions - first work at home on come, sit and down. Reinforce it on the trail as well. Hi value treats. Lots of praise. Every single time you see someone else on the trail, he comes to you to sit.and/or down. This should help. At least he will know what to do when he sees someone, and he knows he will get something delicious.
Another method is to have him come to you and twirl around and then sit. This will distract h8m even more. A trainer told me that one, when I had a dog that twirled when excited.
The second avenue would be a group training situation. There are other dogs. They are all there doing something. Not threatening after the first class.
I do NOT think that the solution is to put him on lead. I agree that a dog on lead feels much more vulnerable, but if the growling gets worse, you may not have a choice.
Also, take a squirt bottle with you. When he starts to growl, squirt him and tell him 'no'. If he already knows from the house what a squirt bottle is for, just showing it to him might be enuf to stop the unwanted behavior.
Good luck to you from a doodle owner who just had to put her dood down for biting. I feel your pain, and hope you can find a solution for your pup.

  • aggressionJuanelle, Sat Dec 30 10:05am
    I have a 2 year old labradoodle. He has been the absolute best dog I have ever had. He is loving, playful, smart etc. One of my reasons for getting him was so I could have a partner mountain bike... more
    • At 2 years he is going thru anew faze. With vicki,zoe,zinc,zed,zemo&zinnia, Sun Dec 31 10:05pm
      a little of the trainers advise I think he will fine. Around 2 they hit that fear stage. He will get thru it. You obviously are doing a great job with him! He is a lucky doodle!
    • Off-leash is so grand. I agree with you on that. — Swarl, Sun Dec 31 2:59pm
    • What did the other dog do?SD&B, Sat Dec 30 8:08pm
      Was the other dog impolite in some way? Did the other dog invade his space? We can't expect a dog to tolerate others' behaviors when we as humans wouldn't. Why do you/the trainer think he was... more
      • replyJuanelle, Sun Dec 31 10:15pm
        The other dog came between my son and I (which was a big space) and they sniffed each other's tushis. When my dog growled, my son grabbed him and firmly told him no. I called him and he happily came. ... more
        • Just a thoughtKit and Maggie, Mon Jan 1 7:30pm
          It may have been the presence of your son that made the difference. He may feel protective of your son, especially if your son is a child? But maybe even if not. Mags is very protective of my EDD on... more
        • It's hard to judge from hereSD&B, Sun Dec 31 10:47pm
          but it doesn't sound like it was truly problematic. Dogs communicate and that's okay. If he was happy after and nothing happened and he obeyed you coming when you called, it doesn't sound too bad.... more
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