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for the past few weeks Azura has been having problems. Heres a list in no specific order of what she's been doing.

Snarling her nose and snapping at me when she's corrected.
not going in her crate at night like she has always done.
bursting out and barking at me with her HEY YOU'RE A STRANGER AND DON'T NEED TO BE AROUND HERE voice...in other words her big deep growl then bark.
actually biting me, not hard but enough to where it does hurt.

What do I do I can't have this behavior and I know none of you would tolerate it either.
 

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It is way past time for you to get into an obedience class. I would suggest that you find an obedience training club which offers classes to the public.

You say that she comes back at you when she's corrected... what sorts of corrections do you use?

What do you do about it when she acts like this?

Where did she come from? Did you meet her parents and any other of her relatives?

Has she had any medical issues while you've had her?
 

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I tell her no with a stern voice and when she does it i keep doing the same thing until she quits, no medical issues and I did meet her mom and she was a very calm dog, I got her from a guy about 2 hours away from where I live, he's not some big breeder guy which I'm sure everyone's going to throw a fit about after reading this.
 

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Throw a fit?

I tell her no with a stern voice and when she does it i keep doing the same thing until she quits, no medical issues and I did meet her mom and she was a very calm dog, I got her from a guy about 2 hours away from where I live, he's not some big breeder guy which I'm sure everyone's going to throw a fit about after reading this.
I haven't seen anyone here throw a fit about someone making a poor choice of breeders. It's not about whether someone is a "big breeder guy." It's about buying a puppy who is bred by someone knowledgeable enough to produce good temperament as well as other important things like health and good structure.

It's not possible to diagnose over the internet why a dog is having behavioral problems but a professional opinion and some good training classes sound essential in this situation. It does sound like there are serious leadership problems.
 

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How old is your girl?
Have you attended any socialisation classes, training classes with her yet?
Is she getting enough exercise, a bored dog can become a naughty dog although I think perhaps there is some underlying problem that needs to be rooted out here. Perhaps she is bored, perhaps she is becoming a little reactive, perhaps it is how you are reacting to the dog when she does these things, (don't wish to upset you, but my trainer friend has a couple come for classes and the man of the house is forever giving off the wrong signals to the dog and getting bitten for it)
When she snaps at you etc is she just doing it into thin air or is she coming close. When does she bite you? When you are perhaps getting hold of her collar? Or when she is feeling backed into a corner or just when she realises her threats are not getting her anywhere?

If you can afford it (don't wish to pry into your finances here) then perhaps a little go see with a behaviourist might be a good idea, that or an experienced trainer, but only one who deals in positive techniques as negatives I feel would make her worse. It might help either one of these people if you can get someone to video what she is doing, when she is doing it. That way they can see the problem from all angles and be able to help you all the more.

Good luck and remember not all of us had the benefit of going to ethical breeders for our babies so don't worry about being hauled over the coals about it.
 

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Definitly wouldnt tolerate this. See a behaviourist for sure!
Must be horrible situation...noone with throw a fit afterall, its done and you
Have your furkid now so all we'd want is the best for you & to help you :)

How old is she?
Shehasnt hadany nasty experiences in thepastfeweeeks to makeher turn so fast?
good luckk.
 

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I would also have her vet checked for neurological problems if her behaviour has suddenly changed with no other changes in her routine and no prior warnings. A full check up also to rule out any medical issues (like thyroid).

Some sires can pass on sharpness, so if all vet tests come up negative, a trainer who is used to handling these type of behaviour is essential.
 

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more information is needed - How old is she, when did this start, have you ruled out medical issues, etc.....
 

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Ok there is a lot of questions being presented here.
Ive had to go back in your prev posts to get an approx age, which looks like about 6 month ish...
AVOID ANY CORRECTIONS, at this point or you will aggravate the situation with her. I am not saying letting her get away with stuff, but avoid failure situations.
What is her daily routine, Ie: training sessions, NILF?, who feeds her, how much walking/exercising,etc.
First off Dobes are very smart, and some can be quite dominant/aggrevessive, especially if proper positive direction is not given.
Snarling/snapping is one thing, but escalating to biting is another. It will be just a matter of time and it will then hurt.
When you correct her, and she snarls/snaps, what is the actual correction?
When you say, she doesnt go in the crate, like she use to. How do you actually get her in the crate, then? pushing her in?
At this stage, you need to start fixing this now and not letting it go on weeks. DT is a great wealth of knowledge and experience, you cant ignore this tool.
You best choice is getting on board with a behavorist and or trainer asap.
We can give you all kinds of advise but without seeing what the dog is actually doing or what you are actually doing, we are just guessing at the behviour.
I wouldnt advise randomly just trying stuff, for one thing, aggressive behaviours cant continue for weeks. Think of this way, if you can show a dog a trick/command in seconds and over a short time of repetitioin, it learns it, you have a smart dog, If you allow aggrevessive behaviour and it continues, YOU just created an aggressive dog. So the dog looks at it like this, well Ill show my teeth, growl, snap and bite I get reactions and if it is what they are looking for, then it reinforces the behaviour.
I know some ppl are going to be all over this analogy, but i dont care, my techniques have worked in the past and continue to work with even Nubis, when he is a rowdy teen monster.,
When I was in the military, there was two type Leaders in general, one that rant and ranted all the time, and one that ranted it, when it was warranted. . So whats this mean, if everything coming out of their mouth is negative, it becomes nagging and one soon learns to zone it out. Dogs are no different. If you lift the roof off of your house, when it is warranted,it has cause and effect. So if in general ifyou are a calm person, but when something goes bad, you let everyone know, it sticks out in ones mind and they realy dont really want to see that side of you.
Again, I am only reading between the lines here, but it sounds like your corrections have become nagging and at this stage raising the roof, will have no effect but only make a more aggressive dog.
Can you turn this dog around , absolutely, but it will not work via physical corrections because your pup, has learned what strength and tools it has to deal with you.
In one of your previous posts you asked about commands and got some responses, you did not follow up or discuss it further.
If you are looking for a quick fix, DT is not the place, but someone in person, with more knowledge and experience especially with Dobes.
 
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more information is needed - How old is she, when did this start, have you ruled out medical issues, etc.....
All this information is needed before anyone can really give any helpful advice. Even then, it's unlikely you're going to find your solution here but people will at least be able to point you in a relevant direction.
 
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