max is almost 2yrs old now he is very plesently natured and very friendly. Recently he was lying on the chair and my hubby went over to him+playfuly went to pick him up, max growled but not feeling thretened we laughed it of, but now he does it now+again when you go to him whilst hes lying on the chair or the floor, im not laughing now as i no i did nothing to stop it the first time i have no one to blame but me. He doesnt pose a threat because as soon as he as done it he's up running round my legs as if to say sorry+wanting lots of cuddles. Any1 got any ideas as to how i can corect this. thanks
It sounds as though Max has placed himself above you in the pack. By growling he is giving a distinct message for you to back off. Basically, he is telling you its his chair and, as a 'lower' ranking pack member, you have no right to get him off it.
Generally speaking Labradors are NOT dominant dogs. To put a stop to this behavior the dog has got to respect you and accept your control. I would start with a strict NILIF (Nothing in Life is Free) program;
Thanks 4 your advice its been very helpful. I will be letting him no where he stands and you are so right cuz with my youngest son whos 8 he does try tobe boss over him and my son no's that he must be firm with him so that max no's he is beneath him. cheers 4 the link very useful