Barky, bossy puppy - Lab temperament?
Question from first-time lab owner: Our 14 wk old pup is generally sweet and friendly, but sometimes she seems more "aggressive" than I expect for a Lab temperament. When she's cranked up, she sometimes chases and nips and snarls at our ankles and at the children (ouch!), and sometimes when we're out walking, she sees a person and stiffens, barks/woofs, chest forward, hackles up. I always thought Labs "never met a person they didn't like" and went up to any and all strangers with wagging tail. ("They'll show a burglar where the silver is hidden.") We want a really friendly, reliable, outgoing pet, so we're spending lots of time on socializing - neighborhood walks, taking her out in town center, checking out work men, going into shops, visiting children, etc, etc. Trying to introduce her in a friendly and positive way to any and all types of people to get her well-socialized. She's usually cheerful and confident in these situations, but the times she seems alarmed, barky, and protective concerns me! And the nipping/chasing is driving us NUTS.
What do you think? Thanks!