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Hi guys,

We adopted our V Bruce about a month ago. He is absolutely lovely and silly, if getting more and more cheeky by the day most of the time. He had lived with a couple who had a small child for the past 4 months, they had bought him from a breeder at 5 months so we have limited knowledge of his early months. They lived in a very isolated situation in a small village in the countryside, before us he had only met both sets of grandparents, we were the first strangers. When we first brought him home, he seemed to keep forgetting who most family members were, and displayed some growling, barking and nipping behaviours when they looked him in the eye or came back into the room. Over the last few weeks his confidence has really grown and this has almost completely stopped, he seems to recognise us most of the time. He now lives in busy South West London so despite the situation is meeting many more dogs and people than he ever has before. He is a little nervous and unsure of strangers when we are out, but this varies, some days he is okay and even accepts a stroke or pat and some days he barks and moves away from them. The issue is that with one member of our family he is sporadically aggressive, barking, growling or lunging at her, despite having been cuddling up to her that same day. We cannot figure out why he is this way specifically with her or what sets him off and understandably it is beginning to become quite upsetting for her, and she is starting to be a little scared as he seems very unpredictable with her. He also growls at nearly everyone if he is sat in the living room with my father, who we suppose he sees as his owner. We really want to understand and prevent this behaviour continuing or escalating in the future.

The issue became more clear when someone had to come to the house to pick up an item that was sold the other day. Of course because of the current situation there have been no strangers coming in to the house since he got here a month ago, but usually there are different friends and partners of family members every week. When this person came in across the threshold he bounded toward them growling and barking and lunging for their hand. He then did it again, actively coming toward the person. We of course grabbed him and closed him off outside, but naturally this was very traumatic for everyone involved, not least the person the launched himself at. He did not bite but he was very aggressive, nipping at their sleeve. It didn't really look fearful in as much as he was actively seeking them out to go toward, but this is perhaps my naivety and inability to recognise what is happening in the split second it occurs. We really want to resolve these problems as soon as possible as naturally as we start to ease out of this situation, there will be more and more people in and out of the house, not to mention the family member that he sporadically growls and barks and lunges at is beginning to feel quite worried. He also now barks and growls any time the doorbell goes off (which is regularly does as we are all at home and not always taking keys out).

I should add that he is still in tact, and we are unable to do anything about this at the moment because of the lockdown rules, not to mention we have received lots of conflicting advice about bone strength and development vis-a-vis castration. Please help! If anyone knows or could recommend a behavioural trainer in South West London who is working during this time through socially distanced measures, or any advice that might help we would really appreciate it. We just want a happy family dog, and want to avoid anything horrible occurring and there is so much conflicting advice out there.
 

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I wonder if his previous owners had some issues with him. People aren't always as honest, as they should be.
Did they give you the information on his breeder. If so, I would contact your local Vizsla rescue. Ask them if they know of this breeder, and have they seen this issue in any of his dogs? It would give you a better idea if it's nature, or nurture causing the problem. They might also know a good behaviorist in your area.
 
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