I have a one year old Black Lab/Rotty mixed, and I have had her since she was 4 weeks old. When she turned about 6 monthes old she turned mean towards people. She is fine with eveyone living in our home, but in order for us to invite anyone over we either have to muzzle her, put her lash on her and keep her by our side at all times or lock her up.

The minute she sees someone she does not know enter my home she tries to bite and jump at them. The hair on her back rarely ever stands up and she shacks all over with fear, but shows them aggression so no one will come near her. How can I get her to the point that she will see that o one is going to hurt her or us?
I have a one year old Black Lab/Rotty mixed, and I have had her since she was 4 weeks old. ... I get her to the point that she will see that o one is going to hurt her or us?

I wouldn't even attempt to try - I would strongly advise you to speak to your vet about being referred to a good pet behaviour councillor or trainer (please remember that anyone can call themselves a trainer or behaviourist, so look for those that will only work from a vet referral or have completed both academic and practical courses - such as an apdt member (www.apdt.com))
In the UK most pet insurance policies would cover this cost.

I sincerely hope that you can be helped through this and that we hear a positive outcome.
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I have a one year old Black Lab/Rotty mixed, and I have had her since she was 4 weeks old.

4 weeks? A huge problem right there. Wayy too young.
When she turned about 6 monthes old she turned mean towards people. She is fine with eveyone living in our ... muzzle her, put her lash on her and keep her by our side at all times or lock her up.

have you had her out training and socializing in the time you've had her?
How can I get her to the point that she will see that o one is going to hurt her or us?

You can consult an in-person behavior counselor and get a full evaluation. She needs training, socialization and exposure.
Janet B
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
Spot on Janet.
I would also point out that your family have caused this problem.

I bet you guys just loved this little puppy with all your might. Carried her around and really fussed. Am I right?
Then you kept her home away from the world no puppy classes no obedience classes? Getting warm?
Now your dog act like a confused animal. You have raised her position in your pack, then she automatically protects you when danger appears and you want an answer on the internet?
Consult a specialist on your area. Listen to them and learn from them.

Have a nice day.
Dave
I have spoken with my vet and they directed me to a dog trainer. I was told that I need to socalize her more and get her fixed. She is going next week to be spayed and I keep working with her on socalizing. The trainer also told me not to lock her up when we get visitors, just to muzzle her and put her leash on her so I can control her, then when she calms down have our visitors pet her, and with the information she gave me on the phone and sent me in the mail I will probably be able to help her without spending a fortune on a dog trainer.

She is not my first dog. I have taught her good behavior she does have and now it is my job to get her under control. I agree that she was too young when we got her, but I could not let this poor dog go to the pound. Her behavior started when we took her with on vacation to my sister's, and my brother in-law teased her the whole time. I am determand to turn her behavior around.
I have spoken with my vet and they directed me to a dog trainer. I was told that I need ... to my sister's, and my brother in-law teased her the whole time. I am determand to turn her behavior around.

Look, there's no way for anyone here to help you with so little information to go on.
You almost certainly need some good, professional, in-person assistance, from someone (a professional trainer/behaviorist, or possibly from anexperienced dog person) who can see what's really going on in your "pack."
Using a muzzle, plus a leash, on a young dog that apparently hasn't had any real OBEDIENCE TRAINING yet (which suggests that you might not know what to do with the leash yet), isn't a very good idea, IMO. Nor can I understand why the "dog trainer" recommended it. And a leash really isn't used to "control" a dog.
That's why I think you need to find another trainer, a better trainer, one who will work with you and with your dog, in-person, not over the phone or the Internet.
"Socializing" a dog is always a good idea, but if she's older than roughly 16 weeks, the critical socialization period is already over, and really can't be duplicated.
And if she's still a young puppy, and not already a juvenile, the idea of a muzzle is just plain silly, IMO.
She may not be your first dog, but it sounds like she is.

Get some in-person help! It won't cost you "a fortune," especially if you enroll yourself and your dog in an OBEDIENCE TRAINING CLASS.

And good luck!

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i have finally had a break through. I did not want to use a shock collar but I got one and wow what a difference. I do not care what people think about my ability to train my dog or if they think I am a liar, or so on. For the first time since my dog was six monthes old I didn't have to use a muzzle while I have visitors or keep her on her leash. The idea with the muzzle and the leash is to learn to show the dog who is the boss with the help of a choker.

Once the dog has calmed dog began introducing them to your visitors, to show the dog no one is going to hurt them. My dog is more scared then mean, so she reacts as a mean dog so people don't go ear her. From the time I got her I always had her around people, but after she turned I had no choice but to keep her away. Yes, I do realize that that was a mistake, and the only thing I can do now is keep working to correct the behavior. I am following what the dog trainer said and I did contact a different one and they stated the same thing.

I was told where to go to socalize her where people will understand. So you people that have no advice to give than don't waist your time typing a message, and if there is anyone out there that are having problems with you dog keep working with your dog and look for advice from noncritical people that probably know nothing about training a dog. I listened to the trainer I spoke to and I am seeing results, but her training has just started.