Long story long: Asking this here, as it seems there is a body of knowledge about similar dogs: Kids and myself have been after dog for ages but a combination of SSSA and then being away abroad meant that it was not going to happen, kids were too young. Came back, decided to get a dog, and went down the pedigree route so we would know what cute ball of fluff would turn into. Me & DCOS have had dogs before, usually rescue dogs, never had a problem. Chose a child friendly breed, checked out parents/breeder/health probs yadda, yadda and got a Flat Coated Retriever. This is a stubborn breed and does require a fair bit of attention and a pile of exercise, but an excuse for going out for a run is always handy & big family means he will never be alone. Idea was, to take the mutt into work where he could stink up the office, annoy lads, etc, etc for a few years and would not be banged up in house all day. APC had other ideas and sent me on year long cse where taking a pet in is not appropriate then onto the Fatherland where office/dog interface is unknown. Dog is now the most well behaved and loyal pet you could wantâ¦with me. He is absolutely convinced that even looking sideways at younger kids (4 & 7) is a no-no, as he knows the divine retribution will be delivered if he even thinks about it. They are taught to keep out of his bed space, they control when he is fed and control his access & he know they outrank him in the pack. They have been taught on the dog SOIs. He is muzzled around them anyway, as a friendly chew would mean drama and kids could torment him when I ain't about. So no probs so far. He will chew absolutely anything in quarter despite owning most of the local pets shopâs selection of doggy toys, this is down to his breed, he is exercised as much as his age allows and he knows the rules re youngest kids. He lives in a crate/cage when left alone. The issue is with the elder teenage kids, he absolutely will not accept they out-rank him. He is assertive, dominant, will not do what they say, and tries all the standard doggy tricks of asserting himself as their superior. When I turn up, he then reverts to family sprog and will do what they say. When I disappear he tries to bite, not in a savage-rip-your-face off way but as in Iâm-the-gaffer here way. The eldest kids are much bigger than him and will do all the usual assertive behaviour that the youngest do. Iâve checked and his siblings are doing just fine. He chases and catches pheasant and brings them back in one piece so there is a good dog in there. He is due to have his nads chopped off soon, but I am waiting to see if his behaviour is sorted before this happens. He is a rare colour/breed and is more likely to be re-homed âcompleteâ if he has to go. I know that it is rare to have a bad dog, just owners i.e. me, but any idea what is going wrong here?