10 month old English Springer Spaniel whose behaviour is changing

by Helen
(UK)

Bertie

Bertie

We have had our 10 month old ESS, Bertie, since he was 8 weeks old. We have had no problems with him at all and he has a lovely temperment. Over the last week or so we have had problems getting him to go to bed (he has a cage for sleeping and has had all his life). He will lie on the floor and when you go to him to bring him to his bed he rolls over in a submissive pose.


Does anyone have any ideas about what could be casuing this change in behaviour and if there is anything we can do to turn him back into the happy puppy he has always been?

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com

Hi there
He is being a teenager and seeing what he can get away with. The submissive pose is nothing to worry about, he is not scared of you he is showing you deference and that is a good thing. I don't think you have any thing to worry about

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Sep 20, 2011
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by: Helen

Yes, is a crate designed for dogs and is slightly larger than is recommended for a springer, as I wanted him to have plenty of room.
He has always been happy going in and he always gets a treat when he goes in. He has plenty of bedding to keep him comfy and his favourite teddy bear (who he has had since he was tiny and never chewed up!) and a water bowl for him.

Ill try the kong, we have one for him but we read it was good to supervise while they were eating, so had never left him alone with it.

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by: Helen

Thank You! I feel much better now.

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Check the size of your crate
by: Anonymous

By cage I'm hoping you mean crate. If you do put him in a crate, check the size and his ability to move comfortably within the crate. YES, he's being a teenager, but as steward of our pets, we should at least examine why he's changed his behavior. Your dog has grown, maybe something in the cage is making him uncomfortable. Does he have a blanket to lie on? If everything is OK in that regard, there is a GREAT video called Crate Games (in the US) that helps to not only acclimate your dog to the crate, but to come to love it as well. You could also buy a Kong or other stuffing toy, and put a little snack in there to help encourage him to go happily into the crate.

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by: Anonymous

I completely agree with the previous comment!
We have 2 almost 10 month old springers atm (we breed) and they are exactly the same! They push to see how far they can go but when you take the lead they submit, it's normal behaviour for Springers.
I wouldn't be concerned at all just treat him gently but consistently and you'll all be better for it when he's fully grown. They are beautiful dogs and yours is a real sweetie!!

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