12 month springer spaniel biting and lunging when he has bone

My 12 month male springer has lunged twice when he has a bone, 1st time was my boyfriend, who he did not bite, because he walked passed him when he had the bone. Today he has lunged and nipped my 6 year old as she came up to his face she said when he had a bone. obviously im left with the decision of wether it is now safe to keep him, i love him to bits and would like to think there was an alternative, suggestions and opinions welcome please


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Nov 12, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Hya

Sorry to hear of the problem your having

best solution is not to give your dog a bone?

have never allowed any of my dogs a bone, as too much of a chance of them being possessive about it.

If you really do want to continue doing this, then start training them to give it up by way of starting with her regular meal, move bowl away, remove a toy from her, teach her to 'give' on command.

personally I would rather not take the risk if a small child is around. And would rather just quit giving a bone.


Oct 10, 2011
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by: Anonymous

My last speniel used to do this it started with just bones but then turned into other things like my handbag or coats, It can be delt with I suggest a behaviourist it is quite common in springers tho it more possesive than aggresive. Try not buying the bones giving them treats that are gone immediately then it wont have anything to be possesive over :-)

Oct 10, 2011
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by: Michele

My older Springer used to do this also. She would turn into a completely different dog if she had a marrow bone or a rawhide. I solved the problem by not allowing her to have either of those things - ever. She doesn't do it with her regular toys, so it's worked out. However, I would suggest since you have a small child that you seriously consider some obedience training and be sure to let your trainer know about this problem.

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