3 month old springer spaniel acting aggressively

by Armand

It doesn't appear to be a "mean" aggression but wants to bite everything - clothes, hands etc. The pup will jump on you and try to bite any loose clothing. Even tries to "hump" your leg sometimes and it's not even a male dog. The pup is particularly aggressive toward children with respect to wanting to jump on and bite clothing.


Doing all the training techniques - hand feeding, puppy management, leash training, "ouch!!!", "no bite!!!", training classes and giving lots of exercise. The pup just seems to be wild which may be good for hunting but it was purchased as a family dog.
Will the pup grow out of this? Any recommendations?

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Jun 14, 2013
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Ideas to stop biting. NEW
by: Anonymous

Our springer,Stella, is 3 months now. Like yours she was biting very aggressively. We have been consistently replacing our hands with toys. We also use a water squirt bottle which seems to stop her better than using our hands. She hates it. I have also increased her food, and introduced her to other playful puppies. That has seemed to have the biggest impact. She is also highly intelligent and energetic so we go on 2-3 walksa day, some off leash so she an really burn off energy and work on her recall command. I have also trained her to jump through a hula hoop for treats (just her kibble) and to sit, shake a paw and now we are working on "leave it" which seems to be mentally challenging, lol. She is so eager to please and food motivated that these things seem to distract her from her other loves of loose clothing and ripping carpet. We also rate trained her which seems to help her calm down. Still having a hard time with her peeing randomly in the house. Trying to figure out solutions to that. I think this breed is very excitable so be careful with your tone and mannerisms with them. Try not to use excitable tones, reward calm behavior only. I am no trainer but have had many dogs and these things should help.

Feb 01, 2012
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biting springer NEW
by: Anonymous

I would try to feed your dog more food. It helped us.
Also Im not sure if this will help but we switched to a better quality high protein food which helped sustain him more.

Feb 01, 2012
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biting springer NEW
by: Anonymous

I would try to feed your dog more food. It helped us.
Also Im not sure if this will help but we switched to a better quality high protein food which helped sustain him more.

Dec 16, 2010
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He's a puppy!
by: Anonymous

There is nothing untoward about your puppy's behaviour! He is just being a normal puppy who still has his puppy teeth and it will stop once his adult teeth come in. That doesn't mean there isn't things you can do to help.

Give him a chew toy to replace your hands! Or give him some time out if he is being over excited (a crate is useful for this) you don't need to leave him long but enough for him to calm down. The children need to be calm around him no squealing or shouting.

It will pass - honest!

Dec 10, 2010
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Nipping, biting, soft holding Spaniels
by: Andrew

We have a 6 mos old liver colored spaniel...Cooper, who used to nip and bite at my hands endlessly. At 3 mos he still had his baby teeth and he ripped the skin off my hands regularly! I was beside myself at times. A few things...
1) Playing with other puppies helps. Find play groups. They learn how to moderate their biting strength with each other and manage to mimic biting without any real pressure.
2) NEVER yell, but always substitute a chew toy for a hand. If you do this all the time, the puppy will learn what is for chewing and what (us) is not.
3) If he bites hard, yelp!!! and then leave the room for 20 seconds, no more. Let him know that biting looses your attention. YELP=hurt and walking away is taking away what he loves most...you!

Early in the morning, Cooper takes my hand in his mouth, gently positions it with his now adult and less puncturing teeth, and uses his tongue to lick the top then the bottom of my hand in some sort of Spaniel affection. I LOVE IT. He bites less. But he still chews and prefers 18th century wood to anything else...Ask me in a year's time

OH OH YES, he is also always very nippy when he NEEDS to go out.

Dec 08, 2010
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Food
by: Anonymous

Hi just wondered what food you feed you springer, im no expert but i have read that the food you feed them can have an effect on how they are, not the biting bit, my springer pup does this but the going crazy but. They say that a hypo allegenic food is better for them as it hasnt got anything added to it which could hype them up, ive had mine on James Welbeloved since we got him, he does like some of the wet food with it too, we have had to swap and change his food the last 2 wks as weve had bad snow and couldnt get out to the pet store to get the special food and had to give him normal adult dog food, it didnt seem to bother him. Hope this helps.

Nov 20, 2010
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aggression
by: Jan Jane

Hi I have found that using bioforce animal health drops called Over Dominant has helped my 3 year old cocker spaniel who was having a go at everything and even if he could not see anything he would go mad. You can get this drops from a health shop. 7 drops daily and 7 drops in the drinking water. He has been on these drops nearly two weeks now and is much calmer. Hope this helps.
Jan

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