Aggressive 8 year old springer spaniel and new baby
Hi, I have an eight year old springer who has battled illness since she was 2. At 2 she was diagnosed with immune-mediated thrombocytopenia and almost died.
After a hospital stay, heavy duty meds and much care she pulled through and beat the odds. She relapsed 3 years later and survived that as well.
She has been a spoiled girl and has always struggled with not being the queen bee. She is very possessive of new toys and if she gets something she's not supposed to have. She will growl, show teeth and occasionally try to bite my husband and I if we try to take the object or if we simply walk near her.
She has been around my niece and nephew her whole life and there has never been an issue however they have never tried to take anything from her. She is basically a sweet girl and doesn't always display this aggression but when she does, it's scary.
We recently had a baby who is 2 months old now and the dog has gotten worse with her showing teeth, growling, barking and biting us. She likes to take the baby's pacifiers and eats them. If you go near her when she has one she will try to bite.
We don't know if her behavior has gotten worse or if we are just more aware of it because of the baby. Our vet advised us
to euthanize her due to her age, her illnesses (she's also a highly allergic dog) and the potential for her to cause harm to the baby when she starts crawling.
We are on board and agree but just want to make sure we are not making a mistake. We inquired about a behaviorist even though we can't afford it and the vet said she didn't recommend at this point because there are no guarantees and we just shouldn't take a chance with the baby. In addition, our dog is on medicine daily for her illness. She also pointed out that the dog has shown she is capable of biting and causing harm.
This is very difficult even though we feel it's a no-brainer because of the baby but are curious what others think.
I am sorry you have this to deal with. It sounds as if she thought she was the boss before your baby came along and the arrival of your baby is making things worse, and at aged 8 its going to be very hard to change this behaviour.
Ultimately you have to make the right choice for yourself and that has to be the safety of your child. The only other option is to enquire about giving her up to your nearest Springer Spaniel Rescue organisation.
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