Attacks by our springer
Last year we rescued our springer, Riley, through MAESSR and knew when we got him that he had aggression issues. These issues involved other dogs and small children so we were chosen to adopt him as we have no other pets and no children in our home.
During the past year, our springer has lunged at and bitten (drawing blood) my husband no less than five times. Each time the attack was when I was in the area so we attributed it to Riley's defending me. On one occasion, Riley lunged at and hit our grandson so hard in the face that his eye turned black. At that time, we sought help through MAESSR and tried several techniques to stop these biting problems.
Last week Riley lunged at me on two occasions, something that has never happened before. One of the times I was putting on my coat and the other was when I simply walked into the family room. Both attacks were unprovoked and happened very quickly.
I have contacted MAESSR again asking for help. One person suggested that Riley might be suffering from "Springer Rage" which I had never heard about. After reading about this rage on the web, I feel that this is not the problem. I think that he is in a defense mode and lashes out when he feels threatened; however, some of the rage signs are displayed by Riley during the attacks.
Can anyone clue us in on what we should do? We spend a lot of time in campgrounds and cannot take the chance that Riley might bite someone else. He has shown aggression on several occasions but we were able to pull him back as we saw his lips curl in time. We would appreciate any advice we can get.
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