Help SpringerSpaniel biting and aggresive in evening

by Clare
(Essex England )

Hi I have a 16 week old springer her name is bluebell we got her at 6 weeks old as the mother could no longer cope it was a large litter we had her checked by vet and he said she was at a heathy wait to leve mum any way she can some time in evening get aggresive with all of us but mainly with my dad I think it's because he shouts at her when she is bad ie biting chewing she will biting us all during play as we know she is teething because her puppy teeth are comeing out so must be painfull but she can get really aggresive and will lunge out at your face or hands arms legs and will growl at you sometimes making us bleed is this normal at her age and how can we stop it my dad is worried she will get worse we had a spring for 14 years and she was not like this as a puppy please helpppp thank you Clare


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Jan 27, 2012
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Dominant Puppy NEW
by: Sasha

She is just trying to assert herself in a situation where she thinks she is the boss and luckily she is young so it is very unlikely she will remain aggressive if you just do a few simple things now.
If your not already make her wait for her food, hold her back and only let her eat once you give the command to.If she growls at you when you come near her food take it away, put it away and only bring it out after 30 minutes or so. Make her wait again and if she does so again take it away again.
With the biting of people, if your playing and she bites sore, go "no" in a loud voice and get up and walk away, ignore her completely for 20 minutes or so (everyone needs to ignore her). Then hold you hand out to her if she nuzzles it gently or is more gentle praise her heartily and continue playing and repeat whenever she gets too rough or aggressive. If she tries to nip you while you walk away say no loudly and clap your hands (the bottle trick works well too but timing is everything and you want to correct her as soon as she does something wrong so if the bottle isn't within reach a loud clap and voice work very well too). Then praise her as soon as she stops, this is the trick if she startles and stops biting or growling you need to praise her immediately, pet her, give her biscuits and talk in a soothing voice again. Repeating this often and consistently is usually a sure fire way of getting the lesson to stick. Now it is important to stick to one command for bad behavior and a good loud 'no' is perfectly alright "bad dog, I told you not too bite me, this stupid dog is so badly behaved...!!!" these words can either be seen as a challenge or it will scare more nervous dogs. The important thing to remember (and it is amazing how many people seem to forget this) is that she cannot speak or understand English. Yes in time she will learn the meaning of individual words but puppies don't understand long sentences. She will pick up your being aggressive and defend herself and try put you in your place.
Some dogs are just different and the fact that she doesn't behave like your old springer doesn't mean she is going to be an aggressive dog, she is clearly just more willful but that in itself can give you a whole new bag of enjoyment. The trick is to have consistent repetitions from everyone in the family and loosing your temper or getting scared won't help improve the situation. If you are very concerned maybe choosing a calmer less dominant puppy may be a better option but if you are willing to persevere you may find having a different dog with a temperament your unaccustomed to gives you a whole new outlook. Try reading some dog books from your local library to see how different behaviors are displayed by dogs so you are more sure of whether your dog is being playful or aggressive.

Dec 06, 2011
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the bottle trick NEW
by: Anonymous

Hiya, you could try getting a plastic bottle with some pebbles in, and every time he aggressive to you shake the bottle with one hard shake and say no when you do it then put bottle out of sight. Your pup might be scared of this but that's the point, its free to try so wits worth ago. Hope this helps!

Dec 06, 2011
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aggresive springer NEW
by: Anonymous

hi im having the same problem with mine been aggressive and going for me i have been puttin my habd up to his face and sayin no but not shouting it it does seem to be workin slowly but surly dont back down to them like i did at first it made my life hell but now i stand up to him hes 9 months old now and still havin a try but hes not winning its a dominence thing

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