My Springer Puppy is VERY Submissive

by Sandy
(South Carolina)

We have a 5 month old Springer and he is VERY submissive. We've only had him for 1 month. He is afraid of everything that is new to him. He will just lay down and turn into a noodle. I'm still trying to get him used to a leash. I took him to the vet and he walked in but then when he saw the other people and dogs he just laid down on the floor and I had to pick him up and carry him. If someone walks up to him and tries to pet him he will just lay down. Also, if I try to get him to do something that he doesn't want to do he will lay down. Like try to get him into his cage at night. Or if he is wandering too far in the yard and I go up to him and try to get him to go back he will just lay down. I don't know the best way to handle this. I want to be stearn with him, but not get mad at him. I don't want to scare him any more than he is. Other than that he is a great dog. We have already house broken him. He will play with my 4 year old grandkids out in the yard running all over. He will chase a ball and bring it back. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks in advance for any advice you may have.

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May 10, 2012
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by: Sandy

Thanks for your comment. I am really thankful that I do not have to deal with the urinting problem. We have now had him a little over 2 months and I can see some improvement. He still chooses to lay down when he doesn't want to do something. I have to carry him to put him in his cage at night. He now weighs over 35 pounds andI keep telling him that he has to grow out of this. I took him to obedience school and sad to say he wasn't the best in the class but on the same hand he wasn't the worst. We never had a pup that chewed as much as him. I have to keep him well supplied with very tough things to chew. Rawhide, nylabones, etc. He does really well with only chewing the things that he is supposed to and I am glad about that.

May 10, 2012
nervous springer NEW
by: Anonymous

my springer Dolly will be 2 in July and still is doing exactly what your pup does. she is a very loveable dog but its frustrating every time you try to brush her or clip her lead on, she just lies down. iv tried puppy classes, and have socialised her from an early age, iv tried that DAP hormone that makes dogs feel more at ease, I have tried using treats to encourage her, but treats make her act more frantic. I spend a lot of time with my two springers, and they get regular trips out in the car to the beach/forest/town. They get plenty of attention, exercise and are on a good quality gluten free dog food. I just don't know what else I can do or try, but it's a relief to know I'm not the only one out there!

May 10, 2012
submissive springer NEW
by: andrea

i alsohave a springer,shes 1 year oldnow.
when i got her she was 4 months old and used to be very submissive,she used to urinate everywhere and lie on her back everytime you spoke to her or stood overher or met someone new etc etc.
i was at the end of my tether,and was tired of cleaning up dog pee...but with lots of runs and tug of war games,letting her win sometimes so she gained confidence,really helped,my springer millie,is now really confident,and even barks now when someones atthe door,lol.persevere,she will growout of it,just give her lots of attention,runs,and tog of war games and shewill be fine xx

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