My Springer Rage Story

by Suzanne
(US)

I have my own story about Springer rage. My baby Vega is now 7 Yrs. old. At two and a half she attacked me twice within two weeks time, most visciously. She wanted to kill me. I have scars on my left hand and by my left eye which was blacked. I had no clue as to why. Since then she and I have come to a detante. I don't do anything to make her mad but she is not loved like she once was. There have been a couple more onsets but being on my guard avoided injury. I take care of her because I made the commitment but the love is not there. Today I ran into an old friend who is a Vet. I told her I had a Springer and she asked if there was any sign of Springer Rage. After 7 years of dealing with this, thinking it was my fault, I was dumbfounded. It has a name and it is not my fault. I'm Googling everything I can find on this syndrome.Believe me, Vega has it. I just wish I had known it sooner. It's so bad, I'm afraid to groom her,I'm afraid to take her to the vet.

I still pet her but only briefly. She has dreadlocks on her ears that I can't do anything about. She won't let me groom her. I'm so afraid of her that if someone reported her to animal control, I might be accused of abuse because of her appearance. I have her on a schedule that includes going from her spacious lot during the day to going to my basement at night. This is our detante. Before she attacked me she was treated like a god. She is very smart and still remembers everything I taught her and loves to play ball but the trust disappeared for me. I will continue to feed her and shelter her because I took on that responsibility. My next dog will be a pound pup.

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May 08, 2012
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by: Anonymous

i am so sorry to be blunt but i would not carry on with what you are doing, this is no quality of life for yourself and your dog, i would either enter a strict training programme with help from a trainer or i would rehome the dog with someone who can train him up and cope with him. personally if you have no love left for the dog i would rehome him, this is not fair on you or the dog,
it might sound wrong but i could not live with a dog i did not love or trust, i have a springer and a jack russell but if i lost my love and trust in either they would be gone, i have children to think about, i know many would not agree but i wouldnt carry on as i dont think its fair on you or the animal, sorry for my honesty. good luck,.

Oct 13, 2010
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springer rage
by: Estie

The springer must be aware that he/she is NOT IN CHARGE! The trouble with our Sammy was at 2.5 yrs old. He would get the "hard stare", and after the main submission incident, I would catch him giving that stare at various times, and I would give him my command, and it wasn't in a dog whisperers voice(!!), he knew I meant business. One time, he came, out of the blue, towards me, sitting on the couch. He got the command (and the voice), and it stopped him in his tracks. We do not have incidents anymore. Like I said, he's the most awesome dog ever!!

I think that training, and more training, can correct the problems, however, owners have to be committed, and it is time consuming.

Oct 11, 2010
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Springer Rage
by: Mr Kipling

Fortunately Springer rage does not really seem to occur in the UK Springers but here in California it is bad. If your dog has rage syndrome there is really nothing you can do because from my understanding its a type of seizure in the brain and one minute the dog is fine, the next it is extremely dangerous and once the fit is over it goes back to its loving personality. It seems to be more common in males and shows itself around two years of age. Three of our friends Springers had this condition and all the dogs had to be put to sleep. The condition cannot be cured and should not be confused with a dog who is just aggressive and needs training

It must be very difficult for you and trying to maintain a quality of life for your pups. Regarding grooming you could talk to your vet about using a sedative so you can work on the coat etc.

Good luck

Oct 10, 2010
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Springer Rage
by: Michele

If I were you I would have run, not walked, to the closest and best obedience class I could find. And you still should, it's not too late.

Springers are great dogs, though after your experience I doubt you'll want to believe that. But, Springers can be extremely dominant if you allow it. Your Springer must know who is in charge and right now she believes it's her. Obedience training, which is ongoing for the life of your dog, is a good way for both of you to learn who is in charge, ultimately that is you!

I feel your pain because my older female Springer (12) likes to think she is in charge around here. She has growled at me on more than one occasion and has lunged at me a couple of times. I have no doubt she would have bitten me if I hadn't been quicker than her. This only occurs when I have been lax on following thru with reminding her what her position in the 'pack' is.

I'd definitely encourage you to find an obedience class and sign up. Explain to the trainer what has occurred. Stay away from the classes given at pet stores and try to find a class that is given by professional dog trainers. A lot of dog clubs offer them, so do reputable kennels. Stay away from any class that promotes hitting dogs as a way to control them. That is not only unfair to the dog, but makes the situation much worse.

Please do this now as the longer you let it go, the worse the situation could become and someone could end up getting hurt. I wish you the best of luck. : )

Oct 09, 2010
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Springer rage
by: Estie

Not sure about it, but we had a problem with our Sammy at first. It was resource guarding, but one time he came at me out of the blue. I did get bit, but determined that I would win the war - which I did. One night, he started to come after me, and I knew I had to be the alpha, so I gave him a command, he stood his ground, but slowly he dropped his head, and backed off. I cried, and he came and tried to hide himself between me and the sofa as I went to sit down. From that time on, the incidents lessened, and he knew I was the boss. He has turned into the most awesome springer ever! I love him with all my heart! He's the best!

Oct 09, 2010
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by: Estie

Not sure about it, but we had a problem with our Sammy at first. It was resource guarding, but one time he came at me out of the blue. I did get bit, but determined that I would win the war - which I did. One night, he started to come after me, and I knew I had to be the alpha, so I gave him a command, he stood his ground, but slowly he dropped his head, and backed off. I cried, and he came and tried to hide himself between me and the sofa as I went to sit down. From that time on, the incidents lessened, and he knew I was the boss. He has turned into the most awesome springer ever! I love him with all my heart! He's the best!

Oct 09, 2010
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Springer Rage
by: Anonymous

I have not home across this with my 3 springers but have known about this from others and it just happened that the 2 dogs were from the same bitch but different litters so I do wonder if there is some inbalance in the bitches background.

I am afraid that I would have to rehome the dog and not feed and shelter it....that is not life for yourself or the dog.

We had to rehome a collie cross once as she was no good for shooting and I did not trust her with our young child. She could have been feed and left outside but this would not be a life she deserved and not one I would want for her no matter how much I did not take to her.

Oct 08, 2010
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SPRINGER RAGE ???
by: lynda

hi there . we rescued monty.. he was so lovely and happy....then we hit trouble.. he growled when we went near his food.. he attacked me 3 times..once stroking him, when he was lay across grandchild... he attacked me.. he was so unpredictable i could never trust him. lay in the chair i would say "good night" his glare was worrying..... was this springer rage I dont know?? but he was passed on to a man who was told what he was like. and as far as I know is living in the country outside with other dogs. good luck Monty x

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