My Springer Spaniel scratches the door at night and has become aggressive to other dogs when he is on his lead.
Our male Springer is almost 3 years old. We have had him just over six months, he came to us from a family with children (ages 12 and 17) when the marriage broke up. The lady found it too much walking him as she worked long hours.Return to Love Springer Spaniels FAQsReturn to Love Springer Spaniels Homepage
We have children aged 10 and 15, they get along fine with him. I only work 3 hours per day so he isn't left very long and he has 3 walks per day and lots of attention. He is fed once a day at tea time.
He is a really friendly dog and we had no problems at all to begin with, he just settled in to our family. He played with other dogs in the park, no problem. I went into hospital in september and couldn't walk him for about 6 weeks so his walks were early morning and teatime to fit in with my husband's work and he didn't get to socialise much.
Now he can be very aggressive with other dogs when he is on his lead, barking and sometimes snarling at them, but still seems ok in the park off his lead. The other problem is that he has recently started making grumbling noises and growling at bed time, sometimes becoming quite aggressive towards me and my husband.
He also scratches at the kitchen door when we have gone to bed. We have tried talking to him and putting him in his bed, but he just starts again when we leave him. Sometimes ignoring him works. I really want to solve these issues, he is a lovely dog the rest of the time, fussy and playful no problem at all. I would be very grateful for any suggestions.
I will admit this one is a mystery to me and it sounds like you may have to ask your vet for some behavioural advice. What I will try to do in the meantime is get input from our springer spaniel community on the site by building your query.
Fingers crossed you get a resolution, and I am sorry I could not guve you more direct advice.