My springer spaniel with other dogs
(Mt. Laurel, NJ)
I have a male springer spaniel who is just about to turn two years old. I have had him since he was a pup. We did everything to socialize him; doggie daycare, dog parks, play dates, and k9basics. Return to Love Springer Spaniels FAQsReturn to Love Springer Spaniels Homepage
He loved all other dogs until he turned about 1 yrs old. In the past year he has shown agression towards larger male dogs. We even had a pretty good vet bill from when he snapped at a Weimaraner who came up to us while I was sitting down.
I figured that could have been prevented for he thought he was protecting me.(even so, not acceptable) Now its every bigger male dog. I don't know what to do to fix this. He knows he is not in charge, I am the pack leader. He is collar trained (he almost got hit by a car chasing a rabbit, so we needed to train him to ignore that instinct). Would you recommend muzzling him? Does that work? My main concern is that we go on vacation every July and one of the couples is bringing their German Shepard. I do not want anything to happen! Help?