One year old springer spaniel showing aggression towards me

My one year old springer recently growled and tried to bite me leaving a mark on my hand. He was off lead when I went to get him back on lead he turned on me.


I have been told its due to him showing me he's boss but is totally confused as to why he would do this to me when he gets all the attention.

I have a 12 year old son and is scared he does it on him.

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels

Hi there
You say he gets all the attention. Is that on his terms? You see as his boss you should decide when he gets the attention, when he gets to play, walk etc. If he can demand things from you and get it then he will think he is boss.

Try working your way through these guides on reinforcing the pack, this should help you restablish yourself and your son as top dogs.




Springer Spaniel Pack Leader Guide

The Springer Spaniel pack Guide


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by: Springer Rescue

Hi has your Springer shown aggression before, has anything changed in his life, could he be unwell, have you changed his food recently? There are many things that cause a dog to growl, nip or bite and they are not dominance nor necessarily intentional aggression. I would suggest having him checked over at the vet to make sure there is nothing underlying and no pain anywhere. Then review if anything has changed. Then find a behaviour consultant who has lots of practical experience. It is impossible for us to give sound advice without seeing the dog in his environment and based only on your note so it would be best to seek advice from someone who can come along and see you and your dog. He is very young and with the right help and support you will be able to mend your partnership with him and go on to enjoy spending time with him

Aug 05, 2011
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Issue with your Spaniel
by: Springer Rescue

Hi has your Springer shown aggression before, has anything changed in his life, could he be unwell, have you changed his food recently? There are many things that cause a dog to growl, nip or bite and they are not dominance nor necessarily intentional aggression. I would suggest having him checked over at the vet to make sure there is nothing underlying and no pain anywhere. Then review if anything has changed. Then find a behaviour consultant who has lots of practical experience. It is impossible for us to give sound advice without seeing the dog in his environment and based only on your note so it would be best to seek advice from someone who can come along and see you and your dog. He is very young and with the right help and support you will be able to mend your partnership with him and go on to enjoy spending time with him

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