Possesive Springer Spaniel

by Ann Spence

We have a 10 and a half month old Springer bitch. We have had her spayed. Last Saturday we brought a male 13 week old Sprocker. She seems to be aggressive to him when there is food about.


Tonight she has a chew she was eating in the living room and the Sprocker didn't have anything so I took him into the kitchen and gave him a puppy chew.

She came in and started growling and biting him and pinched it. She tries to do the same with the cat's if we are feeding them tit bit's. We have a 13 year old Labrador and she has never tried this with him.

She seems to also be very possessive with her toys she won't let him play with them she growls at him and takes them off him and runs off. I am not sure what to do with her.I believe it to be dominance aggression, but I don't know how to treat it.


Can anyone please give me some advice.

From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com

Hi Ann
I have just been through this with my 6 yr old Springer George, when I introduced a new puppy bitch, Fidget, in his life.

He was horrid to her, she so much as looked at him he growled like he would kill her.

Well after a few weeks they started to play and now he even lets her curl up in bed with him an cuddle.

You have to let your Springer assert herself as the boss over the new arrival, so they can wok out a pecking order. It will be ok, it just takes time.

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possessive springer
by: Anonymous

when i adopted my springer (I already have a rottweiler) the lady who did my homecheck said get rid of all toys and possessions (e.g. chews) the dog has until they have settled together. I did this and it worked. It takes time for new dogs to find their place in a new home and for them to be accepted, this made it easier for me. I reintroduced the toys gradually under supervision

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