possessive/aggressive behaviour

we have a springer x cavalier spaniel. We introduced a new baby to our family 11months ago. over the past 2 months however the dog has become very possessive over the baby and has bitten my 7 yr old son when he went near the baby. the dog also guards the baby's toys. she is not aggressive towards adults. 2 behaviouists have told me it is a common springer trait - do you have any advice?

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Dec 22, 2013
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by: shirley foster

my13 mth old springer has just recently behaved very aggresivly to me when I let him out of cage in morning.in fact I cannot open door he is behaving like a rabi dog. I now leave door open to let him out & go into garden while he eats his food. ok after he comes out of cage. he has become poss of his cage.this has happened on two following mornings.he is a people friendly dog & child.am I doing the right thing by ignoring him.

Dec 09, 2009
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by: Michele

You called behaviorists....besides telling you that was common in Springers, did they advise how to handle it?

Any dog can become possessive. I don't think that is necessarily a Springer trait,in fact this is a natural behavior in most dogs. One of my Springers is very protective of her toys and has to be reminded that we humans are allowed to take them from her.

When dogs display this type of behavior they see themselves as the leader of your pack, which means they are the dominant dog. You must take back the alpha dog title in order to break her of this. I would contact that behaviorist again and get some suggestions. Or find a good dog obedience class and sign yourselves up.

It is very important to handle this immediately because this type of behavior only escalates if allowed to. A dog must never be allowed to get away with challenging you or any other member of your family. This is definitely something that can be 'fixed', but you will need to work on it.

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