Springer growling when my teen and her friends go into the kitchen where he sleeps

by Elle
(Michigan)

our almost 6 year old Springer spaniel just started this behavior this past few days. My 15 year old daughter had a friend over 2 nights ago and they went into the kitchen around 11pm and our dog started growling at them - he sleeps in the kitchen - it's a fairly large area and we block the area with a baby gate - have always done this since he was little, and he actually was in a crate in the kitchen for his first 2 years. Tonight my daughter had another friend over and they went into the kitchen around 11 to get a snack, and her friend reached out to our dog and he growled and then snapped at her hand. It was such a surprise because this dog loves people - he will love on anyone that comes through the door. I am wondering if it is a "I was sleeping/ half asleep and you surprised me" or "this is my night-time territory" thing. We were so disturbed by it, I had my 19 year old son pick up the dog and take him outside. Then we brought him in a few minutes later, made him sit and brought my daughter next to him and he was submissive, put out his paw, then had her friend come stand by my daughter - I took the dog's paw then had her friend hold the dog's paw with me and he was fine, ears low, submissive, no growling or aggressive behavior. This is 2 nights in a row though that he has had this low growling, and then the snapping tonight. I know I should take him to the vet to make sure there is nothing else going on, and don't want to make excuses for his behavior either. Was he just surprised by my daughter's friend because he was half asleep?


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Jun 22, 2017
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Growl and barking NEW
by: Anonymous

I have had my springer for 7 years . He has always been snarky about his space and vocal when given direction . It is like he is having a tantrum but when asked a question or if he hears a word or phrase he understands the behavior stops and he tilts his head . He is who he is and is a lovely companion otherwise . I have had many dogs and different breeds . He is the smartest and most challenging .

Apr 30, 2017
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Aggression and chasing NEW
by: Anonymous

Help! Our 5year old male working springer spaniel has just started to chase people and growl and br aggressive towards other dogs. Anyone know why and how to prevent

Apr 06, 2017
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Springer aggression NEW
by: Anonymous

We ave an 18 month old springer spaniel. She started showing signs of aggression with her food when she was around a year old. It escalated to treats/bones shortly after. The behavior you are describing about sleeping is spot on. Our girl goes willingly into her crate every night to bed and immediately becomes aggressive. She will growl and show her teeth. She snaps at us when we close the door or come by. As soon as we leave the room she settles down. Otherwise, she is very sweet and loving. She has bitten us several times in her tired/ sleepy state or over a bone or treat. She almost has a strange look that comes over her first.

Jun 06, 2015
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Same as our springer NEW
by: Ginny

Hi there just read your post and the same thing has happened with our springer spaniel. He I is 3 and also sleeps in the kitchen and two of our friends that our dog has known all his life came over and he did the same thing to them, I stood in front of my friend. It has just happened again today when we took him to my mums house and my niece who is 18 went to pet him and he growled and nipped her on the arm. Have you had any more problems or been told what is wrong ????

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