springer spaniel growling at 3 year old children
this is charlie, the springer in question
My sister-in-law's springer growls at the children for walking too close to him, petting him, and even giving him kisses.
I fear for the safety of the children as well as myself due to the fact that the dog has not only growled at me, but also snapped.
I have been training dogs since I was 13 and I have never once met a dog that with consistent training I haven't been able to rehabilitate.
After many failed attempts I am at a loss. When the dog snarls and bears teeth at me and I separate him my sister-in-law immediately lets him out and feeds him treats. I am at a loss as to what to do with this situation. He also growls at all the other adults in the house and the other dogs in the house.
Any information that you can give me would be helpful, even if the advice is to rehome the dog. If anyone that is a veterinarian responds please say in your post that you are a vet so that my sister-in-law doesn't think that it is just random people trying to tell her what to do with her dog.From Anna@love-springer-spaniels.com
I have this issue with George growling at my kids, and the first thing I did was to get him neutered. That had an immediate impact, now he just grumbles at them.
So what I do no is make sure its always the kids who feed him treats so he associates the kids with goodies. They also throw the ball for him when we go for walks so he builds a positive bond with them
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