Springer Spaniel Resource guarding turns aggressive
(Auburn, New York)
I have a 14 month old male ESS, that I've had since he was 5 months old. At about the age of 10 months he started resource guarding.
At first it was yummy treat items such as chews, but then turned into anything he decides to guard such as a stick, hole he's digging, his crate, etc. About a month ago he started just attacking dogs. It may be a dog that he had just spent the last hour playing with and all of a sudden he will cross the line to aggression. I teach dog obedience and also run a couple of 2 hour long play groups on the weekends, so my ESS has always had a lot of opportunity to play with dogs of all shapes and sizes.
I have noticed that the other dog is generally a male. I took him to the vets this week to rule out any physical cause and he did have a ear infection. The vet thought he was too young to have a thyroid problem, so no blood work was done. This is really upsetting because he can be such a sweet dog. Any ideas? Return to Love Springer Spaniels FAQsReturn to Love Springer Spaniels Homepage