Worried about my springer spaniel

by Liz

I have a 5 year old male Springer. I have had him since he was 12 weeks old and has always been very happy and loving. He is extremly attached to me to the point if my husband hugs me he either crys or tries to push him away. He is always by my side.

The other day he walked into the room with kitty litter on his face and in his mouth. He just recently started to go in the cat pan and well eat poop.

I grabbed is snout and said no and smacked it. He started to growl at me. I smack him (not hard) and he showed teeth so I flipped him over and he continue to growl and show his teeth.

The next day he is still by my side by not kissing me and when I hugged him he growled.

It is like he hates me now and I just don't understand it as he never did this before. I'm not sure if it is because I disaplined him which I never had to really do before. I'm so upset.

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Apr 28, 2011
by: Michele

First of all,hitting dogs just puts them on the defensive and accomplishes nothing, other than them growling and / or biting. I do realize that you probably just swatted him and didn't beat him, but I don't think that's a good way to train your dog....personal opinion.

Secondly, it's likely he had no idea why you hit him. Dogs don't remember things like people do! My youngest Springer also likes to 'visit' the cat box. When I do manage to catch her doing this I simply take her back to the box and say NO. She'll be okay for a few days, then she'll try it again.

You need to reaffirm with your Springer that you are the pack leader. There are lots of ways to do this. The simplest is to spend a few minutes every day brushing up on training. Simple routine, about 10 - 15 minutes of sit, stay, down, heel, etc. I would do this somewhere away from a familiar area, just around the corner would work. And I'd do it on a leash. Praise highly whenever he performs a command correctly.

Springers are headstrong and like to be in charge. Because of this constant reminding / retraining is necessary. If this doesn't work for you then I would contact a dog training club for some help. Good luck.

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