Their goal is ‘for Snoopy not to bite’. What brought this to a head is that he bit their 7-year-old nephew. MY goal is ‘for Snoopy not to feel the need to bite’. These are two very different things. ‘For Snoopy not to bite’ implies that the humans carry on Read more…
Here is another Cocker Spaniel who guards something that she values, ‘It’s Mine!’ My case stories of Cocker Spaniels that resource guard are attracting more. Many spaniels have guarding tendencies in their genes. I don’t know why. It will be passed down from generation to generation. My own Working Cocker Read more…
George had growled if approached when lying down or asleep since since he was a puppy, months before the first attack. The family have learnt not to touch the 10-month-old Cocker Spaniel when he’s asleep. George may also guard the area he is in or space around himself. If he Read more…
Watson is a stunning Show Cocker Spaniel, seventeen months old. He’s fun, clever and, mostly, cuddly. But Watson bites when woken suddenly. Also on a couple of occasions he has bitten both young adults in the face. Each time they were messing about and had got him over-excited. He’d had Read more…
The adorable little dog, usually loving and gentle, snarls. Yesterday she bit the lady. Coco is 16 months old and the behaviour began a couple of months ago. It’s almost like she has discovered a new game. It mostly happens in the mornings when Coco is excited. She appears to Read more…
An online Help Me Help My Dog consultation Merlin is twenty weeks old – a clever Border Collie. Merlin snaps Merlin snaps, they feel aggressively, at their teenage son. He snaps at his hands; he chases and snaps at his feet. As soon as our online consultation began I could Read more…
Buddy’s angry behaviour has escalated in the last few weeks.
The ten-month-old French Bulldog snorts and gasps. His common Frenchie breathing problem (Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome – BOAS) must make normal life a constant struggle.
If he were an adolescent human struggling to breathe, Buddy could well have a very short fuse, ready to hit out, angry at the smallest thing. (more…)
Jack Russell Chihuahua mix Rollo is scared of hands. Until a couple of years ago he was a friendly little dog who enjoyed gentle petting from most people.
Then something happened. (more…)
When someone new comes to the door, the two Dalmatians are shut away behind a gate and will be barking loudly as the person enters the house.
Lincoln is barking with excitement. Lucas’ excitement quickly spills over into redirecting onto poor Lincoln, attacking him.
I witnessed this for myself.
Fortunately Lincoln is very easygoing and has not retaliated – yet.
They settled quickly and were both fine when let out to greet me.
Things weren’t so good a few days ago when someone they didn’t know came to the house. While the dogs were still barking she put her hand over the gate. A mistake.
Hunter guards his food and he guards his food bowl.
(Too often when someone calls me about a problem with their Cocker Spaniel, it’s to do with resource guarding).
The thirteen-month-old Working Cocker’s resource guarding problems are almost certainly genetic, possibly made worse by all the sibling puppies competing over the same bowl of food (I’m only guessing).
At nine weeks old he was growling at anyone who came too close while he ate. The lady worked at this and all was okay for a while.
Over the past few weeks Hunter’s resource guarding problems have been getting worse.