Our 7 year old Springer Spaniel has always been a very fisty and spirited girl, but over the last few months, she has become very aggressive. In the past she would not hesitate to snap at us if we were doing something, that was obviously uncomortable...such as cleaning her ears out. In fact both the groomer and vet have a "may bite" warning on her file, thought that was due to our warnings to them. Over the last few months however, she has been extremely aggressive, on more than one occasion to me, my mother, and Dog 2. I can kind of understand her resentment towards the other dog, because she had been an only child until last year, when we found him. Sunday night I was preparing her dinner, and as I was setting it down on the floor, she grabbed my wrist in her mouth hard enough to draw a signifcant amount of blood......Hubby wanted to take me to the ER but it was fine. I took her to the vet today to rule out any infections or injuries that might cause pain and irritability and she checked out fine. I am wondering if anyone else has ever a sudden increase in aggresive behavior with their dogs and what they did about it.
it does sound like she might be jealous of the new pet. in her mind she saw (and might even still see you guys as the pack leaders) and she is just the top female dog. she sees it as she was there first so its her territory. have you been dotting on the other dog? feeding it first? petting it first?
if you are you should stop. she was there first so she deserves to be treated with respect feed her first and when she is halfway done feed the other dog. pet her first then pet the other dog and when she begins to act nice again reward her with treats. i do the same thing but with my two cats. the very first day i brought my second kitten home she attacked it out of no were. but my boyfriend and i dotted on her, gave her more attention, talked to her physically reassured her she was still the boss but that now she had to share.
It has been over a year though, she should have adapted to Boudreax by now. Did you scold her and let her know who was boss when she attacked you? Sometimes, you have to do that, especially if there are young children around.
ah ok i didnt catch that peice of info earlier lol could be a bunch of different things, hormonal changes, coming into heat, resentment, etc i would know. but try to listen carefully to her behaviour and what ticks her off, and muzzle her if you must for the safety of everyone including hers
There should not be any "heat" problems because female dog was fixed at 6 months old (male dog was neutered right after we found him). They are fed at same time, in fact I place her dinner down first because she had obvious "Alpha Dog Syndrom". Eeekk I'm sure I spelled that wrong...Yes she went into "time out" as soon as she let go of my wrist. Like I said before, she's always been very fisty, but never mean. This last time, when she grabbed my wrist, hubby got very scared that she might do it again when he's not around. My mother's friend breeds Springers (which is what female dog is) and she mentioned a condition called "Springer Rage". I googled it today and it seems to be a very broad term used to describe any type of spaniel that gets angry....not very fair! Anyways, she's going back to the vet on Monday......I swear with the dogs alone, I've probably put his kids through college!