I have a 3 year old spaniel hound mix that is all of a sudden becoming very agressive. He attacks my other dog, a boxer mix. Yesterday there was alot of blood shed and the boxer mix is of course pretty sore and very depressed today. He wont eat or drink anything and he is just laying around. His front leg is hurt and he is going to the vet today. The spaniel was never like this before. Ive also noticed he's very strange with kids and quick to jump at them and snap at their face. Im afraid that his next attack might be a child. I think we should get rid of him, but this breaks my husbands heart. He is an otherwise very smart and good dog. any ideas?
Get "rid" of him ? What do you mean ? If it was your child...instead of "getting rid of him" maybe you would seek professional help ? I hope so. Anyway...my suggestion is to find a behavioral trainer who knows the proper ways to deal with agression.
I did not mean to sound "snippy", however when you got your dog, you made a commitment to him. Dogs are not disposable. Now that your having a problem, your answer to the problem seems to be to make it someone elses problem. This is exactly why so many dogs are destroyed everyday.
3 years old is a strange time for your dog to start becoming aggressive. You need to have him checked out by a vet before you do anything else, his sudden aggressive outbreaks could be the sign of an underlying health problem like thyroid disease or diabetes or even cancer. Have a complete blood panel and work up done on him to make sure he is perfectly healthy. Also, how old is your other dog? Are both dogs neutered? Have you changed the dog's diet recently, or given him any kind of medication? How long ago did he recieve his vaccinations? If your dogs are both neutered and your spaniel passes through the vet tests with flying colors, then see about getting into contact with an animal behaviorist. Keep them seperated at all times until you get the problem resolved, otherwise he is liable to attack the boxer mix again. If you love your dog so much, you want to do everything you can for him before even considering giving him away or dropping him off at the humane society. Also, if you drop him off and he bites someone or attacks another dog, you could be held criminally liable for not warning them about his behavior before hand.
absolutely agree, take him to a vet. neuter both if not done already. also absolutely contact a behaviorist. aggression has to be dealt with immediately with no delay. it does not get better without intervention.
he's already been checked out by the vet and has no health problems. he is neutered so that cant be it either. And as far as comparing children and dogs. my dogs are treated like my children. they are both very healthy and very well taken care of. The reason i am contemplating "getting rid of him" is because i DO have 3 children and would never want to take the chance that the dog may attack one of them next. This breaks my heart and it is the last resort for us. I just dont know where to turn. Actually, i came here becuase the vet said that he may have to be put to sleep if the agression continues or gets worse. That is the last thing i want to do. I thought maybe someone on here might have some insight on the matter but obviously, no one understands. I am not a cold hearted person and i love my pets...BUT my kids come first.
Actually I do understand where you are coming from, your'e right, your children are coming first. If he's not got health problems and he's neutered, then you definitely should consider calling dog training academies in your area to see about locating an animal behaviorist that can give you some help. He may be able to tell you if this is a behavior problem. It might not be.. some spaniels actually suffer from an inherited disorder called 'Rage Syndrome', where the animal has unprovoked fits of aggression. The attacking dog will seem disoriented after the attack, and will act like it doesn't understand what happened. Rage syndrome is pretty rare though, just so you know.
oh i do understand, kids have to come first. it's too too risky to have an aggressive dog. and some dogs do have a genetic problem that causes aggressiveness. the only answer may be to pts. agree to try to find an animal behaviorist. there also may be a shelter that takes in temperament problems and tries to rehabilitate and then adopt out to a home that can take a rehabilitated dog. i don't look down on people who have to make these decisions.
Tamip: My appoligies. I re-read my post and that was a bit harsh to say the least. Of coarse children come first. I really did not mean for my post to come accross so rudly. I'm sorry :( Having a bad day today.
First fit the dog with a basket muzzle, to protect the other dog and the kids. Isolating him will be difficult. At least this will give you some piece of mind. Contact a certified dog trainer, they may be able to help or at least refer you to a Behavioralist. Trying to solve the issue between 2 dogs is difficult but they be able to come up with some ways for the dogs (and the kids) to live in peace. You didn't mention the childrens ages.
if they are both neutered then the next step would be to habe a dog trainer/behaviorist come to your home. he/she will need to view their environment and see how the dogs act together. taking the spaniel to a class outside the home will most likely not help. buy a basket muzzle in the meantime while you are working with him so he cannot hurt your boxer or children. they are still able to breathe, pant, drink etc. with the muzzle on. it is similiar to the ones greyhounds wear. if you decide you cannot work this problem out i think your next best step is euthanasia. you cannot adopt out a dog with these behaviors in good faith. he has the potential of really harming someone. it would be much more humane for you to euthanize him while he is in your arms then having it done by someone else in a cold and uncaring environment.