My best friends dog had its dew claws removed and I wrote about her last week. Her foot is healing but the dog is still in an e collar. Since the surgery almost 3 weeks ago the dog is really depressed. My friend always walks her and she is the sweetest springer spanial. Now that she is home recovering she is going through a personality change. She is depressed and very edgy. When you walk by she growls and shows her teeth and if you tell her no she will come at you. My friend Marci is really worried. We can't beleive the change in her disposition. Marci fears that if the dog did not have on the e collar. she would not be able to handle her. She feels the dog would bite her. The dog is very tempermental only with the family. I think the dog has just had it and is truly depressed. My friend is at her witts end because she is afraid to have a dog so tempermental. We thought of sending it to a trainer for a couple of weeks to see what they say. Marci feels she may have to find her dog a new home. Has any one ever experienced a change in a dogs temperment after a surgery. Any ideas to pass along before she gives the dog to a new home. She is a beautiful English Springer Spanial and I helped her pick it out in the litter. Emma the Springer is 8 months old and I am so blown away at her behavior because I never would have dreamed she would have a side like this. Especially just growling at the simple fact of you walking by her. Help!
i would schedule another visit with the vet and let him know whats going on with the dog. could be things are not healing properly and the dog is in pain. the growling may be her way of trying to communicate pain to her owner. its better to rule out any physical problems first. if it turns out that there are none, maybe an animal behavioralist will be able to get to the root of the problem.
She has been to the vet 4 times in the last week and a half. The funny thing is when she is at the vets office she doen't act like this. I know she has been in pain and I feel the foot is just uncomfortable. She wants to chew at it and when you say "No Emma" she throws her tantrum at you. Maybe they need to wait untill she is better. She is also very tempermental with her food.
You also said she is still in an e-collar. My girls are always tempermental when they have to wear one. I think it has to do with the fact that they can't see around them as well, and their hearing is affected too. After all that collar, with its cone shape, will direct sound differently to their ears. I'd be depressed to if every time I tried to walk or turn my head I got stopped by a wall or the corner of a wall and the darn collar jammed into my neck. The e-collars serve a great purpose, but they have to be annoying as all get out for the dog wearing it. On the rare occasion I have to put one on a dog, I try to limit it to unsupervised time, just to stop the chewing. If I can watch them I try to give them a break from the collar.
It may be the e-collar If the dog is not trying to chew it needs to come off The e-collar restricts their sight and movements. That alone can make a dog edgy and depressed and snapish beucase they cant see well and feel helpless
Ok, number 1, we have a Spaniel here, so behaviorally speaking they can be risky in the inexperienced hand. Number 2, he's 8 months old and probly going through a ranking stage, he testing things out and probly things are going his way. Plus he just had a surgery, and everyone is paying him all this attention, which will be sending him all the wrong signals, that he is a leader. It sound to me he is trying to protect his position. If hes able to do this for to long, he may hurt someone.
He wasn't getting the same attention before as well, and now his age and the timeing of the surgery are awful. If its the cone, does the behavior change after its off. If you send the dog off to a trainer, you will likely hear, he did great!, but once hes back home, he will just slide back into old habits. This owner needs the NILIF rules and a good idea, would be to get the trainer to work with the owner, not just the dog.
***Edited By: sue on 4/14/2006 10:50:54 AM*** Reason: cause I can't spell