I need help my cocker spaniel is being aggressive with my seven year old, all of this started with in the last 3 months we have had him since he was a puppy and he gets along with my other 4 children well lhe listens and does what they ask, we love him to death and i would hate to have to choose between the two but if this continues i will have to give him away if anyone has any suggestions please help. Desperate mother of a 2 year old male cocker.
my former pet (passed away last year), he got like that with younger children as he aged. He wasn't agressive with everyone. The vet suggested due to his aging he was getting tempermental and seemed not to like louder noise and more agressive children... kind of like people when they get older, just less tolarent as we age. the vet mentioned the fact he was having vision problems and hearing problems scared him more and made the dog not always sure about his surroundings and startled easier. Is your child much more agressive or energetic or louder than the other children? Maybe watch what is happening at the times your dog is more aggressive and how the dog has been acting that day. hope it helps
I know your heartbreak. I had a dog that I adored, and he adored me too. Too much. He was great with the kids until they touched me. I wanted it to work so badly. But he would guard me, and if I was awake I could let him know it was okay, but if I was sleeping, even if on the couch in the daytime, he'd snap at them if they came near me. My children were too little to understand and take precautions. I had to re-home him and I am sad about it to this day, but to keep him would have been wrong. In my case, I didn't feel like it was something I could slowly work on, because it only takes one time for my boy to come wake me up because he needs to go potty and be injured severely.
Is the dog pursuing the child or only being aggressive when the child makes contact with him? Is he being aggressive if the child just walks by him? If not, at 7 years old, do you feel like you can tell the child not to touch the dog and the child will understand and do as you ask? Could your cocker have an illness or injury that is making him grumpy and less tolerant, such as an ear infection or bladder infection? No need to answer here, but these are things to consider in making this difficult decision.
Best of luck to you in whatever you decide. You have my empathy.
"Be who you are and say what you feel. Because those that matter, don't mind...And those that mind....don't matter."
I almost hate to even ask this, but is it possible your 7 year old has started teasing the dog or something that you might not be aware of? Could your child possibly have become jealous of the attention the dog gets? Unfortunately, things like that do occasionally happen.
Hopefully things will turn around soon for you so you don't have to make the decision about rehoming your dog.