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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 09-04-2007, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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URGENT: ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL

Help!! I dont know if i am allowed to do this, so Melissa remove this if im not!

My sister needs to find a new home for her 2 year old English Springer Spaniel. He is free to a good home. He is well trained but needs to go to a home with older children. The reason she wants to place him is because he is very terretorial & growls at strangers. They are always having neighborhood kids running in & out and she does not want to have an issue. He did snip at a friend of her husbands. She said he is very well behaved otherwise & loves the family. THe breeder wouldnt take him back & the rescue wont take him. The shelter near their home is a kill shelter, so she wont take him there. She has taken him to a trainer. My sister has a crazy chaotic home life which i am sure doesnt help. She lives in Florida but will get him where he needs to go. Anyone can PM me if interested. Just the thought of him being put down for something like that makes me sad.

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Help!! I dont know if i am allowed to do this, so Melissa remove this if im not!

My sister needs to find a new home for her 2 year old English Springer Spaniel. He is free to a good home. He is well trained but needs to go to a home with older children. The reason she wants to place him is because he is very terretorial & growls at strangers. They are always having neighborhood kids running in & out and she does not want to have an issue. He did snip at a friend of her husbands. She said he is very well behaved otherwise & loves the family. THe breeder wouldnt take him back & the rescue wont take him. The shelter near their home is a kill shelter, so she wont take him there. She has taken him to a trainer. My sister has a crazy chaotic home life which i am sure doesnt help. She lives in Florida but will get him where he needs to go. Anyone can PM me if interested. Just the thought of him being put down for something like that makes me sad.
Just a thought.....why not have her call the pet psychic that was mentioned in another thread and find out what's bothering him?

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oh, that is really sad. I cant believe that the breeder wont help her out at least in some sort of way. Bad breeder! Those are my moms favorite dogs and Im sure she would have taken him but she cant have anything that doesnt like company and kids. I will keep him in mind and help if I can. Good luck
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Thanks. He actually loves her kids. Its mainly strangers that come barging in the house(yes, they do that ). My sister had him at a trainers but she expects him to be 'cured' when he is home. You have to work with them at home also. Its frustrating because some people think its easier to get rid of a dog instead of working with them. She already has a deposit down on a Cocker Spaniel.

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Oh Shannon, that's too bad! I hope this spaniel does find a great home where he can be himself and not feel threatened or be threatening. It's sad that she's ready to replace him so soon too.




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A cocker spaniel is a pretty dicey choice as a replacement. The first dog I got on my own was a cocker spaniel. This was pre-internet, and I was young. We picked him from a classified ad, so I would guess he was from a backyard breeder. He ended up being aggressive to strangers. I worked extensively with a trainer who specializes in aggression. The cocker spaniel was always fine with our family (including my 3 kids who were all born during his lifetime), but never could be trusted with strangers. Some breeds, because of poor breeding or nature or??, are prone to aggression, and that is definitely true of cocker spaniels. That is not to say that there aren't sweet cocker spaniels -- there are. Your odds just aren't good...
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She may want to find a close training club down there or contact [email protected] or [email protected]
who are the breed rescue reps for Florida. They will be most familiar with the breed and probably have the most success for the dog to go to one final forever home.

I would also say Cocker might not be the best choice! My mother has had 2 of them and they have always been kind of one person dogs. Sassy her latest dog bit the pizza delivery guy when she was acting nice! On the otherhand my friend has 2 black and tans that would never harm anyone but she trains, competes with them so they were highly trained and socialized from a young age!

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I did tell her about the Springer Spaniel rescue & she did call the contact person in Fl. But they would not take him because he showed signs of aggression. I thought that was the whole point of a rescue, but i guess i was wrong. The contact lady actually suggested to my sister to REMOVE the dogs teeth! I have never heard of such a thing!!

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I have to agree with the others about Cocker Spaniels. I have a friend that has one and it is NOT very friendly, with strangers especially, but even has shown aggressiveness to her children. Of course, she didn't work very hard on training the dog, but it sounds like maybe your sister isn't too keen on daily training (reinforcing training in the home) A dog trainer can only give a person the tools to train the dog, they don't have a magic wand.

Maybe you can encourage your sister to research breeds for a non-aggressive replacement. Some breeds are more prone than others, all though there is NO guarantee with any dog or breed.

I even read somewhere online about a Havanese attacking a postman.

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She is getting a English Cocker Spaniel. Is that the same as the other kind??

I know with my sweet Tripp, he barks at strangers when they come on our property. So i keep him in the house or yard. Why would you risk a possible issue? But he is fine if we go out to places. It just someone coming to HIS domain.

My sister was just here visiting & she LOVED my dogs. She wanted to take Tripp home. He just loved her. But Havs are to high maintenance & need too much attention. More than she would be willing to give, so i discouraged her from it.

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