My 9-Week Old Puppy Is Growling And Biting
Cocker Spaniel Puppy Growling And Biting
Hi, we have recently got a Sprocker Spaniel puppy (dad was a full Cocker Spaniel, mum was a Springer/Cocker cross) and she was 6 weeks old when we collected her. She's now 9 weeks old and I am very worried about her behavior.
She's growling and biting a lot, the biting I know is probably a teething thing but the growling is worrying me that she is going to be aggressive.
We have tried every suggestion to try and stop it but nothing seems to work. It's even more worrying as she keeps catching my 8 year old daughter and it is upsetting her.
Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)
Puppy biting can be quite upsetting for a new puppy owner. However, play biting and mouthing are perfectly normal behaviors for young puppies, especially if they're teething.
When puppies play, they bite. It's a normal part of their development. If they stayed with their mother she would teach them bite inhibition, in her absence, you will have to teach your puppy that biting is not acceptable.
Our article on puppy biting will help you to do that. You'll find lot of Do's and Don'ts as well as guidance on how to stop your puppy biting.
I recommend you involve your daughter in the process so that she understands what needs to happen and how she can play a part.
Consistency is the key here.