My 9-Week Old Puppy Is Growling And Biting

Cocker Spaniel Puppy 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.

Please HELP!

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.

Good luck!

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My Puppy is Nipping and Growling
by: Anonymous

My 10-week-old Cocker Spaniel girl has regular mad half hours where she is running around, nipping and growling, what can I do?

9 week Cocker puppy
by: Bridget

Happy (kind of) to read I'm not the only one with a Cocker puppy having temper tantrums! I gently grab his snout when hes play biting and make an 'att' kind of noise but twice he's growled and tried to bite when I was trying to wipe his face!

The first time it caught me unawares, but this time I didn't pull away grabbed his snout hard and kept his mouth closed while I was making my noise and he didn't like it but bit stopped him then I held him with 1 hand way up in the air my hand underneath his body and he was very calm. It knocked him out of the behavior. He's pretty helpless way up in the air. I also do that when I'm holding him and he wants to get down right away. It seems to get his attention.

I've been doing less of petting and letting him get his way. Using Caesers way of becoming an alpha dog. So he hasn't done it since and lets me wipe his face now. So far so good. I will let you know if what I'm doing using positive calm enforcement. Good luck to all. If they get older and bigger it would become a serious problem. I have to make sure it doesn't happen again. Let u guys know! 😁

Growling And Biting
by: gail,york

My puppy is 10 weeks old today and he is a show golden cocker spaniel. He is behaving just the same biting and growling. We are really cat people so it is quite worrying for me also.

I am trying to follow bite inhibition but he really has not got it as yet. We were even thinking of re-homing him as I am worried he will have problems when is he is older as the rage syndrome really frightens me.

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