Why Is My Dog So Aggresive?
This Cocker Spaniel Doesn't Look Very Aggressive, Does He?
My cocker spaniel is just about to turn 1 year old. He started being very aggressive a few days ago. He paws at me and starts barking and biting for no reason.
Does anyone know why he should do this and what can I do about it?
Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)
This happens so often - I wish I had a dollar for every time I've been asked this question!
Many male puppies try it on when they reach this age, sometimes up to 18 months of age.
If you're certain your dog is okay and not suffering from any health problems, I recommend you give him as much obedience training as you can - even if you've already gone through it with him. Train him so that he responds to your 'commands' instantly and without hesitation.
It might be a good idea to read this article on the alpha dog and then introduce and practice all the recommendations as often as you can.
Giving your cocker spaniel plenty of exercise and training will help to stimulate not only his body, but his mind too and will help to tire him so that he becomes calm and settles.
If you don't see any improvement in a couple of months, or if his behaviour gets worse, it may be that his testosterone levels are too high. In this case, I recommend you speak to your vet - he may recommend you have your dog neutered.
I hope this helps and good luck!