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    Default Breeders advice not helpful, where to now?

    Hi a newbie here, though dogs owner for over 40 years, mainly desexed male terriers and rough collies and mixed breeds. Problem is 3 year old gold cocker desexed male over last 4 months getting snappy with its owners and desexed female dog aged 13. No changes in lifestyle, living area, family members, no renovations... No negative situations. In fact, both owners home all day with dogs as we are retired.

    Never had a pet dog snap at us so this is a real problem. Spoke to breed rescue person in my state who gave me three solutions, change diet, put up for sale, or euthanase. Told me the dog may benefit from being rehomed with person experienced dealing with this what appears to be not uncommon cocker problem and told me 'good luck finding someone'. Feel let down by this as i would have thought she would know of someone to contact. Also initially told me they (the club) have a condition of taking back problem dogs and i would need to speak to his breeder. Did that, breeder has no room for him. Spoke again to rescue person who then gave me the three options again with no offer to help.

    I dont want to advertise him on the internet site they suggested because A i dont want him to go to a home where he might be mistreated B i cant sell a snappy dog, not right.

    Does anyone know of someone who the rescue person was referring to who rehomes dogs who have issues in NSW?

    Thanks

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    I take it you think your cocker may have rage syndrome?

    If this is the case you need to see your vet so that he/she or a specialist in neurology can assess and be certain this is what it is.

    I realise you have contacted his breedr and they have said they don't have the room for him but perhaps you could ask if they would assist you in other areas by recommending a vet experienced in cockers, if the cocker club has a breed rescue where someone experienced with the breed may be able to come out and assess his behavour at your place.

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    I was thinking rage syndrome too....Check with vet. but also while you are with a vet ask them to do a proper thyroid panel. Many dogs with aggression problems suddenly have incorrect thyroid readings. but it needs to be checked with a proper lab, not at the vets......They can send it on. and these can be treated with meds

    I hope someone can help you
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    As newfsie said, the Vet would be the best port of call

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    Like others I assume you are talking about the rage thing...or maybe you just arent being firm enough with him.

    Id get a vet check and then a trainer or similar in to see what can be done.

    I find it odd that the first option is to get rid of the dog without looking at possible causes first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    Like others I assume you are talking about the rage thing...or maybe you just arent being firm enough with him.

    Id get a vet check and then a trainer or similar in to see what can be done.

    I find it odd that the first option is to get rid of the dog without looking at possible causes first.
    Probably to protect the older dog, it also has a rights and it would be terrifying for that dog...it can be really difficult with unexpected rage/aggression in a dog. Having been trough the experience with my Annabelle, i can sort of understand. if we had kids or lots of people to deal with, we might have had her PTS.......She was bad, very bad too. her thyroid was out and she had been mistreated. hence we now feed all our dogs kelp as a therapeutic supportive.

    The other thing I forgot to ask ......is your 3 year olds eyesight and hearing OK?....Sometimes owners do not realise when that happens and it can also cause aggression
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    Im not saying the older dog doesnt have rights (I grew up with a similar situation and the dogs were separated) but just that its odd that the first choice would be to get rid of.

    I think most poeople would want to look into a cause or possible solution first...

    Anyway OP, good luck whatever you decide to do. I hope it all goes well

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    I would have a behaviourial assessment done ASAP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smeagle View Post
    I would have a behaviourial assessment done ASAP.

    They will still ask for vet-check first if they are good...Especially if it is sudden onset
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfsie View Post
    They will still ask for vet-check first if they are good...Especially if it is sudden onset
    Of course, I think both a vet and behaviourial assessment sounds important in this instance (and I would not trust a vet to give behaviourial advise unless they were a veterinary behaviourist).

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