11 days ago our beagle X boy got hit by a car and died, now our Female cocker spaniel is starting to display aggression?

11 days ago our 2 year old beagle X boy got hit by a car and died, now our very playful 8month Female cocker spaniel is starting to display aggression towards other dogs, not when we are at the park but when we go to my parents house with their dog that she has known her whole life and never had a problem with, and again last night when my friends brought over their dogs for a play again she has had different dogs at our house all the time and only now this is happing. She is not desexed as we had her booked in at 6months and it came 1st so we she book in for 2 weeks. But we need help in what to do to stop this or why she is doing it?

Asked by Member 1151071 on Jan 20th 2013 in Aggression
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What aggression is she displaying can you dscribe it? i would say your dog doesnt like change and it has affected her emotionally... make sure you are not praising bad behavier either without realising it, as i used to work with a small JRT whose owner picked him up or grabbed him every time he was agressive and would stroke him to calm him down and the dog then thinks that if he atacks another dog or person he will get attension its an easy mistake to make but humans and dogs speak different languages... cant really say much more without all the details but i hope this helps xxx

Milly answered on 1/20/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


You said she is or HAS been in heat, correct? I think this problem has nothing to do with the loss of your other dog abd everything to do with her "new" hormones.
Many intact female dogs become quite aggressive during and after being in heat. This is how the term bitch came about!!!
Spaying may or may not return her to is also possible some of these changes are associated with her increased maturity.
I run a daycare and we find the biggest problems with aggression and bullying is when female puppies begin to reach adulthood.
This is when we have to separate females and make sure they are only with males. Unfortunately, cocker spaniels are a breed where this " spatting" seems more common.
If it continues to be an issue after she is spayed I would suggest a consult with a good veterinary behaviorist for help.
Good luck!!

Member 641257 answered on 1/20/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 1 Report this answer


Your female Cocker Spaniel is probably grieving and at the moment doesn't want any other dogs around her. She is probably confused as to why her mate is not around.

Member 1148112 answered on 1/29/13. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer