|Barked: Mon Apr 2, '07 7:48am PST |
|Honestly, I think spaniel rage is one of those stories that has spiralled incredibly out of control. Yes, there are cases with Cockers and Springers where it has happened, but it's one of those tales that folks love to go on and on about as if it's happening to a vast majority of spaniels. I know a lot of folks who have rescues with unknown backgrounds that are sweet as can be. It is in the breed standard that the cocker be "merry", so since you did so much research when you got her you're off on the right foot!
What I would do is treat your new baby like you would any other puppy. Socialize the heck out her! Get her into a puppy class as soon as she's UTD on shots and the trainer thinks she is ready. Make sure she's exposed to as many different varieties of people as possible--tall people, short people, kids, people in hats, etc. etc. etc. Get started with the grooming ASAP--she'll need to get used to the stimulus of clippers, brushes, being handled. In short, anything you can think of that might someday trigger fear aggression, start conditioning her to accept from an early age.
Congratulations on your new baby! It sounds like you guys are off to a good start! Can't wait to see photographs!
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