Hey, my name is Janelle. I own a four year old Silky Cocker (Maltese/Cocker) and brought home a full cocker a month ago. I met his mother and father upon buying him, they had amazing temperments, just the kindest souls out there, ya know? Totally happy go lucky.
Just a week ago, I took Deisel (the cocker pup) to get a haircut. The woman did an aweful job and I had to bring him home and use my own clippers to finish him myself. While doing this, Deisel was growling visceously and squirming, which didnt surprise me too much, cause this was his first haircut and its a scary thing!
Then, as I was working with his head, neck and ears, he sunk his teeth into my hand and there was instant blood all over the kitchen floor. Safe to say, I wasnt expecting that. Deisel bit me four more times before I finally had his grooming finished, what a mess! Twelve deep cuts and puncture wounds and three bruises in total.
I didnt stop grooming him after he bit me the first time because I have always been under the impression that doing so is more or less like rewarding him for the bad behavior, so I stuck it out until I was done and he calmed down.
Deisel growls like this every time we pick him up a certain way or get close to his neck with our hands.
Last night, my boyfriend and I were cleaning his ears and his eyes and he bit my boyfriend this time. The wounds were bad enough that he should have gotten stitches, but we live in a small town and the closest available hospital is an hour away, not worth it.
Ive heard the rumours, like everyone has, that some Cockers are born visceous, just bad breeding. The problem is, both his mother and father seemed like angel -dogs, perfect in temperment! And I seriously doubt that the reason Deisel is being like this is because of me.
Ive stuck to the books strictly on training him and how to handle him. Im training him similar to the way I trianed Heidi, my maltese/cocker, and she turned out perfect! Just an angel, she is! Couldnt ask for a better dog, everyone who meets her, instantly falls inlove. I hoped Deisel would turn out the same if I raised him along the same lines as I raised Heidi, but Heidi never bit anyone or anything -not once! Ive never even heard her growl unless shes playing with another dog, and those arent visceous growls, those are playful growls!
The problem Im facing is, what do I do?? Ive called my mother about it, because shes raised more dogs than I have, but those were all terriers, and Deisel is a spaniel. She told me to desencatise him, to work with him constantly around the areas he hates being touched, the problem is, Im scared to do it because I known he will bite again, and even though my wounds are healing, they are infected and extremely sore, and I dont feel up to having all new wounds to deal with.
Can someone PLEASE give me some kind of advice, Im so confused! I dont know what to do!!