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Rage Syndrome
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    symondneil is offline New Member
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    Question Rage Syndrome

    I know a friend through a forum, they bought a mixed cocker spaniel puppy, love him and raise him as their own kid. Now the dog just turned one year old, and started to show rage syndrome, attacking the owner for no reason. The bite was quite bad (they showed me the injury picture)...and this is not the first time attack.The young couple was thinking of giving up the dog for adoption.

    I personally think it is not easy to find a good home for him, as the adopter has to be very experienced in handling this kind of rage syndrome dog. But to euthanize the dog also very cruel too...any other suggestion?

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    fairygodmother is offline New Member
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    Sadly there may be very little that can be done.
    If a veterinary neurological specialist has diagnosed rage syndrome (usually performed through EEG tests amongst others), then it could prove impossible to treat.

    Rage syndrome is not a type of aggression whose triggers can be recognised like the others such as fear aggression, dominance, separation anxiety etc where a root cause can be associated with whatever behaviour is displayed, a course of action planned and adhered to which, in time, can change the dogs behaviour.
    Rage syndrome is a genetic and inheritable aggression, where usually the dog has no reason for an attack, no trigger that can be attributed to an attack and the dog may have no recollection of an attack and will appear perfectly calm and affectionate a short time later.
    This makes behavioural training virtually impossible as the dog needs to understand behaviour = consequence = improvement. If the dog doesn't understand the consequence of it's behaviour, it can't really improve.

    The syndrome is thought to affect block coloured cocker and springer spaniels i.e all black, all gold etc, rather than bi-coloured dogs. The age range is also about right with most dogs displaying this type of aggression anywhere between 4 months of age to 2 years approx.

    I think adoption is a bad idea as this problem just gets passed on and there aren't many rescue centres that will take the risk of rehoming any dog with ANY aggression issues, especially this one.
    Euthanasia is always a last resort for vets and once it's done, it's done.
    As the saying goes where there's life, there's hope.

    My advice would be to investigate by taking the dog to a neurological specialist and having this problem diagnosed properly first. Sometimes, antiepileptic medication may be offered, but this is a very young dog to start down that road, I don't know??
    It's somewhere to start I suppose, but it won't be easy.

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    mikewilson01 is offline Banned
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    I don't have much idea on how to control dog attack. Still my thinking upon this is that your dog is feeling that it is being hated or may be not getting proper food which he wants to eat. In simple words, all comes up to one fact i.e adoption process. So, Love your dog and it will not attack you.

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