December 30th, 2003, 04:59 PM
15 year old American Cocker Spaniel, deaf and arthritic has taken to barking hysterically whenever our granddaughter visits. Is there anything that can be done to calm him down. I try to keep him away from her but that sometimes makes him worse and I am afraid he is going to have a stroke.
December 30th, 2003, 06:20 PM
Well I'd be careful on a serious note the dog could end up nipping/biting at the girl!
The dog may feel intimidated because something is out of sorts with the g/d in the house.
Has this been a recent behaviour? Was there a situation that happened between these two?
Cockers unfortunately have had a bad reputation for nipping at kids particularly when they get old and grumpy.
December 31st, 2003, 09:52 AM
What about crating the dog while the child is there or put the poor pup in the bedroom so they don't get upset?