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Old 02-08-2010, 05:47 AM
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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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Old 02-08-2010, 07:17 AM
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By giving the dog up for adoption they are simply passing the problem on to another owner.

I have seen rage syndrome in cockers - although only in the solid colours - black and the golden cocker, and it is not a pretty sight.

They either need to get professional help, or as hard as it sounds it may be better for the dog to be put to sleep - you say this is not the first time it has happened, and it will happen again. I think they should also contact the breeder and find out if they were aware of this problem in any other dogs from the litter.

Sorry for being so negative but sometimes you have to let your head rule your heart and not the other way around
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True rage syndrome is believed to be a form of epilepsy. They need to consult a neurological specialist and see if putting the dog on phenobarbitol and/or potassium bromide is a reasonable solution.
They should NOT give the dog up for adoption, I'm so sorry to say euthanizing would be a better option if the rage syndrome cannot be controlled with meds.
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I had heard from multiple sources that it was thought to be a type of seizure disorder. But apparently vet behaviorists do not believe that at this point in time, and it's thought to be an extreme form of conflict aggression.

They need to find a vet behaviorist ASAP and go over their options with that qualified professional. I would not suggest giving the dog up for adoption because the stress and work to deal with any severe behavior problem is so great...and there are so many 'normal' dogs needing homes.

If the severity of injury is great, and they are making plans with a vet behaviorist (not a vet specializing in behavior, not a 'trainer'.).... the dog should be closely managed at all times so there is less chance of injury.
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True rage syndrome is believed to be a form of epilepsy. They need to consult a neurological specialist and see if putting the dog on phenobarbitol and/or potassium bromide is a reasonable solution.
They should NOT give the dog up for adoption, I'm so sorry to say euthanizing would be a better option if the rage syndrome cannot be controlled with meds.
Here is an article which might shed some light on what some term "springer rage". It's from the ESSFTA (the national springer club) http://www.essfta.org/Health_Research/aggression.htm

Oops, meant to add that I agree with Hotel4Dogs.
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Thanks for sharing that! I had not seen that article before.

Here's a recent article briefly discussing how the terminology has changed from 'dominance aggression' to 'conflict aggression' due to better understandings of behavior.

http://www.chicagovetbehavior.com/be...ict-aggression
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Legally, you cannot re-home a dangerous dog. If he were to attack or bite while in the care of his new owners, you could be held responsible.
This is the advice we received years ago when faced with the decision of what to do about our dog who had attacked and bitten on two separate occasions.
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True idiopathic rage is quite rare. It's not the same thing as an aggressive dog. Either way, an aggression problem should be dealt with by a skilled trainer who is experienced in complex aggression problems, a certified behaviorist (certified by the Animal Behavior Society as opposed to a graduate of a proprietary training school) or a veterinary behaviorist, of which there are very few in the country -- 36, I believe.

Very few bites happen out of the blue and for no reason. More often, owners don't see them coming b/c they don't know what to look for. I think working with the right trainer is an important step. A good trainer is often a helpful tool in deciding what to do -- be it attempt behavior mod or euthanize the dog. Sadly, euthanasia is often the most humane answer for everyone, including the dog.
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