I have a pure breed Blue Roan, neutered Cocker Spaniel who is three years old soon.
During greeting a new dog, Elmo will sometimes greet then freak out/rumble and I lead him away; he wears a head halter.
He was pinned down by the throat when two years old by a female Boxer at dog training. There was no damage, and he has been bitten on the nose whilst greeting a new dog. We meet a number of nasty dogs which I steer him past.
Sometimes he growls at a male sheepdog and male Boxer as the owner keeps trying to push her Boxer to greet even though I told her no. Is this social aggression or defence?
He has mainly smaller friends and does get scared of bigger dogs.
Judy, by email
Karen Wild, behaviourist (www.karenwild.co.uk), advises...