• Bonnie showed signs of sibling rivalry at 7 months old.

    Bonnie showed signs of sibling rivalry at 7 months old.When we bought Bonnie we were told she was 8 weeks old we saw her mother a cocker spaniel and took her home. Are older dog Lottie, a 8 year old cocker, had never had pups but was very maternal to cuddly toys! So we thought a puppy would be nice for her to love and mother. However, on taking Bonnie for a check up we were told she was probably only 2-3 weeks old, not being able to contact the seller we had to hand rear her, she came on leaps and bounds. However, Lottie really didn’t show her much attention.

    As Bonnie got bigger we realised she was a cocker cross. She was sweet natured until she got to about 7 months old. Then she started to jump on Lottie’s back growl and become aggressive. Lottie did not really fight back, we tried to control the behaviour with threats, shouts etc. All to no avail. It then got to the stage when I did not like coming in from work in case it kicked off, as to separate them was quite distressing.

    Sibling Rivalry

    So we decided it would be best for both dogs if we got Bonnie re-homed, we took her to the local re-homing centre in floods of tears as apart from the sibling rivalry with Lottie, she was a very sweet dog. The next day it felt strange without her so we went and got her back, and decided to call Phillip and see if he could help. This was Bonnies last chance!

    That phone call was the best thing we ever did. From day one¬†Phillip was excellent in the way he got Bonnie to behave and realise she wasn’t the top dog. His training methods were easy to apply, he was on hand if we needed help.

    By following his advice on training and also on both dogs diet, Bonnie has stopped jumping and growling at Lottie. She is easy to walk on the lead and knows whats right and wrong. Lottie has a better diet and I can leave them both together with no worries.

    I would not hesitate to recommend Phillip to any one with a problem dog. He is a lovely guy and the dogs know he means business. Thank you, Phillip, we would not have Bonnie with us if it wasn’t for you.

    Thank you, Phillip, we would not have Bonnie with us if it wasn’t for you.

    Jill Bell Bitterne, Hampshire July 28, 2017