I went to Oregon last month to visit my brother, and ended up bringing home a 2 year old springer spaniel, named Jesse. (after getting to know him, I woulda named him Knucklehead) It was my brother's old lady's sister's, and they were trying to give it away. Its purebred with papers, etc. Apparently the dog was sent to some $$$$ training school when it was a puppy. They sent their 4 year old son to the school too, as it was 'his' dog. Well, the kid is a little terror, and nobody followed through on any of the training, so when the dog became 'too much' for them, they started looking for a new home. When I got to oregon, my bro had him locked in a 10' by 10' kennel. My girlfriend and I took pity on him and so we let the dog out and played with him all over my bro's 40 acres of pasturage. He went right into the irrigation/bass pond and learned to swim VERY fast. We could tell he was smart, just undisciplined. So we brought him home. The problem is the lack of follow through when he was trained. He will come when you call him, unless he decides something else is more exciting, same with other commands, such as 'sit' and 'stay'. He escaped three times from his original owners house, and was picked up by the pound. Everyone, including the vet whe has seen him since he was a puppy, thinks he was abused somehow the last time around. He is a bit aggressive now. He tried to bit the vet when she checked his ears, he also tried to bite two different groomers after we got him home. He bit a friend of my GF'd daughter on the face, and then immediately warmed up to her. It seems that anytime he meets someone new, he tries to bite them, later warming up to them and being just fine. So I guess I have a couple of questions. Why would my dog try and bite someone he has just met? I'm afraid to take him out in public. I take him to my hunting cabin almost every weekend, and he roams free, never goes to far, and always come back when called. He will also swim FOREVER. But I dont like the fact that he tries to bite people he has just met. Every time he has done this, he has been under restraint. Could that have something to do with it? Also, I could use a really good book on training dogs, particularly Springer Spaniels. Also something geared for a dog who isn't a puppy anymore (2 years old), but needs some more discipline. He surprises me with how good he is at times. He loves to go for a ride, and jumps right into his crate when told. He does not jump on the bed. My GF and I frequently eat dinner in the living room. When we sit down to eat, he does not bother us one bit, most times he just lays down on the floor. He has NEVER begged. Same with when we go to bed, he realizes it's time for him to lay down too. He's mellow when we're out of the house too. He just gets SUPER excited when we come home.I can see that he has a LOT of potential, but I am not sure how to get it out of him. I understand the basics of training, rewarding when a command is obeyed, but I need a bit more knowledge. I have not had a dog for about 18 years, so I am mighty rusty on the little do's and dont's. (Right now he is reminding me what dog farts smell like.) I would be extremely grateful for ANY help you dog owners could throw my way.