Working cocker spaniel scratching children

by Emma
(Devon, England )

I have a 6 month old working cocker spaniel. I have had a couple of incidences recently where she has attacked (seemingly unprovoked) a 3 year old toddler and also my 7 year old daughter. It was all very quick, but looking at the marks she hasn't bitten them but scratched them on their faces, she made a snarling noise both times.The 3 year old was standing at the time and my daughter was sitting on the floor, on both occasions we were at home. Is there anything I can do to correct this behaviour? She obviously doesn't like small people at her level, she is completely fine with adults. I have been told that because she is 6 months old it is now 'learnt' behaviour and there is little I can do to stop it, I need to manage her more effectively around children, ie keeping her away in her crate when we have visitors. Does anyone have any advice on this situation? Many thanks.

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