Woody and the lady would both be happier if he was more independent. He is a 7-month-old Working Cocker Spaniel, born into lockdown with the lady working from home. In my ‘early-days’ puppy parenting sessions, I suggest people build into their day regular very short separations to help their puppy Read more…
(Online consultation) Pippa is a beautiful year-old Working Cocker Spaniel. She is affectionate and clever. The teenage daughter adores her – and I’m sure the feeling is mutual. However, a human’s way of showing affection isn’t necessarily the same as a dog’s. Dogs don’t do hugging for a start – Read more…
Young working dog without a job. I have just met Sam who is seven months of age. Sam is so very like my own Working Cocker Spaniel, Pickle. I have had over five years with Pickle, learning how to give my alert and energetic working dog a sufficiently fulfilled life so that he’s Read more…
I have had a lovely day.
This morning I was with fifteen-week-old Cocker Spaniel, Teddy. This evening I was with Bella, a nine-week-old Cockerpoo.
Both puppies have lady owners. Each lady called me because she wants to get off to the right start with her puppy. (more…)
Hunter guards his food and he guards his food bowl.
(Too often when someone calls me about a problem with their Cocker Spaniel, it’s to do with resource guarding).
The thirteen-month-old Working Cocker’s resource guarding problems are almost certainly genetic, possibly made worse by all the sibling puppies competing over the same bowl of food (I’m only guessing).
At nine weeks old he was growling at anyone who came too close while he ate. The lady worked at this and all was okay for a while.
Over the past few weeks Hunter’s resource guarding problems have been getting worse.
She reached down to retrieve something from him…
What’s better than one black Cocker Spaniel? Two black Cocker Spaniels? Hmm – I don’t know!
I am very partial to lively working Cockers, having one myself. My own Pickle is aptly named and has been an adventure from the start, keeping both myself and my other dogs on our toes!
I adore him.
Pickle is now nine years old and showing little sign of slowing down.
The lady and her daughter have a lovely black Cocker Spaniel, seven years of age, called Otis. (more…)
Barney barks with alarm at any sound he hears that could mean someone is approaching the house. It can be a car or footsteps on the gravel.
If outside in the garden, he barks with alarm as someone he doesn’t know approaches the gate. As deliveries or the postman let themselves into the garden, he may sound more fierce.
They are worried he may one day bite.
Obsessing; pacing; compulsively licking the floor. The root to everything is down to Cocker Oli’s permanently aroused and stressed state – he only gets respite at night or when shut away during the day. If he’s not compulsively bringing things to be thrown he is licking the floor (I suspect this will have Read more…
It was hard to imagine as I sat with Cocker Spaniels George and Rupert that the problem is alarm barking. Having had a sniff of me they simply settled down for the evening.
These two dogs have a very good life! They want for nothing. They go to a very good daycare while the couple are at work. They are taken on holiday with them and are very much loved.