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Puppies / It's groom for ouppy
« Last post by Scotborngirl on Today at 02:37:09 PM »
My cocker is nearly 15 weeks old and getting very fluffy legs. When should I book him in for grooming
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General Cocker Spaniel Discussion / Re: Getting a second cocker 😊
« Last post by rubyduby on Today at 12:57:21 PM »
We had problems with an introduction, with a 2nd bitch as the older dog who was 7 then resented her and it took 2 weeks solid work to get her to accept the puppy, after that we always let the girly have a puppy and kept one, but even this wasnt problematic as mother and daughter would squabble over our posessions as the daughter got very possessive and they would scrap. However dog and bitch may be a lot easier as boys are gen better with girls
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General Cocker Spaniel Discussion / Re: Camping with a cocker spaniel!
« Last post by rubyduby on Today at 12:54:33 PM »
We have had Cockers for 40 yrs and done it all, tent camping, folding campers and caravans...and always in Scotland. We also lived on the West coast near Oban for 20 yrs, mideges tell me about it, even the house had to have midge gauze on the windows in summer. We had our dogs in the tent with us(we tried the kennel thing, it lasted 15mins) biggest problem is cooking if you have a dog wandering about, especially on a tether it can prove a night mare. Personally I would have gone for a bigger tent that would house a nice fabric kennel, that the dog could be contained in safely during cooking etc  . We had two Spaniels all of the time , making this more difficult, the other problem was dirty and wet dogs, we wild camped always and found if the weather was bad we ended up with wet towels everywhere and it became a nightmare, I would suggest a zip up towel bag that you can put the dog in till they dry out, overwise you will wet all the towels and end up with a miserable shivering dog....
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General Cocker Spaniel Discussion / Sick of being ripped off
« Last post by rubyduby on Today at 12:49:03 PM »
I am sick of being ripped of by vets, the costs have been inflated massively due to more people being insured, I choose not to, but am still charged the over inflated prices....it is time something was done about this blank cheque book. Today , sedation, lip fold clean and small tube of cream, she went in at 10,30 and was home by 12.30 ...180.... Now I know why the vet didnt want to go straight to the fold surgery, why should he , if it doesnt work and it usually doesn't last , he will get the price of the surgery on top, wish more could be done about these robbing 'proffessionals'.....
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My dog isn't perfect at it. He sometimes goes in front or walks behind my legs but it's far better than when I first got him it was very hard for me getting pulled all over the place. Plus I live in an urban area and there are lots of distractions like other dogs, cats busy roads etc. It's for peace of mind really. If I lived in the countryside it wouldn't be as important to me.
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There's a difference, though, between both heeling and general loose-leash, and being dragged by your dog. Henry doesn't walk to heel, but he walks loose-leash. I think that's what Barry H was referring to as well.
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I know heeling isn't important to some people I've seen lots of dog owners getting taken for a walk by their dog. It's important to me because he's much calmer and obedient walking to heel. I also have a mild disability I have back problems and getting pulled around by a cocker spaniel is no fun at all.
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Barry H - that is music to my ears! Henry's two next month. Let's see...
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LG - hang in there!  Jack (show cocker) is now two and a half and I had many of the same issues as you.  I used a long line for six months with some success after a couple of AWOLs, but lately (last couple of months) it's as if a light has gone on in his brain - and he's much more chilled and improved enormously without my doing anything (much).  Off lead he very rarely strays more than twenty yards without checking in  and recall is steadily improving without any formal 'training'.   In fact, I confess to letting his training slip a little and gave up on treats ages ago (he's never been that motivated - even with roast chicken!).  His attitude to other dogs is more laid back, too.  I'm convinced it's age/maturity related.

On lead, I'm not a fan of strict heel walking and really don't see the point TBH.  Unless by a busy road, loose lead is good enough for me/us and again have seen a genuine improvement in the last few months.  Why?  I've no idea, but am certainly not knocking it!
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Behaviour & Training / Re: Jake bit my dad!
« Last post by Pearly on Yesterday at 11:55:08 PM »
It sounds to me like it is just an extension of his guarding. He is guarding his bed - the crate at home and the soft bed at your Dad's house. It's not an uncommon thing to guard. Whether it's down to dominance or down to being anxious is impossible to say without seeing him. I would say only an experienced behaviourist would be able to tell. I wouldn't take any advice or act on it unless the behaviourist has actually seen the dog. If it is down to anxiety (as with my Archie) then any kind of confrontational technique or aversive training tool like rattles etc. could do more harm than good so I would not go down that route. I didn't have a problem with Archie guarding his bed (he didn't have a crate) so I can't offer practical advice I'm afraid, but my guess is that you are right to avoid touching him when he is there. It may be that as you continue to work on his other guarding issues, his trust levels in you will rise considerably and he will relax even when he is in his bed.

Completely agree with this.

We have one cocker who has been known to "guard" her bed or a crate.  She will hop into the boot of the car first and not let the others in after her - this is sometimes aimed at us as well.

She came to us from a friend last year age 6 so I guess this has been going on for sometime.  OH has been bribing her with a bit of sausage every time she's asked to get into a crate or a bed.....it's working.  She'll quite happily get in and as long as she has her own space will let the others into their respective crates in the car!

I would suggest bribery and reassurance.  Get Jake to go to the mattress and gently throw a bit of sausage onto the bed while he is there, reassure him that he's a good boy and move away (turn your back on him if he grumbles) over time you should be able to get him to take the bit of sausage from your hand while he's on the mattress.....repeat for the crate but not until he is more relaxed on his bed.

Does he ever get woken up when he's sleeping in his crate or on the mattress? Just wondering if there's some sort of association that making him think he has to guard his special area?
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