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General Cocker Spaniel Discussion / Re: Happy Christmas
« Last post by lottiescat on Yesterday at 02:38:46 PM »
Hi Val ,
I wish you a very happy Christmas . I have followed Meganís progress and admire you so much . I still ache for Lottie but know we did our best . Holly ( the unwanted Xmas present ) is different again ! Someone in the village has just adopted 2 MT s labs they are a joy and now have a wonderful home  so glad that I mentioned that that was where we found Harris and Lottie xx
Behaviour & Training / Re: How do you exercise your dogs? And why?
« Last post by PennyB on Yesterday at 12:10:07 PM »
I think  that is a really good point. I was discussing this with another member just the other day about cockers being cockers and managing your expectations. If you have the control that you need then you will carry on as normal. Some folks don't realise they have the control they need and strive for more. This is where the trade off comes in. If
You want more control. Then change your habits, make a plan, stick to it. Before you do, do you actually need that control or have you got something half decent in front of you already ? I was watching a cocker hunt sand dunes last week. There was nothing really to hunt for. The behaviour is hard wired and was always gonna happen. Do you reign the dog in? Well I think a balance between control and letting a cocker be a cocker somehow needs to be found

Am wondering though re sand dunes if there is a scent of sorts though as all manner of wildlife use dunes when we're not rampaging through them but I agree with you re the balance.

I have just adopted a cocker - he's show type but acts more like a worker when he's offlead. Initially he was obsessed with scenting around the woodland on the park to the point he blanked me as if his life depended on it. Now he's more aware of his surroundings and me so while he will hunt squirrels he now responds to me so we're getting there but early days. We do play 'find it' games when out and I will often interact with mine anyway as its more than just a walk (sometimes an adventure)
General Cocker Spaniel Discussion / Re: Happy Christmas
« Last post by revis on December 16, 2018, 09:47:15 PM »
HAPPY Christmas Val and Meg.Meg and my Jessie are so alike Jessie now with me 6 years.she just stays in the house and  the we love these dear special dogs..
General Cocker Spaniel Discussion / Re: why is it .........
« Last post by ejp on December 16, 2018, 06:44:39 PM »
 :005: :005: :005: clever pooch  :luv:
General Cocker Spaniel Discussion / Re: why is it .........
« Last post by bizzylizzy on December 16, 2018, 06:20:25 PM »
 :005: :005: sounds familiar!!
General Cocker Spaniel Discussion / why is it .........
« Last post by ElaineH on December 16, 2018, 03:08:10 PM »
When OH leaves a packet of Hovis digestive biscuits on the kitchen counter and the dog reaches up, shares them with his younger  pal and scoffs the lot, it somehow is the dog's fault?  :005:
Health / Re: seems to be going deaf
« Last post by Macette on December 16, 2018, 02:50:26 PM »
Im getting virtually no response from Charlie when I call him anymore.   I could be in denial but I hope its because we got another dog and he has learnt to zone out of his own name because we are calling the other dog too.  Sometimes i think i am just imagining it and he can hear things ok but its usually after saying his name several times and getting louder or he could just be following the other dog.  But he didnt notice i had dropped some biscuits near his head on the wooden floor the other day and he used to dive for dropped food. He fairly recently had a bladder stone removed which was traumatic for him.  He has got more barky and also wary of other dogs.     Does anyone elses cocker have selective hearing which seems like deafness?!  Hes never had ear infections or any problems.
I have just found out Lexi 6 year old is deaf. Thought as she is not the most obedient spaniel she was ignoring us, but took her to the vet for an ear check and out of the blue she is deaf [emoji45]. No wax no infection just deaf. So she seems to be coping but I suppose she has no choice. She knows some signs. The biggest problem is calling her in from the yard. She had learned flicking the light on and off means come in. We will all cope but so sad for her. :-(

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General Cocker Spaniel Discussion / Re: Happy Christmas
« Last post by honeysmun on December 16, 2018, 12:58:28 PM »
Thank you all for your thoughts and wishes,
we do miss our beloved Honey so much, her photo is looking
down on me as I type this reply to you, I wish I could still post
photos of Meg  on here for you to see, but if any of you are on Facebook
please look me up Val Elkington I have posted some of her on my page

Val & Meg XXX
General Cocker Spaniel Discussion / Re: Happy Christmas
« Last post by ejp on December 16, 2018, 11:46:00 AM »
Hi Val,
Lovely to hear from you, and Meg. It is sad that she is still too scared to go out, or near the windows. However, Meg is happy in her home, and although we think it is restrictive Meg has the choice to do what she is happy with. So, she is content, loved and secure. That is all I have ever wanted for any of my dogs, and you and OH have given that to Meg. I hope you all have a lovely Christmas and I know Honey is never far from you.
Happy Christmas to you all and a big cuddle for Meg.  :luv:
General Cocker Spaniel Discussion / Re: Happy Christmas
« Last post by Jaysmumagain on December 16, 2018, 11:02:39 AM »
Hi Val

Wishing you Bill and darling Meg's a Happy Christmas.

While little Megs still has here restrictions that her early life placed on her, she has what we all hope for our babies love and security.

Give her a big hug and it is lovely to hear from you again....missed you :blink:
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