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General Cocker Spaniel Discussion / Re: Bailey The Rescued Cocker
« Last post by cazza on May 13, 2021, 10:22:29 PM »
 :luv: Awww welcome Daisy, you are adorable  :luv:
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Health / Re: Walk length
« Last post by Woolwitch on May 13, 2021, 03:46:02 PM »
Yes, thank you we will. We do long walks every week anyway so the hound is pretty used to it  :D
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General Cocker Spaniel Discussion / Re: Bailey The Rescued Cocker
« Last post by Jaysmumagain on May 13, 2021, 02:25:22 PM »
Hello little lady...you look a darling.
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Puppies / Re: Night time advice for a newbie please
« Last post by MIN on May 13, 2021, 01:48:20 PM »
I wanted to protect a light coloured large rug so I decided to hide kibble in it instead of buying/making one of those waffle mats. My thinking was that dogs donít wee where they eat...... my thinking was wrong  >:D


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Puppies / Re: Walking on the lead - or rather not walking but pulling!
« Last post by JohnMcL on May 13, 2021, 12:18:46 PM »
Working cocker spaniels need a lot of training.  Every day, every ďwalkĒ, every doorway, meal time, every visitor, the list goes on....

The reason why he has such a low attention span is because heís far more interested in everything around him than in you (or whoever he is walking with).  At 5 months you should still be working on the basics with him: sit, presenting retrieves, recall and patience.  If you donít get these right when he hits the teenage phase at 7-9 months you will have a real problem on your hands.  Donít be fooled by the cute puppy routine and rolling on his back or tail down - these pups know how to work their humans and at 5 months heís likely to have you exactly where he wants you.

I saw a demo of a 14 month old cocker a couple of weeks ago (local trainer and across a field...) that was awesome, the control was amazing and she was such a happy dog.  It made mine look like an unruly toddler having a tantrum and sheís Field Trial standard! So it is possible.....

Have a look at Beggarbush Foundations.  He is about to launch an online application for training.  Iíll have a look for a link for you.  There will be a cost (not sure how much) but he is a very successful gundog trainer and those that I know follow the Foundations have happy, well trained and obedient dogs.

As soon as you can, get to a local gundog trainer and get your boy assessed.  They will help with teaching you to read his body language, anticipate his behaviour and how to stop issues before they start.  If you start with the Foundations ASAP (from the very beginning - it mostly gets you to use his dinner for training) you will have a head start to when you can see a trainer after 29 March.

I would also ditch the harness.  They teach the dog to pull, even the front lead type, after all, itís what they put on Huskies to pull sleighs!  Get a 6mm good quality slip lead (Muntjac Trading have nice, smooth, leads) and learn how to use it correctly.  The lead should be vertical when you are walking and just long enough that his head is by your knee and held/controlled in your left hand, with the loop over your right hand.  The lead should be high up the dogs neck, again vertically and directly behind the ears, with the thread-through loop under the lead on the left of the dog.  This makes it impossible for the dog to pull.  As soon as you feel the lead go slack it will have dropped down the neck and your dog is likely to lunge forward and pull again.  10 days of short walks with the lead in the correct position is all it should take to get your boy to walk to heel.  Reinforce the heel command using your voice.  Heel should only be said when your boy is in the correct position - tell him heís a good boy when he is so he understands what you expect of him, the more heís right the more exciting you make your voice and tell him every few seconds....this can tail off as he starts to nail heel and you can focus on walking.  The correct position is to your left with his head off the ground (no choice because the lead is short, right?) and level with your knee.  If he moves forward, use his name and your ďno commandĒ I.e. ah, ah! no! or growling at him, whichever you use and he recognises as being norty!   No need to yank on the lead, thatís just mean/cruel - sit him up, put the lead into the correct position and say heel before setting off.  Think about your feet also, you should be stepping off on the left foot first so he moves forward with your knee.

Remember at this age whilst you may think he understands, he doesnít really and is only doing what he thinks you want him to - that will quickly morph into doing what he thinks is right but not necessarily what you need him to!

When youíve cracked heel you can introduce stop on the move.  This is often referred to as a set of brakes.  You will need this once he realises what ground scent means.

Whether you intend to work your boy or not, please do continue with is training as not only is it really rewarding to see him progress but having a well trained dog is a wonderful experience and one to be very proud of.

Good luck with your boy.
Jayne

THANK YOU for this brilliant lesson. We are on day 5 and seeing good results. Peanut is 13 weeks so we can only do 15 mins walks. We do three 5 minute sessions a day which is basically to the field and back, I take the lead off in the field for ten mins so that all lead walking is following this lesson. Iím sure that keeping her this close whilst walking is helping her to respond faster to other games and commands too. We are closer, sheís in my sight 24/7 so hugely helping me to read her body language/ understand her.

Today Iím trying to be more appealing than cow poo, this is a new experience!

John.
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General Cocker Spaniel Discussion / Re: Bailey The Rescued Cocker
« Last post by Mudmagnets on May 13, 2021, 09:07:25 AM »
Hello Daisy,  :luv:

Is your count 3 now? woohoo   I forsee great fun (and work) ahead, bless 'em all  :cool4: :banana:  :dance04:
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Puppies / Re: Night time advice for a newbie please
« Last post by JohnMcL on May 13, 2021, 01:13:54 AM »
I wanted to protect a light coloured large rug so I decided to hide kibble in it instead of buying/making one of those waffle mats. My thinking was that dogs donít wee where they eat...... my thinking was wrong  >:D
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General Cocker Spaniel Discussion / Re: Bailey The Rescued Cocker
« Last post by theshrew on May 12, 2021, 11:57:00 PM »
Trouble in camp

With Missy getting on a bit on not so keen on going for a walk much recently. Weíve decided Bailey would benefit from having another friend.

I wanted a Golden Retriever if truth be told but I donít think I could cope with the hair especially not in my car so I decided on a Springer.

Say hello to Daisy 😍

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Bailey wasnít to sure what the score was for the first day or so I guess itís a big change for him. After just over a week of having her he is really bonding with her.

Heís quite happy to let her sleep on top of him cuddle up etc. The last few days he can see what toys are for, the little fellas put his big boy pants on and dipped his toe into this thing called play 😍🤙 Itís great to see, heís been making progress in general slowly but surely. This has been a bit of a kick up the backside for him which we were hoping for and will enable him to progress much faster going on this last week itís definitely working.

Iím itching to get her out on walks now
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Genetics & Breeding / Re: Kc registration
« Last post by phoenix on May 12, 2021, 01:37:08 PM »
Iíve never understood why breeders can put an endorsement on.   Is it legally binding? Does it mean they donít think  the pup is perfect or that it so great, they donít  want competition in shows.  Or donít they trust the new owner, in which case they should  refuse to sell.?
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Genetics & Breeding / Re: Kc registration
« Last post by sueneil on May 11, 2021, 07:08:14 PM »
You need to check your registration document for any endorsements applied by the breeder. If your girl is "endorsed" you will need to speak to the breeder and ask for the endorsement to be lifted before you can consider mating her. If you mate an "endorsed not for breeding" bitch you will be unlikely to be able to register the litter with The Kennel Club. Can I also suggest you check that all health checks required for the breed have been carried out if you decide to pursue your consideration to mate your cocker.
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