Axl the mad springer Spaniel
by Dawn Lester
I have a two year old Springer Spaniel. He's lovely and very good in the house. However when you go a walk he is mad.
If you let him off the lead then you wait with bated breath because he just goes off all over the place and only comes back when he feels like it.
Has anyone got any suggestions? He has a toy but fetches if half a dozen times then decides hes fed up and goes off hedge crawling and bird watching. lol From Anna@Love-Springer-Spaniels.com
Welcome to the mad world of the Springer Spaniel. They love to be outdoors to schnuffle and hunt with you. However it sounds as if you need to work hard on your recall with him otherwise if you don't have contl over him walks will never be a joy for you.
First you have to make sure that coming back to you is the most irresistable thing in the world. Make sure you have a treat for him when he does come back. Never tell him off even if it has taken an age for him to actually return. When he comes back lots of play, praise and treats.
If he is not coming back make high pitch noises and wave your hands in the air, if that doesn't work try running in the other direction or lying on the floor. Its sounds nuts but they all have worked for me.
Keep recalling him several times on a walk, I still do a regular recall on George so he is reminded who is the boss.
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