Help with a springer spaniel puppy

by brian farrell
(crossmaglen armagh northern ireland)

I have a 9 month old springer. I have only had him 5 weeks. I think I got him a little late, he is really well looked after, sometimes better than me.


He gets lots of exercise around the fields and rivers of northern ireland were we live, my problem is hes a little nervous when you go to pet him he goes down to the ground on all fours.

Also I'm having problems making him retreive things ,if I throw something he will chase it lift it and just drop it, he seems to run after sticks best in the river. He wont touch a ball, I ordered some dummies yesterday to see how he goes on and see if he will bring them back to me.

I spend a lot of time with him, maybe I need to be more patient, I want to try and have him out on hunting season next year, any help and advice would be great,thank u very much ..BRIAN FARRELL..!u can email me any time thanks again..


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Apr 20, 2012
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by: Anonymous

To soon to stress, your new pup hasn't had enough time to bond with you properly and settle in. We got our springer pup at 7 months and it took him some time to recall or retrieve he would play with balls but not interested otherwise for a while and when he was bonded properly it sort of started to happen on it's on he just wanted to and felt close enough to stick to me like glue. Now it's his fav past time and I'm forever having a ball dumped in my lap :-) don't push your pup to fast when we tryed that he just stressed quicker take your time and enjoy getting know know your pup and let his natural personality shine.good luck

Apr 20, 2012
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by: Spaniel Rescue

Hi Brian

Five weeks isn't very long and your pup will just be settling in. Just give him some time and space and you will see his character emerge. I wouldn't rush to pet him, let himc come to you and gently pet him and reward him when he does come over.

Not sure if he is a rescue but Patricia McConnell's book ove has No Age Limit is a great resource if he is.

Good luck and with a little patience you'll have a fabulous dog.

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by: Janet

Everyone's advice is right on track...
Don't feel like you have to rush him to hunt this fall....if you have to wait another season you will probably have better results.
Now as for the crouching when petting....
Put him back up to a sitting position and praise and pet lavishly, but only then.
Otherwise you are re-inforcing the submissive behaviour.
And remember the motto:
Set your dog up for success. Never expect more then he is able to do.
Leave all training on a high note, in other words, something he DOES do well.

Apr 18, 2012
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by: Anonymous

The only way my springer will retrieve is when I sewed some rabbit skin onto a dog toy and he will chase after that when I throw it and bring it most of the way back. It is still a work in progress. I use cat food to reward him (as he thinks it is wonderful - he usually is not allowed the cats food). My gundog trainer suggested a rabbit fur covered ball, but a bit of rabbit fur on the toy works. I may try a rabbit fur ball next though

Apr 17, 2012
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by: Michele

Brian - congratulations on your new puppy! Springers are fantastic dogs, but they can be anxious and very active! They are normally quite smart and easily trained, but it does take time and patience. It sounds to me like you're on the right track.

When you reach out to pet your pup, speak to him in a calm assertive voice. This way you can reassure him that everything is okay. Speak to him while you pet him letting him know what a good boy he is.

I can't help you with the retrieving part because I've never been able to train my Springers to do that either! You might look around for a training class where you could pick up some pointers.

By the way, 9 months is a great age to get a puppy. I got my youngest Springer at 10 months and she has turned out to be a great dog. :)

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