My 12 week English Springer Spaniel will not be left alone???

Hi, we have just bought an English Springer Spaniel puppy (male). He is very adorable but will not be left on his own ever.


iWe have tried a cage in the kitchen with ticking clocks and radios and going in when he stops whining to show him all is well and we are still here.

I have even let him run around in the garden when I collect my children from school. We are only gone 20 mins and he barks the entire time. Often resulting in diaorreah as well.


He then proceeds to urinate 3-4 times in the house. At present he sleeps in our room in his cage but if we go to the toilet he will stand outside howling until I let him in. We have three children 10, 8 and 2.We took into consideration all the pro's and cons of introducing a puppy into the home but did not expect we would never be able to leave the house. He also keeps scratching and nibbling the childrens legs and hands. He has drawn blood twice. I really don't know what to do?? Help me please.


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Jul 08, 2011
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pup springer
by: Anonymous

i got my springer spaniel when he was 2 months, and he is now 5 years! i love him. i did have that problem when he was a pup. the main thing is to give him toys, a lot of the times, his teeth itch and he needs something to chew on. at first when i left the house, he would go crazy. the main thing is to leave him in a cage until he gets use to it and stops. doesnt matter how long he barks. but if you come to the rescue, hell know that by barking and whining he will get what he wants. you just have to show him who's boss. if you come to the rescue everytime he barks or whines, he will keep doing it every time.
hope this helps.

Jul 26, 2010
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Keep trying....
by: Anonymous

Hi, we brought a English Springer he was 8 weeks when we got him, he is now 6 months old we have a 4yr old son who at first our pup nipped and scratched but this is the way the pup finds how much it can close its mouth on you. We took our pup to a obedience class which has done him the world of good . He has stopped most of the nipping (sometimes forgets himself when playing) but him and our 4 yr old son are the best of buddies springers are so loyal to kids. when he was a pup we kept him downstairs from the off the first night he cried but we just stood at top of the stairs where he couldnt see us and said bed just the one word it took 2 sleepless nights before he got the hang that crying didnt make anyone come, i put a t-shirt in with him so he had the scent of myself with him through out the night. Try not to make a fuss when he barks or cries as this to him is gettn praise for whining or barking. instead when he is been quiet give him praise.
Good luck it will come he is still only a baby

Jul 07, 2010
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by: michelle

hi there, what age was the pup when you got him?
If its not that long ago (which it probably isnt) then I agree with the first post in respect of the pup is going to feel strange to leave the environment of mum and litter etc. He sounds like he has attached to you and looks to you for security. At this age there are like babies (but mature much faster than human babies, they become distressed when seperated from mum. Carry on your routines because you need him to eventually get used to this but keep him occupied such as when you leave the room for the loo when he is in his crate keep talkin to him so he can hear your there, and doesnt think he's been abandoned for ever, keep the tone of your voice high but soft so he recognises pleasure. At 12 weeks he will cry being left alone when you go out, thats natural, its like leaving a young baby, He of course is not a baby but a dog and will get used to it without social services knockin on your door. Ensure he is not left for long at his age, put treats and toys in the crate or take take him with you where possible.
Final message to you is enjoy him.... this stage in puppyhood doesnt last long, few months thats all, you and he will get there!

Jun 17, 2010
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your 12-week ESS
by: Estie

Oh, my gosh...aren't they something??!! I don't know if this will help, and maybe you've already tried it. Is there a special toy he could chew - or what we used to do with Cassy is- I'd take an water bottle (no cap), and put a few high-quality treats in it, a few mini-carrots, little pieces of cheese - anything to take her mind off the fact that we were leaving. I don't know if it helped her, but it helped me not to feel so guilty for leaving (which I had to do!)

Keep us posted, and don't give up!

Jun 16, 2010
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Puppy
by: Michele

I'm terribly sorry you took my comment in a manner for which it was not intended. Unfortunately, despite technology you cannot understand the 'tone' of someone's voice from a written comment. I certainly didn't intend to patronize you. I am aware that puppies are challenging and was simply trying to offer some suggestions for you.

Jun 16, 2010
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by: Anonymous

I have taken him to vets and he is perfectly healthy. He is also settling in much better now as we have been VERY patient. I really only wrote on here for tips and advice incase perhaps I may have been doing something wrong.!! I do try and see from his point of view as much as I can considering I am human!!! The reason I joined the site is because i thought it was mostly encouraging and supportive. The only reply I receive is quite patronising and VERY rude. I am not a complete idiot and I expained in my post how we were and are doijng everything we can. I didnt expect to be told "do everyone a favour" Thanks very much but won't be using the site from now on.

Jun 16, 2010
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Puppy
by: Michele

Puppies are like babies.....they need a regular routine, lots of patience and encouragement. He will adjust to being left alone, but it requires patience and training on your side and his.

Try to see life from his side; he was a happy-go-lucky guy with a nice Mom and some brothers and sisters. They played all day, took naps and always had each other for company. Now all that is familiar to him is suddenly gone and here he is with a bunch of people he doesn't know and who don't understand him!

I have two suggestions for you; see a Vet about the diarrhea and to have a puppy check up for him. The vet can also be sure he is on the right vaccination schedule. This way you will know he's healthy and apt to stay that way. Second, find an obedience class in your area that has a puppy class. You'll learn a lot about puppies in general and get to know your pup better.

Puppies are NO FUN when they are not understood. This makes life for everyone miserable, including him, so do everyone a favor and find that puppy class!

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