Rescued Springer Spaniel Questions

We just rescued a Springer Spaniel from someone who saved him from getting put down at the humane society. He has been fixed. He is a little over a year old. He goes for two walks a day, and usually some play time in our yard (small) or the dog park.


Since I am the one that feeds him, walks him, etc 90% of the time, he has attached himself to me and follows me everywhere. They told me he was crate trained, but he doesn't want to go in there until I throw treats in and then he tries to keep his back fee out so I can't shut it. lol I guess I just have some general questions.

1. Is it normal for them to attach mainly to one person?

2. When I take him to the dog park he seems to tire quickly, is that normal? It doesn't seem like it...

3. He sleeps on the floor in our room currently, as he won't sleep in the crate or on his bed by himself downstairs. He is mostly potty trained, but for no apparent reason sometimes will pee on the carpet or rugs and not even try to let me know he needs to go out. I am trying to crate train him so he has a safe place to be when we leave the house, but is it ok to put them in there at night for bed? I am afraid he will freak out because he seems to be very attached to me.

4. He has just started trying to get food off of my counter tops or from my two year old. I sternly tell him no when he does it, but is this the right thing to do? He is very hard headed..

5. How should I handle it when he does have an accident on the floor?

Sorry for all of the questions, but I would be more than grateful for any advice anyone could give.


Thanks!

Sara


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Nov 14, 2010
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PJs
by: June

When I got my pup, someone told me to put something of mine in the kennel with her. I put a pair of old pajamas in her kennel. I guess she could smell my scent and it calmed her. She is now 22 months and she still has her pjs. She hasn't stayed in her kennel for over a year, but she goes and gets them and lays on them in the livingroom. Since she is so attached to you, you might want to give her something with your scent on it. It will make her more comfortable.


Nov 14, 2010
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PJs
by: June

When I got my pup, someone told me to put something of mine in the kennel with her. I put a pair of old pajamas in her kennel. I guess she could smell my scent and it calmed her. She is now 22 months and she still has her pjs. She hasn't stayed in her kennel for over a year, but she goes and gets them and lays on them in the livingroom. Since she is so attached to you, you might want to give her something with your scent on it. It will make her more comfortable.


Nov 12, 2010
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Hope I can help but not an expert
by: Flo Bunty & crombies Mum

Hi, I have two springers 7 and 10 months old, I am no expert but as a first time springer and dog owner my input may help. They adore people and as you are his main contact he will be totally in love with you, especially if he is a rescue dog.
A year old springer should be totally hyper, my hubby take them both out at 7.00 pm in the morning for their beach run about an hour, I take them out at 13.00 for a 5 mile walk and younger son takes the older dog for a 10k run and hubby take young woof down to the beach for an hour.
Crate training will work, but you have to make it feel like his den. Put a cover over the top and make it his home,put in his snuggy and toys and lie beside when you shut the door and make him relax. Safer keeping him the crate at night and for small spells during the day until he is trained, may holler at first. Keep him away from the 2 year at all times, when eating and never leave unsupervised. Springers have a great rapport with kids, but never chance it with toddlers.
As for accidents, he will normally start to circle and sniff, try and spot and put him outside, and praise if he is a good boy.
As for the work surface springers are great thieve's.


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