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English cocker spaniels?

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Commando:
Thanks for the info guys! We put a deposit down on a litter from field bred cockers in bend Oregon for next summer. The wife is pretty excited!

Henrydog:
I have had Springers for years (very close cousins to cockers)  Both have been very hard hunters (you can train them to hunt close and not run off and chase (I did it with a check cord) and they are great family dogs.  You better have space on the couch they are very affectionate.

Commando:
My wife is gonna love the affection from him for sure! Heís gonna be spoiled for sure. My lab isnít gonna like it but heíll get used to it.

Iíve always been a lab guy so Iíve got really no idea how to train a cocker besides the normal yard stuff. Heard theyíre pretty natural in the field and the breeder basically said just get him out in the field and on birds and heíll figure it out. But we will get it all figured out!

Henrydog:
I did some pay to play pheasant just to introduce they to the whole thing.  I have the benefit of several covey's of quail within a mile of the house.  They figure it out really fast.  The biggest hurdle is getting them to slow down and wait for you  when they are hot.

Backstrap:

--- Quote from: Commando on October 08, 2020, 10:18:36 PM ---My wife is gonna love the affection from him for sure! Heís gonna be spoiled for sure. My lab isnít gonna like it but heíll get used to it.

Iíve always been a lab guy so Iíve got really no idea how to train a cocker besides the normal yard stuff. Heard theyíre pretty natural in the field and the breeder basically said just get him out in the field and on birds and heíll figure it out. But we will get it all figured out!

--- End quote ---

Congratulations on your upcoming pup.

My boy is a real fireball in the field. Sometimes he gets so wound up he forgets all his training. So Occasionally I have to give him a wake up call with the e-collar. Heís very good at getting birds out of heavy cover, and finding and flushing birds in general. Heís 50/50 on retrieving, and not especially interested in dead birds. He absolutely loves the water. Not scared of anything. He loves killing possum and rats, and has caught more than one salmon in the river.

It took him until around 8 years old to settle down to more of a lab like activity level around the house. He always wants to play and is always happy. He sleeps in our room, and itís never been a problem. Overall, heís a real joy to have in our family, with a fun and addictive personality.

I think youíre in for a real treat! Good luck.
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