A number of my mum’s acquaintances seem quite surprised when they learn that Charlie got working cocker training and now I am to start mine.
Yesterday I did my first training to the whistle, just basic stuff at the moment but I am thoroughly enjoying it.
Working cocker and show cocker
There are two distinct types of Cocker Spaniel. Charlie and myself are show cockers, that does not mean my mum takes us to dog shows. It means that in our pedigrees, most of our ancestors were bred for this specific purpose and the same is true of working cockers.
These two strains originally hail from working dogs but now differ greatly in temperament and ability.
Visit www.totallygundogs.com to find out more about the differences between working and show cocker spaniels.
Why am I being trained to be a working dog?
I’m not, but in my DNA I still have the natural instinct to sniff out and retrieve which is why so many cocker and springer spaniels are rescue, drug and police dogs.
We are bred to be highly intelligent animals and our brains need the challenge.
You can walk us for miles and it really does not make much difference to our energy levels but 20 minutes of hunting for dummies, sniffing things out and obedience training is just great fun and gives us some wonderful sleeps.
Mum says we dream much more after training than just after a normal walk.
How to train a cocker spaniel
Working dog training usually makes people think of harsh regimes and lots of shouting but nothing could be further from
Mum has discovered some good dog training books and websites by Pippa Mattinson.
Pippa is an author, zoologist and gundog enthusiast. A keen supporter of modern, science based dog training methods, she is passionate about helping people to enjoy their dogs.
Her training methods are completely force free and this works well to help me grow out of my rather timid puppy nature.
Not all show cockers will take to working dog training and there are limitations on what mum will teach me but these two books are excellent for anybody wishing to train their new pup or even maybe teach an old dog new tricks.
So here are her details and links to the books, must go now…..daddy is making custard!!!
Woofs and wags
Pippa Mattinson – Official website