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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-07-2020, 19:19 Thread Starter
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Hi Everyone,

My partner and I acquired a gorgeous golden show cocker spaniel puppy in December, just before lock-down, which prevented him going to puppy school and learning how to socialise with other dogs and children.

He has also had my full attention for his two walks a day and constant company, day and night during this time, so is now very needy and clingy with us.

We would normally go abroad for holidays, but feel leaving him now would traumatise him too much. So we thought to get a second hand camper van to take him with us on short breaks and holidays in the UK, and maybe even over to Europe.

We have been offered Autocruise Starfire 1998 model which has 78,000 on the clock. It looks ok, she said she has had the bottom resealed and some rust taken care of and it got through its MOT. She has asked us to make her an offer, so what do we offer and is it worth buying for our needs.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-07-2020, 21:30
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It is never too old to teach a dog new tricks.

Our Border Collie puppy was unsocialised until we got him at 13 weeks.

We made every effort to socialise him and he is now superb with people, particularly children and cats as we made sure he encountered them early on. He is good with all fogs the same size or smaller, but wary of larger ones simply because we did not meet enough.

It is NOT the dog's fault, the responsibility rests with the owner.

Take him to glasses immediately and take every chance that you can to socialise him - do not be afraid as he will sense your fear. He will be OK.

You have HOT to make sure that he has longer periods without you - give him things to distract eg learning toys or challenges; treats hidden inside objects which he can open using teeth and claws. If challenged with such things he will learn to spend time by himself.

You are not alone, many dog owners now have similar problems. But buying a motorhome is unlikely to solve them, trying to socialise him will.

Not what you expected, try my suggestions first - they will work - but there is no such thing as a badly behaved dog, only dogs with owners that need to work harder.....

Good luck, do let us know how it goes, but it will take weeks or months and actually never stops - keep up the training by ALL members of the family.
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On the other hand

We would never put Shadow in kennels

He travels everywhere with us

At home and abroad

A hound from hell, socialised, trained and our 5th German Shepard

Born to guard us with his life

A complete pain

But in 12 and a half years weíve never been apart from him

And he hasnít mellowed with age

Although as some on here will tell you heís a complete baby

I wish

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Penquin has given you VERY sound advice indeed and, having owned a fair few dogs I would endorse his comments and advice 100%

The dog has to fit around you NOT the other way around. Itís an animal not a child and clearly needs proper training. If you donít get a very firm handle on this quickly you are going to have many years of problems!

Donít make a rod for your own back here, be ruled by your head not your (soppy?) heart!

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Kennels are not an option for us

Shadow has to have a special diet of fresh chicken and rice, which I cook almost daily even when travelling

His intestines fell out after a botched operation and most of them had to be removed

Still has repercussions but seems to be thriving and has a reached a good old age much to the surprise of the vet

He can be left in the house or van without any anxiety for several hrs and has travelled all over Europe with us

Itís his protective nature thatís the problem

He is always on guard

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All owners are trainable...even the stupid ones!
Just my experience
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