Off-Leash Beaches on the Sunshine Coast

I’m going to have a bit of a whinge because I don’t understand the logic behind council laws on the Sunshine Coast. Why are there specified, tiny, dog-friendly, off-leash bits of beach? Why aren’t all beaches open to off-leash, well socialised dogs? Fair enough, don’t allow them in the flags where people congregate to swim and sunbathe but what’s the harm in having a well socialised, well-behaved, off-leash dog anywhere else? Where I live there’s a stretch of beach that is regularly empty and stretches from Marcoola to Yaroomba and beyond. On any given weekday you can count the number of people on this stretch of beach on your fingers. And yet dogs are not welcome on it off leash except for a 100m stretch between the hours of 5am and 8am and 5pm and 8pm. That means that I can’t run my dog during the day unless I drive somewhere else. Which brings me to my next point in how farcical the council is.

It’s not environmentally friendly. How can it be beneficial for me to have to get in my car and drive a minimum of 6km to Coolum in order to run my dog off-leash? So my car is outputting carbon dioxide and using up fuel reserves just because some idiot at the council sitting behind his desk doesn’t know the first thing about the real world. It just doesn’t add up. And he/she probably can’t either.

All the arguments they throw at you are pathetic. It’s to protect people from aggressive dogs they say. Well how does that work then? Shouldn’t the council be doing something about the people who have made their dogs aggressive? Take their dogs away from them and send the dogs to rehabilitation whilst fining the scum bags. It’s virtually never too late to rehabilitate a dog. You only have to watch Cesar Millan to realise that. And what’s to stop people bringing aggressive dogs to a designated off-leash area anyway? And why should everybody else with well socialised dogs be treated the same as if their dogs are aggressive? That’s guilty until proven innocent. So applying those standards to humans, that means every person everywhere should be treated as a criminal and put in prison just in case.



Cartoon Dogs

Like cartoons featuring dogs?

Diane Candella sent me a link to her website Cartoon Dog and asked me to include it on this site. Well, here it is –

Working English Springers

I finally found a breeder over here in Australia who breeds what I consider to be proper working springer spaniels. They’re called Glastonpark Spaniels and you can find them at Just have a look at the difference between these dogs and show springers – it’s quite substantial.

If there are any more of you out there and you have websites please let us know about you by leaving a comment. If you breed them but don’t have a website then you should talk to a web designer who will do you a professional website at a good price because he likes the breed. That’s me by the way.

Springer Spaniels

I know this has got nothing to do with working cocker spaniels but as I can’t find any in Australia I was wondering if anybody knows a good breeder of springer spaniels (working stock) over here? I’ve decided Joey needs a mate other than the cat.

Crate Training

I found a really good article today on crate training on the Drinkwater Gun Dogs website and I thought I’d share my experiences of using the method with you.

Well, in short, it works. But you have to make sure that you don’t use the pen/crate as a punishment. The dog needs to want to go in there. I used a pen rather than a crate and I would go and squeeze myself into it when Joey was a puppy and play games with him in there. The other thing that I found useful is having it so that he could see us most of the time. If I wanted him from under my feet when I was in the kitchen, for example, he found it much easier knowing that he could just lie down and watch what I was doing rather than being cut off from the action.

All in all, it’s a good method. And it seems to stop your puppy from becoming too rowdy and claiming the whole house for himself.

Breeders in Australia

If anybody knows of any working cocker spaniel breeders in Australia can they leave me a comment on this site? I don’t mean fluffy cockers that have been trained a bit – I mean the pedigree working cocker spaniel variety as found in the UK. Thanks for your help.

Chasing Animals

One thing that a lot of people worry about with their working cocker spaniels is the fact that they like to chase animals, particularly rabbits. This doesn’t have to be the case. If you introduce your puppy to different animals at a young age then they just get used to them – at least mine did. I used to take him down the farm when he was a puppy and introduced him to sheep, geese, ducks, chickens, horses, cows and pigs and he got so used to them he ignores everything now. Even when we moved to Australia, he did a 15 second double-take after he saw the kangaroos hopping for the first time then ignored them too.