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.

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7 Responses to “Chasing Animals”


  1. 1 Jacqui August 19, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    I have to agree it is all in the early training and de-sensitisation with most things and if your pup does have a high chase drive then re-direct it into playing with balls, dummies (training) and toys as well as gaining a good bond and establishing a good solid foundation with your training. A strong bond and consistant training and a working cocker like any dog will be your faithful friend for life.

  2. 2 matt August 20, 2008 at 11:45 am

    I’ve been enjoying your blog. I’ve also been exploring roos, as well as koalas, Barry Crocker, and Matthew McConaughey over at the Rodeo.

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