Sunday, 23 August 2015

Harry The Springer Spaniel

Here he is! Our new pet and marvellous little dog Harry who is fifteen months old.


We are enjoying great walks and lots of play time with him. He is quick to learn and great fun.

The important things like sit, stay, lie down, are done and paw, high five and roll over are coming along nicely. However walking on a lead is proving to be a challenge and something Harry is not keen on learning.


Harry is a little underweight at 12 kg and needs to gain about 2 kg according to our vet, but we are working on that and he's gaining around 200 grams a week on his new quality food and a little extra pasta and scrambled egg just before bed time (also recommended by the vet).


A working Springer Spaniel, he needs lots of stimulation, both mental and physical, however with his weight being so low we are regulating his activities and walks so that there is a balance between calorie expenditure and intake. We measure his food, time his walks and weigh him weekly!


It won't be for long, as you can see he's coming along nicely.


He also needs to take his time building up muscles and joints as he spent all his young life in kennels.


On his walkies at Broadsands Green, what a backdrop for a young Springer...I hope he appreciates it! Really his only interest is the tennis ball.


Sleeping soundly. 
Harry is great with the cats and showed very little interest in them right from the beginning. 


So we are all settling in nicely. It's never easy taking on an adolescent dog especially one which hasn't been socialised, there's a lot to learn and a lot that can go wrong very quickly.

These dogs need time, patience and very gentle handling, but without allowing them to get away with everything.

We enlisted the help of a behaviourist recommended by our vet, just to give us some pointers and get a proper assessment of his temperament and how to handle such a timid and nervous character. 

I'm happy to say being experienced Springer owners we had made a good start. We got some great advice and Harry is adjusting to his new life very well.

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead despite the dismal weather forecast.
Until next time
SeagullSuzie

30 comments:

  1. Springers are great dogs as pets and also for hunting for they have what is known as a soft mouth, meaning there is no damage to the prey when they fetch and carry.
    The only things you have to watch out for is dermatitis on their nose and the occasional cough.

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    1. Hi Mel, the only thing Harry has on his nose at the moment is emulsion paint!

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  2. This is great news. I'm so pleased for you. He is in the absolute best hands with you two. What a lovely lad!

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    1. Thanks CT, my lovely boy wee'd in the hallway yesterday...we were once again painting and I must have taken my eye off his needs...too late!!

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  3. Harry is such a pretty dog, full of life and energy. Glad he is settling down and loving his new family.

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    1. Thank you Denise, we are really enjoying having him, but walks at the moment seem to be in the pouring rain-we have terrible weather here.

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  4. Ahh Harry looks so lovely! I'm glad he is settling down so well in his new home. Having taken over pets in the past we can appreciate how long it takes to gain their complete trust. Good luck with the training, I know you will enjoy those extra walks with those amazing views! Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah, I do need to get out more with him on the lead, but when they have so much energy and are young they need a good run about too.

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  5. Harry looks a very handsome and lively dog - I bet you are thrilled with him following your disappointment with the previous dog. You have caught some great action shots - a lovely dog, wishing you both lots of happy times with him

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    1. Hello Rosemary, yes that poor other dog is still being assessed and with the rescue centre trainers. I do hope they can re-home him. We've never had such a young or scared dog so it's all new to us as well as Harry.

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  6. What a beautiful little chap! Wow what a lovely home and place he has to make up for lost time..wishing you all the happiest of times together. Maria xx

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    1. Many thanks Maria for your good wishes and for stopping by to leave a comment. I'm sure the blog will regularly feature Harry pics and stories.

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  7. Great news - he looks such a beautiful and lively dog :) Glad to hear he is settling down well and now has such a lovely home and owners :)

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    1. Many thanks. He is learning to be a little independent now and going off to his bed for a sleep in a different room-always a good sign.

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  8. Harry looks a lovely dog and what lovely countryside he has for his walks with you:)

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    1. Hello Rosie, yes we do have great walks here right on our doorstep. Broadsands Green, the beach from Oct-April and the woods, everything a young springer needs I think.

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  9. Gorgeous looking Springer is Harry, just come across your blog from Countryside Tales and couldn't resist the pictures of Harry.

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    1. Hello John, thanks for stopping by. I see you have a springer too....fab dogs in the right hands. Your garden seems similar to mine, so I'll be taking an interest in what you've managed to do....so much work though.

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  10. He's beautiful. So pleased you have a new friend at last! xx

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    1. Hi Em, many thanks. Hope everything is going ok with you.

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  11. It seems that Harry has found his perfect home with you and looks very happy about it! You sound very happy about having him too! xx

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    1. Thank you Amy, yes a very happy family indeed....mind you if you asked the cats...and they could talk, I'm sure they'd have something different to say!

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  12. What a wonderful post! Harry looks like he's going to be a lot of fun and worth every second of the effort you are making. He looks very at home in the last photo. What a gorgeous boy he is!

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    1. Many thanks Sarah. This is the youngest Springer we have ever had, and his needs are new to us as all our other dogs have come to us socialised. We've been going up to the local shops so he can meet people, hear buses and traffic and just get used to the noise and movement. We want to be able to take him everywhere as a well adjusted dog.

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  13. Perfect pairing, I'd say, the ideal dog for the ideal dog owners! What a lovely young chap he looks, too, and yes, what a backdrop for his walkies!
    Margaret P

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    1. Thank you Margaret, we hope when he's ready to be able to walk him in the woods along the path to Brixham, but he's still a little worried when paths narrow and a lot of people with dogs come towards him. That way I'll be able to bird watch as well as walk the dog.

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  14. What a lovely pooch! He is just like my parents old dog Charlie with the same colouring. Full of life and very bouncy :-D We've stuck with another Cavalier King Charles as they are a bit more sedate, but training a deaf dog is harder than I originally thought but every bit of successful training is so rewarding.

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    1. Good luck with the training. As our older dogs became hard of hearing or sight we brought in new methods of training, and hand signals, whistles etc.

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  15. What a handsome chap and I hope the training and conditioning goes smoothly in the coming weeks. He is certainly looking healthy and full of springer spaniel vitality already :-)

    Kindest regards to you and yours :-)

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    1. Thank you David, he is full of spring! We are just starting to work on recall and have our new dog whistle and long line.

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