Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: I’ve taught bird care / training techniques
Posted August 19, 2015
My cocker spaniel is quick to learn, it can perform new tricks that I've taught it. It's a joy to see its eyes light up upon seeing a treat and then performing the new trick.
However, it is quite possessive and growls whenever I try to take away a shoe it has been guarding. It can be quite grumpy and temperamental.
It is selectively affectionate. I'd like to interact with it more, play with it, but it does not share my interest or is too lazy.
It barks like mad whenever someone walks past the house, so it's a great watch dog. But I'd like peace and quiet better, as this dog is too noisy.
It's health is not optimal as lately, it has been getting ticks, that we suspect may be acquired from its daily walks. This cocker only pees and poops on the grass outside, it doesn't know how to inside.
Overall, this cocker spaniel is not ideal as a pet. It is too low energy and not as affectionate as I would like it to be.