Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
Posted October 8, 2014
My English Springer Spaniel had all of his papers, which declared that he his name was Prince Barney Bear III. And he was a royal snot for the majority of his life.
Barney was often a good boy, and we gave him a good home. But, I've never had a dog cause so many problems before!
He had very high energy and hardly paid attention to anything for more than ten seconds besides his food (I suppose he had doggy ADHD). It seemed like he never had a thought in his head besides Run! Jump! Pee on Everything!
His grooming was difficult (by my standards) because he had to be groomed by a professional on a very regular basis. Also, he was very territorial, so he really had a hard time getting along with other dogs. The one time a criminal on the run trespassed into the backyard, he slept right through it. I didn't care for his priorities, to say the least.
We took good care of Barney -- every dog deserves that -- but I have to admit that he was not the right pet for me. His high maintenance, high energy and minimal listening skills made for a challenging experience.