I’m sure any of you who have had Springer Spaniels before have experienced the phenomenon where they must bark at anything new and suspicious. From a temporary Box in The Living Room to a permanent New End Table, your springer sees it, marks it as suspicious, and barks at it. Incessantly. No matter how much you coo that it’s okay, you know it’s there, it’s allowed to be there, they are not convinced!
Eventually, your springer accepts the inevitable and welcomes the new item into their domain.
This is like that, only wildly more annoying. Our sweet Rosetta has decided that humans of any kind are suspicious and unwelcome in our neighbor’s yard. They have a pool. It is summer. They had a pool last year, and the year before that. But for some reason, Rosie WILL not stop barking at the fence when there is anyone outside. To her, it is absolutely unacceptable that there be people relaxing in their pool on a hot day. Bark. Bark. Bark.
We’re not sure what to do to stop her barking except put her inside–that is, if we can get her to even remember we exist. We are probably just as annoying as she is, screaming “Rose. Rose. ROSIE. ROSETTA!!!” between each of her barks. We’re losing our voices and our patience, but Rosie is content to bark forever. Should we ask if Rosie can come over and inspect their pool? Should we just leave Rosie inside whenever the neighbors are out? I suspect we need to take some time and sit with her on a leash, rewarding her whenever she pays attention to anything that’s not the neighbors.
I like to think that this would be easy, but in reality, it might take days of doing this, and being consistent with training in the whole household is a challenge we haven’t solved.
Does your dog bark like a maniac at one particular thing? Or have an obsessive behavior? How did you handle it? Asking for a friend….
Raise your hand if your cat/rat/parrot/gerbil/hedgehog gets along with your dog!
I know it can be a little scary getting a new pet when you already have an established High King of the Domain, like a cat. I’ve always had pretty good success, but I have always adopted puppies and kittens. Arthas was about 5 when we adopted Rosie and Finn. At first, he was wary, but as they grew up and he grew used to them, all was well. I purposefully left him with claws to defend himself against my rambunctious Wire Fox Terrier, Tilly. Now, when Rosie or Finn approach Arthas, they keep a safe distance.
“Careful,” I warn them. “He’s fast and he’s got sharp edges!”
They have learned to respect, revere, and dare I say, love, their lord, His Most Royal Highness, Arthas, Bane of the Fallen King. I rather feel the same way.
Finny likes to eat random things at the dog park, and he wonders why his stomach gets grumbly. He also gets WAAAY more snow and ice in his paws than Rosie. I think it’s because of his lovely locks–he is the furriest boy ever. I really need to try their boots again. I had them for my Wire FoxTerrier and they worked perfectly, but for some reason, Finn and Rosie’s keep falling off. Anyone have any good recommendations for boots that stay on a Springer‽
The puppies love snow, even when it gets chunked in their paws. It’s worse with Finn than it is with Rosie, she doesn’t have as much fur between her toes as Finny does. We have a paw and nose balm for them when they get home if their paws look uncomfortable.
Remember when it was summer and everything was green and we went hiking at Tahquamenon Falls? What’s summer, you ask? I know it’s hard to remember, but it’s when there were colors besides grey and black and brown. You didn’t have to wear any extra clothes. You might not even have been deficient in vitamin D. You can even swim in natural bodies of water without freezing! Weird huh? Someday, it will be summer again.
Finn and Rosie were born on January 31, 2017 in mid Michigan. It had been a couple of months since I suddenly lost Tilly, my Wire Fox Terrier, and I decided that if I was still sad after I got back from Disney World, I was going to have to get a puppy.
I’d had a Springer Spaniel, Belle, growing up and since I was living at home with a big yard, I decided I wanted a Springer again. We adopted Finn and Rosie on March 17, 2017.
I wanted to name them Rosetta and Philae, for the space craft and lander that went to the comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Philae was vetoed by everyone I ran it past, but Rosetta was approved. My boyfriend suggested FN2187, called Finn. I liked Finn, but made it short for Phineas Nigellus Black.
Et voila! Finn and Rosie. Rosie and Finn. Only LATER did we realize that Finn and Rose were both Star Wars characters, lol.
Rosie and I share a middle name, Lea, since my mom yells at both uf us in about equal measure. “AMANDA LEA!” “ROSETTA LEA!” When Finn is in trouble, he is usually FINNY NIGEL!
But they are both perfect lovely angels and are never in trouble, even when they are.