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  1. A friend looks up to a well known gundog trainer, who apparently says to use the stop whistle around feed time as well. He'll put their feed down and stop them on the way to the bowl, then stop them while eating etc. I tried it on my young spaniel for the first time this morning to see how he got on.. and he sat each time.. his stop whistle is honestly 99% perfect, yet he'll still try and chase if he can or it flies low. Its just training that 1% when excitement is so high, its so difficult to proof commands in all these situations to make them 100%... A old fashioned picker upper told me all his have just learnt as they get older if they fly theres no point chasing so stop or turn themselves, if only.. Excellent about his mum!
  2. Was he out all day? Thats quite a long, tiring day for a young dog around 16 months old now (I guess) Maybe he started to get tired. I find that effects my spaniel a lot, if he gets tired it all goes to pot. Maybe worth trying just doing a couple of drives until hes more established. I don't think he done bad, especially for his age!
  3. Thanks Douburr, We have reduced it to £450, for a quick sale.. they're great bits of kit.
  4. This unit was bought as a birthday present, it was literally used once , so is virtually new. Range of 500m, brilliant bit of kit RTEC eagle allows you to record with wifi which is optional extra. It also has a scope mountable range finder included These retail at £1099 plus the wifi but open to offers in the region of £599 Located in Bristol or can post
  5. Have you found the RAV4 reliable? Not sure if to go for a 2010 Outlander or a similar age Rav 4 but will have to be the 175bhp version as occasionally tow 1.6 ton. Currently own a Freelander 2 but the reliably stinks.
  6. Do you find them highly strung or chilled? Our cocker is 22 months now. He very chilled around the house, around the horses and very well behaved. Doesn't run off and stays close even when riding across big open fields. Yet when it comes to work he comes alive, completely different dog. Once that whistle is blown, hes in work mode and is highly strung, but thats what you want! He is intelligent, has a ace nose and that drive he has is lovely. He is head strong at times, but thats just his personality. You can't be too soft with them, they need rules but sure your be fine with that if you have your young spaniel already. I have heard they can be very affectionate. He is VERY affectionate. Perfect dog for your other half because they love cuddles and affection. A cocker and springer would go well together. Plus you could trial a cocker if its a pedigree. Or maybe your other half will get into gundog work and want to do it herself. We nearly bought a sprocker or a springer, even went to view some sprockers.. but glad I went with a cocker. Hes very loyal and has his own ace personality which is great and makes working him so much fun even if he can be a challenge sometimes. I think they can be more switched on than Springers and as my old trainer said, they have their own little clever brains and every day is different with a cocker (he trials both springers and cockers) so they can be difficult with some aspects of training such as pulling on but as hes got older he has improved daily and said once they've got what they've gotta do - they've got it. I bet any money if you go for a cocker Lloyd your be getting another in the future. Highly recommended breed
  7. Wagg foods tend to be full of cereal and barely any meat. Posted a above website that is worth a look.
  8. Millies Wolfheart is closeto raw, excellent food. Wouldn't feed ours anything else unless we ever get the freezer space to go raw. We often get asked if ours are fed raw. I personally feed ours the best I can afford, I pay £47 a sack which feeds a 16kg and 20kg dog for a month. Look on allaboutdogfood.co.uk for a unbiased rating on all dog foods, its very interesting. Can't imagine Aldi working food has any meat in, probably pure maize and full of ****. Specially at £5 per 20kg. To add, I've just looked, is it branded 'EARLS' sold by Aldi? if so its rated 0.8/5 and has a few red listed ingredients, and they will not disclose where its made.. Ingredients listed are: Cereals, Meat and Animal Derivatives (17%, Including 4% Chicken), Oils and Fats, Various Sugars, Derivatives of Vegetable Origin, Minerals, Seeds (Linseed 0.06%), Vegetables(4% Vegetables in the Vegetable Kibbles), Hydrolysed Yeast and Chicory Extracts (0.003%), Antioxidants, Preservatives.
  9. Landrover Freelander 2 manual diesel I have.. love it. A cross between a 4x4 and a car so went for that. I only do 2 mile journeys 3 times a day and never had a problem. As B725 said no DPF and about £260 tax a year. It goes for a decent drive a couple of times a week though. Lots of space for the dogs, I have back seats down and dog guard up. Paid £5000 for mine 16 months ago, 2008 plate with 83,000 on at the time. On the short 2 mile journeys she does 31 mpg and longer journeys 36mpg but motorways usually around 39mpg depending how you drive it, pleased with that on a 10yr old car. She is not bad off road, has new all-terrain tyres and never got stuck. Also can tow up to 2t with it. The other day after 2 days heavy rain the farmer only left a couple of foot strip that wasn't ploughed around the edge of the field we had to drive through, the half the car was on the ploughed field the other half muddy, wet field with a stream going through it and surprisingly she done a nice job. They also have a nice bit of power to them, 160bhp a nice drive and a 6 speed gearbox. I nearly bought a TD5 Landrover or a pick up, but after driving both they aren't as nice to drive as my FL2, they only get about 20/25mpg and wanted something a bit better on fuel really.
  10. I thought about a Springer but went for a Cocker for my first working dog i'd be training myself, everyone said I was mad and they were hard work so fancied the task. Hes 14 months old, came 3rd in his second ever BASC scurry 2 weeks ago and doing pretty well considering i'm a novice too. Same with all dogs though - A dog is only as good as its trainer.. and its so true. If your dog runs in, doesn't do things as it 'should' its only doing what is been taught by you. If my Cocker goes 'wrong' its my fault for not training him correctly and you get out of it what you put into them. Cockers can be head strong but hes so willing and very clever and once they're on your side, they'll do anything for you. Hes full of drive when out working, but calm in the house. My friends springers will hunt a empty car park for him, where as my cocker would look at me like. are you stupid? A trainer I met at a show said a Cocker is a Springer with a brain but really (opens can of worms) all spaniels are from similar lines way back when a spaniel was a spaniel. We have a lab as well, shes just pet lines but a excellent worker too but I do love my spaniels energy. Our labs calm and collected, my spaniels fast and furious. I've trained him for picking up, he can quarter but wanted a spaniel to pick up along side our lab as shes not great in cover. If you want something chilled yet willing in the field, a lab.. if you want something full of beans and a challenge, a spaniel!
  11. I think you're thinking to much of it, I'd just give your sister a call and have a chat about the food situation casually, see what they' like so they aren't uncomfortable or don't want to come. Similar to what Chrisjpainter said. I know some vegans can be w***ers (mainly as we instantly think of sabs) but not all are, I do have some really good friends who are veggies and vegans (some for the healthy side of it, yeah i know, they say so) but there can be all different reasons why they may be, I'd just cater for them and try and get on with him on the day.. even if you do have different views and opinions. Your wedding is suppose to be one of the happiest days of your life.
  12. Go for it. Spaniels are a lot different to labs mind (as I realized!) but I love how much enthusiasm they have where as our lab is more laid back and occasionally gives the 'do I have too?' look. Getting a spaniel has even started to convince my other half (lab man) to possibly get a spaniel next..
  13. I have a FL2 2.2 diesel, great truck but with only 90k its not been cheap to maintain (could be as its just turned 10yrs old) but still love it. Tows nicely, good off road and a better fuel consumption, about 34mpg on short 3 mile trips and about 40mpg on longer trips. Agree with using small local garages, was quoted over £1000 for a part inc. labour and a local garage done it for £350. Every garage I've been too has told me to stay away from Disco 3's..
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