• Loving a spaniel means working with them

    Loving a spaniel means working with them

    Since it’s Valentine’s Day… a story about how just loving them is not enough for spaniels. One of the biggest lightbulb moments I’ve ever had was the day realised how important it is for spaniels to WORK with their human. I will never forget that moment at our first hoopers class in the summer ofContinue… Read more

  • The legacy of Zeta Centauri

    The legacy of Zeta Centauri

    It’s almost been a full year since our furry North Star left us – I recently had to send my phone to be repaired and temporarily switched to using my old one – coincidentally I got the new phone almost a year ago, so discovering the last pictures here was quite emotional. I can nowContinue… Read more

  • Why structure matters for working spaniels

    Why structure matters for working spaniels

    A lot of people, especially in the working spaniel world, look down on dog shows – they’re seen as being about appearance and, as such, an unnecessary vanity. It’s all about PERFORMANCE for working cockers, so appearance doesn’t matter! The implicit subtext is that this focus on performance is somehow morally and ethically superior -… Read more

  • DIY enrichment with boxes

    DIY enrichment with boxes

    A new shoe box with fresh wrapping paper – can’t leave that opportunity slip by 😂 Deer treatos in bits of paper and layer in… voilà! Also doubles as a bit of patience training when you’re “forced” to observe the process – some huffing emerged when the human was just taking a ridiculous amount ofContinue… Read more

  • PSM promotion mode at Hond 2022

    PSM promotion mode at Hond 2022

    We went to the biggest dog show of the year yesterday just to walk around like PSM advertising with our shirts and bags 😁 (not registered because we originally had other plans for this weekend) We met some nice people like the chairman of the Dutch association for Irish Water Spaniels whose tip for thoseContinue… Read more

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