Ivy: my new cocker spaniel?
I just got a new 2 yr old cocker from the humane society. He is an absolute doll- no barking, no agressive behavior. The problem is- my sister got him for me and had him at our house for 3 days before I got to play with him because I was out of town- and now he very timid and shy with me and wont leave her side! he lets me pet him and seems to love it- as long as he can see my sister. I have only been around him for a day- but still- he is supposed to be be MY dog!! I will be moving out with him in a week and I need him to like and feel safe with me! I had him sleep in my room with the door closed last night so he could get used to me- but he was very frightened and wanted to go sleep by my sister instead most of the night! I am feeling very bad about this! Anybody else have a similar reaction from a cocker and an idea about how I should handle the situation? please help!!
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Answer by kchiger
um tell her to get away its my dog
Answer by anais-india
Maybe you should let your sister go away for a few days - and you spend time with your new cocker spaniel. If it gets too out of hand, ask your sister to come back. Give him treats, play fetch, cuddle him (if he likes it) etc. He's gotta learn to love you one way or another.
Answer by linda d
Just give him lots of love and some treats and don't push it he will come around. I promise.
Answer by auntcookie84
Cocker spaniels are very loyal dogs and will bond to humans rather quickly...especially if they are frightened. Your dog bonded with her for safety and comfort. Once you move out with him he will bond with you, but it will take some time. Do not be upset with your sister or your dog as this is the nature of the cocker. He will bond with you. Don't be upset around him as he will feel this emotion and will shy away from you. Have your body in a relaxed state and try to emit as much of a loving vibration as you can to get him to relax and understand that you love him just as much if not more than your sister.
Answer by thedude
Aww.haha. I have had many cocker spaniels at least 4 or 5 growing up...very hyper dogs..but loyal. I have also had an abused dog from the shelter that was very timid around me after he was given to me and strangers for that matter. I made sure not to be too loud not to scare him...i never yelled at him...I fed him from my hand and coaxed him over with it. I made sure to pet him gently and always be very calm with him. He liked socks so i made sure and gave him one and he enjoyed this. You need to find what he likes and get him to trust you. Spend lots of time with him....take him out to the restroom...ect. g'luck!
Answer by JR
Be sure you are the one giving him food and water taking him out.
Answer by borikualoca
When i first got my cocker i just to tell my neighbor to watch him the first week the i got him. he just to escape to her door everytime I let him out to do his thing and cry at her door. I stop that and start put him in his crate. it took me like a week or two with me to get him use to me and his crate. Give him time with u he'll get use to you . good luck with your new dog . Cocker are really lovely dogs.
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