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BiteyShark Wed 01-Mar-17 10:38:55

Does anyone else's spaniel (or other breed) treat knee high forest type foliage such as bracken as the equivalent of doggie heaven.

Out on walks he goes nuts and jumps about, belly flopping into big areas. His face is a picture, all smiling and flapping ears as he runs off the path into the foliage at great speed bouncing about in it. He stops tongue out panting, looks at me like its the best thing in the world, then bounces around again for another 5 mins.

Poppypooch Thu 02-Mar-17 18:51:36

My wee springer loves doing that too, she dives into the bushes usually after some poor wee bird to chase out grin I don't like when she goes into brambles as she has half of them adorning her tail like some thorny trophy for me to remove, ouch 😯 she is always full of fun though, never a dull moment, she also can't drink from a pond or stream without her whole body being in there, hmm where there's water and mud you can be sure a spaniel is not far awaygrin

TrustySnail Thu 02-Mar-17 18:56:05

Yep! I spend hours picking seeds out of his coat in the summer.

ChilliMum Thu 02-Mar-17 18:59:09

Yes springer owner here and we love bracken, forests in general, long grass, the local farmer''s corn field blush, pretty much anything that will give her a good scratching / rub as she jumps around in it.
We also love snow, any water (ponds, streams, rivers, the sea, a large puddle) and mud lots and lots of mud. If there is mud my springer will find it grin

BiteyShark Thu 02-Mar-17 19:00:13

Surprisingly my spaniel likes to drink out of the most repugnant stagnant puddles but hates getting his feet wet and muddy smile

Glad mine isn't the only one that likes to dive into the bushes. Haven't had any thorns yet but I sometimes think he is going to injure himself one day. Once he was jumping about and kind of disappeared, turns out there was a bit of a trench behind the bush. Never seen him look so surprised when he finally bounced out of it grin

HappyFlappy Fri 03-Mar-17 17:54:23

We have a springer and a cocker - and they are like impala when it comes to such foliage - the look of sheer joy on their faces as they skip and spring through it is wonderful.

They also hate being bathed, but will lie down in mud and filthy puddles. And like Chillimum's springer, ours could find a mud puddle in the Sahara desert - it is like she has a sort of "mud" radar.

She is the filthiest dog we have ever owned, and that is saying something.

BiteyShark Sun 05-Mar-17 11:59:26

HappyFlappy yes an impala does decribe how mine acts except he sometimes lacks the grace of one when he misjudged the jump and belly flops into the foliage instead grin

ladyface69 Tue 07-Mar-17 21:47:37

I've had a springer pup for a month now and am looking forward to seeing her do her 'spring' for the first time! I keep trying to think of places local that have long grass smile

Poppypooch Tue 07-Mar-17 22:15:02

Cute ladyface a springer puppy grindon't worry she will find them, along with mud, dirt, puddles, fox poo hmm and random tennis balls left behind grin

HappyFlappy Wed 08-Mar-17 08:46:22

ladyface - she will also start playing with the sort of rough company you would prefer a well brought up young lady not to keep (rabbits, voles etc), and will often want them to come for tea - literally.

Make sure her worming and flea treatment etc is up to date!

Imamouseduh Wed 08-Mar-17 09:25:36

Yes, it's flushing. It's what they were bred for.

contrary13 Wed 08-Mar-17 14:04:00

Had a Springer for 11 years now, and he's always had an unhealthy love for muddy puddles/brambles/cow pats/eating things he shouldn't. His litter-mate used to proudly appear from tall foliage wearing goose-grass in her tail/about her neck as though they were diamonds. She also had an obsession with tunnels, though, and once had to be flushed out of one, several feet underground, with the aid of a high-pressure-jet fireman's hose (she was okay, just very cross - she bit the soldier who'd managed to locate the outlet pipe she was in, as he grabbed her as she flew out of the pipe - and very wet).

Does anyone else's spaniel laugh? Mine does, and I don't know if it's a common trait or peculiar to him, but it's lovely to hear/watch.

HappyFlappy Wed 08-Mar-17 15:52:04

Yes! Our springer laughs - sort of goes "huff huff huff" and has a delighted look on her face - cocker grins like a loon!

The cocker also squeals with sheer excitement when she's running about - when we first got her we kept thinking she'd hurt herself, but it's just a shriek of pure delight! grin

Poppypooch Wed 08-Mar-17 19:55:49

Mine makes all sorts of weird sounds,hmm my fav is her trying to howl (she just can't bless her) she just sounds like she has stood on a bit of lego grin

HappyFlappy Thu 09-Mar-17 09:26:54



My most vocal dogs have definitely been our staffies. (We've had four). They chirp, grunt, whine, squeak, make a sort of clucking noise, a rowrowrowrowrowrow noise (like "Spotty Dog" from the Woodentops), howl, yodel, and (I kid you not) CLUCK!

I've never come across another breed with such a range of vocalisations. And they followed me round the house, talking to me all day. I love them! I would have another in a heartbeat but it's Mr Flappy's turn to choose and he has picked our lovely spaniels (wouldn't swap them, either! - I would like a terrier as well, not instead)

HappyFlappy Thu 09-Mar-17 09:27:39

Sorry - I've put cluck twice. first one should have been "clicking" noise

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