If you're looking for a friend for life, invite an English Springer Spaniel into your home. English Springer Spaniels make excellent companions. They will stand by a man or a woman's side with pride. They enjoy spending time with people, playing and cuddling. They are intelligent and learn quickly. They welcome attention and praise, especially belly rubs.
English Springer Spaniels are generally well behaved. Still, like any breed, they require training. It is important to set ground rules early on. The dog must learn to respect its owner or owners. Take time out to work on verbal commands. Reward the dog for good behavior. Ignore negative behavior if possible. Training classes are a good idea. Before enrolling a dog, make sure you are comfortable with the trainer's methods. Most trainers use positive reinforcement. This is a good thing. English Springer Spaniels love praise and want to make their owners happy.
Once properly trained and socialized, English Springer Spaniels can accompany their owners on trips to the park and other dog friendly places. They love water. So, if their owner jumps in the pool, they'll quickly follow. They love to meet new people. Still, they won't bark or jump at strangers excessively. They don't mind being on a leash, so they'll take walks just about anywhere they're invited. These traits all combine to make English Springer Spaniels particularly suited to serving as companion dogs.
There are a few things to consider about the breed, however. English Springer Spaniels don't like being left alone for long periods of time. They are happiest with someone by their side. When left alone, they bark and whimper a lot. They will scratch at doors or walls in hopes of finding their owners. This is because they form such a strong bond with people.
English Springer Spaniels will learn to mimic the mood of their owners. If an owner returns home from work happy and smiling, it will brighten the dog's day. If an owner returns home sullen or angry, the dog may sulk. They will express concern for an owner's well being. If an owner is sick, they will lie calmly by the person's side or lick the person in hopes of helping them to recover.
When an English Springer Spaniel's owners are at home and relaxed, they feel comfortable and at ease. They will sit or play with a toy while the family watches television. If properly exercised outdoors, they will stay pretty calm indoors.
Overall, English Springer Spaniels make great companions. They can live in big cities, suburban neighborhoods or rural settings. They love to play fetch, run and jump. They enjoy car rides. They love to take naps with their owners. They are alert, attentive and best of all, loving.