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What To Do About Separation Anxiety

Dog breeds vary in their tendency towards separation anxiety. The Sussex Spaniel is a breed that is predisposed to suffer separation anxiety more than other breeds. This may be due to its role as being part of the hunt and a pack of dogs. When it is separated from this pack, it tends to bond with its owner. If the owner doesn't understand the dog's needs, it can lead to the dog displaying negative behavior like destructive chewing and barking. It will even howl when it is distressed. Some dogs with soil the house, if left alone too long. This might be because they missed their outing or because they are angry or upset. Don't discipline the dog for these mistakes as it is acting out of distress that you were gone. Instead, try to develop a routine that is comforting to the dog while allowing you some time away from the home for short periods. The best type of environment for a Sussex Spaniel is one where there is someone home all day long. [...]

The Sussex Spaniel: A Very Rare Breed

Of all the spaniels out there, the Sussex Spaniel is the rarest breed. It dates back to England where it was used as a reliable game dog during those typical British hunts. When the American Kennel Club was started, the Sussex Spaniel was within the first 10 breeds to be accepted for registration. There are not very many in the United States, about 400 registered so far. Every year, only 70 new ones are registered. Even so, the Sussex Spaniel is on a bit of a comeback. It was even more rare after World War II when it was suspected that only eight remained over all. This fine dog is well adapted to hunting, with a beautiful golden liver color unique to spaniels. It makes it blend in with the barks of trees at sunset and allows it to retrieve fowl that drops in the water. The dog has a very low body, which is suitable for going into thick brush to retrieve game. [...]

Obedience Training To Relieve Innate Stubbornness

The Sussex Spaniel is a dog that is not easily trained. House training can be difficult and they are prone to separation anxiety and stubbornness. They do have good intelligence and will eventually pick up on their training, but it can take some time and some patience. The innate stubbornness doesn't make them less friendly, however, they can try to manipulate a situation to get what they want. Just be firm and consistent with their training so that they get the idea that you won't accept less from them than their obedience. House training a Sussex Spaniel can be difficult because it will sometimes soil the house to show its displeasure. If you leave the dog alone too long, it might soil the house because separation anxiety has been triggered in the dog. You can crate-train this dog, but you shouldn't leave them in the crate too long. They do need to be exercised regularly and vigorously to grow up healthy and strong. The breed can make a great outdoors dog in temperate climates. [...]

Cute And Annoying Habits Of The Sussex Spaniel

The Sussex Spaniel is a hunting dog that is just being rediscovered as a potential family pet. In the United States, the hunters there prefer larger dogs and don't need a smaller one like the Sussex Spaniel for underbrush game. So, despite their excellence at small game hunting, the dog isn't as much in demand by hunters in the United States. However, it is a beautiful dog with a genuinely friendly disposition. So, it can make a good family pet, if you understand that this dog is a hunting dog and have some of these traits bred into it. One of the most obvious traits that you may find cute or annoying (depending on where you live) is that the dog will bay and howl. This is what the breed used when hunting game in England and it sometimes displays the behavior when it is upset or excited. The dog is used to running in packs and being with people, so it doesn't really fare well alone. It will suffer separation anxiety, which can come out as howling and baying or barking when you are gone from the house. This can annoy the neighbors, even if you think it's very cute. [...]

Some Issues With House Training

The Sussex Spaniel is more comfortable being an outside dog than an indoor dog. You can have one as a family pet, but it does have issues with house training. Many people quickly realize that house training a Sussex Spaniel will take patience and time. Even after the dog seems trained, it can still have occasional accidents due to temperamental stress or pure obstinacy. The time to start house training your dog, is the minute you bring it home. You can house train a Sussex Spaniel by crate training it. Just do not leave it alone for too long in a crate. It has a need for companionship and can suffer separation anxiety. It also needs a good deal of exercise. This is not a dog that can spend the entire day in a crate. As a puppy, it might not be as hard for it to remain in the crate until it is time to go, but as an older dog this would be very hard on the dog. [...]

Grooming Issues With The Sussex Spaniel

The Sussex Spaniel has a very unique coat. It is a golden liver color that matches the bark of trees at sunset, effectively camouflaging it during a hunt. The coat also protects it in cold and damp weather and allows it to retrieve fowl from waterways. When properly groomed the Sussex Spaniel is a beautiful dog that is very showy and lustrous. There are some grooming issues that need to be kept up with regularly to keep the Sussex Spaniel in tip-top shape. The Sussex Spaniel does shed a bit. You can keep the amount of stray hair down by brushing it down twice a week. They do have hair in between the pads of their feet that also need to be trimmed. Like all dogs the nails should be trimmed to keep the dog well groomed. The ears and eyes should also be checked during a weekly grooming session for signs of disease. [...]

A Very Smart Dog

The truth is that the Sussex Spaniel has a reputation for having a good intelligence, but not considered very bright. This, however, comes from people who may misunderstand some of the behavior of the breed and see only a stubborn dog that may take time to house and obedience train. They forget to notice that the dog has skills in game hunting that make it excel in one environment and do poorly in another one. Intelligence isn't just about learning how to sit on command, it's also about how well the dog functions within its native environment. In the Sussex Spaniel's native environment of England, the dog is highly prized for its contribution to small game hunting. It has a great joy of the hunt and its smaller frame allows it to search the underbrush much more effectively than larger dogs. The dog's coat is a golden liver color that blends in with the trees at sunset, making it hard to spot for the prey. It is intensely loyal and a very friendly dog. It can even retrieve game that has fallen in waterways and bring it back to the hunter. [...]

Weird Facts Did You Know?

One of the rarest breeds of dogs out there is the Sussex Spaniel. After World War II, it was estimated that only eight dogs survived and these are the ancestors of today's Sussex Spaniels. They are native to England where the breed has a long history of being used for game hunting. They are very well suited to this pursuit with a beautiful and unique golden liver coat that camouflages them amongst the bark of trees at sunset. They love to bay and are very active for their small frame. The small frame makes them highly suitable for flushing game from underbrush, but it also makes them less desirable for hunters in America where the emphasis is on larger dogs. There are only about 400 of these classic hunting dogs registered by the AKC in America and some of these are being used as family pets now. [...]

Evaluating Your Choice Of A Sussex Spaniel For A Pet

Maybe you've noticed that lovable spaniel that is pictured in English game hunts and want one for yourself. These dogs are hunting dogs, for the most part, and they are very active unlike some other spaniels. They do require some research and understanding of the breed so that when you make the choice to own one, you know exactly how to bring out the best in them. This dog can be brought up as a family pet, but it still requires some way to relieve its pent up energy. If you want to own one, make sure you can provide a nice backyard for it. It isn't a dog for apartment living, if there is no way to exercise the dog regularly. This dog becomes bored and agitated when it isn't exercised and can become annoying and destructive when left alone. It suffers from separation anxiety when left alone, which is exhibited in destructive chewing and constant barking. It will even howl. If not exercised enough, it will also show the same behaviors. [...]

What To Do About Separation Anxiety

Dog breeds vary in their tendency towards separation anxiety. The Sussex Spaniel is a breed that is predisposed to suffer separation anxiety more than other breeds. This may be due to its role as being part of the hunt and a pack of dogs. When it is separated from this pack, it tends to bond with its owner. If the owner doesn't understand the dog's needs, it can lead to the dog displaying negative behavior like destructive chewing and barking. It will even howl when it is distressed. Some dogs with soil the house, if left alone too long. This might be because they missed their outing or because they are angry or upset. Don't discipline the dog for these mistakes as it is acting out of distress that you were gone. Instead, try to develop a routine that is comforting to the dog while allowing you some time away from the home for short periods. The best type of environment for a Sussex Spaniel is one where there is someone home all day long. [...]

The Ideal Environment For A Sussex Spaniel

If you want the perfect place to put a Sussex Spaniel, it is back in Great Britain in the midst of a pack of dogs that are out game hunting. Seriously, though, this dog does love the hunt and is ideally suited for this activity. It originated in Sussex, England, from where it got its name, and has been used by the English in game hunting with great results. It's beautiful gold liver color blends it perfectly with the barks of trees at sunset, camouflaging it so that the prey does not even see it at times. The coat is water resistant too and the dog loves to swim, helping hunters to collect prey that has fallen in the water. It is a very active dog that will happily romp through the woods and bay when it finds something. [...]

Obedience Training To Relieve Innate Stubbornness

The Sussex Spaniel is a dog that is not easily trained. House training can be difficult and they are prone to separation anxiety and stubbornness. They do have good intelligence and will eventually pick up on their training, but it can take some time and some patience. The innate stubbornness doesn't make them less friendly, however, they can try to manipulate a situation to get what they want. Just be firm and consistent with their training so that they get the idea that you won't accept less from them than their obedience. [...]

Some Issues With House Training

The Sussex Spaniel is more comfortable being an outside dog than an indoor dog. You can have one as a family pet, but it does have issues with house training. Many people quickly realize that house training a Sussex Spaniel will take patience and time. Even after the dog seems trained, it can still have occasional accidents due to temperamental stress or pure obstinacy. The time to start house training your dog, is the minute you bring it home. You can house train a Sussex Spaniel by crate training it. Just do not leave it alone for too long in a crate. It has a need for companionship and can suffer separation anxiety. It also needs a good deal of exercise. This is not a dog that can spend the entire day in a crate. As a puppy, it might not be as hard for it to remain in the crate until it is time to go, but as an older dog this would be very hard on the dog. [...]

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