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    Time to look for a puppy

    I know of some lovely Field Trial bred Spingers!!! LOL....*runs off before something is chucked at me!!*
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    Rant - The Current Dog 'Pandemic'

    Bakers should be banned, absolutely vile stuff.
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    English Springer Spaniel

    I had the biggest springer in the litter he was 4kg at 8 weeks, his sister was 2.5kg, she's small now at 2 years but not tiny and is a cracking little dog and weighs about 15kg, my boy evened out and is a big lad but not heavy like a show type, more whippet like as he's trial bred and is about...
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    Sad post - horses are such heart-breakers

    Give sailing a try - it's really great fun!! and if the boat breaks you can fix it easily!! I get where you are with horses though I would never have another after my lovely welsh blew his suspensories and was never right again, I had him put down then gave the other 2 away as the winters and...
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    How long do you leave your dog?

    mine have 2 days where i work from 8.30 til 5, i pop home at lunch to let them out for a wee and often wake them up, they do walks/training morning and evening. they have a good life doing what spaniels were bred to do so i have given up feeling guilty, it is what it is and they are happy and...
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    Mrs Collie - Agility Debut Report.

    But you went and gave it a go! we all start somewhere and can only get better!!
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    How much is a reasonable rent for field and stables?

    £30 per week per horse sounds about right, and that's DIY as in SHE does the poo picking!! I think after the outburst I would be looking to give notice, especially being threatened with legal action... I think £20 per week is too little. Is there anything in the sale paperwork about your...
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    Eeek competing... the dog!

    Firstly well done!! I haven't competed but have stewarded at a few ( too chicken to actually compete!) A test is different from a trial, not so much pressure no live game. You will be given a number and the format is you get 2 runs one under each judge. You will be required to hunt alongside...
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    Cost of PTS

    I took a JRT in for her elderly owner and the bill for a just over 10kg dog was £209 including disposal, not cremated separately and no return of ashes as owner preferred to plant a tree.
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    What is the most stupid thing said to you by another dog owner??

    Apart from the famous "it's ok he's friendly" Mine was elderly lady with hugely obese show cocker telling me my springer "can't possibly be a springer as he's too thin and must have lots of whippet in him" after enquiring what breed he was... he's field trial lines so the light modern type...
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    Breed not Deed

    Unfortunately they tend to be owned /bred by a certain type of person who sees the animal as a weapon/status symbol/intimidation tool, they are much bigger and more powerful than staffies so are the next accessory, such a shame as they really can be lovely dogs if treated well, trained and have...
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    Those who raw feed, what benefits did you see?

    My Cocker doesn't tolerate rice so I use a combination of a RAW feed in the morning and a high qulaitygrain free kibble in the evening, this goes for my springer as well The springer has a ridiculous metabolisim and won't hold weight well on less than 1kg raw a day over 8% of his bodyweight , it...
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    Live streaming from Bicton 5*…..would you pay £25?!

    Nope = what a rip off.
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    Why do we rug horses but not cows ?

    Firstly I don't think a farmer would have time to faff around with rugs!! Cows have built in central heating and keep themselves warm digesting fibre plus living in herds they can keep close for warmth too. TBH the majority of horses in the UK are over rugged, many horses are nowt more than...
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    Travelling 5 dogs and need to tow 511 .. Amarok?

    Would be well up for the job, I have seen severalof them on shoots full of dogs, labs and spaniels so no worries with 4 collies and a spanner - great towing vehicles too.
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    What do you class as too hot

    I've Trained mine in the woods this morning, Lovely and cool and shady and we did lots of steadiness training, Just learning to sit and not move is more mentally tiring for a Spaniel than hunting or retrieveing!! They'll come out with me tonight for a potter around the fields, lots of heelwork...
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    To those who make hay, hows it going?

    Loads lost in West Sussex, Knocked flat with extremely heavy rain, One guy has just turned sheep onto his fields as not worth the effort for what will be poor quality hay. I'm glad I don't own a horse these days, Just ;looking after one while friend recovers from a major op.
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    How can I keep flies out of a wound?

    This - Brilliant stuff
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    365/24/7 Turnout

    I think people should do the best they can for the horse in front of them....My old welsh D refused to stay out on awful winter days, he'd charge around and scream to come in, so I left him in! The mare on the other hand HATED being in a stable, never even used the shelter in her field, it did...
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    talk to me about gun dogs (any breed)

    If you enjoy running around the countryside and frustrating yourself - buy a Spaniel!! If you want a more sensible animal have a Lab!!! There's a saying that Lab's are born half trained and spaniels die half trained! If you go down the spaniel route go for a springer - I find mind so much more...
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    Tick prevention

    Hi I live in Sussex and we get alot of deer ticks here, After much thought I decided to use NEXGARD from the vet it comes as a chewable tablet , I tried Seresto collars beforehand but having spanners which like water alot and I'm not comfortable with them having collars on when they are in and...
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    Moving to the UK (Lakenheath) from the US (with my horse?)

    LOL!!! That's mental cruelty at it's best!!!!
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    Please help if you can

    I would attach several lines of electric to the perimeter starting at 12" going all the way up in 12" increments, she'll get a belt off the first couple and hopefully ;leave it alone assuming she sort of ladder scales the fence if that makes sense? Please let us know how you get on.
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    Please help if you can

    Just had a random thought - you need some of these!! https://www.countrystoredirect.com/cgi-bin/sh007239.pl?WD=p64-10&PN=P64-10.--Hotline-Double-Offset-Insulator--pk-10--P64_10.html&gclid=CjwKCAjw8cCGBhB6EiwAgORey2EHzKTsxsHGeOOQkHIrj8XiX6AsAtFrCSJQfqyQatTpoQ0_-kfNJhoCv0sQAvD_BwE#SID=61 That...
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    Another "what car should I buy?" thread

    I bpught a Skoda Yeti for carrying dogs, changes of clothes and all manner of junk over rough tracks, the 4x4 diesel model is good on fuel and reasonable tax unlike many other 4x4's, I wouldn't tow with it but perfect for chcucking things in loads of space too.
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    Dog friendly places/beaches Brighton area

    Some beautiful walks in the cuckmere valley, have a google on that, also the area around Ditchling has some steep but fabulous walks, Beach wise I would think Rottingdean, seaford and peacehaven would be more pleasant than Brighton beach, check for dog restrictions though. The Bluebell railway...
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    Please help if you can

    I have just read the whole post...I agree containment and if you can't manage that Then PTS is the only viable answer, for your sake and hers, and for any farmers with livestock in the area, don't beat yourself up if you go down this route, yes you could chain her up or kennel her but what life...
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    Tell me this is fake news?

    Cripes on a bike!!! Imagine sending that after a runner!! I suppose it could work the beating line - it could flatten all the brambles by rolling over them!!
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    Please help if you can

    I know they are a very emotive subject but as a last ditch chance for waht sounds like a nice dog would you consider an E collar?? Used in the right way they can be a very effective tool, I know someone who used one on a stock chaser, it was that or it would be shot, dog now just wears the...
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