a problem-free coexistence and a successful training with the
dog is the knowledge about the abilities and breed’s characteristics.
And regardless of whether a Clumber Spaniel comes from a hunting
line - which has a lead in terms of trainability, which has now
been proven by studies (more about in Why...IV)
- or a show line.
It is important
to know the purpose for which the breed was originally bred,....how
it operates and what are the reasons for certain behaviors
Spaniel - a flushing dog - was bred especially for hunting pheasants,
partridges and ducks.....for working
close to the hunter….”working under the gun”.
work very methodically. They search out birds where they live,……
in the bushes. They will go from bush to bush, use their noses
to locate game from a distance. Their style may appear to be nonchalant
and haphazard....but their nose is so superior they don’t
need to cover the entire field. In fact, at hunt tests, some Clumber-Teams
love to follow other breeds as they pass birds because of their
speed and strict quartering pattern.
actually locate the bird, most Clumbers will stop before they
pounce.This is something that retrogrades to the "original
breed type" when the shotguns were not as accurate as today
and the dogs worked in a line through the brambles.
Shotguns and ammunition from thence were not as powerful as today.
The game became more often only injury. Thus, a Clumber approaches
every bird as if it is wounded .....and is very intent to catch
it. If the bird is moving, he will track it intently. If the bird
stays or stops in densely cover. He will slow down as he approaches
it,.....stalking it like a cat.
When he is very close to the bird, he will often stop,.....with
their head down staring right at the bird. He wants us to give
to understand: "The next move is up to you. Start reaching
for the safety." This "English style, hesitation flush"
is common in breeds of spaniels which have their hunting roots
in England. English National Championships have been won by spaniels
which exhibit this flushing style. This style - The Hunters best
friend - is also valued by many American hunters, it gives
them time to get ready for the shot.
also don’t like drilling. They are very intelligent dogs
with a wicked sense of humor. They will work joyfully for people
they love and who treat them as a real partner. …..who work
with them in a team.
very eager to please – what English hunters call „willing
to please“ - and crave field work. Whatever if it is hunting,
retieving or tracking and so on.
important to not mistake their determined nature for stubbornness.
Clumbers are not a hard-headed breed.....Yes, they will test you
and scrutinise commands and revise ever and anon. Clumbers are
convinced they know more than you do, particularly with regard
to where the "birds" are.
dogs are not pure recipients of orders….. but they were
deliberately bred to work independently.....were and are valued
for their cognitive abilities.
to learn to respect this and use training techniques to show the
dog that maybe you know where “birds” are that the
dog doesn’t know about.;0)
of the breed:
breed is so scent-driven, they do have a tendency to turn their
ears off when their nose turns on / runs up to peak performance
and this can be a struggle for inexperienced owners and trainers.
On the way it makes sense to use the whistle (ACME or dual-tone
Hornpipe) and also to nurture eye contact.
Nor is it
a problem……that some Clumbers can be reluctant to
part with their "treasures.". Which has its roots in
his enthusiasm and zeal at work.....can be practiced and very
well controlled with swaps from the beginning, so at any time,
everything can be taken out of the mouth and is also given voluntarily....even
if it is "stolen good" which became a prey of the keen
passion for collecting – especially of young Clumbers.
In no case,
coercion and punishment - positive reinforcement and that’s
the only way they should be trained…..and not to be underestimated,
the common fun in what you are doing!
If you keep the training interesting for them then they will give
you everything they have. They are making quite difficult retrieves,
overcoming stone walls and hurdles with ease.....tasks started
they want to bring to an end and you can see just how happy they
are .....the enthusiasm with which they keep on point!
a varied training,…. want to be claimed….. mentally
and also physically.
We had already
experienced, for example, when we trained with the dummy, velvet
is automatically changed to the next step of an exercise,....because
it was being too "boring" to her and she apparently
had the opinion: "It fits!.... So on to the next exercise!;0)....
with a look that seemed to say: Allow me,.....I'll do that....
I know what to do."
one understands them .....Clumbers are an absolute joy, whether
in the field, at the sport or in everyday life for family,”
They make you laugh......simply brighten your day,.....every day!**