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JULY 2017 - v5i07

WELCOME to Tante Lori's Monthly Newsletter designed to talk about those questions that pop in our heads from time to time. This newsletter will aim to be brief, fun, informative, and interesting. I hope you find it useful and I welcome your comments and suggestions.

  • Pet of the Month - YUKI ... French Springer Spaniel
  • What is a Springer Spaniel vs. Cocker Spaniel?
  • What to do with an active puppy?

Pet of the Month - July 2017

French Spaniel puppy ... YUKI

One of my wonderful jobs is to give puppies a potty break and lunch. All photos in this article are of YUKI.

What is a French Spaniel?

According to https://Wikipedia, the French Spaniel (Epagneul Français) is a breed of dog of the Spaniel-like setter. It was developed in France and Canada as a hunting dog, descended from dogs of the 14th century. Not a SPRINGER SPANIEL and always confused with an ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL. I researched to find a difference but it seems no one knows why.

Popular with royalty during the Middle Ages, it nearly became extinct by the turn of the 20th century but was saved by the efforts of Father Fournier, a French priest. One of the largest breeds of Spaniel, it typically has a white coat with brown markings. It also has few health issues.

This breed is recognized by Canadian and international kennel clubs but not by The Kennel Club (UK). The American Kennel Club has included the breed in its Foundation Stock Service, the first step to full recognition.

Does it matter what a dog's formal name is or if they are recognized by ALL kennel clubs?
I don't know but Yuki sure is a great dog no matter how you classify her!

The French Spaniel has a very friendly and outgoing personality and is well balanced and patient.

It is not a naturally aggressive dog, is eager to please and thus can be trained easily.

A dog of this breed will form a strong bond with its master.

Being typically a working dog, it has a high level of stamina and requires exercise.


Difference between Cocker Spaniel and a Springer Spaniel.
In the late 19th century, spaniels from the same litter
were divided into "cockers" and "springers."
Both breeds are also known as very friendly, playful, and obedient

Difference Between Springer Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels.....

(I'm using YUKI'S photos to show her off even tho technically she's not a "springer" -- OR IS SHE??? )

Springer Spaniels are larger dogs used for flushing and retrieving game. The Springer Spaniel was developed as a companion gundog. Springers participate in competitive field trials. The energy, stamina, intelligence, and "rear drive" movement has made the Springer Spaniel one of the most prized bird dogs. The springer needs less grooming.

The Springer is gifted with a presence that suggests pride, power, endurance, agility, style, symmetry, balance and enthusiasm. It is a distinct spaniel character combining beauty and utility. The Springer Spaniel is a dog characterized by  a wagging tail whose enthusiasm, happy disposition , adaptability and willingness to please make it an excellent choice for a companion dog. Springers are cheerful dogs with a sense of humor. They are affectionate, good with children and noisy with intruders. They are ‘reactors’, but most don’t bark without a reason. Springers are comfortable at home in front of the fire or out romping through the park after the ever illusive squirrel, bird or ball.

While thriving on the love and companionship of people it must be remembered that they require moderate to high level of exercise. Their loyal, patient, understanding and sweet disposition make the Springer an excellent friend for children and adults alike. They are actively represented in conformation, hunting, obedience, agility, fly-ball, tracking and therapy. 

The breed character is merry, alert, and eager to please; the dog should be relatively easy to train for any purpose. They are not overly suspicious of strangers and seem to get along well with other animals and people.

Read more about Springer characteristics:

Cocker Spaniels are much like Springers but have less energy, are calmer, and bark much less. Also, cockers seemed to attract more mud (belly and ears closer to the ground) and need regular grooming ... LOL


Read more about Cocker characteristics:




Info from: https://Wikipedia, the French Spaniel (Epagneul Français) ~~ ~~ ~~ ~~

What to with a HYPER puppy (or adult dog) ??

THIS IS A COMPLICATED PROBLEM. How do you get your dog calmer without punishing him for being happy and crazy for fun ????

I'll do some more research and write more on this later. IN THE MEANTIME, HERE ARE SOME GOOD IDEAS below.

So far here is what I've found..

~ Keep their mind busy while you are away
~ Give them plenty of exercise
~ Train them not only obedience commands but also doggy tricks - make it fun

OOPS !!!


101 Dog Tricks ( Kyra Sundance and Chalcy )

Purchase online or your phone. Highly recommended by many of my clients.



  • Walks on the leash
  • Run in the park
  • Fetch
  • Play with other dogs - romping

    ... and some other ways - get creative.
  • On the stairs (inside or out) throw a treat UP.. then make him chase a treat DOWN.. then UP.. then DOWN. After 10-15 minutes your dog will be panting so hard that he'll step on his tongue!
    (be careful not to push it too long if he starts to show signs of tripping)

  • Throw treats outside and make him sniff them out. You can do this all year long. In summer in the grass and even in the snow in winter -
    You'd be amazed how good their noses are!

  • Put a favorite toy on a pole and swing it around you. They will love to chase and catch it once awhile. (got this idea from a client)

  • Before you leave the house (if your dog has free run of a room or the house), hide treats, or his breakfast, around the house .. one kibble per spot.

  • If you have a treadmill... Google how to train your dog on it.

  • If outside, make a frozen cake from ICE with his treats and toys inside. It'll keep him occupied for awhile as he tries to chew and lick his way into the ice.

There are lots of ways to engage your dog's mind and body - JUST GET CREATIVE
and keep your dog's safety in mind.

Excellent suggestions for activating your
dog's mind to calm their body...


  • Take a blanket and make your dog sit and stay while you drop treats randomly as you roll the blanket up in a tight ball. Then release your dog to find all the treats.

  • In the fall you can do this in a pile of leaves . Make your dog sniff them all roll treats up in it.

  • In the winter snow you can drop treats in holes and deep footprints in the snow for them to snif and find.

  • Lock your dog outside and hide treats all around the house. Then let you dog come in and find them.

There are many creattive ways to get your dog use his nose and brain . Google for homemade / diy ways to do it. LOTS of fun.


when you get home and find....

How about some TREAT TOYS?

HOMEMADE TOYS... just google it...

Great ideas in this article



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