16th March 2013, 09:54 PM
I think many Cavaliers still have a hunting instinct. Tess certainly does. If I say "squirrel" and open the back door, she's out of the house like a shot. And she was frantic when we brought home parakeets years ago... Could not understand why "those things" were inside the house and she couldn't have them. LOL And when we got a mouse, she knew long before we saw any droppings... and she helped us get rid of it too. My two Goldens on the other hand, are only moderately interested in squirrels... it's Tess who sees them and starts barking up a storm.
17th March 2013, 08:39 PM
A friend of mine trained one of her Cavaliers to work as a gundog, doing the spaniel job of picking up shot game. A shooting friend made a disparaging remark about Cavaliers being useless toy dogs and Dawn thought 'I'll show him' and six months later she had a working gundog. Another friend does working trials with one of her Cavaliers (as well as her Bearded Collies), which includes jumps, scales, tracking, search and retrieve. Cavaliers have good brains, but because they're small a lot of people don't bother to train them - just as they don't bother to walk them because they think they get enough exercise in the garden.
Kate, Oliver and Aled
18th March 2013, 12:13 PM