HELP FOR OWNERS OF SPRINGER SPANIELSHELP FOR OWNERS
OF SPRINGER SPANIELS

Do you have a Springer Spaniel that you feel might need a new home? What problems are you having? You may find an answer here that will allow you to keep your Springer. If that is not possible, ESRA may be able to help find a new home for your dog.

ESRA's mission is to rescue English Springer Spaniels from unfortunate circumstances. Each case is handled individually, and different outcomes may result. These situations can arise for a variety of reasons:

  1. Relocation/Moving — instances where your Springer cannot accompany you to your new location due to lease restrictions, "down-sizing" or transfer to a foreign country.
  2. Change in the Family — if you have experienced the death or loss of a partner, parent or other family member that was the Springer's primary companion or caretaker and you feel it is in the best interest of the Springer to locate a new home.
  3. Health Issues — if medical problems for you or your Springer have become an issue and you wish to consider rehoming your Springer.
  4. Financial Reasons — if money problems have become a cause for concern and you feel you can no longer manage the routine care necessary for your Springer's well-being.

For any of the four reasons listed above, click this link — http://www.springerrescue.org/coordinators.html — to determine the ESRA coordinator in your area and contact that coordinator to discuss your issue. ESRA may be able to provide immediate assistance.

Behavioral Issues — If you have a Springer that has a behavior issue causing you to consider re-homing him or her, our job is to help you find the right resources for getting help for your family so that you might resolve the issue and keep your dog. If multiple behavior modification methods have been attempted without an improvement in your dog's conduct, please contact your closest state coordinator (http://www.springerrescue.org/coordinators.html) for possible assistance.

Continue reading below for links to resources we have gathered regarding behavior modification and training.

First, please see these discussions and position statements on dominance theory and the use of punishment in training:

American Society of Veterinary Animal Behavior Position Statement on the Use of Dominance Theory in Behavior Modification of Animals
http://avsabonline.org/uploads/position_statements/dominance_statement.pdf

American Society of Veterinary Animal Behavior Position Statement on the Use of Punishment for Behavior Modification in Animals
http://avsabonline.org/uploads/position_statements/Combined_Punishment_Statements.pdf

Association of Pet Dog Trainers Position Statement on Dominance and Dog Training
http://www.apdt.com/about/ps/dominance.aspx

UC Davis Clinical Animal Behavior Service
http://behavior.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/topics.cfm
At one of the foremost veterinary medical schools in the U.S., "The UC Davis Clinical Animal Behavior Service has adopted the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior's position on the use and misuse of punishment for animals. The position is that punishment (e.g. choke chains, pinch collars, and electronic collars) should not be used as a first-line or early-use treatment for behavior problems. This is due to the potential adverse effects which include but are not limited to: inhibition of learning, increased fear-related and aggressive behaviors, and injury to animals and people interacting with animals."

Contemporary science-based information on the topics of adoption, behavior, and general care of dogs can be found on the following websites:

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Pet Care
http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/

San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Dog Owner Resources Library
http://www.sfspca.org/resources/library/for-dog-owners

Dr. Ian Dunbar's DogStarDaily.com
http://www.dogstardaily.com/

"This is a free website for dog lovers — a daily magazine with news, blogs and articles about dog behavior.  It's a comprehensive digital dog training textbook, with everything you need to know about raising or training your puppy or dog and especially, how to prevent or fix most common problem behavior issues; plus a place to share photos and videos of your favorite canine companions. We so strongly believe that puppy husbandry and training information is so important that it should be freely available to all, with the hope that dogs (and their humans) will be happier and healthier because of it. DogStarDaily.com is growing everyday, with new content and features added on a regular basis."

Open Paw
http://www.openpaw.org/index.html
"Your definitive animal training resource. Open Paw is here to give you and your pet the tools you need to build a lasting and successful relationship with one another and with your community. Here you'll find expert information to help you BEFORE you choose a new pet, AFTER you bring your new dog or cat home, and DURING your ongoing relationship with your companion animal."

Veterinarian and Animal Behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin
http://drsophiayin.com/resources
"Her mission in life is to improve our understanding of animals and their behavior so that we can care for, appreciate and enjoy our time with them better."

Association of Pet Dog Trainers Information for Pet Owners
http://www.apdt.com/petowners/default.aspx

Shirley Chong's Leading The Dance —Building A Better Relationship
http://www.shirleychong.com/keepers/dance.html
"Shirley Chong has been training dogs since 1982, and started using clicker training in 1992. Clicker training is based on the principles of operant conditioning, and uses positive reinforcement to help the dog learn behaviors. She has rescued and re-homed over 60 dogs of many breeds."  Shirley has continued her dog behavior education by studying with some of the most respected researchers and trainers in the field.

DogPACT/Terry Long
http://www.dogpact.com
"DogPACT (People and Animals Communicating Together) is committed to the highest standards of professional training practices and methodologies. Thus, you can be assured that our programs are based on solid science, the input of veterinary and applied animal behaviorists, and hundreds of hours of continuing education."