I have a 3 year old working cocker spaniel and he has an annoying habit of barking when I set him off hunting.
I up him and take his slip lead off, and set him off. He will bark. If I teet on the whistle to get him to change direction, he will bark. I have tried different methods of setting him off, including verbal and just hand signals with no difference. He will bark. I have tried putting him back on the lead when he barks and walking him before trying again. Nothing seems to stop him.
I was trawling though this forum and some posts I came across said that you have to identify the root cause of the barking and address that. Has anyone got any ideas what the root cause may be?
I think that it maybe he knows that at some stage I am going to blow the stop whistle and throw a dummy and then send him for a retrieve, so he barks wanting the dummy to be thrown.
Sorry for the long post, but I spent an enjoyable evening with a couple of beers trawling through this forum, and thought that someone maybe able to help. This is my first spaniel by the way, so I am very inexperienced. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Maybe that it can never be addressed, but something must make him bark.