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    Working Cocker Spaniel owner


    I have joined this forum primarily for guidance and help in getter my planned litter of working cocker spaniels to have their tails docked (leaving 3/4 though).
    Hard one for me as I don't work her, don't own a shotgun and don't know any gamekeepers.
    My apply for a shotgun license if it achieves a better wellbeing for the puppies future.

    Andrew from S.c.u.n.t.h.o.r.p.e.

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    Ring round a few vets, ask if they want proof of them being working dogs, if not happy days.
    I'm telling Captain - from the Wee'est of men.

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    Thanks for trying to help... but I am ringing round thank you and they are hard to come by for those that dock. Recommendations are always better.

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    My fathers last litter was done by Applegarth in Norton, North Yorks. Bit of a ride out from scunny but could be worth it?
    I'm telling Captain - from the Wee'est of men.

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    Welcome to the site.
    You come from a town that has one of only three football teams in the football leagues that has a swear word in its you know the other 2?

    Good luck getting your dogs docked
    Below is a link to my website.
    Quad sticks

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    tjwaines - thanks for that. but yes a little too far away. I will keep trying and researching. hit a stumbling block it seems. btw my dog looks very much like yours in your avatar.

    limulus - that would be my team Arsenal and man f****** utd ha ha

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    Welcome to the site,

    A clever man knows his strengths, a wise man knows his weaknesses

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    BASC are supposed to have a list of vets that will dock, you probably need to be a member to get the info though.
    My Cocker is docked with 3/4 left and my vet told me she hadnt been docked!!

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    We've always had ours 1/3 docked, much prefer them to have a short tail, especially the amount they wag them about on a scent!
    I'm telling Captain - from the Wee'est of men.

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    Thanks for the replies everyone.

    I've found a vet that will dock the tails if I provide a shotgun license or a letter from a gamekeeper/landowner from where the dogs will be worked.
    But only one vet will do it there and depends if he doesn't book a holiday mid september.
    I am still stuck big time.
    My dog has now just been mated with a stud dog from someone who owns and works them 2.5 hrs drive from me.
    But if I apply for a shotgun license I am hearing stories of the process taking months.
    And I don't know any gamekeepers, landowners or anyone with a shotgun license that I can ask for help with the docking forms acceptance proof from my area (Scunny/gainsborugh).

    Driving me up the wall now. I fear I may be stuck with puppies I can't dock their tails and they'll end up to owners in the city who can't provided them the exercise and freedom of the countryside they need.

    But I keep spending all day trying to find a solution.


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