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2nd Chance Cocker Spaniel

Updated on January 8, 2015
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Pets of all kinds have shared Yvonne's life. They seem to find her when they are in need and she helps them find their forever home.

Our Rescued Cocker Spaniel Dog

Second Chance, our rescued Cocker Spaniel dog came to live with us a few months before Hurricane Katrina. He had been neglected and abused and had not learned the normal "doggy" social skills that most dogs learn when they are puppies. He was a handful. But with the help of Rio, our rescued mixed breed Catahoula and Pointer, 2nd Chance has calmed down and now gets along with the other dogs and cats in our pack.

Most Cocker Spaniels are cute and lovable and make great family dogs. Second Chance is that way most of the time, but he startles easily.

The tale of 2nd Chance the Cocker Spaniel is an on-going one. We are all learning new training skills along the way as we try to teach the cute little dog the correct behavioral and social skills that he missed when he was confined to a small carrier or cage for the first 8 months of his life.

On this page you will find training tips, information about and pictures of Cocker Spaniel dogs as well as the story of this little golden dog.

Chance the 1st
Chance the 1st

How 2nd Chance Came to Live with Us

In April of 2005, while out doing their morning business, our first Chance and Rio chased an animal up to Highway 190. Rio came right back when Al called them, but Chance did not. We were devastated when Al found him lying lifeless in the road.

I didn't want to get another dog right away, but my husband was overwrought and began visiting animal shelters a day or so after 1st Chance was killed. He almost brought home a rolly poly black mixed breed puppy from one of them, but he was focused on getting another Cocker Spaniel. In hindsight, we know that the whole family would have been happier with the shelter's puppy, rather than the Cocker Spaniel with arrested social development that we found on the Internet.

2nd Chance's (formerly Sugars) picture on the web looked just like 1st Chance, but his personality is nothing like our beloved Chance the First.

When we met 2nd Chance in the Vet's office in DeRidder, LA, he was jumping straight up into the air and yipping. Then he would lay down on his back in a submissive posture. At some point he even urinated on himself. He also worked out of the lasso leash and followed a patron out of the door into the busy parking lot. Some how we got him back in and on the leash.

After we heard the story of his mistreatment and neglect, even though I had strong reservations, my husband insisted that we take him home on a trial basis. Needless to say, 2nd Chance is still with us. His behavior has improved quite a bit, but he still has a few issues that we are working on.

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How 2nd Chance got his name

This cute little golden Cocker Spaniel was named Sugars by his first owner, but we changed his name to 2nd Chance because that was what we were giving him and because our first Cocker Spaniel was called Chance.

We usually just call him Chance because it's quick and easy to say. The name is very fitting because he is always taking chances and pushing us to the limit. Then on the other hand he can be sweet when he wants to snuggle and have his belly rubbed.

Chance Relax


Fun with Our Golden Cocker Spaniel

Chance really likes to walk in the woods with us. He also likes to be the lead dog when Rio runs ahead. He's good at finding snakes (especially Cottonmouths) and turtles. He once intervened and got between me and a Cottonmouth during one of our walks to the Tchefuncte River.

But what he likes to do most of all is eat. He went from 25 pounds when we adopted him to 35 pounds today. Sleeping is another of his favorite things to do. In fact he has made sleeping into an art. He loves the couch, but during the winter, he likes to curl up in his comfy bed near the fireplace.

Favorite Dog Bed

This is a lot like one of his favorite beds.

Sometimes Our 2nd Chance Cocker Spaniel can be so Sweet.

Oh he's sooo Cute! - 2nd Chance

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Napping after a bath.Going down the log to the river.Turning around so I don't get wet feet.Here I come, Mom.Relaxing on a lazy afternoon.Ooo, I like the new porch!Did you see that action in the water?Resting on the bench halfway back.It's snowing again!
Napping after a bath.
Napping after a bath.
Going down the log to the river.
Going down the log to the river.
Turning around so I don't get wet feet.
Turning around so I don't get wet feet.
Here I come, Mom.
Here I come, Mom.
Relaxing on a lazy afternoon.
Relaxing on a lazy afternoon.
Ooo, I like the new porch!
Ooo, I like the new porch!
Did you see that action in the water?
Did you see that action in the water?
Resting on the bench halfway back.
Resting on the bench halfway back.
It's snowing again!
It's snowing again!

Grooming 2nd Chance Cocker Spaniel

Cocker Spaniels are supposed to be groomed often, but little 2nd Chance has other ideas. Because of his traumatic confinement as a puppy, he hates to be groomed. Sometimes he will tolerate brushing and a few snips of matted hair with the scissors, but he needs to be tranquilized or sedated for a complete clipping. Because 2nd Chance does not wake up happy from the anesthesia, Dr. Rusty, our vet, ordered some giant clippers for us so that we could do it at home. It takes two of us and a lot of sweating, to complete the job.

That is why there are many pictures of him looking like a rag-a-muffin.

When the warm weather rolls around, most people do spring cleaning or plant a garden. They dust off the white sandals and get out their spring clothes. We do those things, too, and they are not so bad, but one of our spring rituals is not one we look forward to. It's one that we put off until there is no way to avoid it. Have you guessed it yet? ... It's shaving 2nd Chance, our maladjusted Cocker Spaniel.

We first tried getting the Vet to do it (because groomers wouldn't touch him). The Vet had to give him anesthesia and one time when an emergency came in, it wore off and they had a really pissed off little dog confined in the bathroom of their office. After anesthesia, he'd come home and act like he did when we first rescued him from 8 months of solitary confinement in a small cage.

Finally, we decided to do it ourselves, so the Vet, bless his soul, got us a super shaver that was designed for horses and plenty of doggy tranquilizer pills. We already had a muzzle, leash and scissors. It took two of us to do the job. Al held him still while I shaved. Two hours of sweat and tears and many breaks and he was ready for the hot days of summer.

Oster Professional Electric Clipper

This is similar to the one that Dr. Rusty ordered for us, except ours is bigger. It's strong enough to cut through all the mats that 2nd Chance develops between trims.

Behavioral Issues

No, I want to go this way!
No, I want to go this way!

With 2nd Chance around, we don't need an alarm clock. At about 5:30-6:00 a.m. every day, 2nd Chance begins a series of barks, whines and howls until one of us gets up and lets him out. Actually this is an improvement over how he used to be, because now he will usually hold it until we let him out. Unless it's rainy outside. He does not like to get his feet wet.

Tips from the Dog Whisperer

We got some great tips from Ceasar, the Dog Whisperer that improved 2nd Chance's behavior.

1. Establish that the humans are pack leaders.

2. Be consistent

3. Teach him to walk behind or beside you, on a lead and off.

4. If he gets head strong and grumpy, make him lie down until he is calm.

5. Establish trust with kindness, but firmness.

6. Pinpoint what behavior problems need to be changed.

7. Work with one thing at a time and master it, then move to the next.

Head Style Dog Collar - good for training

We haven't used this style of collar, but they are supposed to be good for training a dog to walk on a leash, especially if the dog is energetic or unruly. It puts the pressure on the chest, rather than the throat.

Dog Leashes

When we first began to walk with 2nd Chance in the woods, we used a leash. It took a while, but he finally learned to walk beside us or behind us. Now we can often let him walk without a leash, but must do refresher sessions when he starts going back to his bad habits.

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Cesar's Way

Using many of Cesar's techniques with 2nd Chance, helped him to learn the correct behavior in our pack.

Our Dogs and Cats in our Habitat

2nd Chance, Rio and Blaze Cat Napping
2nd Chance, Rio and Blaze Cat Napping

Our Pack and Habitat

2nd Chance shares our home with Rio, the part Catahoula dog, 4 cats (Blaze, Star Noir, Dax and Pepper) and 2 Cockatiels. We also have 5 Ameraucana hens and many wild animals in our 9 acre habitat on the Little Tchefuncte River in southeastern Louisiana.

Dax and Chance Share

We truly have a peaceable kingdom here.
We truly have a peaceable kingdom here. | Source

Getting Better Every Day

Second Chance still has a lot to learn, but he has improved quite a bit. He can be cute and sweet at times and he has gotten between me and a poisonous snake on at least one occasion. He wants to be a good dog and do the right thing, but he missed the important lessons of his puppy hood, when his first owner kept him locked in a carrier for most of the first 8 months of his life.

We are glad that we are able to give him a happy home, where he is loved. He gets along with all of the cats and most dogs, but he's a little too head strong sometimes when it comes to humans. He's sort of like the little girl who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead.... when he is good, he's very very good, but when he is bad.... well you know the rest.

It's not his fault. It's the fault of the unbalanced person who mistreated him when he was an impressionable and helpless puppy. My blood boils every time I think about what he went through. That's why it is so important that we support organizations like the Humane Society and the ASPCA.

Rio and Chance by the River


Cocker Spaniel Dogs

Cocker Spaniels as Pets

These dogs have been one of the most favorite dog breeds for years. They are kind and loving and get along well with a family, but they do require frequent grooming. Because they have such long ears that always seem to get in their food and water (contributing to ear problems), it is best to purchase a special dish for long-eared dogs like the one below.

Some Cockers, like our 2nd Chance, are more prone to ear problems than others. We must keep his ears very clean and use a prescription ointment called, Mometamax, in his ears each week. When he has a flare up, we have to use the leash like a muzzle and squirt the ointment in each ear every day for a week, then go back to once or twice a week. Cocker Spaniels are a high maintenance dog breed.

This dog has a lot of energy and loves to play. The Cocker Spaniel was originally bred as a small game dog and so are at home in the fields as well as in the home.

Dogs 101 - Cocker Spaniels

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Lady Disney


Cocker Spaniels Featuring 2nd Chance

Our dear little humbug Santa, 2nd Chance and some of his other poses are featured on Zazzle. He is very photogenic after he's allowed us to groom and bathe him.

Santa Chance Dog

You wouldn't believe how difficult it was to get this shot. He really should have been on the naughty list.
You wouldn't believe how difficult it was to get this shot. He really should have been on the naughty list.

Santa Chance Cocker Spaniel


Cocker Spaniel Snow

His first snow... oh no, this white stuff is wet, yuck.
His first snow... oh no, this white stuff is wet, yuck.

Lady and the Tramp - Classic Disney

The Lady and the Tramp

Like most children, when I saw the movie, Lady and the Tramp, I wanted my own little golden Cocker Spaniel dog. Alas, it was not to be, but there were many good looking and quick witted mixed-breed Tramps in my life.

Actually the breeding surge of cocker spaniels can be traced back to the popularity of this movie.

The Lady and the Tramp movie is now over 50 years old and it is still capturing childrens' hearts. It is by far one of the top 5 dog movies and will remain a favorite for years to come.

Lady and the Tramp Trailer

Lady and the Tramp (50th Anniversary Edition)

The movie that started the Cocker Spaniel craze. As good today as it was when it was released 50 years ago.

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    • Stazjia profile image

      Carol Fisher 

      5 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      What a good job you've done with Second Chance and are still doing. We got a rescue dog 10 months ago and so I know from experience how difficult it can be to socialise them and even for them to learn to enjoy life.

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      5 years ago

      cocker-spaniel is very cute dog

      (Also shared on Facebook :)



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      7 years ago

      Love this lens. I rescued a cocker spaniel 6 months ago and she now lives very happily with my other cockers - such great natured dogs :)

    • thegrowlinggour profile image


      7 years ago

      great lens!

    • KateHonebrink profile image


      7 years ago

      Read your other lens about the first Chance - very touching story. Love the fact that you've got your 2nd Chance! Great lens!!

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      Marilyn Thompson 

      7 years ago from Washington State

      Glad 2nd Chance has a good home! We rescued a 7 yr old English Cocker Spaniel about 3 years back, he is buff, has a full wagging tail, loves to be brushed, and is an absolute joy. I will share his story and pictures soon.

      Thanks for the lenses.

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      Michele Marie Burke 

      7 years ago

      Great lens! I rescued a golden cocker spaniel years ago...looked just like your boy...very sweet.

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      Elsie Hagley 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Very nice lens, love the photos, they are very lucky animals to have a home with you, I can see you love animals. Thanks for sharing with us.

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      8 years ago

      Great lens and story. 2nd Chance is a lucky dog!

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      8 years ago

      Second Chance's name fits so well. You really have gone through a lot with him and come a long way. I admire the fact that you've done so much to rehabilitate him and give him a loving home.

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      8 years ago

      Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

    • Mistalina profile image


      8 years ago

      An adorable pet! Thank you for sharing.

    • norma-holt profile image


      8 years ago

      Woof, woof, you two are gorgeous. *-*Blessed*-* and featured on Angel blessings for Dogs on Squidoo

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      8 years ago

      all my dogs over the many years were adopted from rescue centers - the latest one Casper, was rescued on the very day he was supposed to be put down - so that was a very close call for the little old fellow!

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      9 years ago

      I'm not a fan of Cesar Milan. As the owner of a very powerful dog (and a large one -- she will probably get to be over 100 lbs one day), I've had to learn how to use positive training methods to coax my dog. She's still very young yet (we've had her a month) but my goal is to train her without having to touch her. We're using a clicker and so far she has picked up three commands (Sit, Leave it and Off) at only three months old.

      I don't dislike Cesar, but I disagree with his methods and think that he's generally fairly old-fashioned. We are trying to work purely with R+ and R- without any type of punishment (+ or - at all). My goal is to build trust and communication with my dog, who of course is a member of a breed that is potentially aggressive toward humans and animals (but who has been temperament tested!).

    • JeremiahStanghini profile image


      9 years ago

      Ohhh... such a great dog!

      With Love and Gratitude,


    • CindyShim profile image


      9 years ago

      Lovely lense!

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      GoToGirl LM 

      9 years ago

      What a sweet story and a lucky dog to be rescued by you.

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      9 years ago

      He may be a little naughty but he is a cute dog! Don't they know how to tug at your heartstrings? Great lens - from a newbie

    • JohannaBaker profile image


      9 years ago

      He may be a little naughty but he is a cute dog! Don't they know how to tug at your heartstrings? Great lens - from a newbie

    • jlshernandez profile image


      9 years ago

      Second Chance is so lucky to find a wonderful home full of love. I believe in destiny. Blessed.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      What sweethearts you both are! Congratulations on being listed on the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image


      9 years ago

      My sister just adopted a Chocolate Lab that was confined to a cage for several months while a veterinarian tried to find her a home. She's adjusting, but there are challenges. Congratulations on being included in the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase. Happy new year!

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      9 years ago

      Congrats on making it on the Giant Squid Showcase! Happy New Year!

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      9 years ago

      Well 2nd Chance is adorable even if he misbehaves sometimes. He is very lucky that you and your husband are willing to teach him what it is like to be loved...bless his heart. I love your honesty on his behavior! Congrats on being on the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase list!

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      Julianne Gentile 

      9 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

      So sweet! I understand the challenges, our newest rescue dog, Lucy was obviously mistreated and has plenty of issues that we are working with. Congrats on the 2010 best of list and have a happy new year!

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      Spook LM 

      9 years ago

      Heart warming story and lens. Congratulations and all the best for 2011.

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      Indigo Janson 

      9 years ago from UK

      Congratulations to Chance on finding such a wonderful, loving home where he can finally learn to be a happy dog. I'm glad there are such caring people in the world who refuse to see a challenging animal as a lost cause. And congratulations to you on making it into the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase!

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      9 years ago

      There goes my heart, I'm in love again! Congratulations on being on the 2010 Giant Squid Showcase Best of List! Lensrolled to my I Want a Dog lens, thank you!

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      9 years ago from Iowa

      Congratulations on being one of the 45 on the Giant Squid 2010 Showcase. Very cool. :)

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      9 years ago

      Congratulations for being included in The 2010 Giant Squid Showcase by the SquidTeam! How cool is that! Happy New Year, Squidhugs from Kathy

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      9 years ago

      Great lens! 2nd Chance is such a cutie. He looks so happy in his forever home...thank you for rescuing him!

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      9 years ago

      Returning to lensroll 2nd Chance's wonderful story to my rescue bunny lens.

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      9 years ago

      Sweet dog, I grew up with cockers. but the dog I rescued is by 14 year old Dalmatian Leo

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      C A Chancellor 

      9 years ago from US/TN

      Heartwarming lens! Blessed.

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      9 years ago

      I am the proud owner of seven abused rescued bunnies so I know some of what you talk about. With an abused/abandoned animal you never quite know what to expect.

      Over the years with a lot of time, love and patience my precious buns are now very social and loving.

      Good on your for adopting a needy dog.

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      9 years ago from UK

      You are giving Second Chance a wonderful, loving and caring home, so deserved after his very difficult start in life. Thank you for sharing this story. Lensrolling to my dog lenses.

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      9 years ago

      Good for you for rescuing Second Chance in a big way. Lensrolling to How I Rescued a Lucky Tortoiseshell Cat and other pet lenses. Darling cocker!

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      9 years ago

      A really nice story, and I like the dogs name too. Cool and symbolic.

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      9 years ago from Rhode Island

      oh my does he look like our cocker sandy they are so wonderful Cockers and border collies and mutts all the way my three favorites this is an amazing lens I enjoyed it so much and sandy did as well he is laying here waiting for his breakfast wonderful lens thanks .

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      9 years ago

      Very nicely done and thanks for reminding me about Lady and the Tramp, haven't watched that for years and I'm sure my kids would enjoy it.

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      9 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      A wonderful story about 2nd Chance and your patience with him while he learns to be a 'good dog, good'! I've always been fond of Cocker Spaniels ever since my neighbor had one when I was a child. We had an ice cream truck that used to drive through the neighborhood on summer evenings and all us kids would be out there to get a 'treat'. Our neighbors always came with their black cocker spaniel and would get a vanilla ice cream dixie cup for the dog, who would gobble it up! We kids LOVED to watch him. This well done lens, and 2nd Chance, deserve a ~~SquidAngel Blessing~~

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      9 years ago

      We adopted our rescued lab in January and have never been so happy about a decision. He is wonderful although we can tell his past was not very happy.

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      gia combs-ramirez 

      9 years ago from Montana

      This lens needs a second chance! blessed by an angel...

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      Linda Jo Martin 

      9 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I recently looked through PetFinder for cocker spaniels! I'd love to have one... always adored this breed. My other favorite breed is border collies... but I've already got one of those.

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      Carol Fisher 

      9 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      He looks a lovely dog and I'm sure he's so happy now. I hope that any remaining behavioural issues are soon ironed out. Good luck. Blessed by an Angel.

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      9 years ago

      He looks in brilliant condition. Really like some of the ways you've boxed your text and used big photos. I thought we were only allowed one (using the text with big picture module) just learning all this. Our dog is a rescue dog too but didn't suffer the cruelty your dog endured. Very nice lens

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      Robin S 

      9 years ago from USA

      Spectacular lens! Thanks for sharing about Second Chance.

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      9 years ago

      I'm so glad you gave Second Chance a chance! Dax looks just like my cat Teddy, whom I made a SquidPaws lens about. He's a great foster dad!


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      9 years ago

      I had two cockers growing up. They always had to have their hair cut. Only one of them liked to lay on their back like the picture I see of second chance. I saw that he used to wake you up. That really is not all bad. I had a border Collie that did that. We like to call him our alarm clock. Sadly I lost that dog last month or so.

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      Jen Schaefer 

      9 years ago from St Petersburg

      2nd Chance is a very pretty dog. I'm so glad he found a home!

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      9 years ago

      What an adorable dog and lens!! and what a lucky and loving home 2nd Chance got.

      lensrolled to my Cesar Millans lens


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