Get a cocker spaniel we said , it would be fun we said. Boy do I wish I’d done more research into the ‘working’ breed before getting one. I knew they were highly energetic working dogs bred for hunting but didn’t realise they’d never stop. We have a 6 month old now who is very loving and we love him to bits however it’s starting to get to the point now where we are stuck and need desperate help. How do you get a working cocker to be calm? He’s only calm more or less when bed time is nearing. He has plenty of exercise and attention in any given day. Off leash runs with the tennis ball in parks twice a day. Then there’s his bed... ruined by chewing and the second you place it down on the floor, he pounces. He cannot leave it alone and just rest on it . As for his doggie blanket, he just likes jumping it. We are scheduling getting him neutered as soon as he reaches 8 months as our vet recommended. We are hoping this will calm him somewhat... Also if anyone has recall tips that would be great. He’s getting better but if he wants to bolt for another dog / person there is no getting him back. We use treat rewards for reinforcement. And when Its time to come back to the lead , it’s as if he knows and he will NOT come to me. He will stay near and around me and follow me, but I can’t get close enough to put him back on the lead as he just runs away. It gets very frustrating sometimes . Is it just a matter of practice? Be patient ? Thanks !