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(Q) My three-year-old neutered Springer X Cocker Spaniel gets obsessed with toys. She constantly pesters me to throw whatever it is she’s found and will not stop. It doesn’t matter how much exercise she’s had. If I try to ignore her she grumbles, barks, puts her paw on me, or drops the toy on me. She’s not interested in treats

(Q) Our female 23-month-old Cocker Spaniel keeps jumping up and barking for us to throw her ball. We have tried ignoring her, not talking, and turning our backs. Nothing seems to work. (A) Behaviourist Steve Goward says: Barking due to excitement and frustration is natural and at some point this behaviour has been rewarded. Successful outcomes are repeated, even if you