Ever looked down to find your favorite pup staring up at you, a slightly bewildered expression on their face, clutching…your slipper? Or maybe it’s a rogue sock, a forgotten toy from the toy box abyss, or even a rogue leaf from the backyard. This endearing, yet sometimes frustrating, behavior of Cocker Spaniels bringing you random objects has many possible explanations.

Why Do Cocker Spaniels Bring Me Random Objects?

There are a few key reasons your furry friend might be playing fetch with your laundry:

  • Pack Leader Pleaser: Deep down, dogs are pack animals, and you’re their beloved leader. Bringing you “gifts” might be their way of trying to please you, offering something they think you might need or find valuable.
  • Excitement Overload: Cocker Spaniels are energetic pups, and sometimes that energy boils over. When they’re feeling super excited, like when you come home after work, grabbing an object and presenting it to you can be their way of channeling that happy energy.
  • Stress Relief: Believe it or not, some dogs find the act of carrying and presenting objects calming. If your pup is feeling anxious or overwhelmed, they might seek comfort in this behavior.

Is It Normal for Cocker Spaniels to Bring Me Things?

Absolutely! This behavior is quite common in Cocker Spaniels and many other breeds. In fact, it’s often seen as a sign of a strong bond between you and your dog.

While this behavior is generally harmless, it can become a problem if your dog starts picking up dangerous or valuable items. If your Cocker Spaniel’s habit of bringing you objects escalates to the point where it’s causing damage or creating safety risks, it might be time to address it more seriously.

How Can I Stop My Cocker Spaniel from Bringing Me Random Objects?

While it’s cute, sometimes you just need a break from the sock deliveries. Here are some ways to redirect the behavior:

  • Ignore the Offering: This might sound harsh, but if you don’t acknowledge the random object (unless it’s something dangerous!), your pup might get the hint that it’s not the desired response.
  • Provide Alternative Toys: Keep a basket of their favorite toys readily available. When your pup tries to present you with something else, swap it out for a toy and initiate playtime with an adorable personalized dog bandana or a fun new chew toy! Printies offers a wide variety of dog accessories that can become part of the positive reinforcement for desired behavior.
  • Address Underlying Stress: If you suspect your pup’s bringing objects is due to anxiety, consult a vet or animal behaviorist. Addressing the root cause will help curb the behavior.

What Are the Potential Risks of My Cocker Spaniel Bringing Me Random Objects?

While mostly harmless, there are some potential downsides:

  • Household Havoc: Your favorite shoes might become chew toys if this behavior goes unchecked.
  • Toxic Trouble: If your pup brings you random objects from outside, there’s a risk they could ingest something harmful.

How Can I Encourage Positive Behavior in My Cocker Spaniel?

Positive reinforcement is key! When your pup offers you a desired object, like a toy, shower them with praise and maybe even a delicious treat. This can help them understand what is expected of them and motivate them to continue behaving well.

Our personalized pet mats or feeding mats can become a designated “present drop zone” where your pup knows their offering will be acknowledged and rewarded with playtime or a treat.

What Are Some Common Breeds That Tend to Bring Their Owners Random Objects?

This behavior isn’t unique to Cocker Spaniels! Other breeds known for their “gifting” tendencies include:

  • Portuguese Water Dogs: These intelligent pups are natural retrievers and love to please their humans.
  • Golden Retrievers: Bred to retrieve, Golden Retrievers often see everything as a potential fetch toy.

How Can I Manage Separation Anxiety in My Cocker Spaniels?

Separation anxiety can manifest in many ways, including bringing random objects. Providing your pup with plenty of exercise (think walks or playtime with their favorite Printies bandana!), mental stimulation through puzzle toys, and a cozy Printies pet bed to feel safe in during your absence can all help.

Remember, understanding why your Cocker Spaniel brings you random objects is the first step to managing the behavior. By providing them with the right outlets for their energy and emotions, you can strengthen your bond and keep your prized possessions safe (well, mostly safe!).

Sources and References
  • Zavrel, Emily. “Why Does Your Dog Bring You Random Objects?” ElleVet Sciences, 24 Oct. 2022, www.ellevetsciences.com/cbd-for-dogs/why-does-your-dog-bring-you-random-objects/. Accessed 5 June 2024.
  • Gajdzik, Marcelina. “My Dog Keeps Bringing Me Things. Why?” Dogo App, 22 Oct. 2023, dogo.app/my-dog-keeps-bringing-me-things-why/. Accessed 5 June 2024.

(In)box full of puppies

Get cute pups, helpful tips, and more sent to your inbox.