Neil King 02.06.1962 - 23.02.2016
Thank you to everyone who gave Neil the opportunity to do the job he loved so much.
It was Neil's wish that this website be left as a resource for people who might benefit from some topics posted here on the site.
Hello let me introduce myself. My name is Neil King and I am the founder of Springerman.
I am passionate about animals and dog welfare and as a dog lover I understand how important your pets are to you and also the care and attention they need.
In 2001 my wife and I re-homed a one-year old Labrador/Springer crossbreed called Tess who had already been homed twice and then returned as she was deemed ‘unsuitable’.
Things were fine for a while and then she became destructive whilst we were out of the house, chewing furniture and carpets and digging holes in the walls.
Things got progressively worse and the damage became greater to the point that we had to make the decision to either resolve the issue or become yet another family to reject her!
We made gradual progress over the following months, reading and investigating helpful techniques that we all had to learn and I can happily report that Tess became a much loved as well as a happy, balanced and contented dog.
In 2004 having researched the breed and feeling ready for a challenge we took on our first English Springer Spaniel, Misty. Misty was very clever, quick to learn and such fun to be with we thought it might be nice to have two!………. we took on Dylan seven weeks later!
Sadly, we lost Misty through illness just after her 2nd birthday.
Later that year Molly was chosen from a litter of pups at 10 days old and it was about that time we acquired Treacle, a six month old adolescent pup who had only known a kennel as a home and who was, at first, afraid of everything.
Boots became No 5 in the pack - she had not had a great start in life and my intention was to give her some confidence and find her a new loving home. She settled so beautifully with us, we decided to keep her.
Last but not least Jet arrived, a high energy and completely nutty Cocker Spaniel. Another rescue, who despite having had no formal training was as bright as they come, he is just a delight, so now we have six!
Having spent many years desk-bound in a busy office environment I realised that I wanted to work with dogs as much as I could and following a return to agricultural college to study Canine Behaviour I took the decision to make a life change. I now work with owners to help them understand how they can help their dogs overcome any behavioural problems.
I also provide one to one training in obedience or field work, puppy socialisation classes and when time permits a dog-walking service.