I love cocker spaniels, don't you?
For me, it's their long floppy ears, their adorable brown eyes and an ever-cheerful curiosity that make them so irresistible!
In fact, my passion for Cockers is the reason I created this website.
The photo to the right (and the one above) is of my faithful companion Max and we'd
like to welcome you to the best on-line guide to caring for
your Cocker Spaniel, from his early puppy days
right through to his senior years.
My aim is to provide you with everything you need to help your new puppy grow into a happy, healthy, well-behaved Cocker Spaniel.
Discover a taste of what's on my site by clicking on any of the small photos underneath (or the navbar to the left) to find helpful tips and advice on how to take care of your cocker spaniel.
Getting a puppy is such a big responsibility, isn't it?
There's so much to consider beforehand and I guess one of the biggest considerations is the cost.
Aside from the initial price of a new cocker spaniel puppy, (and they don't come cheap!) you need to be certain that you can afford all the essential extras your puppy will need, such as a bed, a crate, a couple of warm blankets, a collar and lead...just to mention a few!
Then there's ongoing expenses, such as food, vet bills, insurance and boarding kennels.
And...do you really have enough time to spare? Cockers need at least one hours' exercise each day and your little fella will need to be trained and socialized too!
That's rather a big commitment to make, especially as your dog is likely to live up to 15 years...it's a commitment not to be taken lightly.
Still convinced you're up for getting a dog? Good. Now the excitement begins!
Bringing a new puppy home can also be very nerve-wracking, especially if you've never owned a dog before.
There's just so much to learn about being a puppy parent and I'm sure you'll have hundreds of questions to ask! This is where I can help you.
Puppies are a little like babies: they can't do anything for themselves. They need lots of love (that's the easy part!), and lots of care and attention!
My new puppy care guide covers all areas of puppy ownership, including essential help with feeding, house-training, bath-time and grooming, playtime, crate training and obedience training.
There's also a helpful step-by-step article to help you establish a solid care routine to help you look after your new little boy (or girl!) during those first few weeks.
Most important of all, all aspects of puppy socialization are covered to help your little Cocker grow up into a confident adult dog.
Take a look at these little fellas, they're 25 days old and already trying to get up to mischief - they're so cute!
You love your new pup and you want him to be a well-mannered, obedient little boy, right? Right! But it's not always that simple, is it?
An untrained puppy can (and usually does!) get up to all sorts of mischief and if left to his own devices, he can develop some pretty unsociable behaviors...so the sooner you begin his training, the better.
Although puppy training is (and should be) fun, it can sometimes also be frustrating, especially when it's obvious he doesn't understand what you want from him.
It's up to us to help him understand and our goal will be to teach him what type of behavior is acceptable and what's not!
You'll find plenty of tips on training your puppy to help you to get the best from him; saving you lots of time and heartache!
Your Cocker may not be fully house-trained when you bring him home so potty training is probably going to be one of your top priorities.
Your next priority might be to teach him a few simple obedience training exercises such as 'sit', 'stand', and 'down' - your first step to a well-mannered little Spaniel.
Give your new puppy the confidence he needs by socializing him every chance you get! You only have a small window of opportunity, so it's best to begin as soon as you get him home.
Socializing your puppy is the process of gradually exposing him to everyday sounds, sights, and experiences until he becomes totally familiar and at ease with them.
It's a vital part of his training and development, especially if he's to grow up to be a well-behaved, happy, Cocker Spaniel dog - I really can't emphasize this point too much!
If your pup isn't thoroughly socialized he may grow up to be very nervous and timid - jumping at the slightest noise or sudden movement, shying away from contact of any kind - in fact, a total scaredy-dog!
More importantly, an under-socialized puppy will grow up to be an unhappy dog and his fear and anxiety may cause temperament problems, resulting in bad behavior, perhaps even aggression, so it's really important to get it right!
Naturally, you'll want your Cocker's coat to look clean, healthy, and in great condition (and you'll want him to smell nice too!).
A good diet always helps, but if you check his coat regularly, and brush him daily, paying special attention to those feathers when they begin to grow in, you'll certainly get the results you're looking for!
Professional dog groomers can work out quite expensive, so if money's tight, why not learn how to groom him yourself and save some hard-earned cash in the process? If you decide to use a professional groomer, this article will help you make sure you choose a responsible groomer.
You'll find lots of useful tips and advice on all aspects of grooming your dog, as well as a guide to which grooming tools are essential to keep your Spaniel's coat looking healthy and in tip-top condition.
Your Spaniel's health is very important and as loving owners we do our level best to make sure our dogs stay healthy.
One particular problem area for Cockers is their pendulous ears - they may be beautiful, but they're prone to stubborn ear infections and need to be kept scrupulously clean to keep bacteria and infection at bay.
And let's not forget dog fleas and ticks - just hearing those words makes me itch!
Getting rid of fleas by using a regular flea treatment will not only ensure your dog's coat is free from these pesky parasites, but that your home is a flee free zone too!
There are many illnesses that can befall your pet, (too many to list here!) but there are steps we can take to keep them to an absolute minimum.
Regular exercise and good grooming habits are essential, but you can help to boost your dog's health by making sure his diet is wholesome and nutritious and that he doesn't become overweight.
There's much more to this website than I can possibly mention on this homepage.
To explore the site you can use the navigation buttons to the left of each page or to see a list of all the web pages, you can browse the Site-Map.
Alternatively, if you're looking for something specific, you can always try using the handy search box which you'll find in the top left-hand corner of every page.
I'm always adding new material so please come back and visit us often to find out what's new, and if you've any ideas for additions or improvements to the site, or even if you'd just like to say hello, just use the Facebook comments below.
I sincerely hope you come in for a while and enjoy browsing through my website!
PS: One last thing I need you to know - I'm not a vet, a dog behavior therapist, nor am I a breeder - I'm simply a fellow dog lover with an all-consuming passion for Cocker Spaniels and a great deal of knowledge and experience that I'd like to share with you.
If you have any immediate concerns about the health or welfare of your Cocker Spaniel, I urge you to speak to your veterinary immediately.
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