I simply adore cocker spaniels, don't you?
For me, it's their soft floppy ears, their large brown eyes and an ever-cheerful curiosity and enthusiasm for life that make them simply irresistible!
My passion for Cockers is the reason I created this website and my aim is to provide you with everything you need to help your new puppy grow into a happy, healthy, well-behaved Cocker Spaniel.
The photo to the right (and the one above) is my faithful companion, Max, and we'd like to welcome you to the best on-line guide to owning and caring for your dog - from his early puppy days right through to his senior years.
You'll find a taste of what's on my site below and as it's regularly updated with new material, I recommend you bookmark us (so we don't get lost!) and continue to visit as often as you wish!
Puppies are like babies, they need lots of care and attention. There's just so much to learn about being a puppy parent - I bet you have hundreds of questions to ask!
My new puppy care guide will help you to set up a solid care routine to help you look after your little boy (or girl)!
All areas of puppy ownership are covered, including essential help with feeding, house-training, bath-time and grooming, playtime, crate training and obedience training.
Most important of all, I will cover all aspects of puppy socialization to help your little Cocker grow up into a confident adult dog.
I'll also help you to train your puppy too - just read on to learn more.
You love your new pup and you want him to be a well-mannered, obedient little boy, (or girl) 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 untrained, can develop some pretty unsociable behaviors so the sooner you begin his training, the better.
Puppy training can sometimes be frustrating, especially when it's obvious he doesn't understand what you want from him, but it's up to us to help him understand. Teach him what's acceptable behavior and what's not!
You'll find plenty of tips on training
your puppy to help you to get the best from your Spaniel and
will save you lots of time and heartache!
He may not be fully house-trained when you bring him home so toilet training is probably going to be one of your top priorities.
Crating can help,
but this practical guide to potty training will have him house-trained
in no time at all!
Your next priority might be to teach him a few
simple dog obedience training exercises such as 'sit', 'stand', and 'down' -
your first step to an obedient little Spaniel.
Give your new puppy the confidence he needs by socializing him at every opportunity!
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.
Socialization is a vital part of your puppy's training and development, especially if he's to develop into a well-behaved, happy, adult dog - I really can't emphasize this point too much!
If your pup isn't thoroughly socialized he may grow up to be a very nervous and timid dog - 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 ensure our dogs remain healthy at all times.
One particular problem area for this breed 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 dog ticks - just hearing those words makes me want to scratch!
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.
In fact, if you're looking for general background information on this breed, you'll find it here!
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.
One last thing I
need you to know - I'm not a veterinary, a dog behavior therapist, nor
am I a breeder - I'm simply a 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.
I sincerely hope you come in for a while and enjoy browsing through my website!