I adore Cocker Spaniels, don't you?
I love their long floppy ears, soulful brown eyes and ever-cheerful curiosity, not to mention their boundless energy and enthusiasm!
For me, this is what makes the cocker spaniel so adorable and irresistible. And, I'm not alone judging by the number of visitors that arrive on my website every month!
My passion for Cocker Spaniels is why I created this site, and I'd like to share my love and extensive knowledge of this gorgeous breed.
The Cocker in the photo below is my faithful companion Max. We welcome you to our comprehensive guide to caring for Cocker Spaniels.
I'll help you care for your Cocker, from his early puppy days to his later winter years! You'll find everything you need to help your Cocker Spaniel grow into a happy, healthy, well-mannered dog!
Feel free to dip in and out as often as you need to!
I'm sure you'll fall in love at first sight with your new cocker spaniel puppy; however, puppies aren't always perfect. They don't come pre-programmed to understand us and how to fit into our human world.
House training your puppy may not always go to plan. You may find your Cocker Spaniel pup decides to pee and poop whenever (and wherever) the need arises! Don't worry; this article on potty training will help.
They may no listen to a word you say, and when it comes to chewing and biting, in their eyes, everything is fair game. Your little darling will run circles around you, literally!
Not entirely what you expected, is it?
Don't worry; it's nothing we can't handle! Your puppy simply needs a bit of training between all those lovely cuddles and sweet puppy-breath kisses.
I'll hold your hand through those first few scary weeks of your puppy's life with essential tips and advice on your new puppy's care and training.
This Cocker Spaniel puppy care guide will give you everything you need to get your puppy off to a good start and help you raise your little boy (or girl) to be the best-behaved puppy ever!
If your decision to get a puppy is recent, you may not have begun your search yet. Good news! This section of the site has lots of information on the Cocker Spaniel breed, including their history, characteristics and temperament.
You'll also learn the difference between a good breeder and a bad one. Speaking of bad breeders, if you've not heard of puppy farms or why you should avoid them at all costs, you'll learn that too!
You'll find advice on signs to look for when choosing your Cocker Spaniel puppy and simple tests to help you choose a puppy with the ideal temperament for your family.
There's so much information about Cocker Spaniels on this site to help you get to know this gorgeous breed better.
Of course, you want your new puppy to be a well-mannered, obedient, happy little boy. Right?
Right, but it's not always that simple!
An untrained puppy can (and usually does!) get up to all sorts of mischief, especially if left to its own devices. So, the sooner you begin your puppy's training, the better; untrained puppies can develop some pretty unsociable behaviours!
Puppy training is fun but can also be frustrating, especially when your puppy struggles to understand what you want from him.
You must help your pup understand how you want him to behave right from the start. Your goal will be to teach him what type of behaviour is acceptable to you and what's not!
You'll find plenty of tips and advice on training your puppy, including obedience training and potty training, to help you get the best from him. Trust me, getting your Cocker Spaniel's training right the first time will save you lots of time and heartache in the long run!
Your Spaniel's health is a priority, and as loving Cocker owners, we do our best to ensure our dogs stay healthy. So, what do we need to keep an eye on?
Pretty much everything!
We need to be vigilant.
Cocker Spaniels may have beautiful ears, but they're prone to infections; that's why it's essential to ensure they're clean to help keep bacteria to a minimum. I recommend you check them daily if you can.
And let's not forget dog fleas and ticks - just hearing those words makes me itch! Watching out for the tell-tale signs (scratching) and giving your pet a regular flea treatment will go a long way to keeping your dog free from fleas.
Your Cocker Spaniel may suffer from disease or illness at some point in his life, and it's a good idea to understand what these may be. On the upside, there are many things we can do to help keep illness to an absolute minimum.
For example, a wholesome and nutritious diet can help boost your Cocker Spaniel's well-being. Regular long walks, a few ball games, and good grooming habits will help too!
Learn more about your Cocker Spaniel's health needs.
Of course, you'll want your puppy's coat to look clean, healthy and in tip-top condition.
You'll want him to smell nice too, but dogs being dogs, they like to roll in unpleasant 'stuff' whenever they get the opportunity!
A good diet will help keep your puppy's coat shining and healthy-looking, but brushing it regularly with the occasional bath will also help.
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.
You'll learn which grooming tools to use to help to keep your Spaniel's coat looking healthy and in tip-top condition. If you're on a budget, you'll find many helpful tips and advice on all aspects of grooming your dog here.
If you can afford to use a professional groomer, you'll also learn how to choose a good one.
There's much more to this website than I can mention on this homepage.
If you'd like to explore further, click the navigation buttons at the top of each page or those listed in the right-hand column.
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I hope you come in for a while and enjoy mooching through the pages!
A special thanks to Adriana Morales for allowing me to use this wonderful photo of her golden cocker spaniel which you can see at the top of each page of my website!