Raising a Cocker Spaniel Puppy
Knowing the right way to raise your new Cocker Spaniel will make for a great pet for many years. Follow these tips to be equipped with the best ideas on raising a Cocker Spaniel puppy to be friendly and confident.
- Spend lots of time with your new puppy. Buy a puppy when you have a lot of time to devote to spending with your new dog. They are lovers by nature and this will give them the opportunity to bond with you.
- Make sure you are offering plenty of ways your new puppy can exercise. Take your new Cocker Spaniel on walks and play games like fetch that will help tire them out and entertain them (and you). Exercising your dog eliminates the chance they will get bored and start destroying things in the house.
- If your puppy is chewing on your personal belongings, put a chew treat or toy in their mouth to encourage them to chew on something appropriate.
- Offer the puppy a variety of different toys to entertain them. Chew toys and balls are a great toy for a new pup.
- Spend time getting your puppy to learn basic commands. If you are unsure how to do this, you may want to look into a few basic puppy training classes.
- Do not let your dog run free in the house where you cannot keep your eyes on them. You do not want them getting into dangerous chemicals or making a mess in the house.
- Do not let anyone engage in “play fighting” with your dog. Also tugging too hard on a toy can damage the dog’s teeth and teaches them to work against you and not with you.
- Praise your puppy when they do something you asked them to do.
- Use a firm “NO” if they misbehave, but do not go crazy with scolding the dog. They are just learning the ropes.
- Teach your dog to walk on a leash by having a friend walk a dog in front of you. The puppy will try to catch up with that dog and not focus so much on how strange the leash is.
- Buy your puppy quality dry dog food. Do not feed your puppy any table scraps or canned dog food.
- Monitor your dog’s coat and eliminate fleas if you see them on your puppy. Call your vet to ask about types of flea control and dosage for your puppy.
- Spay or neuter before hormones kick in and cause behavior problems.
Raising a Cocker Spaniel Puppy to be Friendly and Confident
If you run into Cocker Spaniel behavior concerns, consider reading or watching Cesar Millan’s The Dog Whisperer series. Cesar gives really helpful advice that a lot of Cocker Spaniel owners really find useful.