Today a 12 weeks old cocker puppy has come into your possession whose breeding, and confirmation was carefully planned. It has also enjoyed loving care , good feeding and a happy rearing with enough space to let of steam.
What it now turns into is up to you and your handling
Balanced love and discipline are very important. A small cocker is like a seismigraph and catches every mood change at once. From the beginning it must be consistently handled . I know the big so innocent looking cocker eyes can pull at your heart and one feels like an ogre. However you do want a well brought up dog whom all will praise and who is not a nuisance to you and your surroundings.
Observe your dog carefully and you will soon recognise his pee times,in any case always after waking up and after feeding. At once outside with the little rascal even if he tries to head back to the house - as he always does at first because that is his favourite place. Especially in rainy weather the carpet is more comfortable than a wet lawn or road. He will not squat at once but run around in excited cirles looking for the best place and then.perform. Never forget to praise your young dog when he has been good and done it outside where he is supposed to.
Exaggerate freely ,he will love it, he wants to please you and he will remember. Praise backed up with a little biscuit will work wonders. He will do a lot for a biscuit. If the rascal misbehaves do what the packleader would do, grab him by the neck and shake him. He must realise that you are annoyed with him so speak loudly. If he scrawls offended into his bed ignore him, depending on the offence even up to 2 hours. He will take note
Between four and five months the first needle sharp baby teeth fall out and are replace by permanent teeth. Give the puppy the buffalo skin bones which are available in all pet shops. They can lie around without smelling, which real bones already do on the second day - your dog may appreciate the smell but you will not - and he will always want to hide them when he has finished with them. One of our beloved dogs always hid his real bones under the pillow which was a proof of trust, but what a smell. Introduce him at once to the lead, either with collar or harness. In the beginning it will not be trouble free. The puppy feels as if it is in a corset and will fight it. With the harness you can control the whole dog but with the collar you stretch the neck. Young cockers are strong pullers. The cute little bundle you have on the end of the lead will grow within a year into a powerful dog , whichever sex. Take time at the beginning to practice walking on the lead and at heal. Only let him run freely if there is no traffic around because spaniels have no traffic sense and on the trail of a good smell will run into the next car. Put him on the lead before you open the house door or the car door. He is so full of the joy of life he will always want to be first out. Later he will obey words like " wait " , " no " or " stop ".
Your puppy has been wormed by
me before the sale. Between the fourth and fifth month he should be
wormed again. Roundworms come from the mother's blood . Until the dog is
a year old po samples should be tested every two months and three times
a year a dose of Lobatol or Panacur. Every two weeks the ears should be
cleaned with drops obtained from a vet.