The Cocker Spaniels are smart, gentle, and happy dogs, they can easily win your love. Are you ready to have one for yourself? If you are, let’s get some tips for taking care of Cocker Spaniel.
How to feed your Cocker Spaniel
Each dog breed has a different diet and nutritional needs, which is why most dog owners’ primary concern is how to properly feed the dog. For a Cocker Spaniel you can follow these simple feeding rules:
– 1.5-2.5 cups of high-quality kibble, divided into 2 meals a day for an adult Cocker Spaniels, 3-4 meals a puppy.
– Give your dog 5 minutes each meal to eat finish his food. If he doesn’t finish it, put his food away.
– Never overfeed your dog. Drink water needs to be available at all times.
– Last but not least, if your dog doesn’t want to eat any food, bring him to the vet as soon as possible.
- Read more: Taking care of Bull Terrier
How to care for your Cocker Spaniel
The Cocker Spaniels have small body design, at their adult age, a Cocker Spaniel can be 15 inches tall and 30 pounds maximum. It is very easy to care for your little friend. Things you need to care for your dog are coat care and physical care.
Coat care: Cocker Spaniels’ coat is thick, long, it sheds moderately and needs to be brushed regularly. Depending on the length of his hair that you want to keep, you can determine the amount of grooming needed. With a long coat, you need to be brush, bath, and trim his hair every week. A professional hair groom at the dog salon every 8 weeks will be great for your dog.
Physical care: In order for your dog to has good physical health, you need to let him exercise every day. This breed doesn’t need a heavy workout, 30 minutes of relaxing walk around the neighborhood will be great for your dog. Playing catch or fetching are also good options for Cocker Spaniel. Keep in mind, your dog needs to exercise every day.
How to train your Cocker Spaniel
There is no dog can’t be trained. Like any other dog, the best training option for a Cocker Spaniel is giving him a professional training class. If you like to train your dog yourself, there are 3 things you need to train for your dog which are potty train, socialization, obedience train. In order for your training to succeed, you should always keep in mind these training rules:
Train your dog as a puppy: The sooner you train your dog, the easier for both of you. Any dog has the ability to remember things better as a puppy than when they are older.
Be patient: Many people thought a dog can be trained just in a couple of days, then they stress themself out realizing their dog could not remember their commands that quickly. A Cocker Spaniel puppy is just like a baby, he needs time to remember things, so you have to be very patient.
Be gentle: Gentle, friendly are important keys to get your dog interested in your training session. Yelling at your dog can make nothing happen for good.
Reward and compliment: Always have on your hands some tasty food that your dog love to eat, reward him right away when he does a good job. While you’re rewarding your dog, don’t forget to say to him a lot of compliments with your sweetest voice. They might not understand much but with your tone of voice, your attitude, and the reward, your dog will realize that it’s good listening to you.