10-08-2012, 09:54 AM
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Yes, I do mean training classes and yes ,this is very important. It will be a wonderful opportunity for you to bond with your girl and for she to learn to listen to you and your commands. You won't regret it , believe me.
Although I never had any issues with my boy Shadow, my little Nala definitely has a personality all her own and can be stubborn at times....without obedience and a more stern approach she would quickly become a brat. I too am still learning in this area because of the different personalities.
I work in a grooming shop a few days a week so I can have her groomed almost any time, that being said, cocker coats require a great deal of attention and they should be brushed ( with a slicker brush ) and combed every day. Especially if you plan on keeping her coat long and in a cocker cut. The brushing is good for their coat because it does stimulate the skin itself...akin to you brushing your hair everyday.
On average you should have her groomed no less than every three months and the sooner you start the better she will be on the grooming table.
Make a point of playing with the feet and pads, look in her ears and open her mouth and have a look inside....this not only gives you a chance to keep an eye on how things are going for her but also gets her used to being handled.
My Shadow had many health issues unfortunately, but because I got him used to me handling him , I never had issues when it came to putting medication in his ears or giving him meds orally when needed.
I would also suggest, if you haven't done it already , to kennel train her. Here again, the kennel became a place to rest, heal or just relax for my old man. If he wasn't feeling up to snuff , the kennel was the first place he would go .
Sorry for rambling on but those things I have mentioned were god sends where my cocker spaniel was concerned and I am using the same approach for Nala.
You sound like a very conscientious owner and I know your little girl will make you so happy.