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Old 10-07-2012, 02:42 PM
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New Golden Cocker Spaniel owner... All Info welcome

Hi guys, as the title suggests i have a golden cocker spaniel puppy, She is a little dote and as I am new to keeping this breed of dog I would love all info and advice about training, looking after, health care etc...

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I'm afraid I am quiet biased. My avatar was my boy Shadow whom I lost in May of this year at the age of 13 years. He was the best dog I could ever have hoped for ...I must say though, please make sure you go to obedience and that should be for any breed not only cockers.

They are a happy go lucky breed, always happy and loving, however, they do tend to have some health issues, one being ear infections. Stay on top of this and you should be fine, it's not something difficult to handle ...you simply need to be aware of it.

I would so love to see pictures of your beautiful golden cocker!!!!

I now own a little chocolate girl named Nala. I chose a different color because I was to afraid that if I chose the buff colour again I would tend to compare the two...this way she is totally different and special as well.

Enjoy your pup, you've chosen a very loving breed.
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Thank you for your reply do u mean go to training classes? Is this very important?

What type of grooming routine is advices for cockers? Do they mat much?
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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.
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I imagine your Cocker, is an English Cocker, as opposed to an American?
English Cockers have much less coat, but still require a lot of grooming. Teach the pup to stand quietly for grooming, constantly. Make sure to keep the ears clean and free of hair. Cockers can quickly get ear infections. Make sure to brush out tangles from armpits and between pads on feet. Purchase a bent-pin poodle brush for brushing. Also a metal dog comb. ALWAYS BRUSH before bathing. Never bathe a matted dog.

Actually, if the breeder of your pup was worth his/her salt, they would have explained everything to you, regarding training and grooming etc. When I still lived at home in England, I had a wonderful English Cocker. He was THE best dog and came from the famous Hightrees kennel. I finished him to his championship. He was a blue roan.

Do a google search for English Cocker clubs and associations. You will find tons of good information there.

Please do show us pics of your new pup.

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Thank you both so much for your detailed replies it is great toget all this advice first hand from owners

Yes she is an English cocker I would imagine the American ones would need an awful lot more grooming

Obidence classes are not very common where I live but I will do some research on where to go I have already trained her to sit and stay s d she in toilet trained but did have an accident the other day
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Aww. What a sweet little pup. Sure brings back happy memories of our Ch. Kinsman of Hightrees. Thanks so much for these pics. Love your birds too.

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How precious is she...thank you for the photos. Yes ,american cocker spaniels have oodles more hair but are absolutely stunning when groomed properly .

Hope you keep us posted on her progress and her growing up
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What a beautiful dog! Looks like she has an awesome family too.
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