Cocker Spaniel Expert Advice

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Trainer
Consistency is important [when training], not just in relation to what you allow your Cocker to do and not do, but also in the verbal and body language cues you use with your dog and in his daily routine. Dogs are most comfortable when they understand how their world works. Lack of consistency causes stress; stress causes behavior problems. – Pat Miller, a certified pet dog trainer (from Popular Dogs: Cocker Spaniels)

Groomer
Mention the word “Cocker” to a group of groomers and you’ll probably hear moans, groans and horror stories. This is because so many are matted messes when they come in for grooming. “But I’ve been brushing!” is the usual owner’s lament. It may be true, but only the top layer has been brushed while the mats continued to sprout underneath. Ask your groomer about proper brushing techniques. This will mean less work each time the dog comes in and will also save you costly dematting fees. – Kathy Saltzberg, a national certified master groomer and co-owner of The Village Groomer in Walpole, Massachusetts (from Popular Dogs: Cocker Spaniels)

Breeder
“[Cocker Spaniels] are like bright, social children who always ask questions. They are so responsive, reading their owners all the time. But people forget it is a sporting dog. They are bred to be active, independent enough to move into the field, and yet to stay close to you and work with you as a partner.” – Bobbie Kolehouse, Cocker Spaniel breeder (from Popular Dogs: Cocker Spaniels)

Veterinarian
“Cockers have more than their share of skin problems, which makes it important that owners pay attention to the nutritional components that affect that part of health. Owners need to make sure they address this common breed problem through diet.” – Dan Carey, D.V.M. and clinical nutritionist (from Popular Dogs: Cocker Spaniels)

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Kathy   Boston, MA

2/14/2012 2:20:51 PM

My dog Coco is 7yrs old he has Catarcts. I want to have Surgery, however, been told that this is very common in this
breed?

Should i go for an Consultation?

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Tonya   Lynwood, IL

10/18/2011 10:36:13 AM

My cocker spaniel is 5yrs old and is now developing a skin probllem. I brush her hair a few times a week and she's groomed every 4-6 wks. I had to change her dog food to Hills bros Presciptions to reduce the chance of urinary crystals. Is it the dog food?

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Hannah   Westminster, SC

10/9/2011 5:12:03 PM

My Cocker spaniels, butter and kizzy recently had their 3rd liter together, today i realized there were bleeding from their Anus and it was causing maggets to be in it. it is really scaring me and i can't figure out what to do! Veternarian costs money and not that good advice! HELP!

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Tracey Mayer   Racine, WI

1/25/2011 3:33:03 AM

very informational How do you train a cocker spaniel I know they are hunting dogs our cocker sees a door open he will take off my other question our dog has a cataract in his eye i live in racine wi are there any places reasonable for cataract surgery i cant see spending thousands of dollars

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