Cocker Spaniel Expert Advice

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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