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Tips for Pet Parents


  • It is important to handle your new dog’s introduction to their other furry family members with care. A bad and poorly managed introduction can be extremely stressful for everyone involved. Please read over this material below. All these organizations provide helpful tips for a smooth introduction. 


  • It can take a few days or even weeks for your new dog to feel comfortable with you and your family. Don’t be worried if it takes a while for them to warm up to you. It will happen!

  • Having a pet first-aid kit accessible is always a great idea! The Red Cross provided a list of items they recommend keeping on hand in case of emergencies. Please review the list by clicking the link below.

  • Cocker spaniels require frequent grooming to keep their coats from getting matted. It is important to find a groomer who has the capability to groom your dog at least every 6-8 weeks so you can keep your dog’s coat in it’s best condition. Grooming can be expensive so prepare to spend between $50-$80 every visit. 

  • Between grooms, it is recommended to brush your dog at least every other day with a slicker brush and then comb through afterwards with a metal comb. You can find both of those at any pet store. These are the best tools to use to brush your dog between professional grooming appointments.

  • Cocker spaniels have adorable, long ears but unfortunately, they can have frequent ear infections if their ears are not cleaned regularly. It is recommended to wipe the inside of your dog’s ears with a cotton ball soaked with dog-specific ear cleaner at least once a week. You can purchase the ear cleaner from any pet store. If at any point there is a brownish/black discharge on the cotton balls, visit your vet to determine if it is dirt or an infection.

  • Training is very important because it allows you to prevent dangerous situations and it creates a deep bond between you and your dog. There are many wonderful dog trainers out there! We recommend to start training as soon as possible so you teach your dog the proper behavior techniques.

  • Cocker spaniels are known for loving mealtimes and snacks! Make sure to talk to your vet to find out how much you should be feeding your dog. Feeding your dog too little or too much can cause health-related issues.

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