Use positive reinforcement techniques such as food rewardspraise, and play. Dogs who are highly sensitive, independent thinking, or assertive may be harder for a first-time owner to manage. This is our first Cocker to be fed dry food exclusively and we wanted to start with the best feed available. Anything whizzing by — cats, squirrels, perhaps even cars — can trigger that instinct. Keeping the Cocker coat beautiful is expensive and a lot of work. Nordic dogs such as Siberian Huskies were bred to range long distances, and given the chance, they'll take off after anything that catches their interest.
Cocker Spaniels quickly gained popularity both with breeders and the public.
Stranger Friendly Tendency to be welcoming to new people. Consider whether you have the time and patience for a dog that needs a lot of grooming, or the money to pay someone else to do it. Your careful weekly exam will help you spot potential health problems early. This is because moisture traps easily inside the cocker's long ears, making them an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. All bar the most skilled and enthusiastic of amateur groomers should also enlist the services of a professional, and most American Cockers need to have their hair clipped and washed at least every two months to aid in its management. The English Cocker Spaniel? Hunting dogs were further divided into land and water spaniels.