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    Cocker Spaniel Puppies: The First Few Days

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    You’ve decided to buy Cocker spaniels. Now you just have to introduce them to the family home. This can be harder than it looks, especially in the first few days, so you’ll need plenty of preparation to make the transition as smooth as possible.

    Find out more about the steps you need to take during the first few days of Cocker Spaniel puppy ownership in the guide below.

     

     

     

     

    Introducing Cocker Spaniels to the Family Home


    1.    First of all, make some considerations for any other pets in the house. Of course, this point is not applicable if this is your first time buying a pet. However, if you own either a dog or a cat already, they may not take kindly to a new rival invading their territory.

     Therefore, you’ll need to keep your new Cocker spaniel puppy at a safe distance from other pets during the first couple of days. If possible, keep Cocker Spaniels within a restricted area of the house by using stair gates, as these lively puppies may find themselves in trouble if they stray across the path of another household pet.

    2.    As you enter the house, allow your Cocker spaniel puppy a couple of moments to explore his new surroundings freely. Naturally, the dog will be curious about his new home, and will appreciate a little time to explore. However, you should monitor the puppy’s behaviour from a close distance to ensure he does not stray too far.

    3.    As the dog(s) becomes accustomed to life in your household, it’s important not to neglect your other pets, as even if they have not yet been introduced, they will be more than aware through the scent of the house and your behaviour that a new rival to your affections is in the vicinity. It’s important not to transfer all your attention onto the new pet as this may directly influence your other pets’ attitudes towards Cocker spaniels.

    4.    After 1-2 days, you can tentatively approach the issue of familiarising all the pets with one another. This has to be a carefully controlled environment – in fact, ensure another person is in the room is there to assist you should your pets become aggressive towards a Cocker spaniel puppy. In most cases, most pets will be curious rather than aggressive, and even the initial reaction is not positive, it will soften over time with further socialisation attempts.

    5.    Finally, make the living environment as comfortable as possible for the new arrive – although not at the expense of other household pets. Set up a crate and bedding area in a sensible part of the house, and introduce plenty of chewy dog toys and treats, as Cocker spaniel puppies love nothing more than play. Feeding and training should be carried out at regular, disciplined intervals to help a dog settle in as quickly as possible.


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