Since the cocker spaniel was originally considered a hunting dog, its relevant qualities are not neglected now. But no matter how talented your favorite by nature is, you need to train him. First, these are the basic commands for obedience education (serving, standing, standing up, etc.)
Training should be consistent and carried out daily. Act with a dog you need to gently, but decisively. First, dogs are taught to work in the right range, training on pigeons, then you need to train with other birds so that the dog “learns” different smells. Gradually, the English Cocker Spaniel will learn to drive the birds and return in time, the dog will develop an instinct to pursue the game until it is caught, or until it is completely lost from sight. The owner should teach her to immediately respond to the whistle, and not succumb to excitement. It is also important that the dog is accustomed to the sounds of the gun and not be afraid of them.
In order for the English Cocker Spaniel to hunt throughout the day, you need at least a couple of years of training, so do not require this from your dog from the very first days.
How to choose a puppy
The choice of a puppy of any breed should begin with the study of all the characteristics and the maximum familiarity with the features of the attracted option. It is necessary to adequately assess their capabilities so that caring for the dog does not turn out to be too complicated and costly.
The English Cocker Spaniel is great for home keeping as a family pet as well as a companion for the hunter. Professional breeders independently reject puppies that do not meet the standards, so you need to buy a dog only in trusted clubs. Please note that the monochromatic representatives of the breed most likely come from Finland, which means a tendency to aggression. The good cocker spaniel has a pied, motley or spotted color.
A good breeder will certainly ask you no less questions than you will give him advice for the first time. Observe puppies – large individuals can grow loose, you also need to pay attention to proportionality, clarity and eye color, bite, fit eyelids. The puppy should not lie quietly on the sidelines, but also bully too.
If you responsibly approach the choice of a dog and follow all the recommendations for grooming and feeding, your cocker spaniel will delight the whole family for a long time with its fervent disposition and devotion. The life expectancy of these dogs is up to 15 years, which is very pleasing to their owners.
Since the smooth-haired spaniel is very prone to tangling, it requires regular combing and also a bit more frequent bathing than dogs of other breeds. You also need to regularly cut the hair of the paw pads, thoroughly clean the ears and check their condition. The Cocker Spaniel is known for its long hanging ears, in which excessive amounts of ear wax and infections can form. They do not molt very much, therefore, problems with the constant cleaning of the wool should not arise. The average cocker spaniel will take as much physical activity as the host will offer them. They are ready to constantly run and play, especially in the fresh air. This breed just loves active exercises and your pet will be truly happy if you spend a lot of time with him. But to leave such a dog alone is not strictly recommended, since the Cocker Spaniel cannot be for a long time without company, and this will lead to a mental disorder. Therefore, before starting a dog of this breed, it is worth studying all the characteristics and making sure that you are ready to bear responsibility for it.
The nutrition of cocker spaniels can be either strictly of the same type (natural food or dry food), or mixed. The diet should consist of lean meat, cereals, vegetables, fruits, some offal, sour milk. These dogs are fed 2-4 times a day.