Puppy Proof  

Before You Bring Your Puppy Home

Once you decided English Cocker Spaniel is the right breed for you and your life style, before you bring your new puppy home, you would need to
“Puppy Proof” your house and get the following items:

* Please, "PUPPY PROOF YOUR HOUSE" before bringing your puppy in. Watch out for drop offs, such as stairs or decks. Dogs usually will not fall
forward, but they can fall backwards. You would have to worry about this while they are still small, probably until a year of age.
Make sure all the electric cords are covered with a plastic coil, sold in office supplies or they are all out of the puppy's reach. I have some fancy dog
gates in my house, to separate the rooms the dogs are allowed to stay in and the ones I want to keep clean longer
They are good barriers to keep the puppy out of trouble.

*A full size "Vari Kennel crate 200" It is important for travelling in the car or by plane. We had an accident with our car and one of our dogs was in
his crate and he did not even notice. Dogs are safer travelling this way. It is also important to have for crate training.
At night, you could use that crate by your bed, open in half and surrounded by a 24" tall gate, so the pup cannot escape and get in trouble. The first
days, the pup will cry and miss his/her siblings. It will comfort her/him, if you pet him while he/she cries, and tell him/her, “it is OK”, so he/she
knows you are by their side.
*I use Halo puppy kibble, I alternate fish and chicken and mix with a little water, and sometimes I add a little cottage cheese, yogurt, hard boil egg or
green tripe. Other brand of kibble I like is Fromm, which I had a lot of success with. These premium foods can prevent a lot of skin issues caused by
unnecesary food ingredients or processing. I also use raw food that has no hormones or antibiotics. My favorite for puppies is Excaliber, from
GreenTripe.com. Raw food can be a little messy, but I think it is great for the dog's health. You could alternate both, kibble and raw, or mix them up.
* Baby (human) brown rice cereal and/or canned pumpkin; keep those handy for when the puppy has soft stools.
* Puppy treats for training. Make sure you only cut a very tiny piece for rewarding the puppy, or he/she will get really fat soon :) I like Wellness
“Just for Puppy” treats for training and small “Bully Sticks” to chew on.
* A 10- 12 inch collar and lead.
* Hard toys for teething, a hard plastic ball, tennis balls might not be safe, since they like to chew the soft fabric and they could choke. “Kong” toys
that you put treats in or soft puppy food are good for boredom. Make sure you throw away the plastic toys that are broken to avoid choking and
make sure the toy is safe and appropriate for his age and development. Keep the toys and water clean.
* If you do not have a good groomer, I could teach you how to do the grooming and there is a simple technique you can use on ECS for daily
grooming: with a metal fine tooth comb for dogs, you can interlace a rubber band and with daily combing, you would keep a wonderful coat, massage
the pup, it is a good bonding technique and it gets rid of the loose undercoat, which is the hair you would otherwise find on the floor (That cuts down
on the shedding quite a bit). Here is what you need for grooming:
* A fine tooth, small or medium metal dog comb
* Baby wipes
* Shampoo and conditioner with natural ingredients
* A Dremmel tool or dog nail trimmer.
* A round tip scissors for cutting the hair between the pads.
* I like to get a couple of 30" tall metal exercise pen (sold at pet stores) that I can put outside on warm days and I could use around the crate for
potty training and for keeping the pup out of trouble when they are not supervised.
* Do not forget to always have water available for the pup. I have several water bowls that won't spill, they are called "water hole"; they keep their
ears dry.
* Ear cleaner. It is important to have this breed with their ears dry and clean regularly.
* Tooth paste and tooth brush. Regular tooth brushing will avoid health problems in the future. I never took one of my dogs for dental cleaning with
anesthesia because I keep them clean regularly.
* Wee-wee pads to put under the crate and in the area inside the ex pen that you want the puppy to go to the bathroom on. The puppies have been
pretty much inside their whelping box and inside an extended fence in my house. Sometimes, they like to chew on the wee we pads and make a
mess. I use recyclable, water resistant pads that I wash everyday and they absorb the liquid (They could be found online)
* Please, also keep in mind that there are many plants, human foods and chemicals that are very toxic for dogs. MANY HOUSE PLANTS ARE
POISONOUS. Make sure your dogs do not chew on them. Puppies like to chew on pretty much everything. Make sure your shoes, documents,
electric cords, etc etc. are out of their reach. When puppies chew on something they should not have, whose fault is it? No, not the puppy's
Here is a helpful link:

Basic Commands

Training your ECS is very important for their safety and for a “happier life” for them and everybody around them!
The puppies I place into approved homes leave my house with a general idea of some of the basic commands, but puppy training needs consistency
and some days it might feel they forgot everything

Teach the pup to “come” I would use a treat or string cheese, put it close to their nose and tell them, "come" in a "happy, gentle voice". Always praise
them when they do something well. The puppies are very sensitive, they "read" the voice tone, the body language, very few words, such as "come",
“sit”, “stay”, "out to pee', and phrases like that, repeated over and over, are very helpful in their training.
Now it is time to start getting them out in the yard for several bathroom breaks to get them used to the idea. I would take them with a lead. To
make them walk, use a treat, like you would use for all the other commands, put it close to their nose and make him/her walk without pulling the
lead because that will hurt the pup.
Do not take the pup to public places until he/she has all the vaccines. Always follow your vet’s recommendations.
St. Rock
English Cockers
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