Preparing for your English Cocker Spaniel puppy
The arrival of a new puppy is an exciting event in the household. To ensure that your puppy’s arrival and first few days with the pack will be as comfortable as possible, you have to prepare well in advance the things that your puppy will need.
Here are some of the important things that you should include in your list:
- Puppy pen
- Puppy chew toys
- Collar with identification tags and a bell
- Towels or blankets
- Puppy litter box and shavings
- Food and water bowls
- Grooming supplies
- Odour neutralizer
Puppy proofing your home
- Place toxic plants out of reach or put them outside. Some common toxic plants include Calla lily and dieffenbachia.
- All medications for humans and pets should be kept in a place which is inaccessible such as in a locked cabinet.
- Trash bins should be placed in areas where the puppy can’t reach them such as under the sink or outside.
- Keep the toilet seat down for a puppy can drink water out of the toilet or drown in it.
- Many household cleaning supplies are toxic; keep them in secure cupboards or cabinets.
- Loose electrical cords should be tied up and kept out of sight. You can use cord concealers or cable wraps to keep electrical cords away from the puppy.
- Fireplaces should be screened off.
- Hanging cords of drapery and blinds should be tied up in a cord or cut for these can cause strangulation.
- Laundry baskets should not be accessible for these can contain things that can be potential choking hazards such as underwear and socks.
- Stairwells should be closed off with a baby gate while doors and windows should be kept closed or screened.
Meeting the Breeder
Dealing with a reputable dog breeder is a very important factor to take into consideration if you are planning to get an English Cocker Spaniel puppy. There are just so many puppy mills these days whose owners are out mainly for the money without much regard to the quality and soundness of the puppies that they are selling. To be sure that you are dealing with a reliable dog breeder, you should be prepared to “do some sleuthing” by paying a visit to the breeder and asking important questions about the kennel and how it is managed.
1. Are the parents certified to be free from congenital and behaviour problems and duly certified by a veterinarian?
A responsible dog breeder makes it a priority to have his dogs examined and certified by a veterinarian before mating.
2. Can I have a tour of the kennel and meet the parents and their puppies?
A reputable dog breeder would love prospective puppy buyers to see the kennel, its facilities and how it is run. Seeing the premises will give you an idea how their dogs and puppies are handled and whether the conditions are perfect for their growth and socialization. When you finally meet the dogs and their puppies, take note of their temperament, especially the parents.
3. How are puppies socialized while still in the kennel?
A good dog breeder knows that an early socialization is very important in the puppies’ growth and behaviour. As much as possible socialization should start as puppies turn 6 weeks of age.
4. Has the puppy received all the core vaccines?
Ask for the puppy’s vaccination and health record and scrutinize the information written on it. Young puppies may not have received yet all core vaccines but when they’re three months old, they should be finished. You can ask about booster shots and other health information.
5. Have the puppies been undergoing regular deworming?
Newborn puppies can already harbour parasites. They get these worms from their mother via the placenta. Since puppies can easily suffer from serious effects attributed to parasitism, a good dog breeder should follow a deworming schedule with the aid of a veterinarian.
6. Is there a guarantee for the purchase of a puppy?
A dog breeder should offer a guarantee of your purchase just in case there will be problems with the puppy later on, particularly when it may be diagnosed with a serious health problem.
7. Will a certificate of the sale be provided?
Dog breeders with good reputations issue a sale certificate. This is a document that is a proof of the transaction between you and the dog breeder.
8. Do you have a copy of the pedigree records of the parents?
A pedigree record shows the lineage of the litter. When you see titles listed within the first two generations, it is an indication of reliability and soundness of the litter.
9. Do you fit your puppies with microchip?
A puppy with a microchip can easily be identified if ever it gets lost. Some countries also make it mandatory to have dogs fitted with a microchip.
10. Can I have some names of previous puppy buyers?
The dog breeder should be proud to provide you with names of satisfied owners of his puppies. Once you have the names, be sure to call them and inquire about their puppies and problems they may have encountered, if any.