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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by cocker-loopy, Jun 26, 2010.


  1. cocker-loopy

    cocker-loopy PetForums Newbie

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    Hi, after alot of thought i am now the very proud owner of a little male cocker spaniel pup who i have decided to call Bodie. He's going to be our first dog and we're looking forward to picking him up on Monday. We are a family of four with two cats, a gerbil and a hamster!

    I decided to go for a cocker as i've grown up around spaniels/retrievers and cockers seem very adaptable to family life. I also love their bouncy fun loving nature plus their floppy ears!

    I've read some books, been on the internet and swotted up but would really appreciate a few tips on how best to settle him into his new home or if there's any tricks that might make the new few days easier for him.

    Look forward to hearing from you all......
    Thanks,
    Laura
     
  2. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    1st thing to do is take lots of photo's and post them on here ;)
    That is the most important :thumbup:

    Congratulations on your new addition.

    Let him explore his new home at his own pace.

    Take him outside for the toilet every hour, PLUS every time he wakes, finishes eating or drinking, stops playing or starts to circle and sniff.

    Feed him 4 times a day the same food as the breeder, if you want to change food wait 2 weeks then gradually introduce the new food. If feeding dry soak it before feeding so it's not to hard on his puppy teeth.

    Sign up for puppy classes and if you can puppy play sessions.

    Socialise, Socialise, socialise - after a day or 2 of settling in at home carry the little pup everywhere you possibly can so the big wide world becomes familiar.

    And have fun :thumbup:
     
  3. Bexy

    Bexy PetForums Senior

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    Can't add much more to that other than enjoy every moment whilst he is a small puppy cos one you will wake up and wonder where your tiny pup went:D
     
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    tosca PetForums Member

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    congratulations! Enjoy your new puppy.:)
     
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    If you can find someone with vaccinated dogs that would help to socialise your pup, either invite them round or pop to their house, as long as they have a secure garden where they can play together. I'm currently helping socialise a chocolate Lab pup, and my two just love running round after her, playing chase.

    Is he working or show lines btw? Looking forward to seeing pics :)
     
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    ploddingon PetForums Senior

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    Oh how lovely - look forward to seeing Brodie when you have him msettled.

    I have a cocker/poodle cross, now 4 months old so am just going on what I did for him.

    First plan how you are going to get him home. Is there someone to keep hold of him on the journey, or are you going to use a crate. Is the breeder going to give you a blanket with the pups Mum's smell on (this was something that really seemed to help my pup).

    Decide where you are going to put his food etc, and leave it there all the time.

    Have you a crate for him to sleep in? What are you going to do with him when you have to go out and leave him? Where are you going to put him and is it puppy proof? I bought a puppy playpen which I use for those times and it has been great because I know he is safe and is not chewing anything he shouldn't.

    When he is home, give him time to settle in and have a little wander round, and start the training right from then.

    To housetrain I used puppy pads and found them great, but most people recommend just putting the dog out every hour for a wee and poo, so it depends on whichever system you feel happier with, and give a reward afterwards.

    I also started obedience training at this stage too - just gentle stuff like answering to his name and he got a treat, coming when called and got a treat, then take it onto sitting and so on.

    Also start to take him out, in the car to get him used to that, and carry him round shops, roads, parks, picking kids up from school and so on. Be warned though, you will have to factor in lots of delays due to the 'Awwhhh' factor :)

    Finally, move anything you dont want chewed well out of the way - shoes, paper, toys etc, and provide a lot of things he can chew - Bobbys favourite at the moment is an empty cardboard box!
     
  7. y2klovebug

    y2klovebug PetForums Junior

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    Hi, congratulations!! I bought my retriever puppy home 3 weeks ago so speaking from that experience i would say, the first day keep him to a small area - say his area and the garden. We did this then let him have the run of the downstairs of the house from the next day when he had settled a bit. Take him out to the garden alot and treat him when he goes to get the housetraining underway. After a couple of days when he has settled get him out and about in the car (if this is something you want him to be used to), get him to the vets to be checked over and if you know any vaccinated dogs get him in with them. Maybe ask if your vets do puppy classes - mine did and they are free so always worth asking, most of all enjoy him!! I know that they wont grow as fast as bigger dogs but my "puppy" is 3 times the size of when we picked him up in 3/4 weeks! So take lots of pics.
     
  8. cocker-loopy

    cocker-loopy PetForums Newbie

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    Hello again,
    thanks for all your advice, its been really great to hear from people going through the same experiences.

    Well, i bought bodie home yesterday and we had a quiet couple of hours together before the kids got home from school. we've got a crate for him and he goes in there a few times a day for short periods, as its a medium size cage his food and water bowls are in there too, so i'm hoping he'll begin to see the cage as his "den".

    Toilet training has been a bit hit and miss so far (buts its early days), at the moment i'm taking him outside every 2 hours but he does catch me out sometimes in between.

    His first night was great, he went to bed at 10.30pm and slept right through until 5.30am when he started wimpering. i don't know if this is just beginners luck!! He only seems to have cat naps (or should that be dog naps) during the day so come 7pm he's absolutely shattered!

    we've done a bit of training with him today, he is beginning to recognise his name and will come when called especially if you've got a treat in your hand!! i've also walked him up and down the garden with his lead a couple of times just to start getting him used to things.

    I took him to the vets for a check up today, he's got a clean bill of health.

    btw bodie is a tri-colour show type cocker spaniel.

    i'll upload some pictures asap, promise!

    thanks again,
    laura
     
  9. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    I'm glad Bodie is home :) and look forward to the pictures.
    Sounds like things are going pretty well so far:thumbup:
     
  10. cocker-loopy

    cocker-loopy PetForums Newbie

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    hi,
    here's a picture of bodie (it was taken just over a week ago). since then he's grown and he's started to develop more of his black spots on his body.

    bodie will having his second injection next week, i can't wait to start taking him out properly.

    his house training is a bit hit and miss, but he's still great at night and eating well.

    i've started reading other threads about dog food, Bodie's on pedigree at the moment and although he seems to thrive on it he doesn't half poo alot! i've also heard its full of aditives so i'm thinking about whether to change him very gradually over to Burns.

    thanks again for all the advice.
     

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