Here is some information about adopting
a High Calling Cocker puppy~
You see this message..."All you need is LOVE" written all over this
That deserves some thought. Yes, all you need is love. That is the main
reason you are looking at my website. "You" have love to give a cocker
puppy, and you can be sure that your new cocker puppy will return all
your love ...and even more back to you! However...you need
to realize that because you love this little puppy, you will need to put
forth a lot of effort to care for the little one properly. He (or she) will be
depending on you every single day of his (or her) life.
One of the most important things you need to know is that cockers need
to be groomed on a regular basis. A well-groomed cocker spaniel is
breathtaking! The ideal situation would be to brush your cocker every
single day to avoid mats and to stimulate the oil glands in the skin, causing
the coat to shine. I don't believe in bathing a dog any more than
absolutely necessary, but each time you do, you must be sure to rinse the
coat squeaky clean. If you opt for a shorter haircut...like a "puppy clip",
it might save you a lot of work with this high-maintenance coat. Our
cockers are the "show-type" and have a heavy coat which, indeed,
requires a lot of upkeep. You need to plan on taking your cocker to the
groomer every 6-8 weeks to be fully groomed. The groomer will be able
to clean up your cocker's feet, paying close attention to the mats between
the pads of the feet. Mats there can make a cocker very uncomfortable.
Cockers also develop mats in the hollow under their legs. Your groomer
can help you take good care of your new baby. She will also clip your
cocker's nails, contributing to your precious pet's daily comfort. Call
several groomers in your area to check on prices and "sound-out" each
one. In my area, grooming runs $25-50. You will develop a close
professional relationship with this person. She will help you become a
responsible pet owner by helping you care for your new baby properly.
If you choose to groom your own puppy, there are products I
recommend listed below which have worked well for me.
Another very important part of your cocker's upkeep is ear care!
Cockers are known to have ear problems when their owners do not keep
their ears clean and dry. It's really not difficult to clean your precious
pet's ears...but it is easy to forget!
If you see your dog scratching his ears, you'll know it's way past time for
ear care. Cockers have long ears which reduce the air flow to the inside
of the ears. So it's of utmost importance to check the ears often.
You will need to line up a veterinarian that you like, whose office is fairly
close to your home. Make sure your new vet also has a nice group of
people working for him or her. If you don't already have a vet, ask your
friends for their recommendations. Personally, I recommend Dr. James
Albert of All Creatures Animal Hospital, in Amherst, NY. Not only is he
a wonderful doctor, he is filled with compassion and has a true love of
dogs. He also works at the Buffalo Zoo! His office staff is GREAT! If
you are a local family who is entrusted with one of my little babies, you
will do well to continue care with Dr. Albert. Whether a local Western
NY family, or out of state, you will need to take your new puppy to your
veterinarian within the first couple of days for its initial check-up, so
make sure you make your appointment when you reserve your puppy.
You will also be visiting the office a few more times to finish up the series
of puppy shots.
Make sure you have a crate for your puppy's safety and to help with
house breaking. The crate needs to be big enough for your puppy to lie
down in, but not big enough that he can relieve himself at one end and go
sit at the other end. Puppies don't want to sit in their mess, so they will
want to keep their crate clean and "hold it" until you can take them
outside. Ideally, you can buy a crate with a removable partition. That
makes the crate small when he is small, and lets you make the crate
bigger when he starts outgrowing his space. Your new puppy will need to
go outside when he or she first wakes up in the morning, and right after
mealtime. Always take your puppy to the same place, and try to avoid
playing with him when it's time for him to be getting down to business.
When he does everything right, make sure you let him know how happy
you are with his performance.
Now if you have searched your heart, and think you are ready to make
this important commitment to one of our puppies, please read our
Adoption Process page..and then send me a short email to tell me a little
about yourself, your family and your home...and to let me know what
you are looking for in a puppy as far as color and gender are concerned.
Just click on the link below:
I am looking forward to having you join our
High Calling Cocker Family soon!
|Have you fallen in love with our
High Calling Cockers?