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PURCHASING YOUR PERFECT PUPPY
You can go just about anywhere to get a "DOG" but purchasing that perfect puppy should be a carefully though out process, you must do your homework. The puppy you purchase will be an investment you make that should encompass about 15 years.

A Breeder can be anyone that puts two dogs together to get puppies. People that just breed dogs for money care nothing about the health, temperament and quality of the breed, their main concern is only the money that they can pocket from you. They cut cost for the care of the mother, feeding her inferior food while she is caring the litter and the litters care is just enough to keep them alive to be able to retain more money. They care nothing about you, your family and certainly not the breed that is the popular demand for the moment. Television commercials that show an animal or a movie with a particular breed causes the public to want one just like it. Puppy Mills, and back yard breeders satisfy this frendzie. The sad part of this is the puppy that you may purchase will more times than not be nothing like the one in the commercial or movie. This has destroyed many breeds. For several years the American Cocker Spaniel had the reputation of a snappy hard to control animal. This is the result of uneducated breeders out to make a quick buck. A true American Cocker is a loving happy merry breed. They love children with a passion, love to please you and truly want to become one of the family, not just a back yard dog.

Breeding dogs is a complex process of years of carefully studied pedigrees not just one person but countless others. In a Five Generation Pedigree it took "62" dogs to make your new baby. If these dogs were put together by uneducated unethical people that cared nothing for the quality, temperament, conformation and health of this breed, the result can be a heart breaking experience for
you and and a miserable life for the dog. More times than not it results in a painful life with knees and hips that won't stay in place and blindness. But the sadness is a very painful life for the innocent dog. And sometimes unfortunately the only kind thing to do is to put the puppy or adult dog down.

A Reputable Breeder should provide you with information and try to educate you about the breed. ALL breeds of dogs have some health problems. But a Breeder that truly cares about a particular breed is very careful what lines they introduce to their bloodlines.

They should let you meet at least the mother of the puppies. In today's world the mother could have been shipped to the father. Technology has made it possible to even ship the sperm across the country. And even the sire could have been deceased for many years with the technology o frozen stored sperm. So sometimes it may be impossible for you to meet the sire. But you should at least meet the mother. This will give you and idea of what your dog will not only look like but its temperament. And a good breeder will be proud of their dogs and equally proud of the sire that they have chosen, and have a picture of him. I do not recommend purchasing a dog that is not AKC Registered. Other registries are not as strict about purebred dogs and will register anything that closely resembles a breed with just a picture, thus your registered dog may not be what you wanted. You will only find this out after the dog is grown and you may have paid a lot of money for a puppy that is not quite what you thought it would be.

So with all this said please slow down and take the time to research this lovely breed and ask the breeder what it's really like to own an "American Cocker Spaniel". They require grooming and exercise. Don't just get a puppy to satisfy the urge to have a puppy to later find out that this may not be the breed for you and your life style and cast away a loving dog.


YOUR NEW PUPPY
IN THE BEGINNING OF YOUR NEW PUPPIES LIFE YOUR PUPPY'S WHOLE WORLD CONSISTED OF HIS MOTHER QUIET NURTURING WARMTH AND THE CLOSE COMFORT OF HIS LITTER MATES. WHEN HIS EYES OPENED AND HIS HEARING DEVELOPED BETWEEN 10 TO 12 DAYS OF AGE THE WORLD STARTING OPENING UP FOR YOUR PUPPY. HIS FIRST TASK WAS TO GET HIS LITTLE LEGS UNDER HIM AND BEGAN TO WRESTLE WITH HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS. LITTLE BY LITTLE, PLAY TIME WITH HIS LITTER MATES AND HIS MOM HELPED HIM LEARN IMPORTANT LESSONS ABOUT HOW TO BEHAVE WITH OTHERS. AS THE "HELP LET GO OF MY EAR OR TAIL" I BEGAN TO PROVIDE LOVING HUMAN CONTACT. I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THIS EARLY IMPRINTING SHAPES YOUR PUPPIES PERSONALITY. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT A PUPPY NOT BE SEPARATED FROM HIS LITTER MATES UNTIL NO EARLIER THAN 8 WEEKS THIS HELPS DEVELOP A HEALTH SECURE PERSONALITY.
WHEN YOU RECEIVE YOUR PUPPY IT NOW IS UP TO YOU TO GIVE HIM THE PROPER CARE HE REQUIRES DAILY. THERE'S A LOT INVOLVED, HIS NUTRITION, PLENTY OF LOVING ATTENTION **GENTLE TRAINING*** SAFE TOYS AND A COMFORTABLE SAFE HOME. AND MOST IMPORTANT PROPER VETERINARY CARE AND GROOMING.

PLEASE REMEMBER THE FIRST YEAR OF A PUPPIES LIVE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT.
AGE 8 TO 12 WEEKS
AT THIS AGE YOUR PUPPY IS GETTING HIS ACT TOGETHER PHYSICALLY. HE STILL IS NOT VERY COORDINATED FOR PLAYFUL JUMPING AND TURNING AND TUMBLING. ABOUT HIS 12TH WEEK HE WILL START SHEDDING HIS PUPPY TEETH AS HIS PERMANENT TEETH START TO COME IN AND HIS BLADDER CONTROL IS GETTING ALITTLE BETTER. I WILL GIVE YOU SUGGESTIONS LATER ON POTTY TRAINING YOUR NEW BABY.

HIS BEHAVIOR WILL BEGIN TO CHANGE AS HE SHIFTS HIS DEPENDENCE TO YOU AS HIS OWNER AND LEADER. REMEMBER YOU BECOME HIS WHOLE LITTLE WORLD. HE WILL WANT TO BE CLOSE TO YOU CONSTANTLY THIS IS FOR SEVERAL REASONS ONE FOR COMFORT AND THE OTHER FOR LEADERSHIP. SO REMEMBER THIS IS THE TIME TO TEACH YOUR PUPPY WHAT IS EXPECTED OF HIM AS A FAMILY MEMBER.

HE IS CURIOUS ABOUT EVERYTHING!!!!! HE HAS A VERY SHORT ATTENTION SPAN AT THIS AGE AND IS VERY VERY EASILY DISTRACTED.

HE BASICALLY HAS HAD NO FEAR IN HIS EARLIER WEEKS OF AGE BUT YOU MAY NOW NOTICE THAT BETWEEN 8 TO 12 WEEKS HE MAY SUDDENLY BECOME CAUTIOUS OF ANYTHING NEW IN HIS SURROUNDINGS. THIS FEAR PERIOD IS NORMAL. HE MAY BE FEARFUL OF ABRUPT MOVEMENTS OR LOUD SOUNDS. PLEASE PLEASE DON'T PLAY SCARE THE PUPPY TO WATCH HIM JUMP. YOU WILL TOTALLY DESTROY YOUR PUPPIES TRUST IN YOU AND BREAK HIS CONFIDENCE. THEN YOU WILL HAVE BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS THAT ARE SO VERY HARD TO CORRECT.

JUST LIKE A LITTLE BABY THAT EXPLORES WITH HANDS AND FINGERS. YOUNG PUPPIES LIKE TO INVESTIGATE THINGS USING HIS MOUTH. COMBINED WITH THE INCREASING URGE TO CHEW AS PERMANENT TEETH START TO COME IN, AND YOU HAVE ONE MOUTHY CUSTOMER! SO REMEMBER IF IT IS ON THE FLOOR (HIS TERRITORY) IT IS FAIR GAME. SO PUPPY PROOF YOUR HOME, AND PROVIDE HIM WITH LOTS OF SAFE, CHEWABLE TOYS.

JUST LIKE AN INFANT YOUNG PUPPIES NEED TO SLEEP OFTEN SO KEEP PLAY TIME SHORT AND GIVE HIM LOTS OF SLEEPY TIME FOR PROPER GROWTH. DON'T FORCE HIM TO STAY AWAKE AND PLEASE RESIST THE URGE TO SHOW YOUR PUPPY OFF FOR THE FIRST FEW WEEKS GIVING HIM TIME TO ADJUST TO HIS NEW LIFE. REMEMBER IT IS VERY FRIGHTFUL FOR HIM TO LEAVE THE COMFORT OF HIS MOM, LITTER MATES, AND ME. WE ARE ALL THAT HE KNOWS AND WE WERE THE ONES THAT KEPT HIM SAFE AND LOVED. KEEP IN MIND THAT HE WILL PROBABLY BE AFRAID OF YOU SO HOLD HIM CLOSE AND TALK SOFTLY TO HIM ON HIS WAY HOME WITH YOU. DOING THIS NOW WILL SHAPE YOUR BOND WITH HIM.

YOUR NEW LITTLE BABIES IMMUNE SYSTEM IS NOT FULLY DEVELOPED UNTIL HE IS ABOUT 12 WEEKS OF AGE. TO HELP PROTECT HIM FROM SEVERAL SERIOUS SOMETIME DEADLY DISEASES, IT IS CRUCIAL DURING THIS TIME TO KEEP UP WITH HIS VACCINE SCHEDULE (PUPPY SHOTS) JUST AS IMPORTANT AS GIVING YOUR PUPPIES SHOTS ON SCHEDULE **KEEP** YOUR PUPPY AWAY FROM OTHER DOGS. DO NOT TAKE THE PUPPY TO PUBLIC PARKS, REST AREA'S PET SHOPS OR ANY AREA WHERE OTHER DOGS MAY HAVE SOILED THE GROUND. **WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR PUPPY TO THE VET** DON'T LET OTHERS IN THE WAITING AREA TOUCH YOUR PUPPY THIS CAN BECOME QUITE A CHORE BECAUSE EVERYONE LOVES A PUPPY, JUST BE KIND TO THE STRANGER AND SAY HE HASN'T HAD ALL HIS SHOTS YET. DON'T LET HIM GO POTTY OUTSIDE THE VETS OFFICE, DON'T PUT HIM ON THE SOFA OR THE FLOOR (HOLD YOUR PUPPY) OR TAKE HIM TO THE VET IN A SMALL PET TAXI COVERED WITH A TOWEL. WHEN YOU ENTER THE EXAM ROOM INSIST THAT THE VET OR HIS ASSISTANT CLEAN THE TABLE IN FRONT OF YOU WITH A DISINFECTANT. ** REMEMBER THE PET THAT JUST LEFT THE TABLE OR CAME INTO THE OFFICE COULD HAVE BEEN VERY ILL WITH PARVO **
TRAINING THE YOUNG PUPPY
THE YOUNG PUPPY HAS A VERY SHORT ATTENTION SPAN, BUT YOU CAN GENTLY BEGIN HIS BASIC TRAINING AT THIS TIME. WEARING A COLLAR, FOLLOWING ON A LEASH, AND COMING TO HIS NEW NAME WHEN CALLED.

THE VERY FIRST THING YOU NEED TO DO IS PICK OUT YOUR NEW BABIES NAME. EVERY TIME YOU INTERACT WITH HIM USE HIS NEW NAME, WHEN HE RESPONDS TO HIS NAME GIVE HIM A TREAT.

THE SECOND THING TO DO IS INTRODUCE HIM TO HIS COLLAR. THIS WILL BE VERY BOTHERSOME TO HIM SO START WITH. HE WILL PROBABLY SCRATCH AT IT AT FIRST AND I HAVE EVEN HAD PUPPIES LAY DOWN THINKING THEY CAN'T EVEN WALK WITH IT ON. JUST TRY TO TAKE HIS MIND OFF OF THE NEW COLLAR WITH GENTLE PLAY TIMES. THEN INTRODUCE HIM TO A VERY LIGHT WEIGHT LEASH. LET HIM DRAG IT AROUND BEHIND HIM FOR A WHILE AND WHEN YOU BELIEVE HE HAS GOTTEN ACCUSTOM TO THE LEASH START PUTTING A LITTLE RESTRAINT ON THE PUPPY USING THE LEASH AS HE TRIES TO WALK AWAY. NEVER PLAY TUG-A-WAR WITH THE LEASH. YOU WANT HIM TO ENJOY WEARING HIS NEW COLLAR AND LEASH. SO THE IMPORTANT THING IS NEVER MAKE HIM AFRAID OF IT.

AFTER YOU AND YOUR BABY ARE COMFORTABLE WITH THE LEASH AND COLLAR START TEACHING HIM TO COME TO HIS NAME WHEN CALLED. SAY HIS NAME FIRST (JOE COME) IF HE DOESN'T COME TO YOU THEN GIVE A GENTLE PULL AND REPEAT THE COMMAND. AND OF COURSE WHEN HE DOES COME TO YOU GIVE HIM A TREAT.

KEEP THESE EARLY TRAINING SESSIONS VERY SHORT ABOUT 3 TO 4 MINUTES AT A TIME. BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS TO MAKE TRAINING TIME FUN FOR HIM AND USING LOTS OF LOVE, PATIENCE AND LOTS OF HIS FAVORITE TREAT.

AT THIS TIME YOUR PUPPIES IMMUNITY ISN'T ESTABLISHED, YOUR PUPPY CAN'T GO TO PUPPY TRAINING SCHOOL OR OUT IN PUBLIC. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOUR PUPPY INTERACT WITH DIFFERENT PEOPLE AT THIS TIME. TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM HAVE YOUR FRIENDS COME TO YOUR HOME AND VISIT AND INTERACT WITH HIM. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU ARE SURE THAT YOUR FRIENDS PETS ARE CURRENT ON THE VACCINATIONS BEFORE THEY EVER ENTER YOUR HOME. SEVERAL DISEASES CAN BE CARRIED INTO YOUR HOME ON PEOPLES CLOTHES AND SHOES, SO CHECK BEFORE THEY EVERY COME TO YOUR HOME. AND OF COURSE WHEN IN DOUBT DON'T LET THEM VISIT.

THERE ARE A LOT OF FUN TRAINING TIMES AHEAD FOR YOU AND YOUR NEW PUPPY. TAKE THE TIME TO ENJOY THIS WONDERFUL TIME WITH YOUR BABY. THE FEW MINUTES YOU SPEND DAILY WITH THE YOUNG PUPPY WILL BUILD A WONDERFUL LIFE WITH YOUR NEW DOG.

I AM ALWAYS HERE TO HELP WITH TRAINING ISSUES WITH YOUR NEW BABY. PLEASE FEEL TOTALLY FREE TO GIVE ME A CALL IF YOU ARE HAVING A PROBLEM WITH HIS TRAINING.
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