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Old 03-01-2004, 06:10 PM
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Serena! Thanks a LOT for your valuable advice! Yes, actually he was ignored yesterday because his biting's becoming more and more often. And he bites hard! We had to "scold" him and he cried once and went to his bedroom by himself. After that we tried to play with him again and he insists on biting. I think my dad's creating bad habits in the puppy, by letting him bite his shoelaces and pulling the other end, so the puppy now wants to do that with everybody and he loves biting hands and arms and everything he can find! I'll do what you say and will let you know By the way I wanted to add a photo of the puppy but I don't know how to do that, I'll find out and will let you know if you want to take a look at the little devil
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Old 03-01-2004, 06:20 PM
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I hope it works!
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Old 03-02-2004, 06:33 PM
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I have a cocker!!!! His name is Luke. I'm so glad so many people have cockers! We can tell our breed stories together, YAY!
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Old 03-04-2004, 06:41 PM
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Hello Serena and the others. Thanks for your valuable advice. As a matter of fact I think he's getting it, that he's not supposed to bite but sometimes when we yelp NO! he goes away crying and gets in his bed. We've been progressing with the potty training thing, today we went outside in the morning as soon as he woke up and then like at 4 in the afternoon after his naps and he went outside! YAY! I seriously want to do this the right thing, he played for like an hour with this big plastic ball, he tries to bite it but he can't because it's hard, so he growls and barks at it, I don't think if he'll get frustrated but he seems to like it, he runs and chases the big ball like crazy and besides he looks so funny hehe We'll have to go to the vet tomorrow, and I don't know if it's me, but I think he's grown a lot, I see him to be bigger every day! Again, thanks for all your valuable advice! It's worked wonders!
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Old 03-04-2004, 07:16 PM
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I LOVE THE PIC!!! So cute!
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And Brattina, is it true that this kind of dogs (Cocker Spaniels) are difficult to keep at home because they're really hyper when they grow up?
No, this isn't true. Well, it may be in some cases, but you will probably hear a lot of stories about cockers like this. Because they were so popular for a while (some years ago, can't remember years off the top of my head) some were overbred and at times inbred, backyard bred ect. When the breeds popular, the health suffers, so submissive urination, aggression ... is a problem seen in the breed, that may not be as common as some people let you believe. I've heard lots of things that get me upset, people telling me there two cents about the breed, but don't get too upset like I did. A trainer warned me about "Cocker Rage" that really got me scared, and the vet won't administer shots unless I'm physically restraining her just because she's a cocker. Maddie has done NOTHING to deserve this prejudice treatment. It reminds me of how people see pit bulls and there head fills with ideas of how they think the breed is. The discrimination can be bad at times, I just wanted to warn you. I have never been so mad at people in my life, but when you talk about my dog you're crossing the line. lol
Its usually nothing too bad, but I'm sensitive at things like this about my dog, and I tend to get angry quick. I wish someone would've told me that people would say dumb things judging my dog, so that's why I'm telling you.
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Old 03-04-2004, 07:29 PM
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Well Brattina, you're also a life saver like Serena. So many people have been telling me to hold on to my seat, when Blondie grows up he'll be almost unbearable, that this person had a Cocker and had to give it away because they couldn't put up with him at home, so I was just so scared because God it's only 2 weeks since Blondie arrived and I so miss him when I'm out shopping or working, it's like he's been part of the family for ages and I'd seriously die if something even happens to him, let away having to give him away because he becomes unbearable. I know I can't talk much because he's only a baby and I don't know what he'll become, but he's so good up to now! I mean like a normal dog, he won't do things that can make people think he's got "Cocker Rage" God. And thanks for the advice. From now on I'll only assume those people who say mean things about my little baby are just envious because they don't have a precious Cocker pup and I do! Hahaha!!
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Old 03-04-2004, 08:48 PM
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You've got the right attitude! My best friend has a little black Cocker that showed up on her doorstep abused and hungry. If any Cocker had an excuse to be a brat it would be Carter. He's a jewel! Yes, he's got lots of energy, but he's got a whole basket of toys to play with. He drags them all over the house, "kills" some of them, and puts them back in his toy basket. He never makes a mess or pees in the house. Probably the cutest thing he does, though, is when Katie's not home and the phone rings over to the answering machine, he sits in front of it and "talks" and yowls the whole time her voice is giving the outgoing message. I actually heard it once by calling her number from the front porch on my cell. It was pitiful! Now, when I call her and get her answering machine, I just talk to Carter instead of leaving her a message! She says he sits in front of the machine and croons when she plays it back. I just love the little fellow. He's very protective of her and her daughter, but the only time he's openly aggressive is if he sees a man in any kind of law enforcement uniform or a patrol car. He just hates them. We figure someone who wore that type of uniform must be who abused him.

So you just keep right on believing in your little Blondie and don't let anyone discourage you.
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Old 03-07-2004, 08:44 PM
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Those comments just made me feel so much better! Thank you everybody for your advice. Renee, that story is the loveliest thing I've heard! I didn't use to like dogs much, I admit it - but that's because I never owned one. Now, since the moment this pup crossed the door and became ours, he's got everybody's heart at home, everybody just loves him because he's adorable, quite clever and affectionate! But I noticed that, three people, on the same day, told us that "this puppy's so spoiled"... Spoiled? Well... he just loves getting attention and love, and so people say he's spoiled. I don't know if it's a good thing or not. I just thought I'd comment that. :P He was showered today and at first he thought it was playing, and kind of loved the warm water but then I guess he got bored and started running and crying... poor thing Next time he's going to give us a hard time I'm sure! One more thing.. Is 3 months old a good age to get him neutered? (I don't know if I spelled that right) The vet said, the younger the better... What kind of cares will he need after the surgery?
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Old 03-08-2004, 08:34 AM
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I don't know what other people necessarily mean when they comment that a dog is spoiled. Mine are spoiled. My friends' dogs and cats are spoiled. It just means we love them, pay attention to them, spend time with them and all those things. Our dogs are spoiled. They're beyond spoiled. They're still sweet, loving creatures; they don't whine or throw tantrums for attention, if that's what some people connect with being "spoiled." You love your little fellow, he loves you, he minds you (reasonably well!) and you enjoy each other. Who cares if someone thinks he's spoiled in a derogatory way? I think, though, that most people who are pet lovers mean it as a compliment. As for the people who aren't pet lovers, once again, who cares?
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Old 03-08-2004, 06:39 PM
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Exactly what I think! People think spoiling is just giving the pets everything they need, loving them to death, and giving them the attention they need/earn! I think the same thing happens with babies... children are "spoiled" when they're loved and rewarded a lot, I think. Most people don't understand what we feel for our pets, I think, because perhaps they don't even have one! I know this for experience... this lady I know LOVES dogs, and I used to think, isn't she too much?!?! But, I've got to admit she's one of my best advisors now (apart from you people here on the forum ). And I understand her feelings now that I've got my puppy because I feel the same.

Thanks for telling me about what to do when he gets neutered. He'll be 3 months old by April 2nd and I think that's when we're going to take him because we'll be having holidays the following week and it's going to be just so appropriate to take care of the little guy then! Not allowing him to jump or run? Hmm... that sounds a little difficult to do with this mischievous puppy! But I'll have to try, then.

Then I was dumb enough, the first time I took him to this vet we ran into a very rude guy! (Insert angry face here) And he recommended us Pro Plan Puppy as the proper food. I was saying I was dumb because I didn't even ask if that was the best I could get for him, and now this new vet, who is extremely nice and sweet to him, recommended Eukaneba or Science Diet. What do you guys think?
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