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Health, nutrition, training. Please note: I used to highly recommend Innova products but, unfortunately, as with Canidae, they have sold out to Proctor & Gamble. This guarantees lower quality to a dangerous point so I will no longer be advising anyone to buy it.

Experience in the area

20 years of owning this breed.


Psychology, MA

What do you like about this subject?

I love this breed and want owners to understand how to have a happy dog who's getting superior nutrition and how to deal with veterinarians.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I learn something new every day and don't think that process will ever end.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Cockers are cute, sociable dogs. They're also very dominant dogs and if it's handled immediately & correctly this can be history in a week. Let it go and it's big trouble.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

I encourage people to do their homework when it comes to vets. They're not all equal and not all are good. Ask questions. Read up on medications. Avoid steroids unless convinced they're necessary. Be pro-active ! Get referrals to specialists.

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2016-06-29 Biting:

Hi Pat,  I have questions.  1.  When you say she bit you - is this a nip, a slight bite or did she break skin?  2.  You say this happens when you're trying to deal with bad behavior.  Precisely what are

2016-06-16 Followup on bella:

One tablet per day.    Half water/half vinegar to clean ears.    When cleaning ears - be sure not to put tip of applicator down the ear canal...keep it slightly above the opening.  Is she scratching her

2016-06-16 early mornings!!:

This made me laugh because, like you, I've created the same problem.    A couple of questions:  Where do they sleep?  Are you "taking" them out before bedtime and making sure they've urinated?  How are

2016-06-14 Followup on bella:

If you have a guest bathtub that isn't in use - leaving it full of water & vinegar will save you from having to fill it up again.  Or buy a kiddy pool or some large "container" that you can use outside

2016-06-13 Cocker spaniel skin and ear issues constantly:

Okay.  First - start the Zyrtec.    I think this is yeast overgrowth and the simplest thing to try is a half water/half plan white vinegar 1 minute soak daily for 3 days. (Much faster & easier than a bath


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