Bringing home your cockapoo for the first time is exciting for you and your new pet. Properly preparing your home for your new arrival will help you in your task of caring for your pet cockapoo. Spoodles, or cockapoos, are a crossbreed between cocker spaniels and poodles. Cockapoos vary in temperament, taking traits ranging from the most rambunctious cocker spaniel to the most docile poodle. The combination of the two breeds also causes variations in the appearance and size of cockapoos.
Create a safe environment for your new cockapoo by dog-proofing your home. Put all electrical cords, phone lines and computer cords up out the dog's reach or cover them with cord casings. Remove any plants from the dog's area that may be poisonous. Remove any other items that could be hazardous if chewed or swallowed by your new pet. Keep the area for your cockapoo clean and chemical free.
Take your new pet to a veterinarian for a checkup and so it can receive any needed vaccinations. Schedule regular care to give your dog the healthiest life possible.
Feed your new pet the veterinarian's recommended type and amount of food daily. Keep the food bowl clean a dry between feedings. Washing your cockapoo's ears with a damp washcloth after eating moist foods is a must.
Keep water available to your pet at all times. Playing in the summer heat will be especially hard on these dogs, which can have lots of fur. Drinking water is essential in keeping your pet well hydrated and healthy.
Take your cockapoo puppy outside for an hourly potty break to cut down on the amount of accidents your puppy may have in your home. Giving your puppy these hourly breaks must be done until it is housebroken.
Walk your cockapoo regularly. Daily exercise is essential for the health and well-being of your new pet, and will help reduce some of that extra energy young dogs often have. Purchasing a collar and leash will be necessary for walking your pet in public places.
Brush your cockapoo's coat daily to prevent tangles and matted hair. Trim your dog's coat at least four to five times a year. Bathe your cockapoo at least once a month to keep its coat healthy and silky smooth. Bathing your puppy at an early age will assure that your pet will get accustomed to the practice and may even enjoy the bathing process.
Provide your pet with a dog bed to keep it comfortable and off of your furniture. Give your puppy toys, as chewing and playing are important for a dog's development.
Keep you cockapoo in a small enclosed area while you are away from home. Gating a small room off will work well and will provide enough room for your cockapoo to move around. This will help to keep accidents and damages to your home to a minimum.