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The following lists of books may be beneficial if you are planning to purchase a puppy/dog or if you have questions, concerns or training issues regarding your current dog or puppy.  The presence of any particular book is not necessarily an endorsement of that author's training or expertise.  There is no one "right way" to train your dog or to solve behavioral issues. Remember to always use your best judgment.  If something doesn't seem right or isn't working, try another approach.  Remember to share your books with your dog as my son is doing!

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Cocker Books Puppies Kids & Dogs Health / Care
Training Behavior Modification Breeder / Fancier Nutrition
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Krauechi, Ruth. The New Cocker Spaniel

Iby, Judy.  A New Owner’s Guide To Cocker Spaniels  T.F.H. Publications, Inc. 1996.

Hart, Ernst. 
The Cocker Spaniel Handbook .

Doty, Mari with updates by Laura M. Henson and Tracy Lynn Carroll.
The Cocker Spaniel Show Trim and So...You Want to Show Your Cocker Spaniel
available from The American Spaniel Club.

Austin, Norman A. & Jean S. The Complete American Cocker Spaniel.  MacMillan Publishing Co. 1993.

Grossman, Dr. Alvin.  The American Cocker Spaniel.

Brearly, Joan McDonald.  The Book of the Cocker Spaniel. T.F.H. Publications,Inc. 1982.

Annual American Spaniel Club Health Registry.

The American Spaniel Club, A Study of The Cocker Spaniel.

Ed. Michael R. Zervas.  The Basic Guide to the American Cocker Spaniel.  Dace Publishing, 1996.

Bill Gorodner & Lloyd Alton, The World of the Cocker Spaniel.  T.F.H. Publications, Inc. 1994.

Allen, Michael. SHOW GROOMING THE COCKER SPANIEL VIDEO  Ms. Allen is a well-known handler/breeder of Cocker Spaniels. Order Number SGM114  Price $39.95  Phone 254-597-2258 or FAX 254-597-2255. 


The following books are for all-around basic puppy/dog training for the average pet owner.

Rutherford, Clarice, and David H. Neil, MRCVS. How to Raise a Puppy You Can Live With. Alpine Publications, Loveland, CO, 1981.

Smith, Dr. M.L. You Can Teach Your Dog to Eliminate on Command. Smith -Sager Publications 1984.

Randolph, Elizabeth. How to Help Your Puppy Grow Up to be a Wonderful Dog. Fawcett Books, 1995.

Spadafori, Gina. Dogs for Dummies. IDG Books, 1996.

Benjamin, Carol Lea. Mother Knows Best: The Natural Way To Train Your Dog. Howell Book House, 1985
This is a very good book, but I disagree with the author's restriction on food training puppies.

Evans, Job Michael. The Evan's Guide for Housetraining Your Dog. Howell Book House, 1987.

Brahms, Ann and Paul. Puppy Ed.: Training Your Dog at an Early Age. Ballantine Books, 1995

Benjamin, Carol Lea. Second Hand Dog: How to Turn Yours into a First-Rate Pet. Howell Book House, 1994.
This book is for owners buying / adopting an older puppy or adult dog.
Allan, Eric. Every Puppy: Perfect Pet or Perfect Pest?. Howell Book House, 1996.
Mandeville, John J., and Ab Sidewater, eds. The Complete Dog Book: official publication of the American Kennel Club. Eighteenth edition. Howell Book House, Macmillan Publishing Company, New York. 1992.



Kids and a perfect world this combination is all pretty pictures, loving memories and joyful companionship.  In the real world, it doesn't always work out this way.  The following books may help you train/re-train your puppy/dog so that you avoid behavioral or temperament problems related to canine interaction with children. 

Remember that it's your responsibility to train YOUR CHILDREN how to respect, care for and interact with your puppy!!  Puppies do not start life with a fear or aggressive tendency towards children, nor is lack of socialization the most common cause of dogs biting children. 

The most common reason for a dog LEARNING to bite children is that they have had bad experiences with children and they feel the need to protect themselves.  Puppies and children under 10 years of age MUST be constantly supervised!  Young children rarely comprehend that a dog or puppy is a living, feeling entity in its own right and they have a tendency to treat the animal as just another toy. 

If you have a dog that is not accustomed to children, or that you know is not comfortable with children, be vigilant when children are in the dog's vicinity.  Keep in mind that the most common scenario that results in a dog biting a child is that of a child coming to visit and immediately trying to approach and pet or hug the dog. 

Benjamin, Carol Lea. Dog Training for Kids. Howell Book House, 1988.
Leon, Jane E. and Lisa D Horowitz. Becoming Best Friends: Building a Loving Relationship Between Your Pet and Your Child. Berkley Pub Group, 1993.
Kilcommons, Brian and Sarah Wilson. Childproofing Your Dog: A Complete Guide to Preparing Your Dog for the Children in Your Life. Warner Books, 1994.
McLennan, Bardi and Shon Cox Doucette. Dogs and Kids: Parenting Tips. Howell Book House, 1993.
Rodgers, Cook and Clarice Rutherford. Kids and Pets: A Family Guide to Living and Growing Together. Alpine Publications, 1997.
Tucker, Michael. Dog Training for Children and Parents. MacMillan General Reference, 1998.
O'Neil, Jacqueline. Kids + Dogs = Fun: Great Activities Your Kids and Dogs Can Do Together. Howell Book House, 1996.


These books will help you provide daily care for your dog and will give you a basis for evaluating changes in your dog's behavior and/or condition that could indicate the need for veterinary attention.  They can also help you to understand and deal with any problems your pet may develop. 

Boyle, George E. VMD and Charles L. Blood. First Aid for Dogs. Dembner Books, 1988.
Ed. By Mordecai Siegal. UC-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine: Book of Dogs. HarperCollins Publishers, 1995.
Levin, Caroline D., RN. Living with Blind Dogs.

Carlson, Delbert G., DVM, and James M. Giffin, MD. Dog Owners' Home Veterinary Handbook. Howell Book House, Macmillan Publishing Company, 2nd ed. 1994.

Zink, M. Christine, DVM, PHD. Peak Performance: Coaching the Canine Athlete. Howell Book House, 1992. New edition available from the author at 1907 Eastridge Rd., Timonium, MD 21093.


McGinnis, Terri DVM. The Well Dog Book, Random House, 1996.

Fraser, Clarence. Merck Veterinary Manual Merck & Co. 1998.

Brown, Robert M. D.V.M.  The Cocker Spaniel Owners’ Medical Manual.  Breed Manual Publications, 1989.

Pitcairn, Richard H., DVM/PhD and Susan Hubble Pitcairn. Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats.

Wilcox, Bonnie, and Chris Walkcowicz. Old Dogs, Old Friends: Enjoying Your Older Dog. Howell Book House, 1991.


These books contain more in-depth training information and can help solve a specific training issue and/or provide information for training your dog beyond the basic "good manners" stage.

Haggerty, Arthur and Carol Lea Benjamin. Dog Tricks: New Tricks for Old Dogs, Old Tricks for New Dogs and Ageless Tricks that Give Wise Men Paws. Black Dog & Leventhal, 1996.

Milani, Myrna M., DVM. The Invisible Leash: A Better Way to Communicate With Your Dog. New American Library, 1990.

Colflesh, Linda. Making Friends: Training your Dog Positively Howell Book House, 1990.

Pryor, Karen. Don't Shoot the Dog: The New Art of Teaching and Training. Bantam, New York. 1996.

Fogle, Bruce. The Dog's Mind: Understanding Your Dog's Behavior. Howell Book House, 1992.

Weston, David. Dog Training: The Gentle Modern Method. Howell Book House, 1992.

Bauman, Diane L. Beyond Basic Dog Training.

Strickland, Winifred G. Expert Obedience Training for Dogs. Third revised edition. Simon & Schuster, 1987.

Handler, Barbara. Successful Obedience Handling: The NEW Best Foot Forward. Alpine Pub, 1991.   Good for beginners.

Benjamin, Carol Lea. Dog Training in 10 Minutes. Howell Book House, 1997.

Daniels, Julie. Enjoying Dog Agility: From Backyard to Competition. Doral Publishing, 1991.

O'Neil, Jacqueline. All About Agility. Macmillan General Ref., 1998.

Burnham, Patricia Gail. Playtraining Your Dog. St Martin's Press, 1986.

Baer, Ted. Communicating with Your Dog. Barrons Educational Series, 1989.

Spencer, James B. Training Retrievers for the Marshes and Meadows. Denlinger Publications.

Spencer, James B. Retriever Training Tests. Prentice Hall Press.



These are "problem" solving books designed to help owners with specific problem behaviors.

Dodman, Dr. Nicholas, DVM. The Dog Who Loved Too Much. Bantam DoubleDay Dell, 1997.

Evans, Job Michael. People, Pooches, & Problems. NY: Howell Book House, 1991.

Milani, Myrna M., DVM. The Weekend Dog. New American Library, 1988. (Penguin Books USA, Inc.) (1985).

Fisher, John. Why Does My Dog...?. Howell Book House, New York; Maxwell Maxmillian, 1991.

Dibra, Bashkim, and Elizabeth Randolph. Teach Your Dog to Behave: Simple Solutions to over 300 Common Dog Behavior Problems from A to Z. Signet, 1994.


Kemp, Michael.  SHOW HANDLING I (BASIC) (Order Number SHK500) or SHOW HANDLING II (ADVANCED) (Order Number SHK501) Videotape series for the novice that would like to learn the basics of taking a dog into the show ring.  Each tape is 1 hour long.  Price $29.95 each.   Order by Phone 254-597-2258 or FAX 254-597-2255.

Eilene Shepard-White  Cocker Classic Magazine 912 Hemlock Rd., Carson, WA 98610  Phone 503-701-7974 (day) or 509-427-7757.  E-mail address is    Cocker magazine showcasing recent  show wins, studs, puppies, breeders and breed information.

Sherluck Multimedia.  The Cocker Spaniel C.D. Interactive CD that will teach the beginner, judge, breeder or handler how to evaluate and identify the "Perfect" breed specimen.  29001 176th Ave. SE, Kent, WA. 98042-9413  Phone 253-631-1442

Titleholders, Cocker Spaniel Champions and Titleholders 1988-2000  P.O. Box 175.  Joilet, Illinois
Email:  Phone:

Walkowicz, Chris and Bonnie Wilcox. Successful Dog Breeding. Howell Book House, 1994.

Wilkie, Patricia J. Ph.D. Future Dog: Breeding For Genetic Soundness. U. of MN Agricultural Experiment Station, 1999.

Scott, J. P., and J. L. Fuller. Dog Behavior. The Genetic Basis. University of Chicago Press, 1974.

Nicholas, Frank W. Introduction to Veterinary Genetics. Oxford Univ Press, 1996.

Willis, Malcolm B. Genetics of the Dog. Howell Book House, 1989.

Elliot, Rachel Page. Dog Steps: “A New Look.”  Doral Publishing, 2001

Evans, Job Michael and Kay White. The Book of the Bitch: A Complete Guide to Understanding and Caring for Bitches. MacMillan General, 1997.

Little, Clarence. The Inheritance of Coat Color in Dogs. Howell Book House, 1979.

Rubin, Lionel F. Inherited Eye Diseases in Purebred Dogs. William & Wilkins, 1989.

Brown, Curtis. Dog Locomotion and Gait Analysis. Hoflin Publishing

Padgett, George A., DVM. Control Of Canine Genetic Diseases. HOW, 1998.

Alston, George G. The Winning Edge, Show Ring Secrets. Howell Book House, 1992.

Craige, Patricia. Born To Win: “Breed To Succeed.”  Doral Publishing, 1997.

Grossman, Dr. Alvin. Breeding Better Cocker Spaniels  

Hall, Lynn. Dog Showing for Beginners. Howell Book House, 1994.

Eaton, Dandine B. In the Ring, Hoflin Publications.

Grossman, Dr. Alvin. The Standard Book Of Dog Breeding. Doral Publishing, 1992.

Stern, Jane and Michael Stern. Dog Eat Dog: A Very Human Book About Dogs and Dog Shows. Scribner, 1997.

Video showing the breed standard in action - how the standard relates to the original working function of the Cocker Spaniel. Form Follows Function  Falmouth Video Productions, P.O. Box 14, W. Falmouth, MA 02547



Coffman, Howard. The Dry Dog Food Reference Big Dog Press.

Ackerman, Lowell J. Canine Nutrition: What Every Owner, Breeder, and Trainer Should Know.

Beckloff, Mark  Dan Dye. Short Tails and Treats from Three Dog Bakery 1996.

Martin, Ann Food Pets Die for- Shocking Facts About Pet Food  1997.

Pitcairn, Richard H. and Susan Hubble Pitcairn.
The Consumer's Guide to Dog Food- What's in Dog Food, Why It's There and How to Choose the Best Food for Your Dog

Case, Carey and Hirakawa. Canine and Feline Nutrition 1994.


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