A Cairicocker is a relatively rare breed, which means there is not a whole lot of literature on what you can expect when you adopt one. They could get the sass and spunk of the Cairn Terrier, or they could be a lover of families and children like the Cocker Spaniel. Until your Cairicocker grows a little older and you mold them into a dog you want them to be, you’re not going to know who your pooch tends to take more after. Fortunately, that doesn’t matter so much as long as you love them. Provide them with fun activities, spend time with them, and include them as part of the family. You may even like to try out these activities below.
If your CairiCocker takes more after the Cairn Terrier instead of the Cocker Spaniel, then you will need to consider hand-stripping your pooch at least twice per year. If you haven’t had a wiry-haired dog before, the process might be foreign to you, but it’s a necessary one if you want them to look at their best at all times. While you could take your Cairicocker to a groomer, you can spend a fraction of the price to do the job yourself. It will only take around half an hour and it should not bother your dog all that much.
If the rain is stopping you from taking your dog for a stimulating walk, then you need to come up with activities you can do inside. A treasure hunt is one of them. Use your dog’s keen senses to their advantage, providing a fun and free game they can enjoy for at least half an hour before they tire of it. Gather a few treats and toys, hide them around your house, then set about encouraging your dog to find them. This activity has a regular difficulty level which is still sure to provide your pooch with a little bit of a challenge.
Both the Cocker Spaniel and Cairn Terrier love being outside. Both dogs had a job to do, and it usually involved hunting or being outdoors. Therefore, your Cairicocker will be right at home outside. Appeal to this natural passion with a walk in the great outdoors. Set aside an hour, put away your wallet, and head out with a leash, waste bag, and man’s best friend. The best part is, there are many lovely nature walks that are bound to appeal and are beneficial for all experience levels. There’s no time like the present to head out on an adventure with your dog.
Cairicockers don’t always get on well with other dogs, which is a trait from both parents. If you’d like them to be as social as possible, then consider obedience training. Begin at puppy school from a young age, then work your way up to obedience training. Your pooch can learn all about how to play nicely with others while taking on new skills as well.
If your Cairicocker takes after the Terrier parent, you may have a barker on your hands. Rather than have to apologize to your neighbors all the time, you can carry out bark training. Get expert help or spend the time to identify the bark source, distract them from it, then reward good behavior when they don’t bark. It’s not the most rewarding game for your dog, but it’s a necessary one.
Cairicockers can be unique dogs to own, given that you never know what you’re going to get. One thing’s for sure; they are going to fit right into your home life. The Cairicocker loves families and children, spending time with you, and doing fun things that involve playing, running, and mental stimulation. It’s impawtant to do at least one fun thing every day to stimulate their senses.