Thursday, August 25, 2016

Caring for a Cockapoo


Experienced in home restoration and roofing, Barry Grummer serves as a home improvement contractor and as president of KR&R, based in New York City. Outside of his work life, Barry Grummer is a dog owner and enjoys spending his free time with his pet cockapoo.

A mix of the cocker spaniel and poodle breeds, the cockapoo’s origins date back to the mid-20th century. These are friendly dogs who are loyal because of their cocker spaniel heritage--but they also tend to shed less hair due to their poodle genes. For new owners of this hybrid breed, here are two basic care tips.

Pay close attention to your pet’s diet. While it may be tempting, don’t feed a cockapoo table scraps or leftovers from dinner. The best way to keep a cockapoo healthy is to feed it quality dry food, as it has the appropriate amount of vitamins and minerals that the dog needs.

Be sure the cockapoo gets enough exercise as well. Try to walk the dog at least twice a day, or if you have outside space, let the dog out for approximately two hours on a daily basis. This helps the animal get fresh air and acclimate to different spaces as well as burning energy in a healthy manner--all of which are beneficial to the dog’s overall well-being.

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