How to Train a Cocker Spaniel
These dogs belong in the sporting group of canine breeds. They are very pretty and need regular grooming.
Cocker Spaniels are very popular among families with kids because of their temperament and eagerness to obey commands. It is vital to train them because they tend to be unsanitary and owners must put toilet training at the top of their priority list.
Socialize your Cocker Spaniel
Early socialization is good for this breed’s development into adulthood. They like to be around with people. They are very energetic creatures and they really love children.
The Bladder Control Saga With Your Cocker Spaniel.
For some reason, these dogs seem to have some difficulty controlling their bladder. If it’s scared, it may pee. When it’s stroked, it may pee. It can be very discouraging. That is why they should be properly toilet-trained. One of the most helpful tools in house training these dogs is to use the method of crate training.
Crate training is not a harsh method. As long as you don’t hit or shout at them, it won’t do harm. After a short time, they will be comfortable and may actually enjoy their time in the crates.
You must have a designated area for the puppy to urinate and defecate. Religiously place the puppy and keep him there until he eliminates. Do this until he is conditioned enough to know where he must do the deed.
Never Hit a Cocker Spaniel. Positive Reinforcements Only.
Cocker Spaniels respond poorly to spanking and scolding. They are very sensitive breeds and may do just the opposite if spanked. If trained poorly, they will grow up having a very aggressive behavior or extremely timid and shy. Neither is acceptable.
Use only positive reinforcement like verbally praising a good behavior. Saying ‘Good dog!’ then followed by a pat on the back or head is always a great training method.
Grooming, Grooming, Grooming
Cocker Spaniels need to be groomed regularly. Introduce them early to combs and brushes. It can be very fun for the both of you and they will like it a lot.
Pay Special Attention To Their Ears.
Regularly flip their ears back to let them air out to prevent ear infection.
Make Your Home the Happiest Place
These dogs love to explore and go around. The dog might accidentally find his way outside your house or yard. This type of breed does not do well alone so make sure your home is the happiest place possible for your dog. Hopefully, it will give him second thoughts about leaving a familiar domain.
Cocker Spaniels Needs Activity
No matter what, this is a dog of action. Therefore, it desires running, jumping, and playing. It is best to allow your dog to exercise in open places like parks or take your dog on long walks.
Overall, Cocker Spaniels are great companions. They are friendly, charming, and rarely belligerent. They easy to train and pretty on the eyes as well.