How To Train Cocker Spaniel Puppies
Cocker spaniels make fantastic family pets that love children and adults alike, so you are on the right way if you are considering to add one of them to your family.
However, like all dogs, proper training is essential to ensure that you and your cocker spaniel get on as well as possible and you enjoy the experience of owning a cocker spaniel.
Cocker spaniel puppies respond well to training so keep reading to find out more.
Training a Cocker Spaniel
Like all dogs, it is best to start training spaniels from an early age so that they learn quickly and become much better behaved adults. Socialisation is very important for Cocker spaniel puppies, therefore you should expose them to as many different people, animals and situations as you can at a young age.
Cocker spaniels can prove tricky to house training, especially for people who have never owned a dog before. Using a puppy crate for your spaniel is an excellent way of helping the process along. For more detailed information about house training a puppy, read our other Puppy Training Guides.
Cocker spaniel puppies are fairly small and are surprisingly good escape artists so it is a very good idea to have a back garden that is secure. A back garden is also vital for the house training process of these puppies.
Spaniels have fairly long coats that need grooming quite often. Grooming them from a young age should be essential and combining the brushing with playing or a treat will make the whole process much easier for you and your furry friend in the future.
Most dogs respond better to positive reinforcement training rather than negative training but this is especially true of cocker spaniel puppies as they suffer with harsh training. The basic commands you should teach from a young age include: sit, lay down, heel and come.
Like all spaniels, cockers have very high energy levels and you need to exercise them daily, both physically and mentally. Swimming, hiking, walking and retrieving are all activities that cocker spaniels love being part of. They are usually eager to please and can learn obedience tricks and commands with relative ease.
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