Training a cocker spaniel puppy can be an easy yet a cumbersome job. Most owners actually tend to give in to the puppy as one is so enamored by these cute puppies that all training and obedience tend to be forgotten. One must understand if that if they truly love their puppies and wish to see them as well behaved grown up dogs, cocker spaniel puppy training has to be taken very seriously. This is the best age to start training of all kinds as the puppies are still in the process of developing their personalities and many inherent cocker spaniel characteristics like stubbornness and aggression can be easily curbed. Cocker spaniels are a very lively, playful and loving breed and the correct style of training these puppies can prove wonders for both the cocker and its owner.
The first and foremost step in cocker spaniel puppy training is to housebreak the dog or carry out its potty training. This can be achieved with success through crate training as firstly it provides the puppy with its own place to play and relax on its own and within the house, in the crate, the puppy will not urinate or defecate as it is taught by its mother from childbirth, not to soil the place where it sleeps. The crate is also the best place to leave the puppy when it is alone and make it safe and attractive by adding lining, toys, water and food. It must always be remembered that crate training needs both time and patience and it must always be associated positively with the puppy, for example praising and treating it when it spends time in the crate without creating a fuss and never using the crate as punishment.
Just like babies, puppies also need to be fed at regular intervals and according to a schedule as they are still growing. Therefore, they need to be fed often and in little quantities. They should also be taken out after a meal, after they wake up and after they have played.
Leash training is also an important part of cocker spaniel puppy training as it helps to control them on a leash right from the start and care must be taken as to the kind of collar to be used for the puppy, being not too loose or too tight.
Cocker spaniel puppy training has to include obedience training as inculcating obedience from an early age in the cocker spaniel helps to guarantee that it will carry on these manners and etiquettes into its adulthood ensuring a smooth relationship with its owner and people around it. All commands of obedience in fact go hand in hand with potty as well as crate training including ‘come’, ‘sit’, ‘stay’, ‘heel’, ’no’ and others..
At the end of the day, cocker spaniel puppies, also like babies, have a short attention span and they tend to lose interest very easily. Hence cocker spaniel training sessions must be limited in duration and they can be repeated after intervals to reinforce what is taught to the puppy. One must also keep a balanced amount of treats and toys to be given as rewards to the puppies because they too, can get spoilt and indulge in bad behavior when their demands are not met with!
Having a cocker spaniel puppy can be a joyful experience and one must appreciate the benefits of training them from an early age. First time dog owners can also seek help from professional trainers for their puppies.