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    Training Cocker Spaniel Puppies

    Articlepet advice guidesTuesday 27 November 2012
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    Training Cocker Spaniel puppies can be tricky because they are cheerful and like to play. If you are struggling to train your Cocker Spaniel then this article should help you out with a few top tips on training your Cocker Spaniel Puppy. 


    Cocker Spaniels are intelligent, cheerful and trustworthy and adapt well to living with children. They have an affectionate nature and soft appearance which can charm anyone. You will find that Cocker Spaniel puppies love mental and physical stimulation so obedience training is fantastic fun for them. Cocker Spaniel puppies are quick learners so you shouldn’t have a problem training them once they are interested. 


    The most important thing about training Cocker Spaniels is to remember to use positive reward based training. You will need to be consistent and repeat training exercises to make your Cocker Spaniel puppy retain all the information he has learned. Training sessions with your cocker spaniel should be short and intense and you will always need to make them fun. 


    As a rule of thumb if your Cocker Spaniel does something you like or appreciate then you should reward and treat him; this is the best way to shape and reinforce good behaviour. You should never punish a Cocker Spaniel as they do not respond well to harsh correction; you will find that they quickly lose confidence as they can be a very sensitive breed. 


    House Training For Cocker Spaniels 


    House training a Cocker Spaniel puppy shouldn’t be a big issue all you need to do is start early and be consistent. Crate training is a good way to house train Cocker Spaniel puppies but there are other methods which work just as well if you are consistent. Supervising your puppy is key to success. 


    Training a Cocker Spaniel to Walk on a Lead 


    When training your Cocker Spaniel to walk nicely on a lead then you might encounter a couple of basic issues. Cocker Spaniels are strong for small dogs and they like to get there nose on the ground and pull like mad. You should start training your puppy to walk on a lead as early as possible so they understand how to behave. 


    Sit, Stay, Down and Come 


    These are all basic commands which you should train your Cocker Spaniel puppy to understand. You will end up relying on these commands so it is important that your Cocker Spaniel learns them young. Cocker Spaniels also excel themselves in agility, flyball, obedience, tracking and hunting. 

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