Cocker spaniels are known as cheerful, easy-going, and playful dogs. That’s why they become excellent pets. The fact is that it’s not hard to train Cocker Spaniels, especially for puppies. In order to train a Cocker Spaniel, you will need plenty of repetition, positive reinforcement, and patience.
In time, he will be a well-trained as well as a well-behaved pet. Keep reading this post to learn how to crate train a Cocker Spaniel Puppy. Then, we will let you know how to potty and leash train him as well.
Crate Training Your Cocker Spaniel
Choose a crate for your pet
Crate training plays an important role in training your Cocker Spaniel. Only when you choose the right crate training, your pet can see his crate as a place of relaxation instead of a place of punishment.
You can buy crates at your local pet store. They are available in different sizes and materials as fabric, plastic, and metal. If you have a puppy, it’s best to rent a crate from your local animal shelter. This is to avoid purchasing new crates as your pet continues to grow in the future.
It’s important to take your pet with you when shopping for crates so you can determine what size and type of crates you should choose.
Make the crate comfortable for your pet
You should place the crate in a common area in your house like the family room so he feels comfortable when being inside of it. It’s also a good idea to place some of his toys in the crate.
In order to make the crate look more inviting to your pet, you can take the door off it. Your dog may take a few days to become familiar with the crate. Therefore, you need to be patient. Avoid forcing him to be comfortable with the crate immediately.
Feed your dog his meals in his crate
You need to place your pet’s food bowl in the crate when you have to feed him. It’s best to place it next to the back of the crate. This purposes to allow him to walk completely into the crate to eat.
Once you notice your pet is getting discomfort with walking all the way to the back, you need to move the food bowl closer to the front of the crate so he feels more comfortable.
Crate your pet for up to 30 minutes
Once your dog feels comfortable when eating in the crate, it’s time for him to learn how to be comfortable in it for longer periods of time. First, you should encourage him to go into the crate by pointing to it and saying “kennel”.
When your pet comes inside, you should give him a treat as a reward for the right action. First, stay next to the crate for about 10 minutes. Next, go to another place. When coming back, you need to stay next to the crate again for a few minutes. After that, let your pet out.
Crate your pet when leaving home
Before leaving your home, you should encourage your pet to enter his crate first. When your dog is in the crate, don’t forget to give him a treat as a reward. Then, close the crate door and leave slowly.
Remember not to prolong your departure. When returning home, you also need to stay calm when approaching your pet’s crate to let him out.
Potty Training Your Cocker Spaniel
Choose an outdoor spot for your pet to go to the bathroom
You can combine potty training with crate training because your pet won’t want to relieve himself in the area inside the house. When taking your pet outside on the leash, you still should offer him some freedom to choose the area he loves. In fact, you can also choose other areas than grass such as mulch or soil.
Teach him to away from inappropriate areas such as your neighbor’s yard or your plants. Regardless of the spot he chooses, it’s important to take your dog to this spot each time you take him outside on the leash in order to go to the bathroom.
Give him the “potty” command
When being at the designated bathroom spot, you have to say “potty”. Then, wait for your pet to go. You may have to take several minutes to do this. Once your pet goes to the bathroom, don’t forget to give him a treat as a reward.
Do not punish your pet if he doesn’t go to the bathroom outside
The fact is that your Cocker Spaniel is sensitive to punishment. That’s why you need to avoid punishing him if he goes to the bathroom inside. Instead, you should try to interrupt your Cocker Spaniel and clap loudly with your hands to get his attention. Then, take your pet outside to the designated bathroom spot as fast as possible.
Recognize when your pet has to go to the bathroom
Normally, your pet will show you when he wants to relieve himself. Indeed, you can recognize it when your pet starts to whine or whimper to let you know it’s time to let him go outside. Take your pet out as soon as possible.
Feed your pet and take him out on a regular schedule
By feeding your pet on a regular schedule, you can determine the time he needs to go to the bathroom at around the same time every day. For your Cocker Spaniel, you may have to take your pet out several times a day to let him relieve himself.
If you don’t have time to take your furry friend out this frequently, you need to consider having a dog walker whenever you’re not home.
Leash Training Your Cocker Spaniel
Select a leash and collar for your pet
If you haven’t yet chosen a leash and collar your cocker spaniel, it’s not hard to find them at your local pet store. You should choose a leash that is four or six feet in length. It’s a good idea to choose a regular snap or buckle collar.
Familiarize your pet with his collar
The fact is that some dogs maybe not used to have anything on his neck. Therefore, it’s important to familiarize your dog with his collar. If you have an adult cocker spaniel, you can ignore this step.
Place the collar around your dog’s neck when he eats or plays
Keep the collar on your pet even when he is trying to take it off. If your pet is distracted by eating or playing, you can remove the collar. If you are crate training him, remove the collar before putting your pet back in his crate.
Get your pet comfortable with his leash
When you attach a leash to your pet’s collar, he may not be comfortable immediately, especially when you have a puppy. Just like the collar, once you notice he is distracted with something else, it’s time to remove the leash.
Walk with your pet on the leash
You need to walk your pet on the leash without pulling. If your pet goes ahead of you or begins to pull on the leash, you need to stop walking right away. Once your pet has reached your side again, ask him to sit. When your dog is sitting, remember to give him a treat as a reward. Then, begin walking again.
When it comes to crate training puppies, you may have to take a couple of days or several weeks. This is based on the method you use. If your pet is calm and relaxed, this process only takes a few days. However, your pet may never accept his crate if he is anxious or stressed. Hopefully, our sharing today is useful for you. And, they can help you crate your puppy the right way.