If you'd like to learn how to train your puppy, read on to discover
just how easy it can be, once you know what to do!
Your new pup will need a considerable amount of training if he's to grow into a well-behaved adult Cocker Spaniel.
The following articles will provide all the information you need to know about how to train a puppy so that you and your pet can get it right first time.
Your first priority will be to ensure that he's fully fully house-trained (if he's not already).
Potty training (also know as toilet training) may need a little patience and understanding, and there may be a few little 'accidents' along the way, but if you follow our advice, you will get there in the end.
You may then want to move on to leash training your pup, which is best done early because it will become a little more difficult as he gets older, and learns bad habits.
When learning how to train a puppy it's vital that any pet owner understands the importance of puppy socialization.
Puppies that have been properly socialised will grow up to be well-adjusted, happy dogs.
Those puppies who've not been properly socialised may become very timid or aggressive, and may develop behavioural problems later in life.
As loving and caring owners, we all want our pets to be gentle and well-behaved.
Good training, and a solid socialization program, will go a long way to ensure that happens.
At the same time, I would also recommend that you teach your pet to be comfortable spending some time alone each day, otherwise he may develop a condition known as separation anxiety and will become very anxious whenever he believes you are about to leave the house.
If your dog suffers from separation anxiety he may develop many unwanted behavioural problems in your absence.
If you're new to dog ownership, you'll soon discover that puppies bite!
Whilst play biting is a natural part of a new puppy's development, it's important that they learn to be gentle and that biting humans is not allowed.
Learn how to stop your pup biting before he has the strength to do some real damage!
The same applies to puppy chewing which should be addressed immediately it begins otherwise it may become a habit and continue through to adulthood, causing destruction and despair for the owner.
And training doesn't stop there; in fact that's just the beginning!
There is another area of dog training that is very important if your dog is to fit into our human world, and that's obedience training.
However, before we explain how to train a puppy to respond to basic obedience commands, we've set out some general puppy training tips to help your training sessions run smoothly.
Not only is it important to read these rules before attempting to teach your Cocker Spaniel any specific obedience commands, I also recommend that you use positive methods when training a pup.
Our puppy obedience training page explains how to train a puppy to respond to your basic obedience commands such as:
It's important that your Cocker Spaniel learns the above commands as early as possible - not only will they help to ensure he's a well-mannered pup, at some point, these command could actually save his life!
Like most training, it shouldn't be all work and no play - training should be fun too.
But sometimes puppies just don't know how to play, and you may need to teach your little bundle how to play some fun pup games, like those listed below.
I hope you have lots of fun teaching your pet to play games!
There are some who believe crating a pup or a dog is not a good thing and that it is a very cruel practice.
Please let me put the record straight - crate training a puppy is not cruel.
In fact, it's one of the best things you can do for him as there are many benefits of crate training as you will see if you follow the link.
If after reading about the benefits you decide that crating is for you, (and I hope you do, but it's your choice) I recommend you first read the essential rules of crate training before you go on to learn how to crate train your pet.
If you're thinking of crate training a dog (as opposed to a pup) the rules will be slightly different and it will probably take you a little longer as your dog will be set in his way - however, it is possible with a little patience and understanding.
Training your pup well is one of the best things you can do for him (and you); a well-trained puppy will grow into a well-mannered adult.
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