Puppy obedience training is one of the first stages in dog training, and is your first step towards a well-behaved Cocker Spaniel puppy.
Whether you have a mischievous pup or you simply want to train your little guy, dog obedience training will teach him manners.
Here, you'll discover some of the secrets to successful puppy training so that you get it right first time.
My aim is to give you the tools (and confidence) to teach your Cocker to listen to your every word and to respond to your requests, willingly and quickly.
After reading this article you'll be able to teach your puppy basic obedience commands, such as sit, down, come, stay, and a few more.
Giving your puppy obedience training is easy if you follow a few simple rules and have a little patience and understanding.
Above all, keep your training sessions short, frequent, and make them fun!
Good luck and enjoy yourselves.
'Watch Me' teaches your puppy to look at you and to pay attention, ignoring everything else around him, and it can help to make all other puppy training so much easier for you both.
By first asking your puppy to watch you, you'll have his full attention before beginning a training exercise - he's much more likely to respond to your commands when he's paying attention to you!
Learn how to teach your puppy to 'Watch Me!' and get his full attention whenever you need it!
This is probably one of the most important commands you'll ever teach your little guy because at some point you may want to get him out of danger - this command may even save his life!
Training your puppy to come back to you when you call him can sometimes be tricky, but it's not impossible. It simply needs a little more patience and persistence than other commands.
Once he's grasped the basics of this lesson, you must continue to strengthen his recall by using the command in many different circumstances and situations, and as often as you can.
For example, it's fairly easy to get your Cocker Spaniel puppy to come to you when you've a treat in your hand (especially if he can see or smell it), but calling him to you when he's playing with his favourite toy, and you've nothing better to offer him, well that's an entirely different matter!
At first he may take a little while come to you, and he'll probably have a few stops on the way, but so long as he's making his way back to you, that's fine.
Your ultimate goal is to get your puppy to come to you when you call him. Repeat and reinforce his training every day so that no matter what he's up to, your pup must be so well-trained that he returns to you the minute he hears the words, 'Here Boy!'
This is probably one of the easiest lessons to teach your puppy, and it's such a useful exercise because you'll use it in so many different situations.
For example, I always ask Max to sit while I put on his collar and lead.
He now knows that before I feed him he must be sitting quietly by his bowl and must wait until I let him know he can eat, otherwise, no dinner.
I no longer have to give the command, he just does it.
I always ask him to sit before I open the front door to visitors, or he'll sit simply to allow me to walk through a doorway first - again, I no longer need to give the command, he just does it automatically.
These are a few good disciplines to adopt for your pet, (there are more) and apart from putting your Cocker Spaniel into a calm, relaxed state, the 'Sit' command will help to reinforce your status as the pack leader.
The last thing any dog owner wants is an over-excited puppy jumping up at anyone who visits their home!
And the same applies when you meet people in the street!
The 'Down' command can help to keep your puppy calm and quiet, and it's especially
useful to use if there are young children around.
Putting your puppy into the 'down' position not only helps to prevent him from becoming over-excited, it's calming effect may help to stop him from knocking over a young child!
When your dog is in the down position, he's in a calm, submissive state, and your status as the leader of your pack is reinforced.
There will be many times when you want your puppy to stand up for you, for example, while grooming or bathing him, or while he's being checked over by his vet.
He'll also need to learn to 'Stand' if you intend to take him to dog obedience and socialization classes, or if you plan to show him when he's older, so it's well worth teaching him this command.
At first, you might think it's cute when your puppy barks at someone, but it can quickly become a nuisance if it continues or it becomes a habit - no matter how sweet he is!
One of the easiest ways to stop your puppy barking is to train him (early) to respond to the "Be Quiet" command - this may sound contradictory, but the aim is to train your puppy to bark and then teach him to stop barking!
A quiet Cocker Spaniel guaranteed!
Beware, if this behavior is ignored and not addressed, you may find it very difficult to stop, so don't encourage barking - unless of course, you're going to teach him this command.
Wait and Stay are actually two different commands, and can be used in different situations.
It's important that you understand the difference between the two before you teach your puppy either of these commands, should you choose to use both.
I explain the differences here, as well as how to teach your puppy the 'Wait' and 'Stay' commands.
If you prefer to teach your puppy only one of these commands, you could simply use the 'Stay' command for all situations.
You've just come through the door, laden down with shopping, and your puppy is jumping around your feet and you almost trip over him.
There will be many times when you just need your puppy to lie down and stay where he is until you're able to make a fuss of him or see to his needs.
Or, you may just want some quiet time to yourself while you have that much needed cuppa!
Without sounding too obvious, this command is simply a combination of two commands.
I think you'll be surprised at just how often you'll use this command!
There are a few good reasons why this should be one of the first obedience commands your teach your puppy.
Puppies are into everything, and it's possible that your Cocker Spaniel puppy may pick up something unpleasant, something that you really don't want him to chew, or worse - something that could poison him!
If your Cocker Spaniel ever manages to get his paws on a bar of chocolate, (Easter-time is a particular problem with all those yummy chocolate eggs lying around!) it's important that you're able to get him to drop it immediately on command - chocolate is especially toxic to puppies and it wouldn't take much to make him very ill indeed.
I recommend you teach your puppy the "Drop It!" command as early as possible - keep him safe!
With a curious puppy in the house, you really shouldn't be surprised at how much you'll use this command. Let me give you an example.
You're on a walk with your Cocker Spaniel when he sniffs out a dead and decomposing rabbit or something equally unpleasant, something which you wouldn't want him to touch let alone eat or roll in - which, of course, he will almost certainly try to do!
If you've successfully taught him the 'Leave It!' command when he was a puppy, you can be confident that he won't go near it, but continues on his walk with you.
I hope you've found our puppy obedience training pages useful and you're well on your way to having a happy, well-mannered little Cocker Spaniel puppy!
But puppy training doesn't, and shouldn't stop here. Your Cocker Spaniel will mature and eventually become an older dog but that doesn't mean his training should become a thing of the past.
I'm sure you've heard the saying, 'Use it or lose it', well it applies here too.
All dog obedience training should be continued and reinforced throughout your pet's life to ensure his manners don't slip!
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