Puppy Obedience Training

Puppy obedience training is ideal if you've a naughty puppy (or even if you just want to train your little guy) because it teaches puppies how to behave properly! You'll find all you need in our ultimate guide to successful puppy training to help you teach your puppy good manners.

How To Train A Puppy

Puppy obedience training is one of the first stages in dog training and it's your first step towards a well-behaved Cocker Spaniel puppy - hands up all those who want that!

My aim is to give you the tools (and the 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.

Teaching your puppy obedience training is easy, but I recommend you read my puppy training tips first to help you get the best out of your puppy.

Keep your training sessions short, frequent, and make them fun!  Good luck and enjoy yourselves.

Puppy Obedience Training - 'Watch Me!'

Black, tan and white cocker spaniel puppy with quizzical expression - cute!Obedience training teaches your puppy great manners!

This is a very useful command.

'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.

If you use this command you'll have your puppy's full attention.

Once learned, you use it before beginning each training exercise and it will help you to teach him more quickly because he's much more likely to respond to your commands when he's paying attention and listening to you!

Learn how to teach your puppy to 'Watch Me!' and get his full attention whenever you need it!

Puppy Obedience Training - 'Here Boy!'

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 puppies to come back to you can sometimes be tricky, especially outdoors because there are so many distractions, but with a little patience and persistence it won't be long before he gets the message.

Once he's grasped the basics of this lesson, I recommend you 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're indoors and you've a tasty treat in your hand (especially if he can see or smell it), but calling him to you when he's playing with his favorite toy, and you've nothing better to offer him, well that's an entirely different matter!

At first your puppy may take a little while come to you, and he'll probably have a few stops along 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 continue to 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!'

Puppy Obedience Training - 'Sit!'

Light golden cocker spaniel sitting - puppy obedience training at its best!Sit! - this puppy's obedience training is working!

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.

I always ask Max to sit while I put on his collar and lead and he understands that before he's allowed his dinner he must be sitting quietly by his bowl and wait until I let him know he can eat, otherwise, no dinner.

(Well, I'd never not feed him, but you know what I'm saying!)

Now I no longer need to give the command; when it's time to put on his collar, or feed him, he sits automatically.

I also ask him to sit down before I open the front door to visitors, and again I no longer need to give the command, he just does it.

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.

Puppy Obedience Training - 'Down!'

The last thing any dog owner wants is an over-excited puppy jumping up at anyone who visits their home!

And the same applies to when you meet people in the street!

This is where 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 this position not only helps to stop him from becoming over-excited, it's calming effect could also help 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.

Puppy Obedience Training - 'Stand!'

There will be many times when you want your puppy to stand up for you, for example, while grooming him, giving him a bath, or while he's being checked over by his vet.

He will 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.

Puppy Obedience Training - 'Be Quiet!'

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!

Golden cocker spaniel in the down position, head held highBuffy the cocker spaniel obeying the 'Down' command - puppy obedience training at it's best!

One of the easiest ways to stop your puppy barking is to train him (early) to respond to the "Be Quiet" command.

Now this may sound contradictory, but the idea is to train your puppy to bark and then teach him to stop barking!

A quiet Cocker Spaniel guaranteed!

Please take note that if a barking puppy is ignored (or encouraged), you may find it very difficult to stop him when's he's older because he will now be barking simply out of habit. I really don't recommend you encourage your puppy to bark - unless of course, you're going to teach him this command.

Puppy Training - 'Wait!' and 'Stay!'

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.

Obedience Training - 'Down and Stay!'

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. Sound familiar?

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.

Without sounding too obvious, this command is simply a combination of two commands.

The 'Down and Stay' command is very useful when your dog is unnecessarily boisterous or indulging in a little attention seeking behavior!

Golden cocker spaniel sitting on the grass on a sunny dayMy Cocker Spaniel Max waiting for his next instruction!

It goes without saying that your pup must have mastered both the 'Down' and 'Stay' commands separately before you try and teach him this one.

I think you'll be surprised at just how often you'll use this command!

Puppy Obedience Training - 'Drop It!'

There are a few good reasons why this should be one of the first you teach your puppy.

Puppies are into everything, and it's possible that your Cocker Spaniel may pick up something unpleasant, something that you really don't want him to chew, or worse - something that could poison him!

If your pup 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 so important that you're able to get him to drop it immediately on command because 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 and keep him safe!

Puppy Obedience Training - 'Leave It'

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 and he'll continue on his walk with you.

Puppy Training: What's Next?

I hope you've found my puppy obedience training useful and you're well on your way to having a happy, well-mannered little Cocker Spaniel puppy!

Black and white cocker spaniel puppy running through meadow on a sunny dayLetting off steam after obedience classes!

But training puppies 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 the same applies here too and all dog obedience training should be continued and reinforced throughout your pet's life to help make sure his manners don't slip!

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