Cocoa - My Skittish Cocker Spaniel Puppy
I have a 4 month old Cocker Spaniel who I've had for almost a week. When I got him I could tell he has lived outside almost all of his life.
Now that I've brought him home he is very skiddish in the house and won't come to me. Once he's outside he's all fun and games (still a tad bit skiddish though).
How can I get him to come out of his shell?
Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)
Have you considered getting a crate for your puppy whilst he's indoors? If he's feeling a little skittish, a crate will give him a place of his own where he can feel safe - his own personal space.
You can learn more about the benefits of crate training a puppy here.
You'll need to introduce the crate to your puppy and gradually get him used to it before you can leave him in it for any length of time - check this out to understand the best way to crate train your puppy.
The most important thing when crating your puppy is to make him feel it's a fun place to be. Play with him while he's in his crate and throw a few treats in from time to time.
You could do the same with a small play pen as an alternative.
I'd also recommend that you continue to train your puppy to come back to you on command - both indoors and outdoors and in different parts of the yard and the house.
If you practice the 'Come Command' regularly, and in as many different circumstances as you can, your puppy will eventually he'll come back to you whenever and from wherever you call him.
Teach your puppy the 'Come' command.
You also might like to check out my page on socializing a puppy to help you get your puppy used to everyday sights and sounds. Socialization will go a long way to helping your puppy become more confident about his surroundings.
I wish you both the best of luck!