Excited Cocker Spaniel
by S Owen
Some Cocker Spaniels Can Be So Excitable - Especially When The Doorbell Rings!
Hi, We have a 1 year old male cocker spaniel who is very friendly. The problem is when visitors come to the house he can be too friendly. He gets very, very excited and continues to jump up (no matter how many times we tell him to sit).
When guests sit on the sofa he will jump onto them and immediately lick their face! And we struggle to get him off them.
He has a lot of energy so he gets 2-3 walks a day (one is usually 45 minutes to an hour long) but this doesn't help his excitement when guests comes round.
We are now not very good at dealing with visitors when they come round and it is getting to be a problem because of the number of times we have to tell him to sit.
Also it is not nice when the visitors make comments like 'he's too hyper or crazy' because he does not act this way around us all the time only when he is excited about walks, or food.
Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)
Don't you just love Cockers? They love being around people, and can often be quite mad!
Unfortunately, it sometimes gets a little too much, doesn't it?
When your Cocker behaves like this, I recommend he's removed from the room - before your visitors arrive, if you can. If he's crated, put him in his crate and only let him out when he's calm.
Stay calm, quiet and in control - don't scold him, make eye contact, or talk to him, as he will view any contact or reaction from you or your visitors as a reward.
Let your visitors get settled before allowing your dog back into the room. If he's still over-excited, ask your visitors to ignore him; they shouldn't speak, touch, or make eye contact (as I said, in your dog's eyes, this is reward).
Your visitors should reward him only when he's settled and quiet.
If your dog is still over-excited after 45 seconds of your visitors ignoring him, remove him and try again in a few minutes.
If he's so excited that he's still jumping up on their knees and licking their faces, ask your visitor to stand up and turn away from your dog. You can then remove him. If your guest prefers to stand up before your dog comes into the room, that's fine too.
Repeat this over and over until he learns what you want from him. If you're consistent, he'll soon learn that he will be allowed to stay with your visitors when he behaves quietly but that if he misbehaves, he'll be removed.