My Howling Cocker
My Howling Cocker Spaniel
How do I get my cocker spaniel puppy to go outside without me staying with him?
If I come back inside he will come to the door and start howling until I go back outside or I let him in. He also does this if he doesn't see me leave the room he will sit in the middle of the room and howl until I come back into the room.
Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)
It sounds like your puppy is developing separation anxiety, that's why he's behaving the way he does when you're not around.
As I'm sure you're aware, Cocker Spaniels like to be around people, their own pack and when they're not, they can become quite anxious.
I recommend you teach your puppy to be a little more independent; teach him that he can be safe and content on his own.
Read these two articles on separation anxiety and how to help your puppy to become relaxed when left alone.
As for leaving him outside to potty, unless he's fully house trained, and until he's learned to be a bit more independent, I'd stay with him outside until he's done his toilet otherwise he may begin to pee indoors!
By the way Sue, if you respond to your puppy the minute he howls or cries, he will be learning that this is all he has to do to get your attention... and he'll do it all the more! Try to wait until he's quiet for a few seconds, just enough for him to learn that you only give him your attention when he's a quiet boy.
Hope this has helped Sue - good luck to you both!