Do you want a well-behaved Cocker puppy? Of course you do! Training a puppy can be hard work, but get it right and it can be so rewarding! Read on to learn how to teach your Cocker to lie down and stay put until you release him.
Training a puppy can take a bit of time and patience but the rewards are great because a well-trained dog is a well-behaved dog!
Whether you're training a Cocker Spaniel puppy or and adult dog, any time invested in their training will certainly be worthwhile.
At the risk of stating the obvious, the 'down and stay' command is a combination of two sets of basic puppy obedience training; the 'Down' command and the 'Stay' command.
If you're wondering when you'd use this command, consider the following scenarios where you may want to:
In fact, this command will come in handy for lots of situations where you're not prepared to give your Cocker Spaniel the attention he's demanding, or where it's simply not practical to do so.
If you're going to be any longer than a couple of minutes, it's much kinder to your dog to ask him to lie down and stay, rather than sit and stay,
If your puppy already has these two commands under his belt, it will be simple enough for him to move on to the combined 'Down & Stay' instruction.
However, if your Cocker hasn't yet mastered these commands, I recommend you teach him each separate command and then come back to this page when your dog is ready.
Use the following links to take you to the relevant pages:
Teaching your puppy to lie 'down' on command.
Teaching your puppy to 'stay' on command.
In no time at all, you'll find that your puppy will respond to the hand signal alone and you'll be surprised at how often you use it!
Cocker Spaniel training, whether for puppies or adult dogs, is very important if you are to remain in control.
Training your puppy may not always be a walk in the park and training an adult dog will probably take longer as he may need more time to understand what you want from him.
However, your patience and perseverance and his willingness to please will
get the desired results.
You can read more about training Cocker Spaniels in our article on puppy training tips.
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