Our puppy training tips will help you teach your Cocker good manners. Training a puppy to 'Sit'! on command is easy with our step-by-step guide.
Before you begin training a puppy, it's best to find a quiet spot, away from distractions, otherwise you'll achieve nothing.
The movement of your hand towards your puppy's nose will eventually serve as a visual 'sit' command for him during subsequent puppy training sessions.
Repeat this training exercises between 5 and 10 times each day for a week until he's sitting the instant you use the command word.
When training a puppy, it's important to remember that the rewards, praise and treat, need to be given very quickly so that he can associate his actions with the rewards.
I recommend you reinforce puppy obedience training exercises whenever you get the opportunity, for example before:
When you feel your Cocker Spaniel puppy has mastered the 'Sit' command, try using the verbal and visual commands separately, to see if he understands.
Don't worry if he doesn't get it right. Try again and if he still gets it wrong, leave it for a little while and try again later. Stay upbeat and don't let him see you're disappointed.
When training your puppy, it's important that you don't offer him a treat every time he sits, otherwise this will teach him to follow commands only when food is offered.
Instead, occasionally reward your puppy with extra praise and a stroke or a gentle scratch under the chin.
When it's time to remove treats altogether, keep rewarding your puppy with praise and affection when he gets it right. This will act as positive reinforcement instead of the treats.
Don't worry, your praise and affection will be enough of a reward for your puppy.
When training your puppy, don't be tempted to move on too quickly. Wait until you're certain that he's learned each lesson. He should be able to follow either verbal or visual commands, and without the presence of a treat.
Once your Cocker learns a command, but then decides not to follow it, (as they do!) don't repeat the command word over and over again. This will only serve to teach him that he doesn't need to act on the first command. He'll believe it's okay to sit on the third or fourth or even fifth command!
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