When To Start Puppy Obedience Training?
Poppy, Our Beautiful Golden Cocker Spaniel Puppy!
We are picking up an 8 week old Cocker Spaniel on the 4th February. Your site is excellent, very helpful, but one question we have is regarding when we should start our puppy's obedience training, eg., watch, sit etc?
Is 8 weeks too young to begin?
Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)
Hi Mike, Thanks very much for your kind words about my website!
A new puppy - exciting times! Eight weeks is the ideal time to start training your puppy.
Try two or three short sessions each day and make sure your puppy masters each training session before moving on to the next.
Also make it fun - don't get angry or disheartened if she doesn't get it right. She'll get there in her own time.
Here's some great training advice and commands to teach your puppy, I recommend you read them all:
Basic Puppy Obedience Training
How To Train A Puppy
Don't forget to continue with your puppy's socialization - this is so important and can have a big impact on how your puppy will turn out as an adult.
Please don't underestimate the socialization process. You can learn about it here - Socializing Your Puppy.
When she gets settled, why not send us a photo and let us know what she likes to get up to and how she's progressing? You can do this here - Send your Cocker photos here.
Good luck with the training!