Cocker Spaniel Housebreaking - Fast and Easy

Cocker Spaniel housebreaking can be accomplished in a relatively short period of time. It just takes a little understanding and setting up a defined structure to be successful.  Let’s get started with a little understanding with natural dog behavior.

In general, a house is not a natural environment for a dog. As a natural behavior dogs roam where they want in the wild and will not mess or soil where they eat or sleep. Living in a house has similar implications, the dog views the house as a place where it can roam as it pleases just as if he were outside. The only difference being is that the house limits the dog roaming area because of the walls and space. None the less the same behavior points by the dog still apply, it will not mess or soil where it eats or sleeps but the rest of the open space is okay to them.

Cocker Spaniel Housebreaking - Setting up the rules

To housebreak your pup from going inside your home you will need to establish a few simple rules.

1) Establish a designated area for your dog to go outside.

2) Take the dog to the designated area every couple of hours.

3) Take the dog out thirty minutes after it eats.

4) Watch for circling and sniffing, this is a sure sign your dog is getting ready to go.

5) Take your dog out before retiring for the night.

6) Invest in a crate for your dog to sleep in at night and when unsupervised.

7) Make sure all family members follow the rules.

Cocker Spaniel Housebreaking - Tips and training secrets for fast results

Some dogs are easier to housebreak than others. How you handle the training will play a big part on how you progress with your Cocker Spaniel housebreaking. Here are some tips and secrets to accomplish housebreaking your dog.

1) Never yell or physically punish your Cocker if it has an accident. This only complicates the training and could cause your pup to recoil and become confused. You do not want to instill fear or diminish your bonding with the dog during any type of training.

2) If you catch your dog in the act distract them with a stern “NO” and gently take the dog outside to the designated area and use a command like “go now” or “go potty. Use whatever command you wish just be consistent. If the dog does not go, bring the dog inside and try again in fifteen minutes. Ignore the dog’s approaches until the dog has performed the desired behavior.

3) Make sure to reward the dog when the proper behavior is accomplished. A good scratching on the back and or a treat will help reinforce the behavior in the dogs mind. Let the pup know you approve of the behavior.

4) When cleaning up the accident also ignore the dog’s advances to get your attention. Do not talk to the dog while cleaning up the mess as your dog may interpret this to be acceptable.

5) Make the crate is an inviting place and slowly introduce the pup to the crate. Lure the pup into the crate with treats and toys if you have to. Do not force the dog into the crate. Your dog will soon discover that the crate is his personal space and a safe place to go to when it needs a little break.

6) It is possible that the Cocker Spaniel will whine or cry at first as it gets accustomed to the crate. Do not give in. Place the crate in a position so the dog can see you while you are sleeping. It is comforting to the dog to see you nearby. After all they want to be with you as much as they can.

7) The keys to Cocker Spaniel potty training are to be observant and consistent. During the process it is advisable to restrict your Cocker Spaniel to the room you are in. By keeping a close watch on your dog’s body language you will be able to pick up on the signals and accomplish the potty training in short order. In time you will surprise yourself as to how well you are able to read your dogs intentions. Understanding that dogs communicate with other animals and humans through body language will make all your training efforts a lot easier. Learn to speak dog!

Reprimanding your Cocker after the fact is meaningless and causes more harm than good. Dogs think in the moment and will have no idea of what the fuss is about. Your Cocker Spaniel will respond best with firm commands and gentle handling.

This will work for puppies as well as retraining older dogs. If you are consistent you can cut the learning curve significantly and start seeing positive results in days as opposed to weeks.

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