Many people that buy Cocker Spaniels are novice owners with wonderful intentions for their dogs and puppies.
The training of spaniels is not difficult but, for many, understandably, the conflict of ideas, advice and suggestions, can be confusing. For the newcomer to Cocker Spaniels this mass of information is often unhelpful and counter productive. Sometimes some basic pointers can help to get potential spaniel trainers onto the right tracks.
Here are 25 Cocker spaniel training tips that will help you to be successful with your Cocker Spaniel puppy.
Making yourself the ‘centre of interest’ to your pupil is the singularly most important aspect of all Cocker spaniel training.
A dog must be healthy to be happy, and happy to be trained.
Let common sense control your progress when training your spaniel.
Some people have a gift for Cocker spaniel training, others haven’t. But remember learning is always possible. Find out as much as you can.
Learn everything that you can about your dog’s mind and temperament. Invest in your own learning so that you can pass this onto your spaniel.
Learn to be sympathetic, always be tolerant but firm.
Be fair with your dog and always consistent.
Don’t expect a young dog to perform wonders. Puppies and dogs learn from repetition of each lesson.
Don’t overdo retrieving with a spaniel – either for real, in training or practice.
Dropping to shot is the basis of steadiness when out in the field.
Don’t teach your dog the power of the gun until he is steady, or, at the very least until he is under good control.