How to training Cocker Spaniels?
A frequent member of many top dog breed lists, the English Cocker Spaniel is a very popular dog worldwide. Officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1945, there are two varieties of the English Cocker Spaniel, field, and show. The field English Cocker Spaniel is a supreme gundog and hunting companion and is ideal for flushing of birds, and retrieving of small game, namely woodcock. The other variety, the show, excels in the show ring and is often a top competitor at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, among other top events, wowing and wooing judges alike with beautiful full silky coats and wonderful demeanor. Both varieties also shine in agility trials where the talents of the dog are further put on showcase as well. The English Cocker Spaniel is also a great companion pet for the family as their temperament bodes very well with children and is highly trainable.
Understanding English Cocker Spaniel Behavior
In order to train your English Cocker, one must understand their behavior. They are eager to please, love being with family members, and are a very merry, jovial dog. They are also very intelligent and react very well to repetitive positive reinforcement training techniques, and your dog will most likely pick up your lead quickly and respond well to this. Puppies are usually started right around six months old, although it is possible to start earlier. It needs to also be noted that the English Cocker can be very sensitive, and along with other dogs, will not respond to negative training techniques and concepts, and will simply shut down. An untrained older English Cocker, and young too, can be a bit stubborn at times but their smart and adaptable traits bode well for new training. Patience is a key, and your dog will eventually follow your lead. Ideally, the younger the dog, the more adaptability for training. Your dedication to patient training is key.