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English Cocker Spaniel Training Tips For Hunting

The first training session for hunting starts as a puppy. This includes the basic commands for retrieving, recall, stay, sit and up. These commands are necessary for a good hunting dog. The English Cocker Spaniel is a natural bird dog. Without the proper commands, the safety of the hunter and the dog could be compromised. The training should be done on a daily basis until the puppy is fully aware of what they are to do for every command. [...]

Common Housetraining Issues With The English Cocker Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniel puppies have minds of their own. They are warm, loving and cuddly, but also can be destructive and unmanageable without proper training. Housetraining the puppy is not always as easy as one would think. The number one issue with housetraining is the over excited puppy. The puppies and older English Cocker Spaniels get so excited when they see you or company that arrives that they will often urinate a little. This is common and some steps can be taken to prevent the accidental urination. [...]

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Owning A Female vs a Male

There are some advantages to having a female English Cocker Spaniel rather than a male, which include the fact that a female does not feel the need to leave a scent everywhere and a female is easier to housebreak than a male. If you do not have the male neutered right away, they will forget at times they are housebroken, whereas a female will always remember. If you do not use the female or male for breeding, you should have them altered for many reasons. The problem with scenting alone makes a female more favorable. The male that is neutered does lose the urge to "mark his spot" everywhere. [...]

Reasons For Gun Shy English Cocker Spaniel

As a puppy, the English Cocker Spaniel will go through hours of training to learn the basic commands and they will train for hunting. Puppies that are subjected to gunshots or other loud noises at a young age may become skittish around loud noises. When this happens, training the puppy for hunting is difficult. It may even become impossible to correct the gun shyness, as the puppy grows older. Proper care of the puppy before and during training is essential. Following guidelines for training the puppy for hunting is vital to them not becoming scared and anxious around guns. [...]

Bonding With The English Cocker Spaniel

Bonding with an English Cocker Spaniel requires teaching commands and basic training as a puppy. As you train with your puppy, you will develop a relationship with each other that bonds you. The way you show love and affection to your puppy will strengthen the bond. Puppies are impressionable and event the slightest amount of anger towards the puppy can affect how they respond to you. With a puppy, you need to be firm, but with a loving tone. Making the puppy afraid of you will not accomplish anything. Bonding with the puppy at an early age is easier than with an older dog. [...]

Socializing The English Cocker Spaniel To Children And Other Animals

The breeder needs to start the puppy off with socialization training and you as the owner need to continue the training. Without the proper socializing skills, the puppy can become shy and this type of behavior can result in aggression. Any dog no matter what the breed is can be prone to aggression if they are shy or afraid of something. This type of behavior can start as early as two to three weeks of age. Puppies should be a part of the family and children need to learn how to behave around the puppies and what they can and cannot do. [...]

Traveling With Your English Cocker Spaniel

If you have plans to travel with your English Cocker Spaniel, you need to decide how you want to confine the dog or if you will let the dog ride without confinement. You might travel in a car, a truck, an airplane or some other form of transportation. Every form of travel requires some knowledge about how the dog should travel and what the safety concern might be for different restraints or no restraints. Truck Travel Many people travel with the dog in the bed of the truck with or without any type of restraint. This is the most unsafe method of travel for any dog. [...]

Breeding Your English Cocker Spaniel

When you are considering breeding your English Cocker Spaniel, you need to keep some things in mind. Even if you have a female or a male, you need to have a check up and some tests done to ensure that there are no genetic issues that could be passed on to the puppies. This is considered extremely important and reputable breeders will have documents that prove the health of the parents. Before breeding your female, you need to know exactly what to expect. It takes preparation and some learning to know what you are about to experience. [...]

Things To Do With The English Cocker Spaniel

English Cocker Spaniels love to run and play. They also love to take walks. They are hunters and this is not a job for them, but in their minds, it is fun. They are exercising and doing what they are trained for, which makes them happy. English Cocker Spaniels love the water and playing fetch. Hiking, hunting, swimming, fetching and training are all some things you can do with your Spaniel. If they are doing with you, that will make it more enjoyable for them as well. Sometimes they just like to lay by your side and rest. [...]

Weird Facts/Did you know?

In 1935, the English Cocker Spaniel club was formed to spread the word about the breed. In 1946, the AKC recognized the English Cocker Spaniel as a breed of dog separate from the American Cocker Spaniel. Before the 1930's, the English and American Cocker Spaniels were considered the same dog breed. The fact that they have a standard for eye colour does disqualify many English Cocker Spaniels from competition. The eyes need to be brown or dark brown in dogs with darker coats and a dark hazel in dogs with lighter coats. The noses need to be black in all dogs except for the red and liver coats, which can have a dark brown nose. [...]

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