Training and training
English cocker spaniels are easy to train, but a training and training system should include rewards and praise. Cocker spaniels are very sensitive, so any rudeness and aggression should be completely eliminated during training. Otherwise, your lessons will fail. The best in training is the reward and praise of the animal for any, even minor, success.
If the baby-cocker is acquired as a home friend, then the best option as training is to take an OKD course, during which the dog will recognize the commands: “near”, “place”, “to me”, “sit”, “cannot” and others . Moreover, the natural qualities of English spaniels (in the field of training) are so well developed that both a professional and a beginner can teach them the basics of training. The main thing is not to show excessive affection during classes. The dog, having realized that the owner is too soft, will begin to either be stubborn, following commands, or trying to ignore the person’s words. As an encouragement during training, a calm and friendly tone is used (usually they say to the dog: “Well done!”) And a treat. Punish the dog with a strict tone of voice. In rare cases, the animal can be slightly hit on the croup with a hand, twig or newspaper, without causing pain.
Since the English Cocker Spaniels are hunters, after completing the OKD course at about 7-9 months they are trained (at the request of the owner). From childhood, these dogs are taken with them during outings on nature. From childhood, the spaniel will become accustomed to the area where hunting for the game will continue. Typically, the English cockers are used as assistants in the gun-hunting for pine, swamp, field and waterfowl. At first, the animal can be accustomed to the sound of a hunting horn (sometimes a whistle), for example, serving food, accompanying the action with a signal. So the dog will not only not be afraid of a characteristic sound, but will also understand when to approach the owner. Also, from an early age, pets are taught to develop instinct – they hide an object (a toy, a treat) first on the lower shelves of the cabinet, under the bed, for example. Gradually, the task becomes more complicated – the desired thing lies higher and the windows are open – so it’s more difficult for the dog to recognize where exactly the desired one is. Gradually, the animal is trained to catch a hollow (this bird flies low and allows for periodic planting), ducks, pheasant, corral, snipe, quail, partridge. To begin with, the dog should be allowed to smell the bird, and then move away from it, indicating its location in the right direction. As a rule, these dogs quickly learn the basics of training, which allows them to become good hunters at a young age.