Cocker Spaniels are sweet and affectionate dogs. They love to have fun with their families, and sometimes this means jumping up to show their excitement. When your Cocker Spaniel is happy, he will show that energy however you allow him to show it. He won’t think jumping up is not a tolerable thing until your train him not to do it. When your Cocker Spaniel jumps up, he might think he’s showing you just how much he loves you and missed you, but in reality, he could destroy your clothing or anger your guests. Your Cocker Spaniel can be trained to find other ways to greet you or ask for something without jumping up onto you or your guests. Training your Cocker Spaniel not to jump up is an important training for him to show great manners.
Once your Cocker Spaniel has basic obedience down, begin to train him not to jump up. In order to train him not to jump, you will have to give him alternatives and expectations instead of jumping up. When you are coming through the door, for example, you can train him to lie down instead of jumping up. This will give him an activity to do and, of course, a reward, while he waits for you to get into the door. Training a Cocker Spaniel puppy that jumping up on you is not good manners will take a bit of time and patience. Training an older Cocker Spaniel to change his behaviors will take a bit longer, but is certainly possible.
Before you start training your Cocker Spaniel not to jump up, you will need to understand the methods and prepare spaces for your pup to be during the situations when he normally jumps up. Have lots of treats on hand for rewarding positive behaviors. If you choose to train with guests, have a few friends ready to come over to greet your Cocker Spaniel and see his new manners in training.