Your house has recently turned into a home full of cuddly toys and visitors going ‘awwww’ and ‘he’s so cute’. However, it’s not a baby that’s causing this reaction, it’s your new dog. He’s a Cocker Spaniel. He’s affectionate, playful, and faithful. One thing he’s not so hot on, though, is going to the toilet outside. Every morning you gingerly take a step downstairs unsure of whether you’re about to step in a wet mess. Now you worry when you have guests over that they will go downstairs at night for a glass of water only to land in a nasty accident.
Training him to pee outside is essential, and not just for your shiny, new floors. You also have other pets and children. None of whom you want coming into contact with nasty bacteria. Then there’s the unpleasant smell it gives your downstairs.
Cocker Spaniels are quick learners, which is fantastic news for this type of training. You’ll need to enforce a rigorous routine to get him used to going for a pee outside. You’ll also need to find the right motivator to keep him holding it until he is outside. Thankfully, Cocker Spaniels have an incredibly strong sense of smell. So, the right smelly treat should do the trick.
If he’s a puppy, he should be a fast learner. You could see results in just a week or so. If he’s older and his bad toilet habit has been years in the making then you may need a little while longer. It could be up to a month before you have accident-free floors again. Succeed with this training and your house will go back to a clean looking and smelling home.
Before training can start you’ll need to collect a few bits. The first thing you’ll need is a stockpile of tasty treats or his favorite food broken into small pieces. You will also need a regular spot outside you can take him to. This could be your yard or a local field.
You’ll need to set aside a few minutes at several points in the day to take him outside. The only other things you’ll need are patience and a positive attitude.
Once you have all of that, you are ready to get to work!