English Springer Spaniel Training
English Springer Spaniel Training:
English Springer Spaniel Training can be quite enjoyable because they are attentive, enjoy working, and are quick learners, so you will should enjoy the experience of training. Establishing rules early along with consistent enforcement will put you and your Springer on the right path to an obedient dog. You will find these dogs good-natured, intelligent, energetic, and skilled at the tasks they are taught, during training, mix in plenty of play as rewards, treating is not always necessary.
Keep an even tone and avoid harsh vocalizations or physical outbursts, these will be highly counter-productive. Springers are sensitive to vocal tones. Early socialization towards other dogs and pets is necessary. In most cases, they will get along well with other dogs, but of course, any type of bird will be in danger.
To begin English Springer Spaniel Training, establish your alpha position from the moment you bring your new dog or puppy home. Leading as the alpha means that you are always consistent, calm, cool, and collected while enforcing rules and making corrections using a firm but fair attitude. The alpha always acts as though he or she knows that they are in charge.
The best time to begin training your puppy the basics is at around six weeks to eight weeks of age. Once your puppy realizes that you control schedules, toys, mealtimes and all the things he or she cherishes, he or she will respect you as the alpha in the family hierarchy. A positive step has been made when your puppy begins to follow you around the house. This means that he or she is bonding to you. Remember that all family members are above your dog in ranking, and it should remain that way. Leading as the alpha assists you both in working together towards the goal of understanding the rules of conduct and obedience.
Your dog will be at ease when the rules are understood. Put your puppy on a schedule for feeding, potty times, walks and play. Remain in control of toys and play time so that your English Springer Spaniel understands that you control all good things. This is important, because if your puppy doesn’t have this structure early in life, he or she will grow up thinking that they can do as they wish. No matter how wonderful and easygoing your little Springer seems now, most likely that will change with age.
Gradually begin socializing your puppy from the time you bring him or her home when English Springer Spaniel Training. Proper early socialization that continues throughout your puppy’s lifetime will provide you with a well-adjusted dog that is able to handle almost any situation in a calm manner. Early, thorough, and continual socialization is important for your Springer Spaniel. It is important to expose them early to a variety of situations, animals, people, and places. Socialization benefits you and your dog by providing you both with peace of mind. With good socialization, you can expose your Springer Spaniel to different situations with the assurance that he or she will look to you for guidance in rules of etiquette for the indoor and outdoor world. Socialization is the foundation for all well-adjusted dogs throughout their lifetimes.
Training a dog does not mean that your dog is supposed to only obey one master, or alpha, they must learn to obey all commands given to them by the entire family and friend circle. In essence, when you are training, and learning to be a trainer, you also need to teach other family members and friends the correct way to issue these commands.
An effective incentive is to make everything you do seem fun. Always refrain from forcing your puppy to do anything they do not want to do. Highly prized treats are usually a great incentive to do something, and you will find that a fun, pleasant, friendly, happy, vocal tone combined with the treats will be ample reward for good behaviors and command compliance. Begin training all new commands indoors. This includes silencing all of your audio-visual devices that act as distractions to dog’s sensitive ears.
Training should always be an enjoyable bonding time between you and your dog. Remember that all dogs are different, and that there is no set time limit for when your dog should learn, understand, and properly obey commands. Always have fun during training, remembering to keep your training sessions short, and stop if either of you are tired or distracted. I always suggest beginning training new tricks or commands in an area of least distraction. I promote starting with rewards based clicker training and ending with vocal and or physical cues for your dog to follow.
If you notice any negative behavioral issues, and are not quite sure if you are offering your dog proper socialization and necessary training, do not hesitate to enter your puppy into a puppy kindergarten class to assist you with training and socialization. The time to enroll your puppy is usually around eight to ten weeks of age, and after their first round of shots, although some kindergarten classes will not accept puppies until they are three to four months of age.
Reward good behaviors, but do not reward for being cute, sweet, loveable, or huggable. If you wish to reward your dog, always reward after you issue a command and your dog obeys the command. During your training sessions, be sure to mix it up, add a variety of toys and treats, and do not forget to have fun. Remember to provide them with ample daily exercise to keep them fit, healthy, and to keep behavioral problems at away. Provide consistent structure, firm authority, rule enforcement, love and affection, and you will have one heck of a dog for you and your family. Congratulations on a great choice of choosing your dog.
Enjoy your English Springer Spaniel dog!
English Springer Spaniel Facts
Country of Origin: England
Group: Sporting, Gundog
Purpose: Flushing game on land or water, retriever
Height: Males 19 – 21 inches (48 – 56 cm) Females 18 – 20 inches (46 – 51 cm)
Weight: Males 45 – 55 pounds (20 – 25 kg) Females 40 – 50 pounds (18 – 23 kg)
Lifespan: 12-14 years
Colors: White, black and white, liver, blue and liver parti, tricolor patterns of black and white or liver and white with tan markings.
Coat: Requires regular brushing and trimming to avoid matting of their coats. Trimming of their feet and ears and or regular brushing will avoid matting in those areas. If your dog is outdoors, often then his or her coat will pick up burrs and other sticky shrubs.
Regularly inspect their ears for signs of infection, mites, ticks, or nicks. Hair on the inside of the ear can cause infection so keep a watchful eye. It may be necessary to shave or trim the hair in those areas short.
Shedding: Daily average shedding year around will occur.
Apartment: Yes, relatively inactive indoors and adaptable to different living conditions the Springer will be fine in apartment or small yard.
Temperament: Intelligent, skilled, good with children, friendly, energetic, obedient, and gentle dogs with an even temper that enjoy pleasing.
Exercise: Energetic and having stamina, Springer’s will be their happiest if given large doses of exercise. A couple of long daily walks or jogs, play, sport, and games will keep them in optimal health and their mind occupied as well. Try retrieval games and if water is nearby expect them to jump in and swim. They are capable to compete in agility trials and obedience competitions. Proper exercise will avoid many possible behavioral issues.
English Springer Spaniel Training: Establish your alpha position immediately. Let your dog know that you will take care and provide all that it needs. Keep a schedule and be consistent in all things. These dogs will respect a good leader. Especially young pups need to be shown and led properly. While instructing your puppy calmly and confidently reward the right behaviors. Springer’s and dogs have different personalities and you never know which you might have when you get your pup home, but leading confidently, fairly, and calmly always wins over any dog.
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English Springer Spaniel Rescue
English Springer Spaniels are often acquired without any clear understanding of what goes into owning one, and these dogs regularly end up in the care of rescue groups, and are badly in need of adoption or fostering. If you are interested in adopting a Springer, a rescue group is a good place to start. I have listed a few below. If you have the facilities and ability please rescue a dog and enjoy the rewarding experience that it offers both of you.