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Training Your English Springer Spaniel to Listen to You - Posted 4/12/2012

Why Won't My English Springer Spaniel Listen To Me?

This is a common question that most first-time English Springer Spaniel owners ask me. Before I answer your question, let me ask you a few instead:

  • Do you use cookies, collars, head halters or clickers to make your English Springer Spaniel listen to your commands?
  • Do you have to raise your voice every time you want your English Springer Spaniel to listen to you?
  • Does your English Springer Spaniel always come or sit on command - anytime and anywhere you want him to?

If your answers are mostly in the negative, its time you seriously reconsider your role as a sincere English Springer Spaniel trainer and an ideal pet parent.

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Get Your English Springer Spaniel To Listen To You

Before you begin any training, you must first establish yourself as the "ALPHA dog" of your family. Your English Springer Spaniel must know that you’re the leader of the pack and it is YOU who is in charge.

Here is a list of simple DO's and DONT's that you must follow if you want to be the Alpha:

  • Always go out or come in through the door first - remember you are the leader;
  • Always eat first - give your English Springer Spaniel something to eat only after you've finished your meal;
  • Don’t circle around your English Springer Spaniel when he is lying on the floor - make your English Springer Spaniel move out of your way instead;
  • Don't let your English Springer Spaniel set the rules - pay attention to him when you think fit and not whenever he demands;
  • Don’t permit your English Springer Spaniel to sleep with you in your bed - demarcate his sleeping area clearly.

Once you successfully established yourself as the Alpha, training your English Springer Spaniel and making him listen will be a lot easier than you can imagine. Remember, if your English Springer Spaniel does not learn to "listen", all your training efforts will be in vain!

Does your English Springer Spaniel know his name? Does your English Springer Spaniel look at you whenever you call him by his name? This is the first and the most critical step involved in English Springer Spaniel Training. If your English Springer Spaniel doesn't respond to his name, you cannot have his attention for teaching him any other commands.

To make sure that your English Springer Spaniel recognizes his name, take a treat in your hand and hold it away from your body. Call your English Springer Spaniel's name. He is most likely to look at the treat in your hand. Continue calling his name untill he turns and looks at your eyes. Give him the treat immediately. Repeat this exercise by holding the treat in the other hand. Once you're sure that your English Springer Spaniel has learnt to recognize his name, just call his name and reward him for looking at you by petting or with a hug.

You must understand that English Springer Spaniels respond far better to positive reinforcement than they do to coercion or force.

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