Is it difficult to house-break a 4 year old cocker?

Asked by Member 987726 on May 18th 2010 in Bringing Your Pet Home
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If a dog has been living where it could keep its living space clean, it should quickly catch on. The important part will be teaching it that if it goes to the door, you will let it out. It will be much more difficult if the dog was forced to live in its filth. You will need to learn to read the dog and learn its schedule, and when it needs to go out. When you are around you need to keep a close eye on the dog. Use closed doors or gates to keep it in the same room as you are, and perhaps as I do, a short chain fastened to the computer desk. If you catch it in the act, give it a sharp ''Ah, ah, ah!'' and take it out. When you can't watch it, crate it.

I have posted additional material at It is meant for young puppies, but except for the longer time they can go, it is much the same.

Aster answered on 5/18/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Some pups are harder to train than others here are a few tips 1)Try to be consistent with your routine with your dog. Dogs are like kids and do best when have an established routine dogs need to eliminate 1/2 hour after eating and a schedule can make it easier to guess when a dog needs to eliminate 2)Reward good behavior take the dog to the place where you want him to eliminate when he most likely needs to go such as after waking up before going to bed, after playing, after eating, etc. then ask "Do you want to go potty" and keep saying it when appropriate area when he goes praise lavishly 3)Never punish if caught in the act say eh-eh go outside never hit or yell at him clean up the mess and try to supervise him more carefully 4)Make accidents difficult supervise constantly such as leashing him to your belt, or putting up gates or in crate if trained letting him run free is asking for disaster dogs do not like to eliminate where they sleep gradually let him earn his freedom Good Luck!!

Mattie answered on 5/18/10. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer