Springer Spaniel Potty Training
Springer Spaniel puppies are smart, intelligent dogs. Therefore potty training a Springer Spaniel isn’t much of a task. With a little timeliness and dedication, you can have an adorable, potty trained Springer Spaniel pup in no time.
As the owner of the dog, it is your full and final responsibility to have the puppy potty trained as soon as you bring it home. For that, you will have to commit a lot of time the first few weeks you get a pup. Potty training a Springer Spaniel also requires that you be generous with praises and consistent with your timings.
Potty training your Springer Spaniel also involves crate training your puppy. Once you have the right sized crate for your puppy, leave it all alone inside the crate without anyone around to supervise. No, you are not being cruel, instead you are just playing up your dog’s natural instinct to not poop where it sits and sleeps. This will be lesson number one for your dog, i.e. not to potty inside the house.
But, please make sure that your puppy is gradually introduced to the crate and not left inside for more than 2 to 3 hours at a time. Lead it out into your garden or backyard after this time is up. Springer spaniels love routine, and this can be really helpful when potty training a Springer Spaniel.
Springer Spaniels pups should be fed 3 times a day, so you should be able to take them potty within one and a half to two hours of it. So, suppose you fed your puppy at 9 am, its time to go potty would be around 10:30. Once this routine is established, your Springer Spaniel will even wait until that time to defecate even if the time table is otherwise affected.
While potty training your Springer Spaniel, remember to take the pups outside before and after bed time, lunchtime and playtime. Always use the same way in and out during training so your doggy can get used to the sights and sounds and learn to eliminate them.
While your puppy is new, say a word over and over again when potty training it. This way, the puppy will soon learn to associate the word with the action of going potty. Springer Spaniels are very intelligent at picking up word and phrasing and quickly integrating them into their vocabulary.
Springer Spaniels have an amazing sense of smell, which is why they are used for hunting. So, in case they do happen to defecate inside the house, use a strong enzymatic cleaner to clean the place. Even if you can’t smell it, your dog can and the smell will encourage it to potty at the same spot all over again. Potty training a Springer Spaniel requires love and patience as well. So, you can also use toys and dog biscuits as a reward for a job well done, but make sure that you don’t make a habit out of it.
While potty training your Springer Spaniel, bear in mind that if your dog doesn’t respond well to potty training, an underlying medical condition could be its cause. Springer spaniels are quite prone to bladder infections and eye and ear infections. So pay regular visits to the doctor and potty training won’t seem like such a huge task.